Right-handed pitcher Cole Duensing has found a new home in the Los Angeles Dodgers system. Duensing, who began his career with the Angels, has found the transition to his new club an enjoyable one so far.
“The transition over to the Dodgers has been great,” said Duensing. “The culture that the organization has created is absolutely incredible. I was welcomed in and felt right at home very quickly. They do everything the right way. I love it here.”
Getting his first taste of being a Dodgers’ minor leaguer with the High-A Great Lakes Loons, Duensing is excited to be with a great affiliate with amazing facilities available to their players.
“I’m still getting used to the cold temperatures in Midland, but it’s a beautiful stadium to play in,” said Duensing. “I’ve always kind of been in the ‘lesser’ affiliate amongst the league in my career. It’s nice to finally be in one of the nicest affiliates in the Midwest League.”
And Duensing has fared well in his 6.2 innings of work in 2022, racking up eight strikeouts and holding opposing hitters to a .296 average against him. The righty currently sports a four-pitch mix on the mound, with a fastball, a cutter, a curveball, and a changeup in his repertoire.
“I would consider my fastball my best pitch,” explained Duensing. “I have learned a good mix now that plays well off my fastball. For a long time, I pitched predominantly with my fastball because it was my best pitch by a lot. It’s still my best pitch, but the gap between the rest of my pitches has lessened significantly.”
Duensing is really enjoying his bullpen role with Great Lakes, too.
“My favorite thing about working out of the bullpen is just the mental component that I can empty the tank every time I go out,” said Duensing. “I can give the hitters my very best stuff and they only get to see me one time probably.”
Be sure to follow Cole Duensing’s progress in Great Lakes this season as he continues to enjoy his bullpen role and his new organization.