Michael Watt: It feels good. I think the difference is that my arm is fresh right now so the arm speed is up on everything. The velocity on the fastball is a little better, but the curveball is going to have a sharper break.
What kind of velocity do you have and are you throwing two- or four-seam fastballs?
Michael Watt: I haven't been on the gun yet. I'd probably be about 88 or 90 I would say. I go with a lot of two-seamers away and four-seamers in. I'm pretty heavy on two-seams; that's usually my main fastball.
Talk about how you go about pitch selection during an at-bat and how you can setup a hitter for your off-speed pitches.
Michael Watt: You just want him looking for the hard stuff. The key would be I guess something hard and in; when he's looking for that, you just open up the outer half of the plate and you can really go after him with that change-up or maybe that curveball.
Have you noticed any differences in how the Dodgers run spring training compared to the Padres?
Michael Watt: Yes, I have. The Padres are a lot more heavy on the change-up, which is a great thing because that's a pitch that I just started developing last year, and it's becoming my big go-to pitch now I'm realizing as I get older. So I'm excited about that. I'm going to be throwing it a lot more, so I should be more consistent with strikes.
Is there any pressure to perform since you in a new organization?
Michael Watt: Maybe a little bit just because they haven't seen me much. But I really just to pressure on myself. I mean, if I was with the Dodgers, there would still be pressure. There's pressure every year. This is my third year, so I think it's a little bit of a bigger year, and I worked out real hard this offseason. I'm happy with what I did, so I'm actually more excited than anything for this year.
Can this be viewed as a fresh start for you?
Michael Watt: A little bit, yeah. I'd like to make an impression, I guess; other than the people that have already seen me, I really haven't [made an impression]. So I'd like to show them what I've got. I would like to make a good impression.
The coaching staff hasn't had many chances to view you – does that make it more difficult for them to assess what needs help and what doesn't?
Michael Watt: They've done a great job. Just yesterday, Clucky was giving me some really good advice in my bullpen [session]. He just said one thing which was, ‘Don't jump forward,' and right away I started throwing the ball better. So they've got some great coaches here who really know what they see. So they can make up their minds really quickly. They're great coaches; they know what they're talking about.
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