Robertson Emphasizing The Curve

It's difficult to imagine a better professional debut season than the one David Robertson had in 2007. Going a combined 8-3 with a 0.96 ERA and piling up 113 strikeouts in just about 84 innings at three different minor league levels, he simply dominated. But as good as he was, he thinks he can be even better by improving his curveball, a pitch he didn't even throw prior to this season.

"I would have to say if I need to improve on anything it would be throwing my breaking ball more for strikes in 0-0 counts or 2-0 counts where I can mix in the breaking ball and pitch backwards more," David Robertson said of his emphasis in his repertoire. "That's probably the biggest thing I need to work on."

Boasting a four-seam fastball, a changeup, and now a curveball, 2007 was the first year he used the curveball. The slider was his breaking ball of choice before signing with the Yankees.

"I was throwing a curveball this year," he confirmed. "I've usually been a slider guy but I've been throwing the curveball a lot. It was working great for me, but sometimes when I needed to mix it in for a strike, I would just throw it a little low or a little high. I just need to really work on getting it into the strike zone."

While he would like to get stronger, bettering the command of his newest breaking ball headlines the list of things he would like to work on in preparation for the 2008 season.

"It got to the point for me where I could throw it in the dirt for a strikeout pitch, but sometimes it seemed like I was just trying to flick it in there for a strike and I'd leave it up in the zone or not quite getting the break I needed to get it into the strike zone without it getting hit.

"I had to work on it all season and by the end of the season I was doing fairly well with it. I'm pretty excited about that."

Throwing a slider as the closer for the University of Alabama and still a part of his arsenal as recently as Spring Training, the Yankees liked his curveball a bit better and had him focus on improving it this past season.

Known for his ability to spot his fastball at will so far in his professional career, Robertson wants to have that same ability with his breaking ball.

"I can throw it for a [called] strike sometimes, but I really want to be able to throw it for strikes all the time like I can with my fastball," he admitted. "That's what I'm hoping for."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I would have to say if I need to improve on anything it would be throwing my breaking ball more for strikes in 0-0 counts or 2-0 counts where I can mix in the breaking ball and pitch backwards more,\" David Robertson said of his emphasis in his repertoire. \"That's probably the biggest thing I need to work on.\"
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\r\nBoasting a four-seam fastball, a changeup, and now a curveball, 2007 was the first year he used the curveball. The slider was his breaking ball of choice before signing with the Yankees.
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\r\n\"I was throwing a curveball this year,\" he confirmed. \"I've usually been a slider guy but I've been throwing the curveball a lot. It was working great for me, but sometimes when I needed to mix it in for a strike, I would just throw it a little low or a little high. I just need to really work on getting it into the strike zone.\"
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\r\nWhile he would like to get stronger, bettering the command of his newest breaking ball headlines the list of things he would like to work on in preparation for the 2008 season.
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\r\n\"It got to the point for me where I could throw it in the dirt for a strikeout pitch, but sometimes it seemed like I was just trying to flick it in there for a strike and I'd leave it up in the zone or not quite getting the break I needed to get it into the strike zone without it getting hit.
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\r\n\"I had to work on it all season and by the end of the season I was doing fairly well with it. I'm pretty excited about that.\"
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\r\nThrowing a slider as the closer for the University of Alabama and still a part of his arsenal as recently as Spring Training, the Yankees liked his curveball a bit better and had him focus on improving it this past season.
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\r\nKnown for his ability to spot his fastball at will so far in his professional career, Robertson wants to have that same ability with his breaking ball.
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\r\n\"I can throw it for a [called] strike sometimes, but I really want to be able to throw it for strikes all the time like I can with my fastball,\" he admitted. \"That's what I'm hoping for.\"
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