Stuart Looks to Slide Up Ladder

Boasting the top slider in the Yankee organization, Cory Stuart has taken his slider to Charleston to add to their pitching staff in 2006. Though he has not seen the field much, Stuart has been very productive when he has been on the mound. Featuring a devastating slider and a solid fastball, Stuart has very good potential and has not disappointed this year either.

"I'm pretty happy with what I'm doing," Cory Stuart said of his start to the 2006 season. "So far I've done my job so far pretty much. So far I haven't blown a save, so that's pretty good. My hit total iss a little higher than normal, but I think part of that is bad luck."

Stuart came to Charleston this year after having a successful 2005 campaign in Staten Island. He finished the year with a 0.83 ERA through 32.2 innings, allowing only 17 hits and 13 walks with 50 strikeouts.

"I was happy with my season last year," Stuart told PinstripesPlus.com. "It was a great season team-wise, especially winning the championship and all that. But personally I felt I had a good year."

While Stuart had a successful season last year, he is working to improve his game to move up in the Yankee farm system. To add to his slider-fastball combination, the Canadian is looking to develop and improve a third pitch.

"I'm working on developing a changeup," Stuart said, "and throwing that in a game. Right now I've mostly been throwing fastball and slider. I'm gonna eventually be throwing a lot more changeups, especially against left-handed batters."

For Stuart, working his way up the Yankee organization will be in the bullpen. Whether it is as a long reliever, setup man, or closer is unknown at this point. But so far in his Yankee career, he was used more as the closer in Staten Island as well as in Charleston.

"Right now I guess it would be in the bullpen," said Stuart when talking about where he views his best Major League role would be. "But I don't know what the Yankee plans are for me. I feel like I can be any job. I don't know if I profile very well as a closer in big leagues just because I don't throw hard enough. Maybe anything but closer, I could see myself as a setup man, middle relief, maybe even a starter."

"In my mind he's a reliever," said pitching Coach Scott Aldred, "a guy who's got a chance to be effective and deceptive from his arm angle, which is lower. This gives him a better chance to sink the ball well with a very good slider."

He certainly has the mentality to make it as a Major League relief pitcher. He has an approach where he attacks hitters as well as featuring a short-term memory.

"I feel like I can get right after hitters and attack them," Stuart said about what is his biggest strength. "I think being at the end of the game, that's the most important thing, throwing strikes and getting after guys."

Teammates see the same aggressive makeup that Stuart sees.

"He's hard-nosed, goes after guys," teammate David Seccombe said. "He challenges people. He's a competitor. He's been here and put up good numbers the last couple of years. They give him the ball for a reason - he competes."

The competitive attitude and composure has helped to make Stuart the outstanding reliever that he is. Stuart also has a confidence that helps him.

"Just his composure is impressive," said teammate Zach Kroenke. "He might go in there, and a guy may hit a little Texas leaguer over the infield. You don't see him out there just pouting, got his head hanging or anything like that. He understands it's part of the game. He just needs to get back up on the mound and keep doing what he's doing, because he knows the batter didn't beat him, he just got lucky."

His style to attack the hitters has helped him out of the bullpen. Out of the five runners inherited by Stuart so far this season, only one has scored. Stuart also has had a very impressive 0.98 WHIP so far this season.

"His competitiveness is impressive," said Coach Aldred. "He gets out there and competes, and I don't think you can say that about everyone out there. He gets after it."

The aggressive approach though does have a negative that Stuart knows exists.

"Sometimes I try to strikeout guys a little too often," Stuart admitted.

With a 1.26 ERA in his first 12 games this season, Stuart is off to a very good start. During that stretch, he has had 16 strikeouts to only two walks in his 14 1/3 innings of work.

"Stuart's probably our best guy out of the pen," praised fellow pitching staff member Garrett Patterson.

For his coaches ,one word really describes what Stuart needs the most work on to make the major league level.

"Consistency, like all the guys here," Coach Aldred said about what he's working with Stuart on improving. "He is working on throwing the balls to all locations around the plate."

Off the field Stuart helps to bring life and laughter to the locker room.

"He's a guy that keeps locker room loose," Patterson said of Stuart. "He is always telling jokes trying to make someone laugh. He's a good guy to talk to if you are feeling down, just because he can put a smile on your face."

One place his fun-loving attitude does not make its way is onto the mound with Stuart.

"On field he's a fierce competitor," said teammate Kroenke. "You can see it when he's on the mound out there. When it comes to game time, he's 100% into it."

For the right-handed relief pitcher, Stuart features an outstanding slider.

"The key to the slider is to just spin it, so I just try to spin the heck out of it," said Stuart of what is his best pitch.

Stuart though is happy to be on a team that he thinks has a lot of potential.

"I think we are pitching really well," Stuart said of his current Charleston RiverDog team. "I think we are near the top of the league. I think that will always be key to any team."

Another part of that pitching staff, that Stuart praises as well as bolsters, is another guy that Stuart feels goes under the radar.

"I would say the sleeper on this staff is Jim Conroy," said the young right-handed reliever. "Over last two years I've played with him, he's been one of most consistent guys."

