Gerritse Still Tweaking

Brett Gerritse had a solid 2010 campaign with the Gulf Coast League Yankees, going 2-2 with a 3.82 ERA. The fact is he did that while making some significant changes to his game too. Gerritse though knows he still has some work to do on his game to continue that success at the higher minor league levels.

"I did good," Brett Gerritse said. "I wish I could have done a little bit better, I wish the team would have done a little bit better, but it was a good year.

"I thought the command of my fastball got better as the year went on and everything started to click towards the end there."

The stats, while unspectacular, were pretty solid, especially considering he had worked on his revamped pitching mechanics where he's not so herky-jerky anymore in his delivery.

"They're starting to feel more comfortable." he said of the mechanics. "Carlos [Chantres] and I have been working on them and they're feeling good now.

"I was tending to lean back too much and it would get the shoulders uneven. We worked on that quite a bit and that helped a lot.

"By the end of the season it was coming together better and feeling a lot more comfortable. I still have more work to do on [the mechanics] though."

Not only was he trying to get accustomed to a new delivery, but Gerritse also didn't have the benefit of one of his better pitches at his disposal for a good portion of the year.

"It doesn't quite have the 12 to 6 spin it had on it before," he said of his curveball. "I lost it a little bit but Carlos [Chantres] noticed that it was losing that spin.

"We worked on that as well trying to get it back. Towards the end of the year though it looked like the curveball from last year.'

A new delivery, improving fastball command, and an inconsistent breaking pitch weren't the only parts of his game that were obstacles this past season. The changeup needed some work too.

"It's coming along a lot better," he opined. "The biggest thing was taking velocity off of it. It was way too hard and by the end of the year it started to come down in velo a little bit. The command is still a little off but the velo is getting better."

Once throwing a changeup in the 84-85 mph range, which isn't too far off from his normal 88-89 mph fastball velocity, Gerritse was able to get the changeup down to a more respectable 79-80 mph range by season's end.

So while Gerritse had a pretty solid year in the Gulf Coast League this past season, he did it while making some pretty dramatic changes to his game. And the good news is, looking forward, he has even more room for improvement.

"I still have a lot of work to do on the mechanics, the changeup still [needs work] even though the velo has come down, and even with the fastball command getting better that still needs some work too," Gerritse said. "It needs to come down in the zone more. Those are the biggest things."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I did good,\" Brett Gerritse said. \"I wish I could have done a little bit better, I wish the team would have done a little bit better, but it was a good year.
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\r\n\"I thought the command of my fastball got better as the year went on and everything started to click towards the end there.\"
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\r\nThe stats, while unspectacular, were pretty solid, especially considering he had worked on his revamped pitching mechanics where he's not so herky-jerky anymore in his delivery.
\r\n
\r\n\"They're starting to feel more comfortable.\" he said of the mechanics. \"Carlos [Chantres] and I have been working on them and they're feeling good now.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was tending to lean back too much and it would get the shoulders uneven. We worked on that quite a bit and that helped a lot.
\r\n
\r\n\"By the end of the season it was coming together better and feeling a lot more comfortable. I still have more work to do on [the mechanics] though.\"
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\r\nNot only was he trying to get accustomed to a new delivery, but Gerritse also didn't have the benefit of one of his better pitches at his disposal for a good portion of the year.
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\r\n\"It doesn't quite have the 12 to 6 spin it had on it before,\" he said of his curveball. \"I lost it a little bit but Carlos [Chantres] noticed that it was losing that spin.
\r\n
\r\n\"We worked on that as well trying to get it back. Towards the end of the year though it looked like the curveball from last year.'
\r\n
\r\nA new delivery, improving fastball command, and an inconsistent breaking pitch weren't the only parts of his game that were obstacles this past season. The changeup needed some work too.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's coming along a lot better,\" he opined. \"The biggest thing was taking velocity off of it. It was way too hard and by the end of the year it started to come down in velo a little bit. The command is still a little off but the velo is getting better.\"
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\r\nOnce throwing a changeup in the 84-85 mph range, which isn't too far off from his normal 88-89 mph fastball velocity, Gerritse was able to get the changeup down to a more respectable 79-80 mph range by season's end.
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\r\nSo while Gerritse had a pretty solid year in the Gulf Coast League this past season, he did it while making some pretty dramatic changes to his game. And the good news is, looking forward, he has even more room for improvement.
\r\n
\r\n\"I still have a lot of work to do on the mechanics, the changeup still [needs work] even though the velo has come down, and even with the fastball command getting better that still needs some work too,\" Gerritse said. \"It needs to come down in the zone more. Those are the biggest things.\"
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