Whitley Sliding Up

The life of a relief pitcher has as many ups and downs as a rollercoaster ride does. There are times when the pitcher cruises through an inning and other times when he is scratching his head wondering what went wrong today. Chase Whitley's ride has seen those turbulent turns but he remains optimistic that the rest of the season will be smooth sailing.

"The biggest thing is I am working on just trying to slow the game down when things happen over the course of the game and that is something I am trying to improve, and I feel like over the last couple of weeks it's been pretty good," Whitley said.

In his first outing since the All-Star break in a game against Syracuse Chiefs, Whitley pitched one and two-thirds of scoreless baseball. With the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees the 23-year-old has pitched in short and long relief but in every one of his outings he is working on fine-tuning his fastball, changeup and slider.

"I have been working on some stuff, working on my slider continuously," Whitley said. "I like where it is going right now and hopefully it can carry over to the game."

Throughout his minor league career Whitley has been producing more ground ball outs than fly outs and that is partly due to having an effective changeup.

The former Troy University standout is tinkering with the velocity of his slider though in order to keep the batters more off balance.

"I am trying to use my slider as a cutter and make it a little harder and have three different speeds; fastball speed, slider speed, and changeup speed," Whitley said. "That way the hitter has more to think about instead of the two speeds in that area."

His constant desire to improve has led Whitley to this stage thus far and he hopes his hard work will pay off in the games to come.

"I just keep grinding out and continuing to improve my fastball demand," Whitley said. "I feel really confident where my slider has been the last couple of [outings] and I really feel there has been some improvement, and I hope that continues throughout the rest of the season."

Now that the summer heat has been here for a while, Whitley is making sure that he stays fit and fresh in order to help his team win.

"Just making sure I do all my stretches and also after I pitch," he said. "I make sure I stay hydrated with it getting hotter and I feel really good right now."

Whitley, who is no stranger from moving up the New York Yankees minor league system, finds it pretty strange not having an actually "home" stadium this year.

"It's been different not having a couch to sit there and watch TV but once we get to the field it's still baseball, but I feel like everyone is doing a good job staying positive throughout all of this."

Currently the SWB Yankees are in a close battle in the International League North as well as the lone Wild Card spot. In order for the Yankees to remain in contention and nab a playoff spot, they are going to need the young pitcher to do what he does best. Get outs.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"The biggest thing is I am working on just trying to slow the game down when things happen over the course of the game and that is something I am trying to improve, and I feel like over the last couple of weeks it's been pretty good,\" Whitley said.
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\r\nIn his first outing since the All-Star break in a game against Syracuse Chiefs, Whitley pitched one and two-thirds of scoreless baseball. With the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees the 23-year-old has pitched in short and long relief but in every one of his outings he is working on fine-tuning his fastball, changeup and slider.
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\r\n\"I have been working on some stuff, working on my slider continuously,\" Whitley said. \"I like where it is going right now and hopefully it can carry over to the game.\"
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\r\nThroughout his minor league career Whitley has been producing more ground ball outs than fly outs and that is partly due to having an effective changeup.
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\r\nThe former Troy University standout is tinkering with the velocity of his slider though in order to keep the batters more off balance.
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\r\n\"I am trying to use my slider as a cutter and make it a little harder and have three different speeds; fastball speed, slider speed, and changeup speed,\" Whitley said. \"That way the hitter has more to think about instead of the two speeds in that area.\"
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\r\nHis constant desire to improve has led Whitley to this stage thus far and he hopes his hard work will pay off in the games to come.
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\r\n\"I just keep grinding out and continuing to improve my fastball demand,\" Whitley said. \"I feel really confident where my slider has been the last couple of [outings] and I really feel there has been some improvement, and I hope that continues throughout the rest of the season.\"
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\r\nNow that the summer heat has been here for a while, Whitley is making sure that he stays fit and fresh in order to help his team win.
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\r\n\"Just making sure I do all my stretches and also after I pitch,\" he said. \"I make sure I stay hydrated with it getting hotter and I feel really good right now.\"
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\r\nWhitley, who is no stranger from moving up the New York Yankees minor league system, finds it pretty strange not having an actually \"home\" stadium this year.
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\r\n\"It's been different not having a couch to sit there and watch TV but once we get to the field it's still baseball, but I feel like everyone is doing a good job staying positive throughout all of this.\"
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\r\nCurrently the SWB Yankees are in a close battle in the International League North as well as the lone Wild Card spot. In order for the Yankees to remain in contention and nab a playoff spot, they are going to need the young pitcher to do what he does best. Get outs.
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