McCutchen Almost Ready

With seven Triple-A starts under his belt, Daniel McCutchen is slowly solidifying himself as one of the better pitching prospects in the organization. He certainly has room to refine his approach on the mound, however, but his plus makeup and control will eventually come around and help give the Yankees a boost sometime this season.

"I feel like I'm competing well at this level," Daniel McCutchen said. "I definitely had to pitch a little better than I did in Double-A, and I really can't get away with as many mistakes, but it's basically the same game, so I feel good right now."

Since his May 20th promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Daniel McCutchen has posted a 4.30 ERA and an impressive 40/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 44 innings.

Although his 1-6 record is somewhat underwhelming, any prospect-savvy baseball fan knows that a record is meaningless in terms of gauging a pitcher's talent and ability. It's surely taken him some time to adjust to pitching in Triple-A, but he seems to be getting a firm grasp on how to handle more experienced opponents.

"I've noticed that you have to do a little better at hitting the curveball here, and [hitters] are looking for more off-speed on low counts and there are little differences here and there," he said.

"You also have a lot more better hitters, older guys that have been around and know the game. In Double-A, there are only three guys that you really have to fear in the lineup, but here, there are a few more guys that can do some damage."

His best start since joining the Scranton Yankees came on June 14th when he tossed nine innings of six-hit ball with four strikeouts against the Norfolk Tides.

"It let me know that I do have the ability to pitch at this level, and that helps with my confidence," McCutchen said of the outing.

"It actually was not a whole lot different from my first three or four starts though, it's just about a bad pitch here or there, or a pitch I did not get away with. In my last start I was able to not throw those balls down the middle or make better pitches in the situation."

He also said that the hitters were very aggressive in that particular start, and they forced him to throw a little over 100 pitches, but he's learning how to better induce ground and fly-outs in order to not waste pitches.

He may not be on the 40-man roster, but if the Yankees need a long-term starter, he'll definitely be a candidate. He'll have the time to further refine his game, but his style and mentality are major-league ready.

"I'd just like to be consistent, and try and eliminate those big innings that hurt me early on," he opined. "I want to show consistency, stay healthy and be ready if they need someone in the big leagues.

"I try not to think about the call but I definitely do a little bit. I just try to control what I can control and if that situation presents itself I'll try to be ready for it."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel like I'm competing well at this level,\" Daniel McCutchen said. \"I definitely had to pitch a little better than I did in Double-A, and I really can't get away with as many mistakes, but it's basically the same game, so I feel good right now.\"
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\r\nSince his May 20th promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Daniel McCutchen has posted a 4.30 ERA and an impressive 40/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 44 innings.
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\r\nAlthough his 1-6 record is somewhat underwhelming, any prospect-savvy baseball fan knows that a record is meaningless in terms of gauging a pitcher's talent and ability. It's surely taken him some time to adjust to pitching in Triple-A, but he seems to be getting a firm grasp on how to handle more experienced opponents.
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\r\n\"I've noticed that you have to do a little better at hitting the curveball here, and [hitters] are looking for more off-speed on low counts and there are little differences here and there,\" he said.
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\r\n\"You also have a lot more better hitters, older guys that have been around and know the game. In Double-A, there are only three guys that you really have to fear in the lineup, but here, there are a few more guys that can do some damage.\"
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\r\nHis best start since joining the Scranton Yankees came on June 14th when he tossed nine innings of six-hit ball with four strikeouts against the Norfolk Tides.
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\r\n\"It let me know that I do have the ability to pitch at this level, and that helps with my confidence,\" McCutchen said of the outing.
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\r\n\"It actually was not a whole lot different from my first three or four starts though, it's just about a bad pitch here or there, or a pitch I did not get away with. In my last start I was able to not throw those balls down the middle or make better pitches in the situation.\"
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\r\nHe also said that the hitters were very aggressive in that particular start, and they forced him to throw a little over 100 pitches, but he's learning how to better induce ground and fly-outs in order to not waste pitches.
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\r\nHe may not be on the 40-man roster, but if the Yankees need a long-term starter, he'll definitely be a candidate. He'll have the time to further refine his game, but his style and mentality are major-league ready.
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\r\n\"I'd just like to be consistent, and try and eliminate those big innings that hurt me early on,\" he opined. \"I want to show consistency, stay healthy and be ready if they need someone in the big leagues.
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\r\n\"I try not to think about the call but I definitely do a little bit. I just try to control what I can control and if that situation presents itself I'll try to be ready for it.\"
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