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Tool Time: Top control pitchers

There are a few things every pitching coach will preach and it begins with command. If you can't throw strikes, you simply won't progress through the minor leagues. These San Diego Padres' prospects don't have to worry about that – they are fully adept at target practice.

1. Mike Ekstrom When the catcher sets up on the outside corner, glove outstretched slightly below the knees, Ekstrom is the one who hits it every time. He averages a little over one walk per start and pounds the bottom half of the zone, yielding just four homers in 166.2 innings last year. 2. Brent Carter When the lefty is on the mound you can be assured of one thing – he doesn't hit too... Recommended Stories

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