Three reads for you courtesy of MiLB.com from yesterday.
“I was pitching pretty well in Double-A, so all I tried to do when I came up here was to keep that going,” Cloyd said. “Up here, you face more veteran hitters who are going to pick out your mistakes. For me, it’s all about limiting the mistakes I make.”
Cloyd ranks second in the league in ERA. What’s more, he has allowed only 67 baserunners (via hits, walks or hit batters) over 70 2/3 innings, giving him a IL-best ratio of 8.53 baserunners per nine innings.
“He’s shown a lot of composure for a guy who hasn’t pitched at this level before this year,” Lehigh Valley manager Ryne Sandberg said. “He’s very competitive out there with the way he attacks hitters. And when his control is really on, he can make it tough on hitters with his sinking fastball and his cut fastball.”
The 22-year-old right-hander felt like he had to return to the form — both mentally and physically — that prompted MLB.com to rank him among baseball’s Top 100 Prospects.
“I’ve been doing tremendously better,” he said. “I put a little pressure on myself and got away from what’s made me successful. But recently I’m getting back to that, definitely. I feel like A-ball, big leagues, the mound is still 60 feet, 6 inches away from the plate.”
Lakewood lefty Ethan Stewart wasn’t hyperventilating Sunday afternoon in the dugout. That was just Stewart resting his hands on his thighs and breathing deeply five or six times.
“I’m in a euphoria-zone kind of thing,” Stewart said. “It’s great.”