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Pat Gallagher Looking to Add Velocity this Season

Pat Gallagher Looking to Add Velocity this Season

June 23, 2023

Photo credit: UConn Athletics

Right-handed pitcher Pat Gallagher is getting his feet wet in pro ball after taken part in the Instructional League last fall. Gallagher, who went to Instructs after pitching 103 innings for UConn in 2022 is looking to build off the experience and add velocity this season.

“Obviously, I threw a lot of innings last year at UConn,” said Gallagher. “I don’t think they wanted me throwing many innings down there so the main thing was to hone in on my mechanics, and get some drill work in to gain velocity. That has been the goal thus far.”

Gallagher uses a four-pitch mix of: a 4-seam fastball, a 2-seam fastball, a curveball, and a splitter.

Entering pro ball with a low-90s fastball, Gallagher is focused on increasing his velocity this season, “It’s going well,” explained Gallagher. “Velocity gaining is not linear. There are games you’re going to get the velo jump and things are going to feel really good, and sometimes it goes down a little bit. But I’m doing really good work each and every day trying to get stronger and move faster – it’s paying off. I believe trusting the process is a big thing in minor league baseball.”

Another thing Gallagher tries to do on the mound is mix up his pitches frequently.

“My fastball plays up in the zone,” stated Gallagher. “But a big thing for me is not relying on the fastball too much. I like mixing up pitches to guys and throwing off-speed for a strike early. That is very vital for me to have good outings.”

Pitching 27 innings for Low-A Dunedin; Gallagher has racked up 27 K’s while maintaining a WHIP of 1.00 in 2023.

Look for Pat Gallagher to add more velocity and mix up his pitches this season.