Ned Yost media session: June 2

All revved up

Yost is very pleased with the way the bullpen has come around, saying that the pen is firing on all cylinders. He thinks practicing before games and creating a relaxed atmosphere have helped. Yost realizes that the players aren’t robots, so they will inevitably have hiccups, but it’s important to forget about them and move on to the next day. The manager expects everyone’s best effort when they are on the mound because he knows that the game revolves around pitching and good teams have effective bullpens. He believes two keys in particular include working ahead and not letting inherited runners score.

A ball that bites

Yost believes Blake Wood has been phenomenal since he’s been up with the Royals. He said Wood’s fastball has “teeth”, boring in hard on right handed hitters and moving away from lefties and is very difficult to handle, which is why he doesn’t need to use his secondary pitches too often.

Heavy hitter

Yost also praised Kevin Seitzer for his job as hitting coach, saying Seitzer is a big key to the offense. Yost added that player development at the organization’s minor league levels has also added to the club’s offensive success. Even at the Single-A level, draftees are learning the two-strike approach, which includes having the right mindset as well as having a short and quick swing. Yost sees the results of this in his Major League players, noting that no one on the team is afraid to hit with two strikes.

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