It seems as though every year, there is a Dodgers player working on a changeup in Spring. While it is usually reported to be Clayton Kershaw, this year it is Ross Stripling. The difference this year is that this new pitch could prove to be incredibly useful throughout the season.
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) February 24, 2020
In his first start of spring, Stripling looked good against the White Sox. He mixed in a few different changeups throughout and mentioned that he got a swing and miss, a check swing, and a take on three attempts. Stripling pitched one inning and struck out two in his Cactus League debut.
In a conversation we had with Ross at his podcast’s live event, Ross told us that new pitching coach Connor McGuiness helped changed the grip on his changeup. Stripling described the grip as a circle-change grip but with your fingers spread more out to put less pressure on his ring finger. The Dodgers’ newest pitching coach spent last season with the Rancho Quakes.
Whatever the new grip is, we’re excited he has added to his already lethal…