"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.
Wetherell Keeping It Up
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