Wetherell Keeping It Up

Coming into the 2012 season after a solid 2011 with Staten Island, relief pitcher Philip Wetherell looks to continue his hot-streak in Charleston.

"I had him all last year in Staten Island -- this kid has a nice arm," pitching coach Danny Borell said about the right-hander. "Coming into this year, we worked on a few things mechanically on the mound just to get a little angle to his fastball. He's always had a great arm and now we're just trying to get the best out of him so he can climb the ladder for us."

The 6-foot-5 reliever went 4-2 last season in Staten Island with a 2.4 ERA and three saves. He threw 30 innings in 25 games, striking out 41 and walking only 15. Wetherell began his career in the system by pitching shutout ball in 12 of his first 13 appearances.

Coach Danny Borell has seen and helped Wetherell develop his pitches over the past year, and he likes the way Wetherell has been throwing the ball recently. During Spring Training, they were trying to add a couple pitches to the arsenal to make [Wetherell] a more complete pitcher.

"During Spring Training we were working mostly on a secondary off-speed pitch," Wetherell said. "I didn't throw very many splits because I pretty much have that down. We worked on fastball location, inside and out, so I can put the ball where I want it.

"Now, I'm just looking for another pitch to spin in there to get them off the fastball, and then I can back it off with the split."

"You always have to be working on something," Wetherell continued. "Fastball placement is always big -- you can't throw enough strikes ever. I mean, the best pitch in baseball is strike one. Sharpening up that slider everyday and just trying to keep throwing harder is what I'm focused on."

The organization is very happy with Wetherell's split-finger, and that has become known as his signature pitch.

"He has a wipe out split finger -- his fastball split-finger is a swing and miss pitch versus lefties and righties," Borell said. "We are working on his slider right now. But with him, like all the guys playing at this level, it's just about getting repetitions. We're trying to make sure we're throwing strikes with his fastball and just really owning that slider."

RiverDogs' manager Carlos Mendoza is happy to see pitching coach Danny Borell still has the opportunity to coach Wetherell, since they are already familiar with each other.

"They have a good relationship and they communicate well," Mendoza said. "Danny is a great guy to work with and the organization loves him.""

"It's definitely nice since I already have a feel for him and he knows me as well," Wetherell said. "It's always nice to stay with the same pitching coach because he's seen my development and has known me since day one."

Mendoza also commented that he has high expectations for Wetherell coming into this season, especially in regard to his split-finger.

"I expect him to do the same things he's been doing -- he's got a powerful arm and he throws a very good split-finger. I was very pleased with the way he threw the ball his first time out. He attacked the hitters just like he's supposed to do. I am very excited to have him here," Mendoza concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I had him all last year in Staten Island -- this kid has a nice arm,\" pitching \r\ncoach Danny Borell said about the right-hander. \"Coming into this year, we \r\nworked on a few things mechanically on the mound just to get a little angle to \r\nhis fastball. He's always had a great arm and now we're just trying to get the \r\nbest out of him so he can climb the ladder for us.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe 6-foot-5 reliever went 4-2 last season in Staten Island with a 2.4 ERA and three\r\nsaves. He threw 30 innings in 25 games, striking out 41 and walking only 15. \r\nWetherell began his career in the system by pitching shutout ball in 12 of his \r\nfirst 13 appearances.
\r\n
\r\nCoach Danny Borell has seen and helped Wetherell develop his pitches over the \r\npast year, and he likes the way Wetherell has been throwing the ball \r\nrecently. During Spring Training, they were trying to add a couple pitches to \r\nthe arsenal to make [Wetherell] a more complete pitcher.
\r\n
\r\n\"During Spring Training we were working mostly on a secondary off-speed pitch,\" \r\nWetherell said. \"I didn't throw very many splits because I pretty much have that \r\ndown. We worked on fastball location, inside and out, so I can put the ball \r\nwhere I want it.
\r\n
\r\n\"Now, I'm just looking for another pitch to spin in there to get them off the \r\nfastball, and then I can back it off with the split.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"You always have to be working on something,\" Wetherell continued. \"Fastball \r\nplacement is always big -- you can't throw enough strikes ever. I mean, the best \r\npitch in baseball is strike one. Sharpening up that slider everyday and just \r\ntrying to keep throwing harder is what I'm focused on.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe organization is very happy with Wetherell's split-finger, and that has \r\nbecome known as his signature pitch.
\r\n
\r\n\"He has a wipe out split finger -- his fastball split-finger is a swing and miss \r\npitch versus lefties and righties,\" Borell said. \"We are working on his slider \r\nright now. But with him, like all the guys playing at this level, it's just \r\nabout getting repetitions. We're trying to make sure we're throwing strikes with \r\nhis fastball and just really owning that slider.\"
\r\n
\r\nRiverDogs' manager Carlos Mendoza is happy to see pitching coach Danny Borell \r\nstill has the opportunity to coach Wetherell, since they are already familiar \r\nwith each other.
\r\n
\r\n\"They have a good relationship and they communicate well,\" Mendoza said. \"Danny is a great guy \r\nto work with and the organization loves him.\"\"
\r\n
\r\n\"It's definitely nice since I already have a feel for him and he knows me as \r\nwell,\" Wetherell said. \"It's always nice to stay with the same pitching coach \r\nbecause he's seen my development and has known me since day one.\"
\r\n
\r\nMendoza also commented that he has high expectations for Wetherell coming into \r\nthis season, especially in regard to his split-finger.
\r\n
\r\n\"I expect him to do the same things he's been doing -- he's got a powerful arm \r\nand he throws a very good split-finger. I was very pleased with the way he threw \r\nthe ball his first time out. He attacked the hitters just like he's supposed to \r\ndo. I am very excited to have him here,\" Mendoza concluded.
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