Bleich Attacking In Hawaii

Jeremy Bleich, the Yankees' supplemental first round pick this year, pitched in just one regular season game for the Staten Island Yankees. He had an okay outing and followed it up with two more just like it in his first two Hawaiian Winter League starts. However, the southpaw says he is starting to attack batters more and that has led to two straight scoreless appearances.

"It feels pretty good," Jeremy Bleich said of his time in the Hawaiian Winter League so far. "Obviously the competition is really good out here and I just wanted to come out here and get my feet wet, and try to compete with these guys. It's pretty cool to compete at this level."

He walked four batters in each of his first two outings with the Waikiki BeachBoys spanning just six innings combined, giving him a quick 7.50 ERA in his first extended taste of professional baseball.

Bleich has been able to whittle that ERA down to 2.41 with 12 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts, however, thanks in large part to not walking a batter in either game.

"There's a couple of reasons," he opined for the disparity in walks. "One may be I'm just shaking off a little rust. I hadn't pitched much since I signed and I just needed to focus in a little bit more.

"I just needed to sharpen everything up. With the help of [pitching coach] Jeff Ware and some of the other coaches here I've been able to relax, throw my pitches and compete."

The Yankees have already begun to start making some adjustments to his game now that his initial 30-day evaluation period is over and the first change has come to his delivery.

"I'm real comfortable with everything," he said. "Nardi does a great job and so does Jeff. Just the little things, we're sharpening them up.

"It's a game of adjustments and while the hitters are making adjustments the pitcher has to make adjustments to get better everyday. It's nothing too out of the ordinary, just sharpening things up."

Staying a bit more balanced in his mechanics is just one change made so far. The other has been the way he holds the ball when throwing his curveball and that has allowed him to get better consistent spin with the pitch coming out of his hands.

"I switched the grip on my curveball a little bit and I'm just trying to get more consistent with my changeup, but it all comes back to attacking hitters with my fastball and commanding my fastball, that's my key for me," said Bleich.

"It's something I'll always have to work off of. If I'm commanding my fastball I can do other things."

Entering the organization with some cloud of doubt health-wise by some pundits, the former Stanford University hurler says he has never felt better than he has in recent weeks.

"I feel great now," he reiterated. "It feels good to get into a rotation pitching every five days and just try to be consistent because that's the key to the game.

"You can have one good outing here and one good outing there but if you can be consistent that will go a long way."

Feeling strong and trying to find the kind of consistency that has evaded him over his first four Hawaiian Winter League starts, Bleich says he just wants to keep up the momentum he has built up over his last two games.

"As best as you can, you try to remember the day after a good outing and the day after a bad outing, that you've got to get ready for the next outing regardless," he said.

"I've just got to stick to the keys – attack hitters and let the game play itself out, and go from there."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It feels pretty good,\" Jeremy Bleich said of his time in the Hawaiian Winter League so far. \"Obviously the competition is really good out here and I just wanted to come out here and get my feet wet, and try to compete with these guys. It's pretty cool to compete at this level.\"
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\r\nHe walked four batters in each of his first two outings with the Waikiki BeachBoys spanning just six innings combined, giving him a quick 7.50 ERA in his first extended taste of professional baseball.
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\r\nBleich has been able to whittle that ERA down to 2.41 with 12 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts, however, thanks in large part to not walking a batter in either game.
\r\n
\r\n\"There's a couple of reasons,\" he opined for the disparity in walks. \"One may be I'm just shaking off a little rust. I hadn't pitched much since I signed and I just needed to focus in a little bit more.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just needed to sharpen everything up. With the help of [pitching coach] Jeff Ware and some of the other coaches here I've been able to relax, throw my pitches and compete.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe Yankees have already begun to start making some adjustments to his game now that his initial 30-day evaluation period is over and the first change has come to his delivery.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm real comfortable with everything,\" he said. \"Nardi does a great job and so does Jeff. Just the little things, we're sharpening them up.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's a game of adjustments and while the hitters are making adjustments the pitcher has to make adjustments to get better everyday. It's nothing too out of the ordinary, just sharpening things up.\"
\r\n
\r\nStaying a bit more balanced in his mechanics is just one change made so far. The other has been the way he holds the ball when throwing his curveball and that has allowed him to get better consistent spin with the pitch coming out of his hands.
\r\n
\r\n\"I switched the grip on my curveball a little bit and I'm just trying to get more consistent with my changeup, but it all comes back to attacking hitters with my fastball and commanding my fastball, that's my key for me,\" said Bleich.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's something I'll always have to work off of. If I'm commanding my fastball I can do other things.\"
\r\n
\r\nEntering the organization with some cloud of doubt health-wise by some pundits, the former Stanford University hurler says he has never felt better than he has in recent weeks.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel great now,\" he reiterated. \"It feels good to get into a rotation pitching every five days and just try to be consistent because that's the key to the game.
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\r\n\"You can have one good outing here and one good outing there but if you can be consistent that will go a long way.\"
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\r\nFeeling strong and trying to find the kind of consistency that has evaded him over his first four Hawaiian Winter League starts, Bleich says he just wants to keep up the momentum he has built up over his last two games.
\r\n
\r\n\"As best as you can, you try to remember the day after a good outing and the day after a bad outing, that you've got to get ready for the next outing regardless,\" he said.
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\r\n\"I've just got to stick to the keys – attack hitters and let the game play itself out, and go from there.\"
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