Lare Brings Relief In Starting Role

Trent Lare, an independent league signing this year, posted some insane numbers in Staten Island, including a better than 12-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio. More important than numbers, however, one of the newest Yankees signings has helped bring some relief upon his promotion to the Charleston Riverdogs.

Recently acquired from the Frontier League, Trent Lare put up some impressive statistics during his brief stint in Staten Island.

The 25 year old left-hander was playing for the Kalamazoo Kings when he was acquired as a free agent by the Yankees on June 16, 2009. Before leaving Staten Island to join the RiverDogs, Lare had been named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for July 20. He brought with him a 1. 07 ERA and held opposing batters to a .164 average.

While Manager Torre Tyson and Pitching Coach Jeff Ware have only seen him pitch a few times in Charleston, they feel he has the potential to play an important role on the team. Tyson is looking forward to having another starting pitcher to provide some relief to the bullpen.

"He's got a higher pitch count than anyone else on the team, so he'll be able to go into the 7th or 8th inning if he is pitching well. That is what we need at this point to give us a break in the bullpen," Tyson explained.

Lare has three pitches in his arsenal, a fastball, slider and changeup. Lare feels that his fastball, clocked at about 86-87 mph, is his most effective pitch.

Coach Ware thinks that Lare's fastball, while not overpowering, is extremely effective. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for with finesse.

"He doesn't have that overpowering fastball, but what he can do is go out there and locate. If you watch the way he pitches and the location of his pitches, everything is down in the zone. For him to pitch in the mid to upper 80's and have a lot of success is outstanding," Ware said.

Ware hopes the younger players take note of this and realize that it does not take an overpowering fastball to win games. Tyson also thinks that the younger players can benefit from Lare's experience.

"He's an older guy who should bring pitchability to the team and show the guys how to work both sides of the plate with multiple pitches."

In Ware's opinion, the changeup is Lare's best pitch.

"He can throw it whenever he wants anytime in the count. He keeps it down and has some fade to it. He's got good arm speed with it which will sell his changeup," explained Ware.

Ware has been working with Lare to improve his slider and he has received some positive feedback.

"We've had a lot of good work this last week where he is tightening up and getting shorter and locating it a little better."

Lare, who played for one and a half years in the independent league, has noticed a different atmosphere in his short time in the Yankees organization.

"There is definitely a sense of competitiveness here. A lot more guys that have a better feel for the game, more experience and a higher baseball IQ."

Lare feels that his strong point is his ability to command his pitches, but there are a few aspects of his game that he would like to improve upon. He knows that he needs to improve working from the stretch with runners on base and to pitch to contact.

"I have a tendency to try to be too fine and not just go right after the hitters and work ahead," he said.

"In order to advance, I have to give the team a chance to win, try to throw strikes and not walk a lot of guys and keep the runs down," Lare added.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nRecently acquired from the Frontier League, Trent Lare put up some impressive statistics during his brief stint in Staten Island.
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\r\nThe 25 year old left-hander was playing for the Kalamazoo Kings when he was acquired as a free agent by the Yankees on June 16, 2009. Before leaving Staten Island to join the RiverDogs, Lare had been named the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for July 20. He brought with him a 1. 07 ERA and held opposing batters to a .164 average.
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\r\nWhile Manager Torre Tyson and Pitching Coach Jeff Ware have only seen him pitch a few times in Charleston, they feel he has the potential to play an important role on the team. Tyson is looking forward to having another starting pitcher to provide some relief to the bullpen.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's got a higher pitch count than anyone else on the team, so he'll be able to go into the 7th or 8th inning if he is pitching well. That is what we need at this point to give us a break in the bullpen,\" Tyson explained.
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\r\nLare has three pitches in his arsenal, a fastball, slider and changeup. Lare feels that his fastball, clocked at about 86-87 mph, is his most effective pitch.
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\r\nCoach Ware thinks that Lare's fastball, while not overpowering, is extremely effective. What he lacks in speed, he makes up for with finesse.
\r\n
\r\n\"He doesn't have that overpowering fastball, but what he can do is go out there and locate. If you watch the way he pitches and the location of his pitches, everything is down in the zone. For him to pitch in the mid to upper 80's and have a lot of success is outstanding,\" Ware said.
\r\n
\r\nWare hopes the younger players take note of this and realize that it does not take an overpowering fastball to win games. Tyson also thinks that the younger players can benefit from Lare's experience.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's an older guy who should bring pitchability to the team and show the guys how to work both sides of the plate with multiple pitches.\"
\r\n
\r\nIn Ware's opinion, the changeup is Lare's best pitch.
\r\n
\r\n\"He can throw it whenever he wants anytime in the count. He keeps it down and has some fade to it. He's got good arm speed with it which will sell his changeup,\" explained Ware.
\r\n
\r\nWare has been working with Lare to improve his slider and he has received some positive feedback.
\r\n
\r\n\"We've had a lot of good work this last week where he is tightening up and getting shorter and locating it a little better.\"
\r\n
\r\nLare, who played for one and a half years in the independent league, has noticed a different atmosphere in his short time in the Yankees organization.
\r\n
\r\n\"There is definitely a sense of competitiveness here. A lot more guys that have a better feel for the game, more experience and a higher baseball IQ.\"
\r\n
\r\nLare feels that his strong point is his ability to command his pitches, but there are a few aspects of his game that he would like to improve upon. He knows that he needs to improve working from the stretch with runners on base and to pitch to contact.
\r\n
\r\n\"I have a tendency to try to be too fine and not just go right after the hitters and work ahead,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\n\"In order to advance, I have to give the team a chance to win, try to throw strikes and not walk a lot of guys and keep the runs down,\" Lare added.
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