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Scouting Report: RHP Aaron Tressler
Name: Aaron Tressler
DOB: March 28, 1982
It all started with an injury to a teammate, and Aaron Tressler took advantage of the opportunity.
"Unfortunately (A.J.) Wideman got hurt and I got an opportunity," Tressler told InsideTheDome.
Tressler was simply amazing this past season with Lansing going 8-4 with a 1.90 ERA in 23 games. He held opponents to a .233 batting average against mark, while issuing just 16 walks in 108 2/3 innings. It was his second straight season pitching in the Midwest League, but since he was making the transition to a starting pitcher, the organization wanted him to work at a lower level, rather than Dunedin or even New Hampshire.
"I used to put too much pressure on myself last year out of the pen. I always thought that I had good control of my fastball, so I picked a lot and I got more walks. I just tried to pick too much instead of attacking people."
Attacking people and throwing strike one has been a big reason for his success this year, but Tressler has also added to his repertoire. Last year out of the pen, he primarily featured a four-seam fastball, a change up and slider. Starting this year however, has afforded him the opportunity to learn a few new pitches.
"I got a chance to bring back my curve ball which I really hadn't thrown since college. I also have started throwing a two-seam fastball, where last year it was strictly four-seam. It has really given me an opportunity to play with some pitches and get some more confidence with all of my pitches."
Adding to his repertoire was not the only thing that Tressler has done this season. He also has started to throw out of the wind up this year after working completely out of the stretch last season.
"I was contemplating on going back to the wind up this year. Last year, I worked totally out of the stretch," said the right-hander. "I wanted to work on the wind up because you can throw harder. It made my delivery easier. I didn't have to try to throw the ball as hard to get the velocity."
Adjusting to a new pitching coach and for the most part a new team this season as well as a new role, most players would go through a transition period, however, Tressler did not get the memo, instead he chooses to praise Lansing pitching coach Tom Signore for his success this season.
"Tom Signore is probably one of the greatest coaches that I have worked with so far, by far."
Repertoire: Fastball, curveball, changeup, slider
Fastball: Tressler does not have an overpowering fastball, but is able to change speeds on it effectively, and locate it on both corners, and also north and south on the strike zone. He will not strike batters out with his 85-89 MPH fastball, but he will use it to set up hitters when he throws his changeup and curveball.
Secondary Pitcher: The right-hander worked extremely hard on regaining the effectiveness of his curveball, and combined that with his already solid changeup and slider combination, to induce contact and make the defense work behind him to record outs.
On the Mound: Talent evaluators don't believe Tressler will be a strikeout pitcher as he progresses in the minor leagues, and he will have to maintain his command for him to have success and move along in the system. Tressler still needs to work on all of his pitches, since scouts do not view one pitch as being major league ready yet.
Projection: The Blue Jays really need to challenge the 24-year-old and at the very least, Tressler needs to finish the season with New Hampshire, and have success there. His age is against him. Tressler will begin the 2007 season with Dunedin, but he needs to get off to a sharp start, and hope he sees New Hampshire by June.
ETA: 2009 Assuming that Tressler follows the projection above, it will put him in pace to reach the majors in 2009, or even late in 2008.
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