MILWAUKEE -- When a pitcher is 6-foot-9 and throwing 96 mph, the first thing that comes to mind is strikeouts and lots of them.
Milwaukee Brewers rookie right-hander Johnny Hellweg is 6-foot-9 and throws that hard, but he isn't a strikeout pitcher; not anymore. In a concerted effort to pitch to contact, Hellweg has shifted his focus to trying to get outs earlier in the count with his power sinker.
"I can't really compare him to anybody," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Usually a tall guy like that isn't throwing a sinker. You expect to see a Randy Johnson, four-seam gas. It has movement on it, he likes to pitch down in the zone and gets ground balls. He's got a nice breaking ball. He calls it a curve, but it is in-between, a slurvy-like curveball."
Hellweg's overall numbers in Triple-A weren't bad -- 3.38 ERA in April and 3.86 ERA in May -- but he was averaging 3.5 walks per start. Even with Milwaukee's starting staff in disarray early in the season, Hellweg wasn't given a chanc...