Danny Graves says his strong spring is a good omen for the upcoming season:
But Graves thinks the good spring numbers are an indication of good things to come for him.
“I feel really good,” he said. “I feel like my arm speed is back. I feel like my velocity is better. I feel like I have more movement.”
Graves, a 31-year-old right-hander, has never been one to light up the radar gun. His fastball tops out in the low 90s.
But when he mentions more movement, he’s talking about downward movement on his sinker. That is the key to his success.
“My sinker has been sharper,” he said. “When it’s sharp, you can get away with pitches up. They still top it.”
Graves’ explanation for the added arm speed and velocity is he’s another year removed from the failed attempt to convert him to a starter.
Basically, Graves blames all his problems last year — he was “horrible,” he admits — on spending time in the starting rotation.
However, much like the rest of the team, Graves is optimistic about the team’s prospects this year:
“This is the most excited I’ve been about the beginning of the season in a long time,” he said. “We’ve got the team to compete this year.”
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