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Recently, I wrote a feature on promising Phillies minor leaguer Tyler Burch and his diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. The righty pitcher was an undrafted free agent signing last year. To date in 12 professional appearances the 22-year-old holds a 4-1 record with a 1.51 ERA and an 8.6 K/9 mark.
Included below are some excerpts from my discussion with Tyler in which he offers his thoughts on his own pitching repertoire, minor league teammates Logan O'Hoppe and Albertus Barber, college pal Connor Brogdon and more.
Chatting about developing his pitch repertoire from college to the minors...
I throw a four-seam, two-seam, slider, change up. It's kind of a slurve, it's not a true slider, but it has a little depth in it.
It was more so tweaking my grips to make them more effective. Hector Berios, the pitching coach in Williamsport, we worked super hard that summer to work on my slider and tighten up my change up. I mean with him we worked so hard on my pitches every single day. Worked on my mechanics. In college I was all upperbody. I didn't even use my legs. I sat 90-92 and in pro ball I was 93-94 with more movement on my off-speed and it was a huge turnaround.
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