"I've been fortunate to have some deep counts, and to have not gotten hurt off of them," David Phelps said. "The offense has also been very good, but I'm also extremely happy with where I am stuff-wise."
After coming out of Notre Dame, Phelps has focused on the development on his slider, which has come an extremely long way.
"I think it's definitely my best secondary pitch," said Phelps. "I feel I can throw it in a lot of situations, and it's just been working very good for me so far."
Phelps has shown off his talent at every level of the Yankees' system so far, going 21-6 with a 2.50 ERA in 41 starts since his first season in Staten Island in 2008.
"I've really been able to learn a lot and develop my pitches since getting drafted," he said. "I've been successful, and it feels very good to be where I am now."
Phelps complements his fastball and slider with a curveball and changeup that makes up his four-pitch repertoire.
"Nardi [Contreras] has only wanted me to throw my curve about six or seven times a game," he revealed. "It's still in the developing stage, but it hasn't hurt me yet."
Phelps has yet to give up the long ball, and has only walked ten through 33 2/3 innings.
"He's done a great job so far," said Trenton pitching coach Tommy Phelps. "He's got four great pitches that he throws for strikes, and he's got a very bright future."
As the injury bug continues to bite the Yankees, it's likely that Phelps will see time in Scranton before the season is over if he continues to pitch this way. Much like Zach McAllister, Phelps will not overpower you, sitting mostly 88-92 mph on the gun . However, he locates his pitches well, and forces the batters to swing the bat.
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