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Burnett continues mental and physical progress

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 07, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Especially at the top of the Phillies lineup, A.J. Burnett faced a legitimate group of big leaguers this afternoon. He sent the side down in order in three straight innings, including a strikeout of Ryan Howard.

In his second spring start, though, Burnett stated the obvious: Numbers aren’t showing us what’s truly important. Three scoreless is nice, but Burnett is happier that he’s not only repeating his mechanics, but repeating them without thinking about every step of the process.

“The fact I was in control,” he said. “The fact the last batter of the game I faced, I think the last five pitches were all down and away, and they were all in the exact perfect spot. I’m able to repeat easier, and as of right now, my mind’s clear. I’m not thinking about this and that, I’m just attacking.”

Burnett threw 45 pitches, 30 for strikes. His curveball isn’t where he wants it to be, but he said that pitch always comes slowly.

“I’ve got confidence, where I’m at now on the mound, that it’s going to be there,” Burnett said.

Of course, we had our annual Burnett-talks-about-his-changeup conversation this afternoon.

“I told (Russell Martin) I wasn’t going to shake for it, so if you want me to throw it, you’ve got to put it down,” Burnett said. “Sure enough, first lefty, he put it down.”

Martin caught Burnett in the bullpen earlier this spring, but this was his first time catching Burnett in a game. His opinion isn’t clouded by last year’s results, and he said he was impressed by how aggressive Burnett worked with his fastball.

“All you can really do is look forward,” Martin said.

 
 

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54 Responses to “Burnett continues mental and physical progress”

  1. kd March 7th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    maybe this is exactly, what burnett needs, to simply trust his catcher and let it fly

  2. Irreverent Discourse March 7th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    It’s all in his head…. and those voices are all screaming “I’m awesome”.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    kd, I think the help Rothschild has given him with his mechanics will go a long way in helping him to trust his catcher and let it fly. Because he will be trusting himself, first and foremost!

    :)

  4. Pat M. March 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    AJ….17 WINS IN 11

  5. Joe from Long Island March 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    For an athlete, confidence is more than half the battle. He needs whatever help during the season – Martin, Rothschild, his 300 video on his PC – to keep it.

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 7th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    repost:

    “That’s true but it’s also ok to look at a guys ability and have hope/faith that he will get things together as he did. The talent never went away….in swing sports these things happen and they can be corrected. Look at Tiger Woods…..anybody think he’s done for good……I don’t.”

    G. Love, blake is absolutely right. How silly to say that people stuck by Granderson because we wanted to be right, or whatever it is you said. :roll: How about this? None of us was saying Granderson was NOT struggling when he hit his rock bottom – just that we believed he was going to come out of it. So kill us for sticking by the guy. We stuck by him because we believed in him and in his talent.

    And since my faith is rooted in the Yankee organization and not on anyone posting on this forum, including myself, I really don’t give a rat’s ass how many times I’m right and how many times I’m wrong.

    So please don’t be so self-righteous in terms of laying out “how it was” when people were ready to annihilate Granderson. Because that’s NOT how it was. This forum isn’t known for patience when it comes to players having off days, let alone off periods of time.

    Now for those who LIVE to be right, I’d suggest that you grow some patience. You’ll find you’re right more often than you’re wrong when you do that.

    “When he was stuggling and approaching his rock bottom it was tough to stomach because of the high price the Yankees paid for him. ”

    My support is equal for high and low priced players. I don’t differentiate. If I believe in them, I believe in them. There’s nothing to “stomach”.

    “G Love – your Granderson post was absolutely brilliant. Well done.”

    Let me guess. You were one of the people giving up on Granderson.

  7. Joe from Long Island March 7th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Pat M. Was it pool cleaning day today?

  8. MTU March 7th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Just give me the 2009 version of Burnett.

    Anything more is pure gravy.

  9. kd March 7th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    trisha, i really hope you’re right. it’s time to see aj win 18 games in pinstripes.

  10. Warning Track Power March 7th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Good job A.J.
    This is indeed progress. I don’t think his performance today means the guy is going to win X amount of games. That is just unfair to predict.

    I would like to see his performance in his last ST start. That game will force him to face hitters for a 2nd or 3rd time. A true test of his progress to date will have to wait a couple more weeks.

    I like what I have seen so far, but I won’t fall into the trap of crowning his the MLB comeback player of the year in 2011

  11. BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    MTU -

    I like gravy, it adds to the flavor!

  12. BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    trisha -

    I was hoping by now you’d learn to be more positive.

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock March 7th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Trisha, steppin out but wanted to give you props for your comment that Grandy’s defense in center field goes largely ignored. He’s elite & seldom gets props for it. Very under rated glove I’d say. see you later :D .

