Hawks' opening day starter spent off-season changing mechanics
Hawks' opening day starter spent off-season changing mechanicsPhoto: Video by IdahoOnYourSide.com
The Boise Hawks' opening day starter, James Pugliese, is one of six players returning for another go-round in Boise. Pug, as he is affectionately known, isn't shy about sharing why he's still in short season Single-A.
"I was a drop-and-drive, max effort pitcher last year," explained Pugliese, who went 1-5 with a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts last season. "I changed that in extended spring training and now I stand up taller and I don't bring my glove up as high."
"It's night and day. If you look from last year to this year, it's a big difference."
James' change in his delivery may end up being a career-saver. Hawks manager Gary Van Tol said Pugliese looked like an entirely different player this spring.
"When I saw his first outing in extended spring (training), when he was finished, I went up to him right away," explained Van Tol. "I said 'Hey, I see a big difference out of you, how do you feel?' And he said 'What a difference a year makes.'"
"He has shown me a lot of maturity and a lot of growth," added Van Tol. "He's more of a complete pitcher when last year he was more of a thrower."