|Matt Hockenberry, image- Jay Floyd|
Part one features Big Hock talking about 22-year-old Dominican righty Rafi Gonell and his progress. Part two includes quotes from Hockenberry discussing righty reliever Albertus Barber's story of reaching the pro ranks and excelling as an undrafted free agent and his progress. Also in part two, the subject of pitches thrown in two-strike counts by the BlueClaws and improving their walk rate throughout the season is addressed.
Part three will land later this week and will include insight on promising hurler Francisco Morales.
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Sample of the material included in the Hockenberry interview excerpts...
I think it’s a great story. The fact that (Barber) played some junior college baseball and I think he went a couple other places throughout his collegiate career, but being able to go to Driveline—and from what I heard he sacrificed a lot to be able to go to Driveline. I think he said he was sleeping on somebody’s couch. And being able to go build what he calls his arsenal of pitches and being able to understand the analytical side of the game, such as the movement profiles, whether his ball’s got ride, sink, run, spin efficiencies on his curve ball, his slider. Being able to take his pitches into the game and dominate. Since he’s been here, he’s dominated.