Settling In: Phil Hughes Online Journal

The Yankee's #1 pick in 2004, Phil Hughes is primed to become an elite pitching prospect and make his rise to becoming a big league ace of the future. Phil is keeping a journal throughout the 2005 season to keep the readers of PinstripesPlus.com informed on how he is progressing. 

Hi again everyone! I'm glad to bring you to my second online journal. I hope you enjoy them as I will be updating you on a weekly basis. I've been in Tampa for a little over a week now and I am starting to get settled into a workout and throwing routine and I feel great. We have been throwing side bullpen sessions three times a week now. It is good to be throwing off a mound again even though we are limited to just fastballs. This week we will start throwing some changeups as part of our work. All the guys that have reported early are looking great and everyone seems fresh and excited for the upcoming season.

I have been on a very good total body lifting program and I hope to pick up some velocity this season without giving up any part of my pitching game. As excepted, some guys are feeling some aches pains here and there, after starting some more intense workouts. But, there is nothing serious. It is just the usual aches and pains. With most of the day off and Saturday and Sundays free as well, I find myself with a lot of free time trying to keep myself busy. I hope to receive my golf clubs within a few days and baseball card signings are starting to heat up also so I shouldn't have any problems finding things to do anymore. That's about all I have for this week but, like I said, I will keep you guys updated as things come up. More guys should start coming into town as spring training gets closer. I appreciate all the interest in my career and feel free to ask any questions that you may have. Thanks!

Now, onto answering some of those questions from the past week. One question asks whether I get a chance to study hitters before I take the mound. The answer is yes. But, we don't actually get a sheet of paper with reports on it. Last year, we would just go over the hitters before every game with the pitching coach. So, yeah, I do try and get a feel for the hitters that I'll be facing the day I pitch. Another reader asks me what type of glove I wear. Well, this year I am wearing a Louisville glove. Ok, we'll take a couple more for this week. This one asks what I do when I'm not playing ball. Like I said earlier, I'm getting my golf clubs soon but I do sleep a lot right now also. Things will get busier and busier soon enough. Here is one more from the readers. It asks me what Major League pitcher I model my delivery after. The answer to that is I don't try to copy anyone. It is just what has always come naturally to me. But, if I had to compare it to anyone's, I would say Roger Clemens.

That's it for now. It is good to know that I have so many fans behind me so I am happy to answer any questions you may have anytime along the way. Contact the site at PinstripesPlus@aol.com and the questions will be answered in an upcoming journal. Thanks again to all my fans!

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