The right-hander, who was drafted in the 47th round in 2008, has dominated on the mound in the last 23 innings that he has pitched. He has not allowed one run since May 21st. In those 23 innings, he has had 11 strikeouts, four walks, and nine hits.
In April, Flannery's ERA was 6.75. During this time, He was only using one pitch to throw to his opponents and that was his sinker.
RiverDogs pitching coach Jeff Ware believes that Flannery's numbers were a little deceiving in the month of April.
"He didn't pitch his best in April. He had some bad luck on the side, too, and got a loss and gave up a couple of runs without a ball even leaving the infield."
Since April, Flannery has been working on his slider and splitter and credits his success to mixing up those pitches and keeping batters on their toes.
"He is able to throw a slider and a split-finger fastball and they're becoming quality pitches," Ware explained. "They're not quite there yet but they are getting there.
"His slider has improved a ton since back in April. It's getting shorter and a little harder. It's getting to be a more swing-and-miss type of pitch when before it was more of a lazy slider. But it's now definitely becoming a quality pitch."
Flannery's repertoire consists of a sinker, slider, and splitter. His best pitch is his sinker and that is around 88-94 mph. His slider sits around the low 80's.
The Carlstadt, New Jersey native has had great command all year according to Ware. His overall statistics can attest to that. He has ERA of 1.82 in 39.2 innings pitched. He has surrendered 27 hits, 11 runs and nine walks, while striking out 29 batters.
Standing at 6-foot-4, Ware believes that Flannery has excellent mound presence.
"He is a big strong guy and is intimidating to look at. The hitter knows that he is going to come at them and that he is going to use his fastball with authority."
Flannery generally does not enter the game until the eighth or ninth inning.
"He is a guy who can come in with confidence and can kind of shut the door in close games," Ware explained. "He is somebody we can count on to get the job done."
Ware feels that they key to advancement for Flannery is improving his slider and his split-finger. Once he gets these down, he will move quickly to the next level.
Flannery said that his goal for this season is to earn more saves and to hopefully get the team to the playoffs.
Flannery Flourishing As Of Late
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