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Blue Jays | Ricky Romero making mechanical adjustment

Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero is making mechanical adjustments this spring after pitching coach Pete Walker and bullpen coach Pat Hentgen noticed a flaw in Romero's delivery. He was throwing across his body with his momentum moving toward third base instead of directly toward the hitter. Romero wasn't correctly following through, which created problems with his location. He is still in the process of carrying out his new mechanics in game situations, and it's a work in progress. Romero is also positioning himself in the middle of the rubber as opposed to the first base side, and his previous positioning on the rubber made it difficult for him to locate fastballs on the inner part of the plate to righties. Romero had a career-high 105 walks in 181 innings last season. "It's really the direction of his hips and where he's going out of his initial break in his stride," Walker said. "I want him taking those hips directly to home plate. When guys go across their body, they typically take their hips in the direction opposite of where they're throwing the ball."

Fantasy Tip: Is Romero really as bad as his disastrous 2012 season suggests? Probably not, and now that he won't be relied on as the staff ace, he can take some of the pressure off of himself. There is value to be had here, but just don't expect a giant rebound.

2013-03-20 13:31:20 | Source: - Gregor Chisholm

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