Five points with Matt Buschmann

Drafted out of Vanderbilt, Matt Buschmann ascended to High-A Lake Elsinore in his professional debut season. He is working on a consistency, his two-seam fastball, and pitching inside as he looks to build upon the success of his initial campaign.

Do you feel you have to be more aggressive attacking the inside of the zone as you continue to move up the ladder?

Matt Buschmann: Yeah, definitely. Once you move up the ladder, you see that pitchers have the ability to control their fastball on both sides of the plate. The inside part of the plate includes that. You know how the guy sets up the outside and vice-versa. So yeah, it's very important.

With your arm angle, you mentioned the release point being an issue – can you corral that so it isn't an issue or are we looking at something that will always be on your mind?

Matt Buschmann: No, I'm starting to corral that now and get a consistent release point. It just comes with reps. Repetitions. Just like any pitcher, when you have a down game there's going to be a reason for it. Me, personally, that will be a reason. If I'm up, it'll be because my arm angle's a little down. It goes with the flow and it's a matter of me being more consistent with it in the future.

You worked on the two-seamer in Instructs – how has that progressed and was there a specific purpose like using it against righties?

Matt Buschmann: Yeah, it's progressed pretty well. The other day I had a bullpen (session). I was taught a new grip. I think it's really helped me. Just being able to pull down on a seam. I don't think my fingers every seemed to pull down on it enough. That's gone real well. And yeah, I think it is. Once you get that two-seam into any hitter really, you know it's going to put your pitch count down because they're going to put it in play earlier.

You were better with runners in scoring position – what changes in your approach?

Matt Buschmann: It's just one of those things. When a guy gets in scoring position, either you let up a hit or you walked a guy and he got there. So your blood's pumping a little more. You've got a little more adrenaline. I think sometimes it's bad and sometimes it's good. For me last year it was kind of a good thing. It got me going and made my pitches a little sharper probably.

Do you use the right side of the mound so righties feel like you are coming from third base?

Matt Buschmann: I actually don't. I use the other side of the mound. Actually I talked about that a lot in Instructs. I think a lot of people debate what side you should use. The natural side is to be on the third-base side but I use the other side because I step across my body a little bit and it lets my two-seam have a little more room to move without having fear of it moving in to a right-handed hitter.

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