Peterson No Longer A One-Pitch Hurler

TAMPA, FL - What Staten Island closer Nick Peterson was able to accomplish in 2006, going 5-3 with 14 saves and a 1.93 ERA was pretty special, especially considering he was primarily just a fastball pitcher. He set his sights on rectifying that problem this offseason and he enters camp with a new weapon in his arsenal.

"I live here in Tampa so I was fortunate to use the facilities here the whole offseason," Nick Peterson told PinstripesPlus.com. "The main thing I wanted to work on this offseason was my slider. It was a pitch I wasn't able to use a whole lot last season because I wasn't able to throw it for strikes."

He spent a lot of time working on his slider with Pitching Coordinator Nardi Contreras over the winter months - about three to four days a week - so he would be better equipped for his first Spring Training.

Peterson also says he spent some time developing his changeup to give him a third pitch and he believes he will be able to balance all of his pitches a lot more in 2007, more so than last year.

Despite the solid numbers in the NY-Penn League last season, he thinks the further development of his two offspeed pitches will allow him to be more confident on the mound and that should aid his mental game.

"The mental aspect of the game," he listed as the other area of his game he believes he has improved and wants to continue developing. "I want to learn more about the game. I want to learn different situations, how to handle certain pressures, especially in the position I was in last year."

"I was the closer last year so all the games I came in were tight ball games. I want to be able to come in those games and be relaxed and handle the pressures."

Now armed with a reliable slider, Peterson seems ready to tackle any situation now.

"One hundred percent better," Peterson said of how his slider differs from the one last year. "I wasn't able to control it. It was always in the dirt."

"Now I feel like I'm able to control it a lot more, throw it for strikes, still be able to bury it in the dirt if I need to, but I think I'll be able to throw it more in the middle of the count."

"I feel like I can control it a lot better. I formed a different break to it. Instead of a big sweeping slider, it's more of a sharp-short pitch for me," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"I live here in Tampa so I was fortunate to use the facilities here the whole offseason,\" Nick Peterson told PinstripesPlus.com. \"The main thing I wanted to work on this offseason was my slider. It was a pitch I wasn't able to use a whole lot last season because I wasn't able to throw it for strikes.\"
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\r\nHe spent a lot of time working on his slider with Pitching Coordinator Nardi Contreras over the winter months - about three to four days a week - so he would be better equipped for his first Spring Training.
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\r\nPeterson also says he spent some time developing his changeup to give him a third pitch and he believes he will be able to balance all of his pitches a lot more in 2007, more so than last year.
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\r\nDespite the solid numbers in the NY-Penn League last season, he thinks the further development of his two offspeed pitches will allow him to be more confident on the mound and that should aid his mental game.
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\r\n\"The mental aspect of the game,\" he listed as the other area of his game he believes he has improved and wants to continue developing. \"I want to learn more about the game. I want to learn different situations, how to handle certain pressures, especially in the position I was in last year.\"
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\r\n\"I was the closer last year so all the games I came in were tight ball games. I want to be able to come in those games and be relaxed and handle the pressures.\"
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\r\nNow armed with a reliable slider, Peterson seems ready to tackle any situation now.
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\r\n\"One hundred percent better,\" Peterson said of how his slider differs from the one last year. \"I wasn't able to control it. It was always in the dirt.\"
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\r\n\"Now I feel like I'm able to control it a lot more, throw it for strikes, still be able to bury it in the dirt if I need to, but I think I'll be able to throw it more in the middle of the count.\"
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\r\n\"I feel like I can control it a lot better. I formed a different break to it. Instead of a big sweeping slider, it's more of a sharp-short pitch for me,\" he concluded.
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