Young's first impressions on Sox pitchers
March, 25, 2011
AP Photo/Dave MartinAs part of his story on new Red Sox pitching coach Curt Young, ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes got the new Red Sox pitching coach’s first impressions of each of his charges. Here are Young’s thoughts on the following pitchers:
Area of concentration this spring: "Being as efficient as you can be with your pitches, to help with the pitch count. One thing Jon wanted to work on was improving his move. It's still a work in progress but we hope we've helped in that area."
Area of concentration this spring: "The focus for John is to keep him healthy. I think he's going at it in slow steps and the right rate to be ready when the season starts."
"Arm speed affects everything. The faster you whip your arm, the harder it is for a hitter to get a read, creating that great deception. He's got the same arm speed on every pitch --fastball, changeup, curveball and cutter. That's hard to read, leaving a hitter with the feeling that any pitch at any time could be coming. He's a little like Gio Gonzalez: great arm, great life, and a special pitch in his curveball."
Area of concentration this spring: "Just making sure he stays on his routines and when he stays on his routines he stays with good fundamentals. He's on a good path. He found a good routine last year and has stuck with it."
Area of concentration this spring: "It's just his health. If he's good and healthy, the way he throws the baseball he's going to be solid every fifth day. Reason to be concerned about his back? No."
"Him feeling good and healthy is No. 1. When his arm feels right, his velocity is going to be there and when his velocity is there, his game will be there."
Area of concentration this spring: "The overall aggressive approach that is needed to be a starter who can pitch deep into games. After seeing him pitch a couple of starts where maybe he wasn't as aggressive as should he be, trying to make him understand that the only way he is going to pitch deep into games is the pitch count factor has to be down. He's a guy who wants to be in a game late, and that's the only way he's going to be there.
"He throws his long toss now on the second day and his side on the third day, after doing both on the same day. He said that's the way he used to do it in Japan, splitting it up. Why did he change and do both on the same day? I can't answer that. He's a guy who has told me he never gets sore or achy in his arm. He's got a solid arm."
Area of concentration this spring: "Him having a good fastball. That's going to make his other two pitches work. The fastball really is the focus. His secondary pitches always come off that."
"Knowing Bobby's personality, I don't think he cares whether he pitches the seventh, eighth or ninth. He's going to take the same approach, no matter what. He's very refreshing. He enjoys being at the ballpark."
"He's got command of great, great pitches -- fastball, slider, changeup. He really looks like he has a lot of ice in his veins. He's in a perfect position right now, and I don't think too many things bother him, which is a great approach for a late-inning pitcher."