Nardi Contreras, the Yankees Minor League Pitching Coordinator, sits down with PinstripesPlus.com…
Josh Schmidt: Consistency of Control
"It's had it's ups and downs," Josh Schmidt said of his 2006 season. "You know, I obviously haven't pitched as well as I wanted to personally. I struggled early on, then I thought I hit my stride when we came back from [the All-Star] break, but then I struggled again, had a couple of bad outings early, but the team has improved the whole season." "We got over .500 and now we're fighting for first place, so we feel pretty good as a team. But personally, I feel like I've struggled the whole year." After limiting New York Penn League batters to a paltry .128 batting average last season, and posting nearly a six-to-one strikeout to walk ratio with the Staten Island Yankees, Schmidt hasn't displayed the same type of control with the Tampa Yankees after skipping the South Atlantic League entirely. "I've struggled with consistency of control," Schmidt listed as the biggest difference between this season and last. "I've walked a lot more batters this year than I really ever have, in...
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