@Dzylka98 - if you dedicate yourself and take the right mindset, there is no reason you can't exceed everyone's expectations. Stay humble through every success, and stay hungry with every failure. Trust me, there will be plenty of each along the way.
@JD - it really is a great spot, big step up from Kannapolis. I'm excited to be here and definitely not expecting to have another move made before the end of the season. I'm just going to compete my ass off and keep putting together solid outings. I can only control myself, not what anyone else around me does or says. A lot of college and pro guys would benefit from remembering this, IMO.
Had my debut with Winston last night, put together a decent outing.
Came in bases loaded 1 out and got both hitters I faced out (strikeout and a groundout). The umpire called a balk on me though (didn't fully come set apparently), so one run scored from third.
Next inning I got a quick 2 outs on 2 strikeouts, then our shortstop overthrew a routine ground ball. Got ahead of the next batter 1-2, then missed my spot with a slider, and threw two straight fastballs that must have just missed. Next guy I jammed, but his broken bat bloop fell just over our second basemen's head, allowing that first baserunner to score. Retired the next guy with a groundout.
1.2 IP, 0ER, 3Ks, 1h, 1bb
I threw a really good slider for one of the strikeouts. I'm good for about one of those per inning, and two crappy ones. Still, since I have been commanding my fastball well it's not as big a deal when i miss, and I have more room to play around with the slider each time out. I'm getting very comfortable on the mound, and really learning how to stay in my locked in mental state.
It's little things, like a slow jog to the mound instead of a quick run, and then transitioning into a slow walk once I hit the grass - you don't want to be breathing heavy when you come into the game. Anything to help the game slow down is going to be helpful.
It's looking calmly at my head coach and infielders when I'm handed the ball, calmly knowing that I wouldn't be here if I didn't belong and didn't have what it takes to succeed.
It's fixing the mound exactly how I like it, digging out any spots on the left side of the rubber to make sure I can get a firm and consistent foot position to drive from.
It's taking a moment to look at the catcher and turn down the noise around me, get my bearings and take a deep breath to lock myself in.
When I come set I don't look at the plate. I exhale as my hands come to a stop, and I am visualizing the tunnel through which I am about to hurl the pitch. Now that I am fully focused on the task, there's only one thing left to do - execute. For me, a good pitch is not thrown carefully. It's thrown with a sort of calm ferocity. Mentally I am totally relaxed leading up to the pitch, but even while that calmness is there, I still think in the back of my mind that I am going to throw this pitch right by the guy. Calm mind and calm body leads to babying and 85 mph fastballs. A calm and locked in mind and an aggressive body leads to 93mph bullets. An overly aggressive mind makes it hard to repeat my motion. It's about learning yourself and finding the right balance.