Carmen Mlodzinski: Experimenting With Best Approach On The Mound In Altoona

One way to look at the minor leagues is an opportunity to find yourself, at least from a ‘what role will I play at the next level’ type of journey.

When thinking about that, maybe no one has been on that kind of path of discovery quite like Carmen Mlodzinski this season.

The 31st overall pick back in the 2020 draft, Mlodzinski has struggled to find consistency on the mound, leading the Pirates to experiment with the best way to utilize the former South Carolina Gamecock.

“Guys are going to have to learn how to prepare a little bit different, maybe, at some point in their career,” explained Altoona Curve pitching coach Drew Benes when talking about Mlodzinski coming out of the bullpen. “Just trying to get guys different looks and different experiences, so they don’t get buckled by ...



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What is he? Starter or reliever? For such a high draft choice he is not showing the development that I expected. It seems once again the Pirates drafted someone that is not going to make it, until he is released. Conner Joe for instance.


This sounds like development to me. And I have noticed that the Bucs are using a variety of strategies to get potential relievers into multiple clean innings: starters, openers, and just later clean innings. Game on the line situations lead players to focus on winning, not learning. And winning is a secondary goal in the minors.


LOVE that picture of Mlod


Especially the one with the static picture of an LHP, then segways into Mlod.

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