Bryan Morris threw two innings today at Pirate City, and flashed a new pitch in the process. Morris throws a mid-90s fastball, and also flashes a good curveball, but today while watching him it appeared that he was also throwing a slider.
I spoke with Morris afterwards, who mentioned that the pitch was a cutter. The pitch was a variation of a pitch Morris worked on last year, which was more of a slider. This year Morris has been trying to throw the pitch harder, making it sharper.
The right-hander struggled with the pitch in the first inning, throwing it low-and-away and in the dirt against right-handed hitters.
"Just a little bit of trying to make it cut, rather than throwing it the way you're supposed to throw it, and that's what happens," Morris said about his struggles with the pitch in the first inning today.
The relief pitcher was also working on some delivery changes, with some adjustments to his set up and hand placement. Today was his first game with the new adjust...
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