Pirates Prospect Interview: Chad Kuhl

Right-hander Chad Kuhl a ninth round draft pick out of the University of Delaware in 2013 is having a solid season with the Double A Altoona Curve. The 22-year old has post a record of 8-4 in 21 starts with a 2.80 ERA. PiratesDugout.com spoke with Kuhl recently.

PD – Chad one of your goals was to be more effective with your slider or your change up . How has that gone for you this season?

CK – It's going well. It's one of my goals for this year, just try to be more efficent and get deeper into ballgames. As a starter my goal is to get as deep as I can and also to be able to get some strikeouts, to have that put away slider and a put away change up so I can get out of innings in a big situation. Big situations where you are looking for a strikeout pitch rather than a contact pitch.

PD – That's interesting because we hear a lot about pitching to contact and I guess you've been compared to Charlie Morton – a guy who is going to get a lot of groundballs. Tell us about that mindset?

CK – That's the part you want to be efficent, you want to go deep into ballgames and for the most part I am trying to pitch to contact. We want to get contact in three pitches or less, that's one of the philosohies that we have so that we can be efficent and not throw 100 pitches in the fifth inning. That's a big part of my game as well, trying to get groundballs and let my defense work for me.

PD – The rotation in Altoona has been great. There must be some friendly competition with the Curve?

CK – Absolutely we've had that for the past two years as well. Back in Bradenton and here now in Altoona we've been very fortunate to have the starting pitching that we've had. Jason Creasy was in the rotation last year, John Kuchno, Tyler Glasnow and Zach Dodson this year, Angel Sanchez this year, We've been very fortunate and it is a healthy competition. Guys pulling for each other, but everybody wants to out do each other.

PD – Throwing out the sabermetrics and the whip and all that. Is your MO that you just win?

CK – Yeah, there's a lot of help that I get with that, but winning is the most important thing and I haven't really tried to focus on how many people I'm striking out or any statistics. You want to go out there and you want to pitch as deep as possible and give your team a chance every fifth day. That's basically what I've tried to do.

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