Norton Just Looking To Repeat

With the type of dominant second-half he had in 2006, going 3-1 with a 0.92 ERA in his last seven starts for the Staten Island Yankees, Tim Norton was obviously happy with his pitching down the stretch. And after reporting to camp in fantastic shape, pitching-wise, he says his top goal in Spring Training is just repeating.

"I actually put on about 12-13 pounds in the offseason," said Tim Norton. "I was just working out a lot. That's the plan, put on some muscle. I don't think I put on too much fat."

Helping his ability to be in such great shape when minor leaguers reported two weeks ago was his commitment to being the best by reporting to the complex nearly two months before the majority of Yankees prospects.

In fact, Norton reported for 2007 Spring Training way back in 2006 - December 29th to be exact.

"It's fun," he said of his first Spring Training, "it's a lot of baseball, a lot of drills, and a lot of the same thing every day. I'm going to put in a month of a lot of hard work and hopefully it pays off."

His plan for the payoff was to get in better physical condition and begin working on the consistency in his pitches, which included his fastball, slider, and changeup.

"I kind of put it on the back-shelf for a little bit," he said of his splitter, "because the changeup and slider were more of a priority for me. The split is starting to come back slowly a bit at a time."

Perhaps being part modest, Norton's splitter was on full display in Saturday's first Spring Training game as he threw a few for called strikes. But true to his word, his slider and changeup are the two pitches he wants to perfect first.

"Probably my changeup," he listed as his best secondary pitch right now. "The changeup has come a long way in the last year or so and it's starting to turn into a quality pitch for me."

"I'm happy about that. I'm excited about starting to throw that in the games and see how much it got better."

Even with just one of his estimated 25 starts (including Spring Training) in 2007 under his belt, he believes his improved changeup will give him a good chance to carry on his second-half success of last year into the new season.

"It's just more consistent," he said how his changeup has gotten better. "The pitch grip is more consistent. I finally found something that works for me and just having the confidence in letting it rip instead of easing up with it. I'm really comfortable doing that now."

Duplicating the arm speed of his fastball when throwing his changeup has been a big development in his secondary game and he is beginning to spot it more consistently in the strike zone.

"Yeah," he said if he's happy with the velocity and location of his changeup. "It can always get better, but it's really coming along and I'm excited about it. I feel it's going to be a good pitch for me."

Not the type of person to set any huge goals for himself, especially from a numbers standpoint, Norton says his goals are basic: he wants to get better mentally and physically and just get consistent with each one of his pitches.

"Well I think like everyone, I've been working on every one of my pitches," he admitted. "Most of the time it's offspeed pitches you're working on and hopefully you're fastball is there usually."

"I'm trying to get my changup more consistent, the slider to bite a little more consistently, and just repeat, repeat, repeat."

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\r\n \r\n \r\n\"I actually put on about 12-13 pounds in the offseason,\" said Tim Norton. \"I was just working out a lot. That's the plan, put on some muscle. I don't think I put on too much fat.\"
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\r\nHelping his ability to be in such great shape when minor leaguers reported two weeks ago was his commitment to being the best by reporting to the complex nearly two months before the majority of Yankees prospects.
\r\n
\r\nIn fact, Norton reported for 2007 Spring Training way back in 2006 - December 29th to be exact.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's fun,\" he said of his first Spring Training, \"it's a lot of baseball, a lot of drills, and a lot of the same thing every day. I'm going to put in a month of a lot of hard work and hopefully it pays off.\"
\r\n
\r\nHis plan for the payoff was to get in better physical condition and begin working on the consistency in his pitches, which included his fastball, slider, and changeup.
\r\n
\r\n\"I kind of put it on the back-shelf for a little bit,\" he said of his splitter, \"because the changeup and slider were more of a priority for me. The split is starting to come back slowly a bit at a time.\"
\r\n
\r\nPerhaps being part modest, Norton's splitter was on full display in Saturday's first Spring Training game as he threw a few for called strikes. But true to his word, his slider and changeup are the two pitches he wants to perfect first.
\r\n
\r\n\"Probably my changeup,\" he listed as his best secondary pitch right now. \"The changeup has come a long way in the last year or so and it's starting to turn into a quality pitch for me.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm happy about that. I'm excited about starting to throw that in the games and see how much it got better.\"
\r\n
\r\nEven with just one of his estimated 25 starts (including Spring Training) in 2007 under his belt, he believes his improved changeup will give him a good chance to carry on his second-half success of last year into the new season.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's just more consistent,\" he said how his changeup has gotten better. \"The pitch grip is more consistent. I finally found something that works for me and just having the confidence in letting it rip instead of easing up with it. I'm really comfortable doing that now.\"
\r\n
\r\nDuplicating the arm speed of his fastball when throwing his changeup has been a big development in his secondary game and he is beginning to spot it more consistently in the strike zone.
\r\n
\r\n\"Yeah,\" he said if he's happy with the velocity and location of his changeup. \"It can always get better, but it's really coming along and I'm excited about it. I feel it's going to be a good pitch for me.\"
\r\n
\r\nNot the type of person to set any huge goals for himself, especially from a numbers standpoint, Norton says his goals are basic: he wants to get better mentally and physically and just get consistent with each one of his pitches.
\r\n
\r\n\"Well I think like everyone, I've been working on every one of my pitches,\" he admitted. \"Most of the time it's offspeed pitches you're working on and hopefully you're fastball is there usually.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm trying to get my changup more consistent, the slider to bite a little more consistently, and just repeat, repeat, repeat.\"
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