Ginley Adapting to Pro Ball

Ginley Adapting to Pro Ball

Last year the Toronto Blue Jays selected right handed pitcher Kyle Ginley in the 17th round of the draft. The 20-year-old, who hails from Dunnellon FL, is 0-3 so far this year with a 7.5 ERA in 24 innings pitched for the Lansing Lugnuts. Lesley Clegg catches up with Ginley to get the scoop on his progress.

"Right now we're working on keeping my weight on my backside," said Ginley. "I like to get out in front and turn my shoulders the wrong way and jerk the ball," Ginley, who is the second to youngest player on the team, went on to say.

Despite his age, Ginley leads the team in strikeouts with twenty-nine.

"Since I throw a lot of fastballs I get a lot of strike outs, and induce plenty of foul balls," said Ginley. "Therefore when I get into the seventh and eighth innings I have a high pitch count. Mainly the only thing I have command of right now is my fastball."

Lansing's pitching coach Tom Signore said Ginley needs to work on his mechanics and once corrected he will have command of his off-speed stuff.

"I talked to Tom and he said I should keep my routine the same," said Ginley. "He said I'm throwing the ball well, the results just aren't there, but each time I'm throwing I'm getting a little bit better."

This is Ginley's first year playing full season minor league ball, but he said that is not a factor in his efforts to adjust in Lansing.

"I feel confident and comfortable throwing. I'm just struggling right now, said Ginley. "I feel like I can perform at this level. I'm just not doing it yet. I'm hoping I will start turning things around and start getting some positive results on the scoreboard."

Before being drafted, Ginley played for St. Petersburg Junior College. In 2005 he was the starting pitcher for the championship game of the Junior College World Series.

"That was the first time I'd thrown in front of a big crowd, there were 14,000 people there," said Ginley.

He said that experience helped has helped him feel comfortable throwing in front of the crowds at Lansing's Oldsmobile Park.

"That was quite an experience," said Ginley. "It taught me to control my emotions on the mound, not get too excited. We play in front of some pretty big crowds here."

Monday is Ginley's next start. He said he is going to take a positive attitude with him going into the game.

"I'm going to try to not worry about my mechanics when I'm out on the mound," said Ginley.

Lansing rotates between 3 different catchers on their roster, but Ginley said he can throw to any of them.

"They put down a finger and I throw it," said Ginley.

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