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Analyzing Phil Hughes’ Changeup

past spring the Yankees held a competition for their fifth starter spot that included pitchers Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, among others. Hughes won the job.

He was pushed ahead of Joba even though Joba could finally pitch in 2010 without the infamous Joba Rules. The reasoning was because of the development of his changeup.

In 2009, coming out of the bullpen, Hughes was largely a three-pitch pitcher, throwing a fastball, a cutter, and a curveball. When his changeup showed improvement in spring training, they decided he had more value in the rotation than Joba did, and he took his place.

The funny thing is that once the season started, Hughes threw five changeups in his first start and didn’t throw another during the entire ...

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