Jered Weaver tinkers with success

February, 20, 2012
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How does one of the best pitchers in the league get better?

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Jeff Golden/Getty ImagesJered Weaver is trying to add a cutter to his pitching arsenal.
Jered Weaver is working on a new pitch, a cutter, this spring. One of Weaver's teammates, Dan Haren, happens to have one of the best cutters in the league and the two have been playing catch in recent weeks, Weaver trying to learn the pitch from his fellow right-hander.

"I'd like to create a cutter, but it's not coming along too good right now," Weaver said.

Weaver uses his changeup and slider as secondary pitches to a low-90s fastball, but has added a sinker in the past couple of years. The cutter has a motion similar to a slider, but instead of looping, it runs and is typically thrown with more velocity. Since the rise of Mariano Rivera, the cutter has been the most fashionable pitch of this generation.

Other than a faltering attempt at adding the new pitch, Weaver intends to take it slowly this spring. He signed a five-year, $85 million extension in August and was married in November.

"I don't think I have to prove myself to make the team this year," he said.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
13 3.70 126 167
OTHER LEADERS
BAM. Trout .287
HRM. Trout 27
RBIM. Trout 89
RM. Trout 84
OPSM. Trout .928
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164