  14. Pat M. March 7th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Doc Joe…..Thursday is pool cleaning day…..

  15. BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Later folks.

  16. Benny Blanco March 7th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Whats up everyone! How did AJ look today?

  17. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Doc, there’s absolutely no way that Pat M. would pass up a chance to brag about his scenery. Notice how he never offers to offer to fly us out there to view it for ourselves….not even one lousy picture. such selfishness.

  18. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Pat, I’d love to see Prior in the mid-late innings near the end of St against top hitters, but, the control and movement is there. Pretty impressive after 6 years, huh?

  19. MTU March 7th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Al-

    Me too !

  20. austinmac March 7th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    GB,

    Prior’s fastball did look as if it had good movement. He could not throw his curve over, but one can presume that is something he can work out. I don’t see him making the team out of spring training, but he may be a possibility for later in the year.

    I was not at a computer for Burnett’s innings. How did he look? Obviously, the result were great.

  21. blake March 7th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Burnett will have a better season than Beckett or Lackey.

  22. Tarheel In NYC March 7th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Could not be happier for AJ! Or for the Yankees :)

  23. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Lester threw 46 pitches in a sim game today. The best 3 inning sim game ever thrown….anywhere by anybody.

  24. Pat M. March 7th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    GB…..Prior is doing extremely well considering the baby step approach the Yanks have implemented…….

  25. West Coast Yankee Fan March 7th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    No, bad guess Trisha. I liked the trade for Granderson when it was made and never thought he should be traded when he got off to a poor start. But the reality is he had a lousy year, excepting September/October and the playoffs.

    I look forward to seeing him have a better year which would mean cutting down on his strikeouts and hitting left-handers better.

  26. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 7th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Hey Big Al and J Al!

    Thanks!!!

    :)

  27. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    austinmac March 7th, 2011 at 4:31 pm
    GB,

    Prior’s fastball did look as if it had good movement. He could not throw his curve over, but one can presume that is something he can work out. I don’t see him making the team out of spring training, but he may be a possibility for later in the year.

    I was not at a computer for Burnett’s innings. How did he look? Obviously, the result were great.

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Afternoon, Mac. hope all is well down in Willie and waylon country.

    Burnett had a 94 MPH fastball all game and a lot of good change-ups, not many curves. 45 pitches and around 33 for strikes. His landing foot hit the same spot everytime but once, as far as I could tell. very impressive. I figure they bump him up to about 70-75 pitches in next start. That’s when we get to see how he does as he tires a bit.

  28. GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Pat M. March 7th, 2011 at 4:38 pm
    GB…..Prior is doing extremely well considering the baby step approach the Yanks have implemented…….

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Like everyone else, as the innings pile up, I’m sure that he’s getting anxious about how he feels the next day. Not as fast obviously, but, just as smooth. Imagine Burnett with his age 25 stuff and Prior’s delivery? I’m hoping Prior can cut loose a few 92-93 MPH fastballs and curves before the end of spring.

    Been a great spring and other than Cervelli and Curtis injuries, everyone is healthy and looking good. Logan’s not quite there, but, they’ll get it going. The kids are kids. Mostly a lot of hits but a couple of misses, but, they’re not expected to be that much anyway (Wordekemper). Laird is going to hit, but, clearly needs AAA time.

  29. Dean Wormer March 7th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Where is Neidermeyer ?

  30. joeman March 7th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    # GreenBeret7 March 7th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Pat M. March 7th, 2011 at 4:38 pm
    GB…..Prior is doing extremely well considering the baby step approach the Yanks have implemented…….

    ———————————————————————————————————————-

    Like everyone else, as the innings pile up, I’m sure that he’s getting anxious about how he feels the next day. Not as fast obviously, but, just as smooth. Imagine Burnett with his age 25 stuff and Prior’s delivery? I’m hoping Prior can cut loose a few 92-93 MPH fastballs and curves before the end of spring.

    Been a great spring and other than Cervelli and Curtis injuries, everyone is healthy and looking good. Logan’s not quite there, but, they’ll get it going. The kids are kids. Mostly a lot of hits but a couple of misses, but, they’re not expected to be that much anyway (Wordekemper). Laird is going to hit, but, clearly needs AAA time.
    ———————————————————————————————
    nice job GB
    thought Laird was going to take a big step this ST but as you stated he needs to be in AAA

  31. RadioKev March 7th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    What did y’all think of Noesi? I didn’t catch the game.

  32. BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    GB7 -

    The question is, where do they put Prior, even if he pitches well?

    Who do you remove from the BP to make room for him?

