Left-handed pitcher Devin Hemmerich is working hard to find consistency in pro ball. One way he’s trying to achieve this is by utilizing all four of his pitches any given night. Currently using a mix of a two-seam fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup; and there’s little doubt that Hemmerich can find a pitch that’s clicking every outing.
In fact, that’s the angle that Hemmerich uses when he approaches the mound. The prospect doesn’t just look to work off his fastball like most pitchers, but instead he looks to find a pitch that’s working for him that day.
“It really just depends on what’s working for me that day,” explained Hemmerich. “That’s the good thing about having four pitches. If one isn’t working, you can just bang it out and find a pitch that is working.”
And finding that pitch hasn’t been too much of an issue for Hemmerich, as he’s maintaining a 1.25 WHIP, and an opponent batting average of .215 in 37.2 innings split between the rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors, and the low-A Great Lakes Loons.[email protected] pitching prospect Devin Hemmerich is finding his groove in a bullpen role with the Low-A @greatlakesloons.Click To Tweet
Obviously, he would like to lower both of those numbers a little bit more before the conclusion of the 2018 season. Reducing walks and pinpointing location with his pitches will be key to lowering those stats in the final two months of the minor league season.
Hemmerich will continue to work hard in those areas coming out of the Great Lakes Loons bullpen, a role he loves.
“You come into the game in a tight situation out of the bullpen,” stated Hemmerich. “As a starter you come into the game and it’s 0-0, but in the bullpen you can lose the game with one pitch in the 9th, so I definitely enjoy the challenge.”
Another aspect he embraces is facing a lefty in the batter’s box. While, Hemmerich admits that he doesn’t really understand why left on left is a bigger deal than right on right; he does know that he relishes the opportunity to pitch against a lefty.
“It’s always fun pitching against lefties,” said Hemmerich. “That’s a big part of being a left-handed pitcher. For some reason left on left is a bigger deal than right on right which I don’t really understand, but it’s definitely fun going against lefties.”
Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers will definitely be following Devin Hemmerich’s progression throughout the season, and for years to come.