Glen Otto He is a different pitcher than the one the New York Yankees earned in the fifth round of the 2017 Draft from Rice University. The Texas Rangers acquired it from their original organization as part of last summer Joey Gallo The bargain, the 26-year-old right-hander not only has a better understanding of his craft, he attacks hitters with an expanded arsenal. Moreover, its five-layer blend is straightforwardly diverse. Backed by a transverse bridge course, Otto’s shows are designed to go north, south, east and west.
Otto discussed his ammunition, and the education he received while building it, when the Rangers visited Fenway Park last weekend.
David Laurella: In what ways have you grown since you came to pro football? Having played in a high-profile program, I suppose you already have a good idea of how to view.
Glenn Otto: “I honestly didn’t. I was loyal in college and pretty much relied on things. I had fastball in the mid-’90s and a really good curve ball, and that was all I used at the time. Once I got into pro ball and became a regular starter, it was It’s about going as deep as I can, driving the ball fast for all four quarters, developing a change – the pitch that comes and goes for me – and I’m also making some tweaks mechanically.
“It’s been a journey—it certainly wasn’t a straight line—and I’m sure it will continue to be a journey. I’ve learned a lot about resilience. Really, I’ve learned how to use the things I have, and also how to improve those things as much as possible.”
Laurea: Developing change was one of the first steps…
Otto: “Yes. They had me in mind with the start in mind, and that meant I needed a third court, which would eventually become a fourth court. I also added a slider. The change has always been a bridge for me — something to get back into fastball, or to spin—not something I throw in too often. I use it, but only about 10% of the time.”
Laurea: How about your slider?
Otto: “The slider came out last year, during spring training. It’s a sweeper, or as I learned to call it with the Yankees, a buzzer. The pitch was kind of a suggestion I came up with. They had a ball coded; it had a target on it, so you know when to spin it the right way. It came from a guy named Sam Briend, who was on Driveline and was with the Yankees as the promotion coordinator. He taught it to a lot of guys.
“The only break ball was a high bend, which is a really good pitch for me. Since I started throwing the slider, it might have been backed up a bit. But that was my go-to in college. It was hard, straightforward, and I was throwing it at any place from 80 to 84 [mph]. Sometimes it was eliminated. The idea was to have that and then a left scroll bar.”
Laurea: Was the sweeper coming to you naturally?
Otto: “Yeah. I mean, honestly, I was just asked to throw it like a curve ball. When you first hear about it, you kind of think, “This is going to go right into the ground, right in front of me.” But then you throw it a few times and you start to feel it . [Corey] clubber He threw it really well. It’s the same grip he used, so I watched some videos of him throwing it, the conviction he had, and the armhole he had.
“The movement is almost all horizontal. When it’s good, it’s almost zero [vertical] 20 [horizontal]. Ideally, I want it to be sharp and turn as late as possible. If I don’t rotate them quite correctly, they will get a little early and you can see them a little easier. The harder you can throw them, the more they spin them later. When I have a conviction and really rip it off that’s usually fine for me.”
Laurea: How about the motion profile on your curve?
Otto: “When it’s right, it’s -15 and anywhere from five to eight horizontal. This year, it’s been a bit horizontal. I think the slider caused some loss of curve ball shape, which is normal. I’ve heard a lot of people say that it’s It’s hard to throw a couple of break balls really well. But I know I can do it. I just have to get back to being very focused on the curve and make it go down a little more straight.”
Laurea: I’ve started throwing in two tailors this year. why?
Otto: “The idea was to give me something different, which is the playing field that I actually added when I was in Triple-A earlier this season. I was throwing bulls and… it’s a floor I always mess around with. When I was with the Yankees, he was one of my partners in the hunt Greg Weissert. He’s a low aperture diver/slither guy, and he’s always throwing my dives, so I’ve been fiddling with throwing them with two threads back. They got really good, and he said, “Hey, you need to throw that into the games.”
“When I started this season in Triple-A, I decided I might play on the field and have some fun with it. I started throwing it into the bullpen and was getting 18 inches from the side of the arm horizontally from the gate. I figured, ‘Why don’t you pair this with an 18 to 20 that I spent the other way?
Laurea: Do you get a lot of vertical on them?
Otto: “Ideally, it’s less than 10 verts. My best is around five. Basically, I just try to rip it off, stay closed for as long as possible, get it out front, and stay behind. I’m not trying to fiddle with it at all. Using my slider, And how that kind of brought my arm hole to where it is now – maybe a little lower – would probably help a sinker.
“Ideally, we want to go for a four-seater ride, curved ball style, slide horizontally, and ride horizontal the other way. If I could control those four… I mean, no one would be able to cover two of those, let alone four.” On any night, it’s hard to run all four, but that’s the point. And then I have the change to use it as a bridge.”
Laurea: Does your quad tailor get a lot of riding?
Otto: “I wish I could tell you I have a fastball of 25 verts, but it’s not. My quad seam is cut a little bit, so I’m a bit more cut. On my last start I had a couple 18-year-olds, but I’m probably sitting around 15- 17. So, it’s good enough, even though it’s nothing like it JB Sears, by any means. It is still developing. It’s not a finished product, because I keep developing and making adjustments.”
Laurea: Any last thoughts?
Otto: “I’ve always liked to question things versus matter. Both are clearly important. If you look at a man like [Jacob] degrumHis purposes are off the charts and his leadership is elite. Everything looks the same until it almost reaches the home plate. But not everyone is a deGrom, so it’s always interesting to get a feel for people’s philosophies which one is more important: things or leadership? As archers, this is the kind of game we play. The line we’re going is throwing our best pitch, and controlling our best pitch.”