Just days after a trade that would have sent him to the Angels was nixed, Ross Stripling was happy to still be a Dodger. Now he’s back on a team where he’s competing for the fifth starter position.
As he looks to have his name in the pot amongst the 9 options on the starting rotation depth chart, he’s working on improving his stuff for the 2020 season.
According to @kengurnick, Ross Stripling has adjusted his changeup grip in the offseason. Catch partners say this one is tougher to pick out than his last.
— AJ Gonzalez? (@AJontheguitar) February 17, 2020
His Changeup Was Already Pretty Good In 2019
In 2019, Strip threw his changeup 215 times, good for 15% usage, which was up 4% in his All-Star 2018 campaign. The pitch induced a 68% weak contact, which is a great number. Swinging strike percentage of 17.3, and a barrel rate of 0.0 percent, which is a crazy good number. Improving on a decent pitch could be great news for Ross Stripling and the Dodgers.
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Adding To The Repertoire
When Stripling first started pitching, he got high marks for his nasty curve. His slider was also a very impressive pitch that induced a lot of…