Mechanics. "My arm slot is high, and I was having some trouble keeping it high, but I worked all that out. I would say my delivery is pretty basic, and I would say the biggest problem I've had would be rushing forward, which I've improved on."
Velocity. Average - 92-95 MPH, Peaks - 97 MPH.
"My velocity is good and I can crank it up if I need to. Also, I've been told my fastball gets on hitters quick. I think that is because of my short arm stroke."
Movement. "I think I would say when I'm throwing arm side I get some run into right-handers, as far as away it is more straight."
Notes. Phil Hughes has always had a power fastball that he has the ability to locate in and out of the strike zone. In other words, he is the classic example of power and control, a combination that usually produces an ace caliber pitcher. There may be pitchers with more dazzling secondary stuff, but teams would kill for a strong, hard throwing, strike thrower like Hughes.
Velocity. 78-82 MPH.
Movement. "My curveball has really come a long way. I would say it is a power curve. And, the movement is like a 12-6 movement, maybe 12:30-6:30."
Notes. The curveball is what has separated Phil Hughes from the pack among pitching prospects. Even the Yankees may not have expected such a rapid development of this pitch since he joined the organization in 2004. It is now a more than formidable plus, strikeout pitch to go along with his plus fastball.
Velocity. 83-86 MPH.
Movement. "I get a little bit of fade to my changeup, but it is probably my weakest pitch. But it is a lot more consistent than it was. I can throw it for strikes consistently but my command and confidence in it aren't where I'd eventually like it to be."
Notes. Phil's changeup has been a key pitch for him during his development, but it still has a lot of room for growth. But, simply the fact that he's throwing it for strikes on a fairly consistent basis is enough to keep hitter's honest. As smart a pitcher as Hughes is, we can expect that he'll eventually have more confidence in his third pitch.
Control. "Most hitters will tell you that when they hit home runs, they are on pitches that are right down the middle. So my control enables me to go in and out and not miss very much, which helps me to not give up home runs. Also, keeping the ball down in the zone is huge."
Holding Base Runners. "I do a pretty good job of holding base runners I think. I may not pick a lot of guys off, but I'm very quick to the plate and I always give my catcher a good shot at throwing any runners out."
Fielding. "As far as fielding my position, I won the little contest we had in mini-camp. So, I think that I'm a pretty good fielder."
Competitiveness/Intelligence. "I would say I'm like a mix [of a guy who relies on emotion and a guy who relies on outsmarting hitters]. I look for hitters weaknesses and things like that but at the same time I do get really fired up when I pitch and love attacking hitters."
Pitch Count Management. "Well if I have my really good stuff and I'm missing bats, then my pitch count can get high, along with strikeouts, but if my stuff is just average on that day, then ill tend to get more groundball/fly ball outs, and my pitch count will be lower."
Self-Analysis v1.1: Phil Hughes
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