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James Paxton
New York Yankees
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New York Yankees

James Paxton (back) told YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits this week that he's been working on increasing the spin rate with his pitches.

Paxton required a microscopic lumbar discectomy on February 5, but he's pretty much back to normal at this point, estimating that he's throwing about 12-14 bullpen sessions. He expects to be ready to go whenever the season begins. However, the shutdown has allowed him to experiment. Working in Wisconsin, he's been using a ball which tracks spin rate and he's noticed more spin and back spin when throwing his fastball with the help of a new grip which features less contact with his thumb. The question is whether he'll feel comfortable doing it in games or resort to his old habits. According to Statcast, Paxton ranked 168th in fastball spin rate among pitchers who faced at least 250 batters last season. Paxton, 31, is due to become a free agent following the 2020 season. May 23 11:04 am (EST)



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