TAMPA, Fla. -- Left-hander Tony Watson spent the offseason focused on consistency. After making his Major League debut with the Pirates on June 8 against Arizona last season, Watson finished with a 3.95 ERA over 43 appearances (41.0 innings). But his ERA jumped up and down over his four months in Pittsburgh.
Watson worked hard over the offseason in order to improve upon that.
"Just consistency," Watson said of his offseason focus. "Consistency with the delivery. Consistency with the pitches. If the delivery is consistent, everything’s consistent. Then the pitches will be consistent. That was a big thing for me. Just continuing to be consistent with everything."
Watson was impressive in his Major League debut in 2011 against the Diamondbacks, coming into a high leverage situation. Watson replaced reliever Jose Veras in the 8th inning with two runners on base and just one out. But the left-hander handled it like a seasoned veteran, striking out both batters he faced to end the i...