Originally posted on World Series Dreaming  |  Last updated 1/13/13
Yesterday, we outlined the mess the new front office had to clean up.  Today, unencumbered by playoff football and random awards shows, let’s try to figure out how they may work towards that goal in regards to player development. The Way of the Pitcher Once upon a time, I happened upon an article about the Minnesota Twins’ minor league pitcher development program.  There was a section on how the pitching coordinator would reprimand or otherwise penalize the pitchers if they walked too many batters in an outing, as a method to emphasize the importance of hitting and controlling the strike zone. I can no longer find that article online, but it’s not a terrible idea to pepper the strike zone and get the opposing batter into protect mode.  The wonders of Google brought us to this other article on the Twins pitching philosophy, which emphasizes pitch to contact. This is a philosophy also employed heavily by the St. Louis Cardinals, a team that I consider the class of the National League (not
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