Nuding On The Attack

Charleston right-hander Zach Nuding continues to be one of the best stories in the early part of the 2011 season. While his power arm is one of the reasons for his success, the bigger part has been his willingness to go right after batters.

Zach Nuding, coming off of his best start of the season last week against Lakewood where he surrendered just one earned run over a season-high 6 2/3 innings, remains on the attack in his first full professional season.

"I think this guy is a bulldog," Charleston pitching coach Carlos Chantres said. "He's been great. He's going after these hitters.

"In his last outing he had something like 30 pitches through five or six innings. He's just going after these guys. That's the mentality that these guys need, not give these hitters too much credit."

Enduring his first season as a starting pitcher too, Nuding is learning how to become more efficient on the mound with all of his pitches, including his secondary pitches.

"It's one of those things that comes pitching in games," Nuding said. "There's a whole lot of difference throwing a slider in bullpen sessions and throwing it in a game and knowing if you mess up that it could get tattooed over the fence.

"I guess it's just having faith in myself and believing that if I need to get out front of this slider and make a pitch, that's what I'm going to do. You have to trust yourself doing it, knowing that you're here for a reason.

"If [the Yankees] have faith in you then why shouldn't I have faith in myself to throw offspeed pitches in whatever count they need to be thrown in or wherever they need to be thrown over the plate."

Throwing strikes consistently has been one of his strongest traits through the first month of the season, walking just five batters through his first four starts and only one in his last 11 2/3 innings.

"Everyday they're getting better," Chantres said of Nuding's slider and changeup. "For him it's just being consistent with his release point, but they're getting better.

"Every time he's in the bullpen or in the game, they're getting a lot better. He just needs to stay confident with them."

While it's true that there are aspects of his game that still need to be refined, including locating his fastballs a little lower in the strike zone, Nuding's confidence is growing with each passing start.

"I think it's gone pretty good," Nuding said of his season so far. "I think my first couple of games were almost a testing of the waters kind of sense. You see what you can get away with and what you can't get away with here."

He is still feeling his way through what essentially is his professional debut season, but those in charge of his development love his fundamental approach to pitching.

"He's a bulldog on the mound," Charleston manager Aaron Ledesma said. "I'd like to see him pitch more down in the zone and get more ground balls. In his last starts he got quite a few fly ball outs. They're outs but I'd like to see him get more ground balls."

However he is getting outs so early in his career, the fact remains that Nuding, who is still relatively new to pitching, is clearly in attack mode.

"He is going after these hitters like he's been doing it for all of his life," Chantres concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nZach Nuding, coming off of his best start of the season last week against Lakewood where he surrendered just one earned run over a season-high 6 2/3 innings, remains on the attack in his first full professional season.
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\r\n\"I think this guy is a bulldog,\" Charleston pitching coach Carlos Chantres said. \"He's been great. He's going after these hitters.
\r\n
\r\n\"In his last outing he had something like 30 pitches through five or six innings. He's just going after these guys. That's the mentality that these guys need, not give these hitters too much credit.\"
\r\n
\r\nEnduring his first season as a starting pitcher too, Nuding is learning how to become more efficient on the mound with all of his pitches, including his secondary pitches.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's one of those things that comes pitching in games,\" Nuding said. \"There's a whole lot of difference throwing a slider in bullpen sessions and throwing it in a game and knowing if you mess up that it could get tattooed over the fence.
\r\n
\r\n\"I guess it's just having faith in myself and believing that if I need to get out front of this slider and make a pitch, that's what I'm going to do. You have to trust yourself doing it, knowing that you're here for a reason.
\r\n
\r\n\"If [the Yankees] have faith in you then why shouldn't I have faith in myself to throw offspeed pitches in whatever count they need to be thrown in or wherever they need to be thrown over the plate.\"
\r\n
\r\nThrowing strikes consistently has been one of his strongest traits through the first month of the season, walking just five batters through his first four starts and only one in his last 11 2/3 innings.
\r\n
\r\n\"Everyday they're getting better,\" Chantres said of Nuding's slider and changeup. \"For him it's just being consistent with his release point, but they're getting better.
\r\n
\r\n\"Every time he's in the bullpen or in the game, they're getting a lot better. He just needs to stay confident with them.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile it's true that there are aspects of his game that still need to be refined, including locating his fastballs a little lower in the strike zone, Nuding's confidence is growing with each passing start.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think it's gone pretty good,\" Nuding said of his season so far. \"I think my first couple of games were almost a testing of the waters kind of sense. You see what you can get away with and what you can't get away with here.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe is still feeling his way through what essentially is his professional debut season, but those in charge of his development love his fundamental approach to pitching.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's a bulldog on the mound,\" Charleston manager Aaron Ledesma said. \"I'd like to see him pitch more down in the zone and get more ground balls. In his last starts he got quite a few fly ball outs. They're outs but I'd like to see him get more ground balls.\"
\r\n
\r\nHowever he is getting outs so early in his career, the fact remains that Nuding, who is still relatively new to pitching, is clearly in attack mode.
\r\n
\r\n\"He is going after these hitters like he's been doing it for all of his life,\" Chantres concluded.
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