Arias Ending On High Note

Few sports offer as many peaks and valleys as a season of professional baseball does. Tampa Yankees' relief pitcher Wilkins Arias knows this all too well. The season has been up and down for him, but he's finishing off the year strong after a 1.29 ERA in August. This is a huge bounce back from his July where he posted a 9.00 ERA, giving up 13 runs in 13 innings.

The mental and physical part of the game have been a struggle at times for Arias. He's showed a lot of resilience and determination to grind through the low points.

"There are certain days were you come out and feel 100 percent," Wilkins Arias said through an interpreter. "Other days you come out and you're not feeling as good. You just have to make adjustments and try to pitch your best whenever you can. I'm just going out there and trying to perform."

While the numbers may not look overly impressive for Arias, they are not bad either. Poor showings in a couple months clouded what has been a solid year for the young lefty. His record stands at 6-3 with his ERA at 4.59 after he gave up two earned runs on Saturday.

Tampa pitching coach Greg Pavlik takes the stance that most coaches take at this point of player development; and that's that the numbers can sometimes be deceiving.

"Well, I think he's had a pretty good year," he said. "I know his numbers aren't where he'd like them, like his ERA. But I don't really look at numbers too much. I look to see if he's progressed, the angles on his pitches, how he's commanding his fastball, especially on his arm side."

Arias looks to have progressed nicely. One reason for his success has been the development of a new pitch to his arsenal - a split-finger. Adding it to his fastball, changeup, and devastating slider has made a huge difference in his performance.

"He's thrown it in the games a few times, and he's gotten some outs with it," said Pavlik. "It compliments the changeup, because the changeup was so hard so there wasn't enough separation between the speed of his pitches."

The pitch has been a weapon against right-handers for Arias. In fact, he has faired better against them than lefties, a .252 average compared to a .299 average.

"It's a pitch that I think is going to help me out, especially against right-hand hitters," he said.

While serving mainly as a starter during his during the early part of his professional career, all his appearances this year have come from the bullpen.

Often pitching multiple innings and getting a few days in-between, the organization sees this as the best way for him to work on his command and mechanics. The success means it could be more of a long-term stay. Arias is just ready to take the ball whenever necessary.

"The Yankees feel the best chance for me to make it to the majors is from the bullpen and facing lefties and I'm fine with that," he said. "I'm starting to feel more comfortable."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThe mental and physical part of the game have been a struggle at times for Arias. He's showed a lot of resilience and determination to grind through the low points.
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\r\n\"There are certain days were you come out and feel 100 percent,\" Wilkins Arias said through an interpreter. \"Other days you come out and you're not feeling as good. You just have to make adjustments and try to pitch your best whenever you can. I'm just going out there and trying to perform.\"
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\r\nWhile the numbers may not look overly impressive for Arias, they are not bad either. Poor showings in a couple months clouded what has been a solid year for the young lefty. His record stands at 6-3 with his ERA at 4.59 after he gave up two earned runs on Saturday.
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\r\nTampa pitching coach Greg Pavlik takes the stance that most coaches take at this point of player development; and that's that the numbers can sometimes be deceiving.
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\r\n\"Well, I think he's had a pretty good year,\" he said. \"I know his numbers aren't where he'd like them, like his ERA. But I don't really look at numbers too much. I look to see if he's progressed, the angles on his pitches, how he's commanding his fastball, especially on his arm side.\"
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\r\nArias looks to have progressed nicely. One reason for his success has been the development of a new pitch to his arsenal - a split-finger. Adding it to his fastball, changeup, and devastating slider has made a huge difference in his performance.
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\r\n\"He's thrown it in the games a few times, and he's gotten some outs with it,\" said Pavlik. \"It compliments the changeup, because the changeup was so hard so there wasn't enough separation between the speed of his pitches.\"
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\r\nThe pitch has been a weapon against right-handers for Arias. In fact, he has faired better against them than lefties, a .252 average compared to a .299 average.
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\r\n\"It's a pitch that I think is going to help me out, especially against right-hand hitters,\" he said.
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\r\nWhile serving mainly as a starter during his during the early part of his professional career, all his appearances this year have come from the bullpen.
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\r\nOften pitching multiple innings and getting a few days in-between, the organization sees this as the best way for him to work on his command and mechanics. The success means it could be more of a long-term stay. Arias is just ready to take the ball whenever necessary.
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\r\n\"The Yankees feel the best chance for me to make it to the majors is from the bullpen and facing lefties and I'm fine with that,\" he said. \"I'm starting to feel more comfortable.\"
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