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    by Published on 07-27-12 02:01 PM

    Fangraphs published an interview with Phil Hughes today in which the Yankees’ right-hander and former top prospect discusses the evolution of his arsenal of pitches. A highlight:

    “I started messing around with a slider again last year, but those were miniscule. I wanted to firm up my breaking ball and have something that I could throw in the low 80s. With my curveball, I could never quite get that speed with my arm speed, so I threw a few more sliders just to see where I was at with that. I even messed around with not spiking my curveball any more, to see if I could firm it up that way. Basically, I fell back to having a spike-curveball grip, because I felt more comfortable with it and felt that it was more of an arm speed and aggression-type of issue. I went back to spiking it and have had some decent success with it since then.

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    by Published on 07-27-12 01:49 PM

    Rosters for the Arizona Fall League aren’t announced until August, but the Yankees’ organization already has one representative slated to go to the dessert, as Charleston Riverdogs’ manager Carlos Mendoza will be managing the Scottsdale Scorpions, the team the Yankees’ minor leaguers will be playing for. Which farm hands join him will be pretty interesting to see, as the Yankees’ top position prospects are already getting their first taste of a full season schedule, so I assume the team won’t send them off for even more action. Someone like Slade Heathcott, however, could get some additional work in by going out to Arizona.

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