• Clippard: I’ll Get Back To Form

    Posted by on July 28th, 2007 · Comments (0)

    From the Trenton Times

    Rated the seventh-best Yankees prospect by Baseball America, Clippard was 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in eight games before heading to the majors, where he went 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA, earning the win in his major-league debut on national television at Shea Stadium.

    “It’s just a matter of finding consistency with my fastball,” said Clippard, who was 1-2 with a 6.07 ERA in his return to Triple-A.

    “I am a little unorthodox as far as my mechanics go, so if I get a little out of whack, it gets magnified more than other guys. A lot of it is a learning process — on the mental side of things as well. I am going to get this thing ironed out and get back to form.”

    Don’t count this kid out yet. Sure, there’s Hughes, Chamberlain, Kennedy, Marquez, Horne and Brett Smith. And, there’s guys like Brackman and Betances who will get some ink. But, sometimes it’s the guys like Clippard or Karstens who sneak in there and become 15-game winners on the big league level too.

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