A.J. Burnett threw 30 pitches of live batting practice today. None of those pitches were curveballs, but he guessed that 12 of them were changeups. Burnett also guessed what the scouting report on his changeup might be for other teams.
“Has one. Never threw it. But he might,” he said.
Burnett spent the winter trying to improved a changeup that he has thrown “very occasionally” in his career. He threw nothing but fastballs and changeups today, and said he will probably throw nothing but fastballs and changeups through his first two or three starts of the spring.
“Watching CC throw last year, being a power guy and how much he uses it, just kind of opened my eyes a little bit,” Burnett said. “Why not work on something.”
Joe Girardi was sitting behind the batting cage while Burnett faced hitters, and said he liked what he saw in his No. 2 starter’s No. 3 pitch.
“I had some depth to it and some run to it,” Girardi said. “He threw some good ones.”
Here’s the Burnett audio. It’s worth listening for the last line: “I’m talking like a pitcher,” Burnett said. “What’s going on here?”