Mitchell All About The Change

Bryan Mitchell had a very solid first year in the Gulf Coast League this past season. In fact, had it not been for two pretty bad starts early on, he would have dominated the league on the strength of his plus fastball-plus curveball combination. He likes the development of his changeup too, but he acknowledges it's a work in progress and it will be his main focus at Instructs.

"I definitely felt like my last four or five starts were really good," Bryan Mitchell said of his season. "I definitely felt like I got better each time out towards the end. The stuff kept improving, fewer hits each game, and everything felt like it was coming together at the end."

Allowing just two earned runs and five hits in his final four Gulf Coast League starts, he struck out 19 batters in 18 1/3 innings. That was significantly better than his first four starts where he posted an 8.16 ERA.

Nothing changed too dramatically stuff-wise over the course of the season though, consistently showing his low-to-mid-90's fastball and plus curveball, but his mechanics did improve as the season went on.

Leaking out on his front side earlier in the season, that one little misstep caused his arm to drop ever so slightly, affecting his command overall.

"I worked out some stuff from the beginning of the season with my mechanics and just got a rhythm going," he said. "I kept pitching and having success. I felt like towards the end I was able to stay back a lot better and just felt better in general."

Despite being so young, he has the luxury of not needing too much work on the fastball or the curveball, and his mechanics are pretty polished too. That has allowed him to focus more on the development of his changeup, a key focal point for Instructs.

"The changeup has been coming along good the whole season," he opined. "I'd say I'm confident with it but it's not a swing-and-miss pitch yet like my curveball.

"It's definitely getting better. I'll throw it warming up, even long-tossing. I've been throwing it a lot and getting a good feel for it. It's coming along good."

He gets good fading action with his changeup, but as is the case with most young hurlers, he'd like to get more consistent command of his changeup.

"I feel like I have the feel for it now but I've got to be able to throw it wherever I need to," he added. "The main thing is I won't always get my arm up like I do with my fastball and curveball. I'm working to get my arm up quicker and get a better tempo with it. I feel like that's helping a lot."

A strong candidate for the Charleston rotation in 2011, Mitchell believes developing a consisent third pitch would help accomplish that feat.

"Once I get the feel for this changeup and can start locating it, I feel like I'll be much better. I was pretty much fastball-curveball.

"I'd throw my changeup but not that much in the GCL season. I feel like if I have one more pitch that I can throw for strikes I'll just be that much better," Mitchell concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I definitely felt like my last four or five starts were really good,\" Bryan Mitchell said of his season. \"I definitely felt like I got better each time out towards the end. The stuff kept improving, fewer hits each game, and everything felt like it was coming together at the end.\"
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\r\nAllowing just two earned runs and five hits in his final four Gulf Coast League starts, he struck out 19 batters in 18 1/3 innings. That was significantly better than his first four starts where he posted an 8.16 ERA.
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\r\nNothing changed too dramatically stuff-wise over the course of the season though, consistently showing his low-to-mid-90's fastball and plus curveball, but his mechanics did improve as the season went on.
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\r\nLeaking out on his front side earlier in the season, that one little misstep caused his arm to drop ever so slightly, affecting his command overall.
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\r\n\"I worked out some stuff from the beginning of the season with my mechanics and just got a rhythm going,\" he said. \"I kept pitching and having success. I felt like towards the end I was able to stay back a lot better and just felt better in general.\"
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\r\nDespite being so young, he has the luxury of not needing too much work on the fastball or the curveball, and his mechanics are pretty polished too. That has allowed him to focus more on the development of his changeup, a key focal point for Instructs.
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\r\n\"The changeup has been coming along good the whole season,\" he opined. \"I'd say I'm confident with it but it's not a swing-and-miss pitch yet like my curveball.
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\r\n\"It's definitely getting better. I'll throw it warming up, even long-tossing. I've been throwing it a lot and getting a good feel for it. It's coming along good.\"
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\r\nHe gets good fading action with his changeup, but as is the case with most young hurlers, he'd like to get more consistent command of his changeup.
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\r\n\"I feel like I have the feel for it now but I've got to be able to throw it wherever I need to,\" he added. \"The main thing is I won't always get my arm up like I do with my fastball and curveball. I'm working to get my arm up quicker and get a better tempo with it. I feel like that's helping a lot.\"
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\r\nA strong candidate for the Charleston rotation in 2011, Mitchell believes developing a consisent third pitch would help accomplish that feat.
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\r\n\"Once I get the feel for this changeup and can start locating it, I feel like I'll be much better. I was pretty much fastball-curveball.
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\r\n\"I'd throw my changeup but not that much in the GCL season. I feel like if I have one more pitch that I can throw for strikes I'll just be that much better,\" Mitchell concluded.
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