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  1. “I don’t mean this in an arrogant way, but I haven’t faced a lot of failure as a pitcher. You need to learn how to cope with it, and I think I have. Hopefully most of it is behind me.”

    Amen to that.

    Comment by maqman — November 27, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  2. Great interview. It seems the kids coming out of college make better interviews than the high school kids and Virginia is a solid school at that.

    Comment by Uncle Reaper — November 27, 2012 @ 8:45 am

  3. Good interview, David. I appreciate all the hard work this entails.

    Comment by chuckb — November 27, 2012 @ 9:17 am

  4. Great interview just like the rest!

    Comment by JdeWitt88 — November 27, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

  5. So, interesting. Hultzen’s change is a true forkball by his description of his grip. From my recollection it has good drop if thrown from over the top, which he did in college.

    The Mariners were said to have changed Hultzen’s arm slot this year now that he’s pro, to nearer three-quarters. It’s a pity that didn’t come up overtly in the interview. It’s been on my mind that this change may account for much of the change in Hultzen’s results this year, both positive and negative. On the positive side, his slider wasn’t said to be great in college, but he was getting a lot of movement on it, and a lot of swing-and-a-miss for more Ks, something a slurvy offering might achieve. On the other hand, going from a vertical plane to a tilted one in throwing seemed to have flattened out his change-up a bit, costing some of the late drop that came from the forkball action. And above all, I’ve wondered if changing from throwing over the top in a vertical plane to three-quarters with more tilt has been the cause of his previously unexpected control problems. He has to learn how to pick up the zone with pitches now moving more laterally and seems to have struggled with that. It would be great to have any confirmation on this thesis from others who have seen him in person or have more info on the change in arm slot.

    I concur with the other posters to that Hultzen was quite articulate. If that wasn’t the result of editing him down but we are in fact reading him near verbatim, he seems to be a clearminded dude, and I’m looking forward to watching him pitch in the Bigs. Thanks for the interview, David.

    Comment by Balthazar — November 27, 2012 @ 11:34 pm

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