Today was an off day here in Tampa. The Yankees will get after it again tomorrow night against the Nationals.
Until then, check out our good friend Marc Carig’s video with Phil Hughes explaining how he grips his four-seam, curveball, cutter and changeup. Hughes also talks quite a bit in the video about the development of his pitches.
A few years ago, the Scranton paper asked me to do a story on the different types of pitches, and they wanted the package to include pictures of pitchers gripping each pitch. That meant finding someone in the Yankees organization to show me a knuckleball grip. Chase Wright agreed to give it a shot for me.
So there’s your random Chase Wright fact for the night.
• Speaking of former Yankees, Dan McCutchen has been named the fifth starter in Pittsburgh. He’ll join Ross Ohlendorf in that rotation.
• Rule 5 pick Zach Kroenke doesn’t have good numbers with Arizona this spring, but the Diamondbacks are likely to open with eight relievers and Kroenke is still in the mix. That link also has some information on Ian Kennedy’s latest spring start.
• Not sure if I’ve already linked to this article, but the other Rule 5 pick taken out of the Yankees organization, Kanekoa Texeira, is very much in the mix for the Mariners bullpen.