BRADENTON, Fla. - Shane Baz will start his 2018 season in extended Spring Training, with a shot at reaching West Virginia by the end of April or early May. He's still making starts with the A-ball teams, although his innings workload will be restricted early in the year. Baz pitched two innings yesterday against the Phillies' minor league squad in Clearwater, and had a chance to work on a few things he's been focusing on this spring.

One of the big things he's been working on has been the quality of his changeup. Now that he's throwing in games, he's starting to get some feedback on how the pitch is looking, along with some early results. Baz was very encouraged by his progress yesterday.

"The changeup was the best it's ever looked today," Baz said after the game. "I threw two inning...

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