Hoover Returning To Form

Jesse Hoover, one of the Yankees top pitching prospects from the 2004 draft, is back on the mound after two seasons in which he was plagued by back injuries. The 25-year old, right-handed pitcher recently got promoted to the Class-A Charleston Riverdogs with hopes that he will be able to return to the dominant reliever that he was drafted to become.

According to Jesse Hoover, his back is feeling great and he is not having any problems that are not normal for a baseball player in a long-season league.

"My back is doing really well right now. Obviously there are days where it doesn't feel great, but it's at the point now where I can get it ready stretching-wise and warming up-wise," said Hoover.

Another positive aspect about Hoover's back for both himself and the Yankees is that any pain he does have is not effecting his pitching.

"I haven't had any problems whatsoever pitching-wise; I haven't had any pain, any stiffness," stated Hoover. "Obviously it's always a little sore the next day, but that is something typical that all players get."

If anything, Hoover is confident with the results that he has received in both Extended Spring Training and more recently, after his promotion to long-season ball.

"It's been really encouraging. I threw some innings in Extended, and threw about [twelve] innings here [Charleston]," said Hoover. "Its been good; I think I've put it to the test by throwing every three days, and it's a good sign that it's held up so far."

Although Hoover feels good on the mound, he is still working to regain the velocity on his once prominent 97 MPH fastball.

"I'm slowly getting the velocity back on my fastball. I think it's around 90 or 91 MPH, nothing too overpowering, but not bad," stated Hoover.

Despite the fact that Hoover's fastball has not quite reached the velocity it once had, his curveball has improved and it is helping him compensate.

"My curveball has been good for me. I've been able to throw it for strikes more than I used to a few years ago," said Hoover. "It's a good secondary pitch that I can now go to in 0-0 counts."

While still maintaining a curveball and fastball, which are two pitches Hoover has always had, he recently began the development of a changeup, which is crucial for him since his velocity on his fastball is not where it once was.

"I really try to incorporate the changeup. I just started doing that in the last few outings and by the end of the year, I would really like to have that as a third pitch that I can rely on," Hoover concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nAccording to Jesse Hoover, his back is feeling great and he is not having any problems that are not normal for a baseball player in a long-season league.
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\r\n\"My back is doing really well right now. Obviously there are days where it doesn't feel great, but it's at the point now where I can get it ready stretching-wise and warming up-wise,\" said Hoover.
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\r\nAnother positive aspect about Hoover's back for both himself and the Yankees is that any pain he does have is not effecting his pitching.
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\r\n\"I haven't had any problems whatsoever pitching-wise; I haven't had any pain, any stiffness,\" stated Hoover. \"Obviously it's always a little sore the next day, but that is something typical that all players get.\"
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\r\nIf anything, Hoover is confident with the results that he has received in both Extended Spring Training and more recently, after his promotion to long-season ball.
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\r\n\"It's been really encouraging. I threw some innings in Extended, and threw about [twelve] innings here [Charleston],\" said Hoover. \"Its been good; I think I've put it to the test by throwing every three days, and it's a good sign that it's held up so far.\"
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\r\nAlthough Hoover feels good on the mound, he is still working to regain the velocity on his once prominent 97 MPH fastball.
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\r\n\"I'm slowly getting the velocity back on my fastball. I think it's around 90 or 91 MPH, nothing too overpowering, but not bad,\" stated Hoover.
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\r\nDespite the fact that Hoover's fastball has not quite reached the velocity it once had, his curveball has improved and it is helping him compensate.
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\r\n\"My curveball has been good for me. I've been able to throw it for strikes more than I used to a few years ago,\" said Hoover. \"It's a good secondary pitch that I can now go to in 0-0 counts.\"
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\r\nWhile still maintaining a curveball and fastball, which are two pitches Hoover has always had, he recently began the development of a changeup, which is crucial for him since his velocity on his fastball is not where it once was.
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\r\n\"I really try to incorporate the changeup. I just started doing that in the last few outings and by the end of the year, I would really like to have that as a third pitch that I can rely on,\" Hoover concluded.
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