Great Lakes Loons right-handed pitcher Zach Pop is working hard at staying healthy for the entire 140-game minor league season. Pop, who dealt with his fair share of adversity during his collegiate career, hopes he can find a routine to stay healthy in pro ball.
“Just staying healthy is a big thing for me,” explained Pop. “I’m just trying to get through this season, develop a routine, so I have something to use in the future.”
And finding that routine shouldn’t be an issue for Pop, a seventh-round Major League Baseball Draft choice last season, as he admits the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization takes great care of their players.
“The Dodgers take great care of us,” stated Pop. “They only feed us organic foods, and have great conditioning programs in place to help us stay healthy and on the field.”
Staying on the field hasn’t been an issue for Pop so far in 2018. The righty has appeared in nine games for the Dodgers’ Low-A affiliate, and has only allowed four earned runs, while striking out 15 to date. In 12.1 innings of work under his belt, the 21-year-old holds a 2.52 ERA and has walked just six of 55 batters faced.Los Angeles @Dodgers prospect @pop_zach is looking to stay healthy and productive for the Low-A @greatlakesloons this season.Click To Tweet
Pop, who was ranked 95th in MLB Pipeline’s 2017 Draft rankings, currently uses a mix of a 4-seam fastball, sinker, slider, and changeup in his repertoire. But, the righty doesn’t have an exact plan for his fastball every outing, as he explains what he wants to accomplish with his heater depends more on the man standing in the batter’s box than anything else.
“It really depends on the hitter,” said Pop. “As a pitcher you mainly focus on using your strengths versus the hitters weaknesses.”
Be sure to follow Zach Pop’s progress this season in Great Lakes, and for years to come in the Dodgers organization.