Wednesday, September 9, 2020

RHP Tyler Burch Interview Excerpts

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Recently, I wrote a feature on promising Phillies minor league 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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