Drew Muren: RHP AAA Diamondbacks

 

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1. Could you tell us your story on dropping down?

Well I just started to pitch again the 2015 off season. And when I got up on the mound the first time that arm angle is just what felt comfortable and easy. I'm not really sure I'm a true sidearm guy, mostly a drop and drive guy from I've been told, but yes, my arm angle is very low.

2. What are some of the advantages you have from your arm angle?

With my arm angle where it is, I notice a lot of arm side run. Not sure if that's the entire reason for it but it is a factor. I think it also helps with my deception and ability to "hide" the ball. I've heard from a few catchers that its pretty tough to pick my arm slot and release point out early, which is huge.

3. If you didn't drop down, do you think you would have had the same success?

Well cant really answer this question, that has been my arm slot my entire professional career. It suits me well.

4. What would you tell someone debating on changing their arm angle?

 As far as arm angle goes, I would recommend to toy around with several different arm "slots." So everything from the angle to motion and location. But most importantly the comfort. It needs to feel perfect.

5. Are there any mechanical tips that you'd give to someone throwing sidearm/submarine?

Mechanically I cant even touch on, seeing as I know very little about mechanics. I would have to say I'm a pretty prototypical "grip it and rip it" pitcher. There is always room for improvement with mechanics.

6. What pitches do you throw?

I'm a 2 pitch guy as of this season. Working on a 3rd this off season with the circle change up. My 4 seam fastball and slider are my bread and butter. Fastball sits 96-98 and slider anywhere from 88-92

7. How do you pitch to lefties/righties?

 I attack pretty much everyone the same way. I like getting after guys, fastballs in all day. Until they are cheating and getting to it. Then I like mixing it up. To RHH's I will go low and away if they are cheating or I will freeze them with a front hip SL and continue to pound fastballs in, if i hit him I hit him. LHH I like doing the same exact thing, however I have to be cautious with as much run as I get on my FB not to let it come back over the plate. So if I miss I need to miss way in. And I really like my backdoor SL to get ahead and to get the K against LHH

8. Lastly what is your favorite part about pitching from down there?

I'm not sure if my arm angle is why I am having fun pitching. I would like to think having a high arm angle is just as much fun, but I do have a low arm angle and that gives me good run and deception, so I need to be thankful for that. It's just fun striking guys out!