Maher Already Progressing

Even though 38th round pick Joey Maher signed too late to see any official minor league action this past season, the right-handed pitcher has already made significant progress to his game during his unofficial debut at Instructs and he hopes to keep that going at Dominican Instructs over the next two weeks.

"I thought it was great," Maher said of Instructs. "They've got kids from all different levels so it's good competition and every day I learned something new.

"[The Yankees are] kind of perfectionists when it comes to doing everything right and I like that. They got really in depth about what pitches to throw in what counts and speeding up bats, stuff like that. I really learned a lot as a pitcher."

Not only did the 6-foot-4 hurler out of Bedford High School in New Hampshire learn how to hold runners closer in the running game with a better pickoff move, but he also quickly enhanced his offspeed repertoire.

"They changed the grip on my curveball and changeup," he said. "The balls we play with are a lot different than what we use up north so my curveball and changeup didn't work very much.

"When they changed my grip they [both] seem to have a lot more life and I have better command [with them] too. I'm still working on them but they are coming along."

Maher, whose bread and butter pitch is a sinking two-seamer in the 87-89 mph range, still feels his secondary pitches have a lot more room for improvement going forward but also feels like he stacks up well to the competition at the professional level thus far.

"I only pitched three innings during Instructional [League]," he said. "I thought I pitched pretty well. Two out of the three innings were scoreless and then I got kind of hit around a little bit because I was missing high.

"That last inning wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. There were a couple of errors too so that didn't help. Other than that I thought I did pretty well. I think I've made some pretty good progress. I've learned a lot."

Excited about how his changeup has come along thus far in particular, while he is also enthusiastic about the movement he is now generating with his curveball, he would like to start commanding that pitch a little more consistently.

"I'm really excited," he said about Dominican Instructs. "I'm excited to learn about the Dominican culture in general because we have so many [Dominicans] on the team that it will good to get a perspective of where they came from.

"I'm still trying to get my curveball working the way I want it to so I'm focused on that right now. Compared to my high school curveball it's the same speed [but] just has a little more movement.

"I changed the grip on it because the one I was throwing, it just kind of kept slipping out of my hand and it was a little more loopy compared to what I was used to. That change allowed it to go back to more of what it was like in high school but it has more bite [now], harder break."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I thought it was great,\" Maher said of Instructs. \"They've got kids from all different levels so it's good competition and every day I learned something new.
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\r\n\"[The Yankees are] kind of perfectionists when it comes to doing everything right and I like that. They got really in depth about what pitches to throw in what counts and speeding up bats, stuff like that. I really learned a lot as a pitcher.\"
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\r\nNot only did the 6-foot-4 hurler out of Bedford High School in New Hampshire learn how to hold runners closer in the running game with a better pickoff move, but he also quickly enhanced his offspeed repertoire.
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\r\n\"They changed the grip on my curveball and changeup,\" he said. \"The balls we play with are a lot different than what we use up north so my curveball and changeup didn't work very much.
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\r\n\"When they changed my grip they [both] seem to have a lot more life and I have better command [with them] too. I'm still working on them but they are coming along.\"
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\r\nMaher, whose bread and butter pitch is a sinking two-seamer in the 87-89 mph range, still feels his secondary pitches have a lot more room for improvement going forward but also feels like he stacks up well to the competition at the professional level thus far.
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\r\n\"I only pitched three innings during Instructional [League],\" he said. \"I thought I pitched pretty well. Two out of the three innings were scoreless and then I got kind of hit around a little bit because I was missing high.
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\r\n\"That last inning wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. There were a couple of errors too so that didn't help. Other than that I thought I did pretty well. I think I've made some pretty good progress. I've learned a lot.\"
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\r\nExcited about how his changeup has come along thus far in particular, while he is also enthusiastic about the movement he is now generating with his curveball, he would like to start commanding that pitch a little more consistently.
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\r\n\"I'm really excited,\" he said about Dominican Instructs. \"I'm excited to learn about the Dominican culture in general because we have so many [Dominicans] on the team that it will good to get a perspective of where they came from.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm still trying to get my curveball working the way I want it to so I'm focused on that right now. Compared to my high school curveball it's the same speed [but] just has a little more movement.
\r\n
\r\n\"I changed the grip on it because the one I was throwing, it just kind of kept slipping out of my hand and it was a little more loopy compared to what I was used to. That change allowed it to go back to more of what it was like in high school but it has more bite [now], harder break.\"
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