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Mitch McKown Focused on Continual Growth

Righty focused on building off his 2017 season

Mitch McKown Focused on Continual Growth

November 11, 2017

Photo credit: Bryan Green

Photo credit: Bryan Green

 

Right-handed pitching prospect Mitch McKown improved a lot with the Bluefield Blue Jays in 2017.

Pitching in 25 1/3 innings with Bluefield; McKown only allowed 10 earned runs, and held opposing hitters to just a .198 mark against him.

His success in the bullpen was a welcoming sign, as McKown struggled in the GCL in 2016.

McKown credits his better numbers in Bluefield to the coaching he received with the Blue Jays’ advanced-rookie ball affiliate.

“The coaching staff in Bluefield was amazing,” said McKown. “Following their guidance was a major factor in my improvements this past season.”

Another component to his success was McKown’s increased confidence when walking out to the mound.

“Feeling comfortable and confident was the biggest factor to maximizing my ability on the mound in 2017,” explained McKown. “Although, I’m happy with the improvements, I know there’s still things I have yet to learn to better my game.”

Continuing to sharpen and develop his three pitches will be one of the areas McKown will be working on in upcoming seasons.

Currently using a mix of a fastball, curveball, and changeup; McKown discusses how he tries to get his fastball and curveball on the same plain.

“I try to get backspin on my fastball which can give it late life to work up in the zone,” stated McKown. “Depending on who I’m facing I can get my curveball on the same plain as my fastball and have it drop off the table to get batters to think it’s a fastball, so they bite at it last minute to freeze them.”

Mastering his pitches will be a major focal point next season for McKown; who is focused on cutting down on his walk totals in 2018.

“Next season I plan on working on my consistency and cutting down on my walks,” said McKown. “I really believe hard work leads to continual improvements.”

Toronto Blue Jays fans will be following Mitch McKown, as he continues to improve his game next season and for years to come.