Left-handed pitcher Alec Gamboa is making strides on the mound for the High-A Great Lakes Loons. And while Gamboa is still in the early stages of his professional career, the lefty has already tweaked his changeup in pro ball for more success on the mound moving forward.
“I’ve been tweaking the changeup here and there with our pitching coach Ryan Dennick,” explained Gamboa. “Ryan talked to me about pitch design and he adjusted my grip a bit. My grip is different, and it’s working out.”
The lefty also features a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a slider, and a curveball in his repertoire, which he mixes in accordingly.
“I basically go hard in and soft away,” said Gamboa. “I also like to mix in a few curves when I can.”
Gamboa’s ability to mix his pitches up has helped him in his five outings to date in 2021, with 13 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.38 in 16 innings of work. Gamboa knows there will be a few ups and downs throughout the season, but he’s looking forward to seeing how it plays out.
“I’m looking forward to logging a bigger workload,” stated Gamboa. “I’ve never thrown a lot of innings at any level of baseball, so I’m excited to see how this season goes.”
Gamboa is also doing his homework in terms of facing opposing batters in the High-A Central League.
“It’s a different ballgame. You have to do your homework on the hitters you’re facing, and you can’t go out there thinking you’re going to throw a perfect game every outing,” explained Gamboa. “The High-A hitters are really good, and they can adjust to different situations, so you need to have a game plan on how you’re going to attack them.”
Be sure to follow Alec Gamboa’s progress this season, as he continues to improve his pitches and challenge opposing batters in the High-A Central League.