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Pitching intrigues at Padres' Instructs

Jamison still going strong

By the time more than 30 pitchers finished their work in the Padres' instructional program last week, they had two ideas front and center in their minds: use the change-up, and get quick outs. It's safe to say the dual message, championed by new player development director Grady Fuson, was heard loud and clear.

Among those recognized at the annual awards dinner, Ben Krosschell, Fabian Jimenez, John Madden and Neil Jamison all impressed, not just with the results they got in Peoria, but how they got them. Krosschell, who was drafted out of high school in 2004, was named most improved pitcher after he posted a 3.05 ERA in 20 2/3 innings. While keeping his lively fastball in the low- to mid-90s, he...

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