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Angels closer Ernesto Frieri wants to upgrade changeup

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10:21 AM ET 02.16 | The cut-fastball experiment is over for Ernesto Frieri, the Angels closer who spent much of last spring trying to perfect the pitch but never mastered it during the season. The right-hander's goal this spring is to upgrade his changeup to game-ready status, giving him a secondary pitch to go with his lively 95-mph fastball. "I think I've finally figured it out," said Freiri, who parlayed a 2013 season in which he had a 3.80 ERA and 37 saves in 67 appearances into an arbitration-avoiding $3.8-million salary for 2014. "It's not just the grip, it's the mechanics. I was slowing down my arm a little bit when I was throwing it last year and showing it to hitters. I had the same problem with my cutter. You can't get anyone out like that. I have to make sure I throw it just like my fastball." Manager Mike Scioscia said he would like to see Frieri expand his repertoire, but it's not necessarily a requirement for success.

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February 16, 2014  10:24 AM ET

It's all on you bro

February 16, 2014  10:52 AM ET

Pretty good pitcher - if he can tweak his changeup, it has to help

February 16, 2014  12:12 PM ET

He needs to ask El Hombre for advice since he thinks he is an expert on everything to do with baseball.

February 16, 2014  04:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He needs to ask El Hombre for advice since he thinks he is an expert on everything to do with baseball.

he needs to get some experience advice from Troy Percival who knows? he may turn things around rather quickly!!

February 16, 2014  04:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Pretty good pitcher - if he can tweak his changeup, it has to help

tweak or no tweak the halos closer will need more than just simple changeup to beat the hitters,
because the Angels offense will be more devastated than last year,

February 16, 2014  04:11 PM ET

the Angels rotation are going to be the underdogs the whole season!!

February 16, 2014  04:12 PM ET

now the halos may have to use Smith as their fourth starter!!

 
February 17, 2014  12:36 PM ET

Good Kid with a lot of smarts, don't underestimate him!

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