Tracy Focused On The Curve

TAMPA, FL - Left-hander Matt Tracy not only turned out to be one of the more pleasant surprises from this year's Yankee draft class, he is making a name for himself inside the organization as one of the better pitching prospects. Now down at Instructs, Tracy says he is completely focused on bettering his breaking ball.

"I'm really excited to be down here," Tracy said of Instructs. "It's great – you've got a lot of different coaches down here, different eyes on you, and we're getting some real focused work for two weeks on us on whatever you need to improve on. In my case it's the curveball.

"I'm really working on that, getting a chance to throw off of the mound in front of some different coaches, and allow them to help you out."

He went just 1-2 with a 3.04 ERA in Staten Island this past year but managed to strike out 48 batters in 47 1/3 innings despite not having a consistent breaking pitch.

"My curveball has gotten a lot better," he said. "I able to throw it consistently a little bit better than I was at the beginning of the summer. I didn't really have the feel for it at the beginning of the summer.

"I've worked on it all summer and now I'm down here at Instructs working on it again. I feel like I have a little bit better feel for it but there's still a long ways to go."

Both an outfielder and a mid-week starting pitcher for the University of Mississippi earlier this year, Tracy never had the time to focus solely on pitching until he signed with the Yankees. Now that he is in Pinstripes, however, he has time to tinker with minor adjustments.

"I always spiked my curveball, I just hold it in a different spot," he said. "I hold it more on the side of the ball now. That helps me get out on top of it a little bit better.

"I just want to have good enough feel for my curveball to the point that I can throw it for a strike and for an out-pitch if I want to. It's still a work in progress."

The Yankees are still watching his mechanics like having a good front foot and a good leg kick in his delivery, but with an excellent fastball-changeup combination in place already, Tracy feels an improved curveball could really make a difference going forward.

"It's getting there each day. I'm more confident with my curveball each day that we come out here and work on it. I feel like it's getting better and better, so I feel like it's getting close.

"I feel 100 times more comfortable with my mechanics than I did at the beginning of the summer. I'm also feeling more and more comfortable with my curveball. I feel like I have better feel each day."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I'm really excited to be down here,\" Tracy said of Instructs. \"It's great – you've got a lot of different coaches down here, different eyes on you, and we're getting some real focused work for two weeks on us on whatever you need to improve on. In my case it's the curveball.
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\r\n\"I'm really working on that, getting a chance to throw off of the mound in front of some different coaches, and allow them to help you out.\"
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\r\nHe went just 1-2 with a 3.04 ERA in Staten Island this past year but managed to strike out 48 batters in 47 1/3 innings despite not having a consistent breaking pitch.
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\r\n\"My curveball has gotten a lot better,\" he said. \"I able to throw it consistently a little bit better than I was at the beginning of the summer. I didn't really have the feel for it at the beginning of the summer.
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\r\n\"I've worked on it all summer and now I'm down here at Instructs working on it again. I feel like I have a little bit better feel for it but there's still a long ways to go.\"
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\r\nBoth an outfielder and a mid-week starting pitcher for the University of Mississippi earlier this year, Tracy never had the time to focus solely on pitching until he signed with the Yankees. Now that he is in Pinstripes, however, he has time to tinker with minor adjustments.
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\r\n\"I always spiked my curveball, I just hold it in a different spot,\" he said. \"I hold it more on the side of the ball now. That helps me get out on top of it a little bit better.
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\r\n\"I just want to have good enough feel for my curveball to the point that I can throw it for a strike and for an out-pitch if I want to. It's still a work in progress.\"
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\r\nThe Yankees are still watching his mechanics like having a good front foot and a good leg kick in his delivery, but with an excellent fastball-changeup combination in place already, Tracy feels an improved curveball could really make a difference going forward.
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\r\n\"It's getting there each day. I'm more confident with my curveball each day that we come out here and work on it. I feel like it's getting better and better, so I feel like it's getting close.
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\r\n\"I feel 100 times more comfortable with my mechanics than I did at the beginning of the summer. I'm also feeling more and more comfortable with my curveball. I feel like I have better feel each day.\"
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