The Charleston RiverDogs though are happy to have a guy like Stuart on their team, and welcome his arm, and his slider, in the bullpen.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I'm pretty happy with what I'm doing,\" Cory Stuart said of his start to the 2006 season. \"So far I've done my job so far pretty much. So far I haven't blown a save, so that's pretty good. My hit total iss a little higher than normal, but I think part of that is bad luck.\"
\r\n
\r\nStuart came to Charleston this year after having a successful 2005 campaign in Staten Island. He finished the year with a 0.83 ERA through 32.2 innings, allowing only 17 hits and 13 walks with 50 strikeouts.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was happy with my season last year,\" Stuart told PinstripesPlus.com. \"It was a great season team-wise, especially winning the championship and all that. But personally I felt I had a good year.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile Stuart had a successful season last year, he is working to improve his game to move up in the Yankee farm system. To add to his slider-fastball combination, the Canadian is looking to develop and improve a third pitch.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm working on developing a changeup,\" Stuart said, \"and throwing that in a game. Right now I've mostly been throwing fastball and slider. I'm gonna eventually be throwing a lot more changeups, especially against left-handed batters.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor Stuart, working his way up the Yankee organization will be in the bullpen. Whether it is as a long reliever, setup man, or closer is unknown at this point. But so far in his Yankee career, he was used more as the closer in Staten Island as well as in Charleston.
\r\n
\r\n\"Right now I guess it would be in the bullpen,\" said Stuart when talking about where he views his best Major League role would be. \"But I don't know what the Yankee plans are for me. I feel like I can be any job. I don't know if I profile very well as a closer in big leagues just because I don't throw hard enough. Maybe anything but closer, I could see myself as a setup man, middle relief, maybe even a starter.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"In my mind he's a reliever,\" said pitching Coach Scott Aldred, \"a guy who's got a chance to be effective and deceptive from his arm angle, which is lower. This gives him a better chance to sink the ball well with a very good slider.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe certainly has the mentality to make it as a Major League relief pitcher. He has an approach where he attacks hitters as well as featuring a short-term memory.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel like I can get right after hitters and attack them,\" Stuart said about what is his biggest strength. \"I think being at the end of the game, that's the most important thing, throwing strikes and getting after guys.\"
\r\n
\r\nTeammates see the same aggressive makeup that Stuart sees.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's hard-nosed, goes after guys,\" teammate David Seccombe said. \"He challenges people. He's a competitor. He's been here and put up good numbers the last couple of years. They give him the ball for a reason - he competes.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe competitive attitude and composure has helped to make Stuart the outstanding reliever that he is. Stuart also has a confidence that helps him.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just his composure is impressive,\" said teammate Zach Kroenke. \"He might go in there, and a guy may hit a little Texas leaguer over the infield. You don't see him out there just pouting, got his head hanging or anything like that. He understands it's part of the game. He just needs to get back up on the mound and keep doing what he's doing, because he knows the batter didn't beat him, he just got lucky.\"
\r\n
\r\nHis style to attack the hitters has helped him out of the bullpen. Out of the five runners inherited by Stuart so far this season, only one has scored. Stuart also has had a very impressive 0.98 WHIP so far this season.
\r\n
\r\n\"His competitiveness is impressive,\" said Coach Aldred. \"He gets out there and competes, and I don't think you can say that about everyone out there. He gets after it.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe aggressive approach though does have a negative that Stuart knows exists.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sometimes I try to strikeout guys a little too often,\" Stuart admitted.
\r\n
\r\nWith a 1.26 ERA in his first 12 games this season, Stuart is off to a very good start. During that stretch, he has had 16 strikeouts to only two walks in his 14 1/3 innings of work.
\r\n
\r\n\"Stuart's probably our best guy out of the pen,\" praised fellow pitching staff member Garrett Patterson.
\r\n
\r\nFor his coaches ,one word really describes what Stuart needs the most work on to make the major league level.
\r\n
\r\n\"Consistency, like all the guys here,\" Coach Aldred said about what he's working with Stuart on improving. \"He is working on throwing the balls to all locations around the plate.\"
\r\n
\r\nOff the field Stuart helps to bring life and laughter to the locker room.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's a guy that keeps locker room loose,\" Patterson said of Stuart. \"He is always telling jokes trying to make someone laugh. He's a good guy to talk to if you are feeling down, just because he can put a smile on your face.\"
\r\n
\r\nOne place his fun-loving attitude does not make its way is onto the mound with Stuart.
\r\n
\r\n\"On field he's a fierce competitor,\" said teammate Kroenke. \"You can see it when he's on the mound out there. When it comes to game time, he's 100% into it.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor the right-handed relief pitcher, Stuart features an outstanding slider.
\r\n
\r\n\"The key to the slider is to just spin it, so I just try to spin the heck out of it,\" said Stuart of what is his best pitch.
\r\n
\r\nStuart though is happy to be on a team that he thinks has a lot of potential.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think we are pitching really well,\" Stuart said of his current Charleston RiverDog team. \"I think we are near the top of the league. I think that will always be key to any team.\"
\r\n
\r\nAnother part of that pitching staff, that Stuart praises as well as bolsters, is another guy that Stuart feels goes under the radar.
\r\n
\r\n\"I would say the sleeper on this staff is Jim Conroy,\" said the young right-handed reliever. \"Over last two years I've played with him, he's been one of most consistent guys.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe Charleston RiverDogs though are happy to have a guy like Stuart on their team, and welcome his arm, and his slider, in the bullpen.
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