Re: 2013 Reds Spring Training Articles
Nice article from John Fay on J.J. Hoover. I really hope he isn't screwed out of a bullpen spot. He deserves to be on the team over Ondrusek.
So the last bullpen spot could come down to Hoover and Logan Ondrusek. Hoover doesn’t worry about that. He’s concentrating on pitching well.
“That’s all can do,” he said. “Until (Tuesday) night, I didn’t really feel like my fastball was there. It was finally back to where it should be. I still have to fine tune some things like my breaking ball.”
Hoover’s fastball is key for him.
“There’s a hidden deception in his delivery,” pitching coach Bryan Price said. “When he’s throwing 92 to 94, he’s gets a reaction from the hitter than plays above the velocity. He pitches with 96, 97 mile per hour fastball, even though the gun reading suggests otherwise. Hitters don’t see it and he has the little special life, where his ball takes off with a second gear.”
I miss Adam Dunn.