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Q&A with Nardi Contreras - Part V

Nardi explains what happened to Rolando Japa

Nardi Contreras, the Yankees Minor League Pitching Coordinator, sits down with PinstripesPlus.com for a Q&A session. In Part Five of our six-part series, Nardi explains why Josh Schmidt had an up and down year, what changes he has in mind for Cory Stuart, if Zach Kroenke is progressing like he would like, what happened to Rolando Japa this past season, and more.

PinstripesPlus: It seemed like Josh Schmidt had an up-and-down year this past season. What was going on with him this year? Contreras: Josh Schmidt met a league where he better be in command and keep the ball down. He's not a hard thrower. He sinks the ball and has to be down around the knees. When he throws his breaking ball, he's pretty much outer third. When he pitches against lefties...

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