With the support of teammate Devin Williams and a developing curveball, left-hander Clint Terry is ready to move ahead in his young professional career.
“That is my pitcher and he is a dominating pitcher. That’s why I like him,” Williams told Brewers Farm Report in January. “He keeps hitters off balance and you never know what he is going to throw.”
The left-handed Terry struck out a stunning 56 batters compared to ten walks in 46.2 innings to start off his professional career with the Rookie League Brewers in Arizona.
“I think its the fastball and throwing strikes, its what people see and not walk people,” Terry said.
In addition to his strikeout-walk ratio, he allowed eight earned runs in 14 games to give him a meager 1.54 ERA for the season.
However, the 21-year-old from Palatine, Ill. acknowledged he has plenty of room for improvement which includes polishing off his curveball.
Terry believes he will accomplish substantially more once his breaking pitch is established and can utilize against left-handed hitters.
“As strange as this sounds, it is against right-handers I think,” Terry explained, in regards to whether he felt he pitched more effectively against left-handers.
“That is why I am working on my curveball right now and to reach the Majors you have to have a curveball. I need to have a curveball to go to and then I will feel comfortable throwing it to left handed hitters,” Terry added.
He has a slider, but is working on making the curveball more of a priority for his professional baseball future.
“It was a slurve and I barely threw it, like two or three times per inning in those 46 innings,” Terry said. “So I didn’t really have much control with it or confidence.”
Terry was on the scout’s radar screen in a year prior to Milwaukee drafting him with the 18th round pick in 2013 when San Francisco snagged him in the 36th round in 2012.
“It had to do with getting stronger and being drafted in the 38th round and financially it was not a good time and waiting another year was a good decision,” Terry said.
Terry has backed up his decision by adding additional weight to his 6’2” frame during off season workouts, bulking up to 208 lbs compared to his professional debut of 195 lbs.
The left-handed Palatine Fremd High School graduate has his eyes on the Midwest League entering Spring Training.
“I am hoping for Wisconsin right now and trying to get a spring spot there and that is what I am shooting for,” Terry said.
As for his relationship with fellow pitcher Williams, Terry stated the Brewers’ 2013 second round selection has pushed him to be the best on the pitching mound.
“We are always competing together and when he did good, I tried to one-up him and it worked out,” Terry said.