  33. BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    trisha -

    I guess I’ll just have to learn to hum that song on my own, lol.

  34. joeman March 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    3 teams looking to win 90 + games this year, according to Vegas

    o/u

    Phil..97
    RS..95.5
    Yankees..91.5

  35. E . R . California March 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Bad news from R*d S*x camp :

    ” J*hn L*ck*y retired 12 straight with only two balls leaving the infield . ”

    :(

  36. E . R . California March 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    :(

  37. BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    RadioKev March 7th, 2011 at 5:08 pm
    What did y’all think of Noesi? I didn’t catch the game

    ***************************************************
    GB7 might disagree, but, I think Noesi needs at least 1 1/2 more years in the MiL. He was just OK today.

  38. E . R . California March 7th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    It was also rumored that

    D*n**l B*rd

    hit 107 mph .

  39. Emerald Monday March 7th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Ruby / E.R. you are still alive ? I guess that truck swerved to avoid you. Get lost Red Sux scumbag.

  40. joeman March 7th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    # E . R . California March 7th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    It was also rumored that

    D*n**l B*rd

    hit 107 mph .
    ————————————————-
    I could see that happening

  41. Emerald Monday March 7th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Bard 107 in your dreams. Maybe cuz Papelpuke is done up there. LMAO ! LMAO !

  42. Emerald Monday March 7th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Ruby / E.R who let you out of mommies basement ? Get back in your padded room now dirt ball.

  43. BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    To heck with the Vegas line, I’m looking for 96-98 wins from the Yankees in 2011.

  44. austinmac March 7th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    GB,

    Thanks for the Burnett scouting report. He needs 94 since his command is iffy. A good change is a huge help for a pitcher. One or two an inning and the seed is planted in the hitter’s head.

    It looks as if Betances is going tonight. I love the day-night doubleheaders, of a sort.

    My scouting report on the two youngest Bs. Betances has great stuff, but Banuelos is the best young Yankee pitching prospect since Jose Rijo, and left handed to boot.

  45. joeman March 7th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    # BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    To heck with the Vegas line, I’m looking for 96-98 wins from the Yankees in 2011.
    —————————————————————————-
    there you go Big Al bet the over on the Yanks

  46. Betsy March 7th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Glad to see AJ off to such a good start………….but let’s see if he can keep it up

  47. Betsy March 7th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    LOL Lackey also had a brilliant ST last year

    I really want Prior to make the team

  48. Wave Your Hat March 7th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    It was great to see that AJ pitched well today. The problem is, you never know. He was 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his first six starts last year. But, good is a heck of a lot better than not so good.

  49. BIG AL March 7th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    joeman -

    Given all the problems of last season, and still winning 95 games, I can’t see, barring major injuries, how this years team is not a least 3 games better.

    Also, look for the Braves to push the Phillies right to the end.

  50. G. Love March 7th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Hey trisha,

    I said what I had to say in the last thread and I apologize if you personally took offense to it. I like you and don’t want to start some stupid war.

    That said, I do feel like people myopically keep score in here and enjoy rubbing stuff into other people’s faces when it comes to feelings/thoughts about players.

    It’s a long season. Someone may be venting about someone in June only to be singing their praises in July. You shouldn’t be scolded for doing that. You should be allowed to change your opinion in here.

    Every time someone gets a hit or pitches a cleaning inning who was previously criticized the “I told you so’s” come out in full force and it’s annoying to read so I reacted.

    Granderson hit a spring training HR and this place erupted into “I told you so!”.

    Reading that annoyed me because it didn’t show the scope of the Granderson saga from last year and how many who criticized him just wanted him to get help from Long which when he finally did, helped. I wrote what I felt. and I stand behind it. If I came off “self righteous” it’s frankly because I believed every word I wrote. Doesn’t mean I’m 100% right, lol.

  51. 108 stitches March 7th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    It would be great to see Mark Prior go to AAA as a last cut and with no soreness of any kind. Refine his pitches and eventually make a good 2011 contribution to the big team.
    Who knows ? With 22 days remaining in ST, he could challenge Mitre as the long reliever with enough work given him the rest of the month.

  52. joeman March 7th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    just for ha’s they have the Braves at 87….10 game dif

  53. joeman March 7th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Mark Prior could be a feel good story if it isn’t already, the kid needs a break and would really like to see him pitching in the majors this season at some point

  54. Jerkface March 7th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Every time someone gets a hit or pitches a cleaning inning who was previously criticized the “I told you so’s” come out in full force and it’s annoying to read so I reacted.

    Some people here really enjoy playing the I-Told-You-So game. Real back-patters they are. And they almost always characterize everyone else as being against them, save for their few friends or toleraters.


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