Robertson Refining His Big League Ready Game

David Robertson has been mowing down batters with his hard-breaking curveball since being drafted by the Yankees in 2006. After a brief start with the Trenton Thunder this season, he was promoted to Triple-A, and he continued to send hitters back to the bench at an alarming rate. He may soon be in line for a promotion, and based on his performance thus far, he may never see the minors again.

"It's always good to put up good numbers," said David Robertson. "I've had a couple of good years and I'm having a great year this season, and I'm going to keep on trying to keep doing it until I get a chance."

He began the season in Double-A, posting a 0.96 ERA in his first 18.2 innings. In that span, he struck out 26 batters and allowed only eight hits. Obviously the 23 year-old was ready for a promotion.

"After getting to Scranton, I realized I needed to work on refining my pitches, just making better pitches and being able to throw different pitches in different counts and controlling both sides of the plate with my fastball. Lately I've been throwing a lot of changeups too, and that really helps," Robertson said of the adjustments he needed to make on his game.

According to Robertson, all of his pitches are working this season, but his fastball and curve have felt the best.

"The key for me has just been locating and refining pitches, throwing my curve for strikes and as an out pitch," he said. "Those are probably the things I've been trying to do to help me succeed."

Obviously, having a curveball and changeup as out-pitches will increase strikeout totals, but Robertson has many facets to his game. After he joined the organization, the Yankees opted to mold him into a multiple-inning reliever that could toss two innings, or throw two days in a row.

"If I'm needed to throw three or four innings, I'll come out and do it," he admitted. "I'm just trying to come in and get guys out and keep them from scoring.

"The changeup has really helped me with that, it's my third pitch and it shows the hitter something different the second time through. I can throw it whenever."

A durable reliever with good control, a plus breaking pitch and a solid change; paired with a bulldog mentality on the mound could end up being a tremendous asset for the organization.

Throw in the fact that he's really refined his changeup over the season and you have yourself a polished, major league ready reliever.

The Yankees bullpen has been efficient lately, but with the rotation hurting, the organization may look to add the best possible relief arms in order to strengthen the team as a whole. One has to assume that Robertson is on the short list of candidates to replace the relievers that may falter.

Although he says that he avoids thinking about it, he would welcome the opportunity to prove himself at that level and would be very excited, but he just wants to focus on his game.

"I'm just trying to cut down the walks now, and keep doing what I've been doing," he said. "Everything feels good, and I feel like I'm throwing as hard as I need to and I'm hitting my spots. All of my curveballs are going where I want and my changeups are coming along."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's always good to put up good numbers,\" said David Robertson. \"I've had a couple of good years and I'm having a great year this season, and I'm going to keep on trying to keep doing it until I get a chance.\"
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\r\nHe began the season in Double-A, posting a 0.96 ERA in his first 18.2 innings. In that span, he struck out 26 batters and allowed only eight hits. Obviously the 23 year-old was ready for a promotion.
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\r\n\"After getting to Scranton, I realized I needed to work on refining my pitches, just making better pitches and being able to throw different pitches in different counts and controlling both sides of the plate with my fastball. Lately I've been throwing a lot of changeups too, and that really helps,\" Robertson said of the adjustments he needed to make on his game.
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\r\nAccording to Robertson, all of his pitches are working this season, but his fastball and curve have felt the best.
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\r\n\"The key for me has just been locating and refining pitches, throwing my curve for strikes and as an out pitch,\" he said. \"Those are probably the things I've been trying to do to help me succeed.\"
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\r\nObviously, having a curveball and changeup as out-pitches will increase strikeout totals, but Robertson has many facets to his game. After he joined the organization, the Yankees opted to mold him into a multiple-inning reliever that could toss two innings, or throw two days in a row.
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\r\n\"If I'm needed to throw three or four innings, I'll come out and do it,\" he admitted. \"I'm just trying to come in and get guys out and keep them from scoring.
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\r\n\"The changeup has really helped me with that, it's my third pitch and it shows the hitter something different the second time through. I can throw it whenever.\"
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\r\nA durable reliever with good control, a plus breaking pitch and a solid change; paired with a bulldog mentality on the mound could end up being a tremendous asset for the organization.
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\r\nThrow in the fact that he's really refined his changeup over the season and you have yourself a polished, major league ready reliever.
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\r\nThe Yankees bullpen has been efficient lately, but with the rotation hurting, the organization may look to add the best possible relief arms in order to strengthen the team as a whole. One has to assume that Robertson is on the short list of candidates to replace the relievers that may falter.
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\r\nAlthough he says that he avoids thinking about it, he would welcome the opportunity to prove himself at that level and would be very excited, but he just wants to focus on his game.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just trying to cut down the walks now, and keep doing what I've been doing,\" he said. \"Everything feels good, and I feel like I'm throwing as hard as I need to and I'm hitting my spots. All of my curveballs are going where I want and my changeups are coming along.\"
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