Cox Polishing His Game

J.B. Cox has quickly climbed the organizational ladder this season, and with a strong Triple-A performance, he will certainly be a candidate for a big league bullpen role once Joba Chamberlain moves to the starting rotation. The right-hander is feeling confident, strong and ready to show the Yankees that his elbow is fully healed and that he can contribute in the majors.

"My arm feels great right now, but it definitely feels stronger now than it did earlier in the season." J. Brent Cox admitted. "It feels better each time I run out there, and I'm getting really confident after each outing. I'm starting to feel that I'm healthy, and I'm ready.

"The more I pitch, the more confident I feel, and the less I think about my arm. Three weeks ago, I was just trying to throw strikes, and make sure that my arm was healthy, but now I am really working at improving my command.

"When I first came back control was one of the things I was struggling with, and it's still not right where I want it to be, but it gets closer and closer every time I pitch."

After his May 23rd appearance against the Indianapolis Indians, Cox said that it was the best his arm had felt all season. He picked up his first Triple-A win with one and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball, throwing 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes.

"He was able to control the bottom of the strike zone, and he had good movement and sinking action. He was able to get some swings and misses over the top of balls," said catcher J.D. Closser.

"He's been consistent with that type of performance, and its something he is definitely going to have to keep doing in order to get ground balls. If he can sink the ball like the way he is now, he's going to be in good shape."

Attacking the lower quadrant of the strike zone will be essential for Cox to succeed in the advanced levels of professional ball. Although he is still working on improving his command and movement, Cox has encountered a slight spike in velocity, and is able to reach 88 MPH consistently.

With Joba Chamberlain heading to the rotation and the Yankees constantly in need of an effective bullpen arm, Cox could be bound for New York in a few weeks. Although he admits it's a realistic possibility, he does not like to dwell on the subject.

"It makes me feel good, but at the same time it's hard to think about it," Cox revealed. "You start thinking about it and it breaks your focus and can affect your game, but honestly, it is every kids dream to make it to the big leagues.

"There are going to be days when you are achy and sore, but I want to show the Yankees that I can be 100 percent every day, every time my name is called, I'll be ready to take the ball."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"My arm feels great right now, but it definitely feels stronger now than it did earlier in the season.\" J. Brent Cox admitted. \"It feels better each time I run out there, and I'm getting really confident after each outing. I'm starting to feel that I'm healthy, and I'm ready.
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\r\n\"The more I pitch, the more confident I feel, and the less I think about my arm. Three weeks ago, I was just trying to throw strikes, and make sure that my arm was healthy, but now I am really working at improving my command.
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\r\n\"When I first came back control was one of the things I was struggling with, and it's still not right where I want it to be, but it gets closer and closer every time I pitch.\"
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\r\nAfter his May 23rd appearance against the Indianapolis Indians, Cox said that it was the best his arm had felt all season. He picked up his first Triple-A win with one and two-thirds innings of scoreless baseball, throwing 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes.
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\r\n\"He was able to control the bottom of the strike zone, and he had good movement and sinking action. He was able to get some swings and misses over the top of balls,\" said catcher J.D. Closser.
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\r\n\"He's been consistent with that type of performance, and its something he is definitely going to have to keep doing in order to get ground balls. If he can sink the ball like the way he is now, he's going to be in good shape.\"
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\r\nAttacking the lower quadrant of the strike zone will be essential for Cox to succeed in the advanced levels of professional ball. Although he is still working on improving his command and movement, Cox has encountered a slight spike in velocity, and is able to reach 88 MPH consistently.
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\r\nWith Joba Chamberlain heading to the rotation and the Yankees constantly in need of an effective bullpen arm, Cox could be bound for New York in a few weeks. Although he admits it's a realistic possibility, he does not like to dwell on the subject.
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\r\n\"It makes me feel good, but at the same time it's hard to think about it,\" Cox revealed. \"You start thinking about it and it breaks your focus and can affect your game, but honestly, it is every kids dream to make it to the big leagues.
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\r\n\"There are going to be days when you are achy and sore, but I want to show the Yankees that I can be 100 percent every day, every time my name is called, I'll be ready to take the ball.\"
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