Braves Quote For The Day ... Gearrin And The Search For A Changeup

From Buster Olney's blog on ESPN.com (Insider only) comes a lot of news from Atlanta Braves camp. Most of it we are already aware of, but here's a neat tidbit about one of our young and promising relievers:

Cory Gearrin -- a 24-year-old reliever who has never pitched in the majors -- threw batting practice, with his unusual delivery: The right-hander throws sidearm, like Moylan, but early in his delivery, he seems to take a step toward the first base side of the rubber with his land foot. This is what feels comfortable, he explained, and he's had his best years in 2009-10; pitching in Triple-A last year, Gearrin posted a 3.36 ERA, striking out 66 and walking 32 in 80.1 innings.

Gearrin has developed a changeup that is a version of his two-seam grip, with the ball sliding off the last fingers of his hand, rather than driven by his index and middle fingers. But finding a decent off-speed pitch -- critical for right-handed sidearmers, as they look for ways to combat left-handed hitters -- hasn't always been seamless. Gearrin recalled trying a new changeup grip while throwing a bullpen session in the Cape Cod League -- and firing a pitch directly into the woods, on the side, as he had hit an errant tee shot at a right angle. His coach at that time told him to forget about the changeup and stick with his fastball-slider combo.

Good stuff from Buster. Cory's also on Twitter now, follow him @CoryGearrin. A full list of Braves (both Major league players and minor league players) on Twitter is always kept up to date on the left sidebar of the site under Choposphere.

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