Turley Becoming More Polished

Nik Turley is more consistent with his pitches than ever, but there is still room for improvement. He worked on the development of his secondary pitches, especially the curveball, over the first half of the season and now hopes to solidify them.

Despite the RiverDogs having a 3-6 record with Turley on the mound entering Monday night's contest, he has had a very successful season thus far. The La Canada, CA native pitched 77 innings and racked up 75 strikeouts in the 14 games that he has played.

His impressive 2.68 ERA also landed him in the third position for ERA leaders in the entire South Atlantic League. Turley felt that he has steadily improved and Charleston's pitching coach Carlos Chantres agreed about the success.

"I've seen a more polished pitcher," stated Chantres of Turley's progress throughout the 2011 season. "He started working on some delivery stuff early in the year and he's gradually accomplished what we've been working on.

"To me, he's been one of our better pitchers, better starters and been more consistent. He's just been throwing the ball really, really well."

The left-handed pitcher has been working on his three-pitch repertoire which consists of a solid fastball, changeup and curveball. He considered his changeup to be his go-to second pitch at the moment, but felt that his curveball development has been going well.

"I felt like my curveball wasn't there during my last outing," explained Turley of his pitching performance against the Hickory Crawdads on June 16. "My fastball and changeup were good, fastball location was good and that's probably the most important thing."

"The curveball has got a better bite now," said Chantres of Turley's secondary pitches. "His changeup now, instead of having some fade, it's got bottom to it. He's getting a lot of swings and misses on it and it's been a real plus for him."

Turley, as well as Chantres, noticed the improvement in strikeouts over the course of the season. Turley said that getting ahead in the count and attacking batters has been working for him as of late.

"His strength is that he's actually throwing more strikes," acknowledged Chantres of Turley's growth. "He's able to command his fastball, throw every pitch in every count when he wants to and he's able to get ahead, which is the key for him. I wouldn't say there's too much weakness because he's having success."

Turley proved to have plenty of strengths and with the best ERA on the team at the halfway point of the season, he seemed to have everything working in his favor. As any minor leaguer would, Turley hoped that his consistency with throwing strikes and getting batters out could lead to a promotion to class High-A Tampa.

"Hopefully he gets called up to Tampa and he can have another half season up there if that's possible," mentioned Chantres. "But that's out of our hands, out of his hands and he knows that. He's just got to keep pitching well, that's basically it."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nDespite the RiverDogs having a 3-6 record with Turley on the mound entering Monday night's contest, he has had a very successful season thus far. The La Canada, CA native pitched 77 innings and racked up 75 strikeouts in the 14 games that he has played.
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\r\nHis impressive 2.68 ERA also landed him in the third position for ERA leaders in the entire South Atlantic League. Turley felt that he has steadily improved and Charleston's pitching coach Carlos Chantres agreed about the success.
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\r\n\"I've seen a more polished pitcher,\" stated Chantres of Turley's progress throughout the 2011 season. \"He started working on some delivery stuff early in the year and he's gradually accomplished what we've been working on.
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\r\n\"To me, he's been one of our better pitchers, better starters and been more consistent. He's just been throwing the ball really, really well.\"
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\r\nThe left-handed pitcher has been working on his three-pitch repertoire which consists of a solid fastball, changeup and curveball. He considered his changeup to be his go-to second pitch at the moment, but felt that his curveball development has been going well.
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\r\n\"I felt like my curveball wasn't there during my last outing,\" explained Turley of his pitching performance against the Hickory Crawdads on June 16. \"My fastball and changeup were good, fastball location was good and that's probably the most important thing.\"
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\r\n\"The curveball has got a better bite now,\" said Chantres of Turley's secondary pitches. \"His changeup now, instead of having some fade, it's got bottom to it. He's getting a lot of swings and misses on it and it's been a real plus for him.\"
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\r\nTurley, as well as Chantres, noticed the improvement in strikeouts over the course of the season. Turley said that getting ahead in the count and attacking batters has been working for him as of late.
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\r\n\"His strength is that he's actually throwing more strikes,\" acknowledged Chantres of Turley's growth. \"He's able to command his fastball, throw every pitch in every count when he wants to and he's able to get ahead, which is the key for him. I wouldn't say there's too much weakness because he's having success.\"
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\r\nTurley proved to have plenty of strengths and with the best ERA on the team at the halfway point of the season, he seemed to have everything working in his favor. As any minor leaguer would, Turley hoped that his consistency with throwing strikes and getting batters out could lead to a promotion to class High-A Tampa.
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\r\n\"Hopefully he gets called up to Tampa and he can have another half season up there if that's possible,\" mentioned Chantres. \"But that's out of our hands, out of his hands and he knows that. He's just got to keep pitching well, that's basically it.\"
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