By Sam Blum
July 3rd, 2014
Mason Klotz (Southeastern Louisiana) had been the victim of poor defense, and more importantly poor command.
In his previous two outings he had allowed seven runs over just 4 2/3 innings, but only one run was earned. Despite a rather unblemished earned run average, Klotz had been far from impressed with his performances on the mound.
“When I go home,” Klotz said, “I see it as a challenge to where I really got to improve on those seven runs that actually came across.”
But during Wednesday’s 7-2 loss to Chatham at Lowell Park, Klotz threw a scoreless 1 2/3 innings. Finally his numbers matched his abilities.
The improved result, Klotz said is a re-working of his mechanics on the mound.
“Coach (Mike) Roberts really helped out in fixing my form,” Klotz said. “It’s just basically learning to keep your foot back and really control your body, if you cant control your body, you’re not gonna know where the ball’s going.”
For Roberts, command of the strike zone has been an issue for the entire pitching staff and a high point of emphasis in practice.
He said that Klotz is having trouble in throwing from just one arm angle. He’s been all over the place with that, and thus so have his pitches.
He also wants Klotz to do betting with throwing balls that sink to batters.
“He doesn’t throw hard enough to throw the ball by guys,” Roberts said. “We’ve got to find a way to get the fingers on top of the baseball, not behind the baseball.”
So while Klotz is happy to finally have thrown some zeros on the scoreboard, he’s still hoping to see some more improvement.
“No matter what, I’ve really got to continue to work on my command.