Workman Remaining Consistent

PORTLAND, ME – Last year Brandon Workman was named the Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year. This year he has been arguably the most consistent starter for Manager Kevin Boles. Workman has thrown quality starts in five of his nine so far this year.

"It's ability to locate and stay on top of my pitch count. Not have big innings [which] allows me to go deeper into games," Workman said.

Last year Workman was promoted to Double-A from high-A Salem for his final five starts, which gave him a glimpse at the level of competition, an experience that has helped him start this year strong.

"You have to be a lot more consistent, you have to throw all of your pitches in the strike zone a lot more [here in Double-A]," he said. "The hitters are more advanced so they're not going to swing at pitches out of the strike zone as much.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander throws a four-seam fastball, cut fastball, curveball and changeup. In recent years, more and more pitchers have begun adding a cut fastball to their repertoire at all levels of professional baseball and Workman's is one of his more consistent pitches.

"I've been throwing the cutter for a couple years now; it's a really good pitch for me. [It] helps me keep guys off my fastball, something more I can use to disrupt their timing."

For his manager, one of Workman's best attributes is the tenacity and fearlessness he displays on the mound.

"His game makeup is through the roof," Boles noted. "He's a guy that comes right after you, doesn't fear contact, looks to induce contact early but he also has pitches to finish with two strikes.

"What he does so well is he gets strike one, he gets ahead in the count and that sets up the rest of his arsenal, the rest of his repertoire of pitches.

"A lot of guys pitch away from contact early in the count. They fall into those traps and then they corner themselves in conversion counts but what he does is make sure he's getting ahead more times than not."

This year's Sea Dogs starting staff is full of talented pitchers including Anthony Ranaudo – one of Workman's closest friends on the team – Drake Britton and Matt Barnes.

"I think it benefits all of us," Workman said. "We're all able to learn from and feed off each other. A couple weeks ago, we got on a roll where all of us were throwing real well and we kind of build on each other.

"Also, we can ask how other guys do things and what they're trying to do up there. It lets us all learn from each other."

One scout noted that Workman's delivery appears too high-effort to translate to starting in the majors. However, he quickly added that he sees Workman as a pitcher who could eventually have a great deal of success in the late innings of the game out of the bullpen.

Regardless, Workman is committed to maintaining an approach that will lead to continued success.

"It sounds like a broken record but just consistency, being able to improve command of my fastball and all my other pitches as well. Just get to where it is the same every time I go out," Workman concluded.


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's ability to locate and stay on top of my pitch count. Not have big innings [which] allows me to go deeper into games,\" Workman said.
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\r\nLast year Workman was promoted to Double-A from high-A Salem for his final five starts, which gave him a glimpse at the level of competition, an experience that has helped him start this year strong.
\r\n
\r\n\"You have to be a lot more consistent, you have to throw all of your pitches in the strike zone a lot more [here in Double-A],\" he said. \"The hitters are more advanced so they're not going to swing at pitches out of the strike zone as much.
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\r\nThe 6-foot-5 right-hander throws a four-seam fastball, cut fastball, curveball and changeup. In recent years, more and more pitchers have begun adding a cut fastball to their repertoire at all levels of professional baseball and Workman's is one of his more consistent pitches.
\r\n
\r\n\"I've been throwing the cutter for a couple years now; it's a really good pitch for me. [It] helps me keep guys off my fastball, something more I can use to disrupt their timing.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor his manager, one of Workman's best attributes is the tenacity and fearlessness he displays on the mound.
\r\n
\r\n\"His game makeup is through the roof,\" Boles noted. \"He's a guy that comes right after you, doesn't fear contact, looks to induce contact early but he also has pitches to finish with two strikes.
\r\n
\r\n\"What he does so well is he gets strike one, he gets ahead in the count and that sets up the rest of his arsenal, the rest of his repertoire of pitches.
\r\n
\r\n\"A lot of guys pitch away from contact early in the count. They fall into those traps and then they corner themselves in conversion counts but what he does is make sure he's getting ahead more times than not.\"
\r\n
\r\nThis year's Sea Dogs starting staff is full of talented pitchers including Anthony Ranaudo – one of Workman's closest friends on the team – Drake Britton and Matt Barnes.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think it benefits all of us,\" Workman said. \"We're all able to learn from and feed off each other. A couple weeks ago, we got on a roll where all of us were throwing real well and we kind of build on each other.
\r\n
\r\n\"Also, we can ask how other guys do things and what they're trying to do up there. It lets us all learn from each other.\"
\r\n
\r\nOne scout noted that Workman's delivery appears too high-effort to translate to starting in the majors. However, he quickly added that he sees Workman as a pitcher who could eventually have a great deal of success in the late innings of the game out of the bullpen.
\r\n
\r\nRegardless, Workman is committed to maintaining an approach that will lead to continued success.
\r\n
\r\n\"It sounds like a broken record but just consistency, being able to improve command of my fastball and all my other pitches as well. Just get to where it is the same every time I go out,\" Workman concluded.
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