Clay Buchholz

Clay Buchholz: 'The ball was moving like it's supposed to'

John Tomase
March 03, 2015 - 12:16 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Clay Buchholz probably has the highest ceiling on the starting pitching staff, which makes it all the more painful when it comes crashing down around him. That made Tuesday's debut inning against Northeastern encouraging. Buchholz struck out one during a scoreless frame, incorporating the mechanical changes he has worked on all winter in an attemp to be more consistent. He exhibited greater command of his changeup, kept the ball at the knees, and accomplished everything he wanted out of a spring debut. "The ball was moving like it's supposed to, I guess, like I wanted it to," Buchholz said. "The adjustments in the delivery that I've been working on felt a lot more smooth than last year in particular. I've still got a little work to do, but it felt good." Buchholz explained that he has tried to straighten his leg kick towards home plate, rather than being "roundabout" towards third base and the right-handed batter's box. "I'm more to home plate and staying on on line," he said. Perhaps most encouraging for Buchholz was the basic fact that he kept the ball down. "That's key for me," he said. "I throw a lot of two-seam fastballs, and when they're up, they're flat, and they seem to get hit a lot more often. Being down is definitely something I need to be doing -- down in the strike zone, four of the five starters, we're sinker guys."