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Blue Jays | Brandon Morrow became more efficient

Although Toronto Blue Jays SP Brandon Morrow had career lows in strikeouts per nine innings and fastball velocity last year, he made gains in ERA, hits per nine, walks per nine, WHIP and ground-ball percentage, making him a much more efficient pitcher in the process. "The rise in command (and drop in velocity) comes from not really taking anything off, but just being more in control through my delivery," Morrow said. His curveball also became much sharper and his changeup went back to dominant form. Morrow threw his change 12.1 percent of the time last year, up nearly six percent. As a result, the number of sliders he threw fell five percent to 21.3. He also used his fastball a bit less, while his curve remained steady. Morrow abandoned his previous changeup grip last year in favor of a grip similar to the splitter he threw in college and early in his career. "Holding it like a splitter keeps me from trying to make it too nasty, that way when I think changeup, I try to throw it for strikes, I'm not trying to throw it as a swing and miss pitch, really," said Morrow. "Toward the end of the season, there were times where I was getting pretty good with it and we did use it as a swing and miss pitch, but I want them to make contact with that." The differences in velocities on his various pitches will keep hitters off balance; his curve is around 78 mph and his heater sits around 95 mph.

2013-02-22 13:41:03 | Source: The Canadian Press - Shi Davidi

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