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Hughes Happy With His Curve

Phil Hughes credits his curveball for his success

Going 21-7 with a 2.12 ERA and holding opponents to a combined .181 batting average in his career thus far, Phil Hughes has simply dominated since being drafted by the Yankees two years ago. While there are many factors for his success, it was the decision by the Yankees to pocket his slider out of high school in favor of developing a curveball that has arguably made the biggest difference.

He handcuffed Double-A batters in 2006, going 10-3 with a 2.25 ERA as a 19-year old hurler facing much older competition and he credits the development of his curveball as the biggest reason why. "I think it went real well," Phil Hughes said of his 2006 season. "Going into Spring Training, my curveball wasn't really where I wanted it to be. That was a huge key for me. I was able to...

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