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Chad Dallas Loving his Cutter in 2024

Chad Dallas Loving his Cutter in 2024

April 19, 2024

Photo credit: Frank Gunn

Right-handed pitcher Chad Dallas spent his off-season training in Texas. Dallas, who wanted to trim some body fat, while also fine-tuning all of his pitches prior to the start of spring training is happy with how everything went this off-season.

“I spent my off-season at home in Houston with my new wife,” said Dallas. “We got married over the off-season, so a lot of time with family and training over in Houston, Texas.”

“I wanted to shave some body fat,” Dallas added. “I think we were pretty successful at it. Other than that, I just wanted to tune-up all of my pitches.”

Currently using a five-pitch mix of: a 4-seam fastball, a sinking fastball, a cutter, a curveball, and a slider; Dallas talks about how his repertoire is developing in pro ball.

“I feel they’re good,” explained Dallas. “I think I might not have been using them the best but that is just how baseball is, you’ll fail sometimes. So, I’m still trying to work on it, to figure it out, and hopefully we’ll get a good one soon.”

The righty’s cutter was clicking last Saturday, “The cutter actually worked well,” stated Dallas. “We definitely should’ve used it a little more. It was probably one of my best strike% pitches on Saturday. I like throwing my cutter. I usually like throwing all of my pitches, but on Saturday I really liked throwing my cutter.”

His cutter’s success should come as no surprise, as Dallas likes to work off his secondary pitches more than his 4-seam fastball.

“I usually pitch off my off-speed,” explained Dallas. “Maybe that is something that I’ve gotten away from recently. But you know, you have to land your off-speed to be able to do that. At the same time you have to throw strikes and attack, so I like to throw the 4-seam fastball to get in the zone. You got to give them strike one, give them a chance to hit it.”

Currently in his first season of Triple-A baseball, Dallas talks about what he has noticed from the hitters that he has faced so far.

“They have better approaches,” stated Dallas who has made three starts for Buffalo so far. “They know the zone better, which is obviously the reason why they’re up here. But they stick to their approach and they’re going to make you come to them.”

Be sure to follow Chad Dallas this season, as he continues to throw his cutter for strikes.