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Padres Prospect Interview: Alexis Lara

San Diego Padres prospect Alexis Lara made headlines this spring with his mid-90s fastball and continues to make waves in the system, becoming a top relief prospect.

Lexi, talk about your 2009 success and maybe what changed halfway through the season for a phenomenal second half. Alexis Lara: The first half, I was excited, trying to get the fastballs up. The second half, I started missing my pitches a bit, throwing a lot more slider and changeups. The fastball was good, so it helped a lot. One of the pitching coaches said "max effort." Has he slowed it down...

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