ALTOONA, Pa. - The baseball season is a long mentally and physically exhausting marathon that wears down even the most conditioned of athletes. Playing day-to-day in the summer's heat, pitch-to-pitch on a daily grind is exhausted and it's easy to lose focus at times in a moment of exhaustion.
It's those who are able to shake off the exhaustion and keep focus that put themselves in position to make it to the next level.
"I think that is what separates people that compete at the highest level," Altoona Curve pitching coach Drew Benes told Pirates Prospects. "For me, it's not one thing that you talk about or one thing that you teach. It's a process of walking through their growth and development."
For pitchers, their path to preparing for the next outing begins almost immediately aft...
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