McAllister Turning Things Around

Zach McAllister had his 2007 season end in the worst possible way as his secondary pitches abandoned him en route to a 1-3 record and a 10.80 ERA over his last five starts in Staten Island. However, going 6-3 with a 2.45 ERA with Charleston this season before earning a promotion to Tampa, where he has more than held his own in the early going, he has certainly turned things around.

"I was pretty excited," Zach McAllister said of his promotion to the Florida State League. "I worked pretty hard in Charleston and got off to a good start, so I was very happy with the promotion.

"I knew that a couple of guys got moved up [from] here and that there was a chance I would get promoted, but you never know who's going to go. I thought there would be a chance but I wasn't sure. I was just happy I got a promotion."

Considering how much he struggled in the latter half of last season, McAllister immediately began making up for it by pitching well in his first taste of the long-season leagues in Charleston, posting a 1.13 ERA in his first five starts for the Riverdogs and quickly putting last season behind him.

"Just being able to throw all of my pitches for strikes," he said of the biggest difference between the second-half of last season and his first-half this season. "Last year I was just mainly able to use my fastball and kind of lost command of that in the second-half. That's all I had and got hit around.

"This year I've been able to have my fastball command as well as my changeup and slider working for me too. Having all of my pitches has been the biggest difference."

Inexplicably unable to throw his secondary pitches from the same arm slot as his fastball down the stretch last year, McAllister believes he has made strides rectifying that problem this season.

"I think so, I'm not really sure," he said. "It's always something I want to work on, maintaining the same arm speed and arm angle with my secondary pitches. So far I think I've been doing a pretty good job of that. I'm just trying to maintain that throughout the whole entire year."

Rediscovering his fastball command and once again able to consistently throw his secondary pitches from the same slot has allowed him to become a more complete pitcher in 2008, as well as relying on his offspeed pitches more.

"I still think it's my changeup," he said of his go-to secondary pitch. "When I signed I had a really good changeup and then kind of lost it when I went to Staten Island.

"This year I'm getting it back and I've been able to throw it behind in counts. I have the confidence to throw it whenever and it's getting to that point with my slider too, so I'm pretty excited about that."

Still sitting in the 90-93 MPH range and popping a few 94's this year, his game has not only turned around from a year ago but it has sent his confidence to an all-time high and that has made all the difference in the world.

"My confidence is pretty good right now," he admitted. "Just knowing I can throw my changeup whenever I want and getting to that point with my slider, my confidence is pretty good.

"I'm trying to stay even-keeled though, not trying to get too high or too low, so I'm just trying to maintain that."

He has posted a solid 3.13 ERA in his first four starts with the Tampa Yankees and he plans on plugging along and keeping his momentum going.

"The goals are the same that I had in Charleston," he said. "I just always want to go out and get better, and be the best I can every time.

"Maybe try and get out of Tampa and get to Trenton would be a long-term goal, I know that's a long ways away. I'm just trying to go out and do what I did in Charleston, and do that here."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I was pretty excited,\" Zach McAllister said of his promotion to the Florida State League. \"I worked pretty hard in Charleston and got off to a good start, so I was very happy with the promotion.
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\r\n\"I knew that a couple of guys got moved up [from] here and that there was a chance I would get promoted, but you never know who's going to go. I thought there would be a chance but I wasn't sure. I was just happy I got a promotion.\"
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\r\nConsidering how much he struggled in the latter half of last season, McAllister immediately began making up for it by pitching well in his first taste of the long-season leagues in Charleston, posting a 1.13 ERA in his first five starts for the Riverdogs and quickly putting last season behind him.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just being able to throw all of my pitches for strikes,\" he said of the biggest difference between the second-half of last season and his first-half this season. \"Last year I was just mainly able to use my fastball and kind of lost command of that in the second-half. That's all I had and got hit around.
\r\n
\r\n\"This year I've been able to have my fastball command as well as my changeup and slider working for me too. Having all of my pitches has been the biggest difference.\"
\r\n
\r\nInexplicably unable to throw his secondary pitches from the same arm slot as his fastball down the stretch last year, McAllister believes he has made strides rectifying that problem this season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think so, I'm not really sure,\" he said. \"It's always something I want to work on, maintaining the same arm speed and arm angle with my secondary pitches. So far I think I've been doing a pretty good job of that. I'm just trying to maintain that throughout the whole entire year.\"
\r\n
\r\nRediscovering his fastball command and once again able to consistently throw his secondary pitches from the same slot has allowed him to become a more complete pitcher in 2008, as well as relying on his offspeed pitches more.
\r\n
\r\n\"I still think it's my changeup,\" he said of his go-to secondary pitch. \"When I signed I had a really good changeup and then kind of lost it when I went to Staten Island.
\r\n
\r\n\"This year I'm getting it back and I've been able to throw it behind in counts. I have the confidence to throw it whenever and it's getting to that point with my slider too, so I'm pretty excited about that.\"
\r\n
\r\nStill sitting in the 90-93 MPH range and popping a few 94's this year, his game has not only turned around from a year ago but it has sent his confidence to an all-time high and that has made all the difference in the world.
\r\n
\r\n\"My confidence is pretty good right now,\" he admitted. \"Just knowing I can throw my changeup whenever I want and getting to that point with my slider, my confidence is pretty good.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm trying to stay even-keeled though, not trying to get too high or too low, so I'm just trying to maintain that.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe has posted a solid 3.13 ERA in his first four starts with the Tampa Yankees and he plans on plugging along and keeping his momentum going.
\r\n
\r\n\"The goals are the same that I had in Charleston,\" he said. \"I just always want to go out and get better, and be the best I can every time.
\r\n
\r\n\"Maybe try and get out of Tampa and get to Trenton would be a long-term goal, I know that's a long ways away. I'm just trying to go out and do what I did in Charleston, and do that here.\"
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