Wilson dabbles with changeup in strong stint

Wilson dabbles with changeup in strong stint

Wilson dabbles with changeup in strong stint
TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson had another solid outing in his second Spring Training start Saturday, throwing three near-perfect innings in the Angels' 9-5 win over the Mariners.

Perhaps most important at this point, though, the recently signed starter continued to work on integrating his changeup.

Wilson has always had the changeup in his back pocket, but the 31-year-old wants to mix it in more frequently this season and is using the Cactus League as a testing ground. Wilson, who gave up only a walk and an infield single in his three-inning outing, estimates that about seven or eight of his 41 pitches were changeups.

For a guy who used it less than 7 percent of the time last year, that's a big step.

"Just like everything else in baseball, it's repetition," said Wilson, who nicked his left hand while reaching out to try to field the infield single, but stayed in the game and felt fine after being checked out. "The more times you throw it, the better you get at it. The better you get at it, the more feel you have for it and when you can use it."

Jered Weaver (right-handed and 6-foot-7) and Wilson (left-handed and listed at 6-foot-1) don't have much in common physically. But Wilson is hoping to pick up a couple of things from Weaver -- the changeup and the pinpoint control.

"That's been the knock on me, really for the last few years," said Wilson, who has issued 3.5 walks per nine innings in his two years as a starter. "I'm getting better at it, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that I go deep in the count and maybe try to strike too many guys out. So today, I was getting changeups, groundouts, and that's what I'm trying to do, try to get guys out in two to three pitches, and the hitters on the other team were very cooperative with that today."