Left-handed pitcher Austin Drury has been a reliable bullpen arm for the Great Lakes Loons, the Low-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 2019. Drury, who is maintaining a WHIP of 1.17, and is averaging a strikeout per inning with 23 Ks in 23 innings is on the right track for an increased workload in the upcoming months.
A major component to his success is his ability to work fast, but not too fast, out of the bullpen. The 34th-round Major League Baseball Draft selection in 2018 maintains pace well.
“Yeah, I like to work fast, but not too fast,” stated Drury. “When I get too fast, I get a little out of control.”
And part of his fast approach comes from his ability to throw strikes with his three pitches. Currently using a mix of a fastball, a slider, and a changeup in his repertoire; Drury discusses how he tries to work off his fastball, while mixing in his secondary pitches every outing.
“I just try to mix in my fastball with my secondary pitches,” explained Drury. “I feel I can use them in different counts, because I have a great defense behind me who will help me out.”
His favorite secondary pitch is his changeup, “I love the changeup, I’ve always been a fan of the pitch, and I have thrown it for a while,” said Drury. “It keeps getting better and better, and I really like seeing guys swing-and-miss at it.”
And as far as his slider goes it’s relatively new, but he enjoys having it there. “I used to throw a curveball, but they switched me to a slider, and I’m thankful they did,” explained Drury.
That transition to the slider came about due to his arm slot, “They told me I have more of a slider spin and arm slot,” stated Drury. “I just listened to what they said, and I’m glad I did.”
Drury, a 5’11”, 190 lb lefty from Land O’Lakes, Florida, was drafted by the Dodgers after his junior year at the University of North Florida. The 21-year-old struck out 58 over 68.1 innings with the NCAA Division I school, posting a 4-4 record in 13 starts. Drury reported to the Pioneer League’s Ogden Raptors shortly after the draft, recording a 2.25 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 12.1 innings, and jumped to Great Lakes, where he went 3-1 with a 0.51 ERA at the end of 2018.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Austin Drury, as he continues to be reliable for years to come.