More on Mark Riggins
Friday on Reds.com, I wrote a story about new Reds pitching coach Mark Riggins. A career man on the development side of baseball, Riggins spent the past four seasons as the organization’s Minor League pitching coordinator.
You can read about Riggins here.
Here are some additional quotes…
Riggins on his philosophy:
“The philosophy is pretty much what I’ve gathered over the years – what I’ve seen work and doesn’t work – and you try to make it very simple for the guys. Pitching is not that tough. It is tough, but we make it tougher than it really is sometimes. It’s more of a mental game at the Major League level and Triple-A. It’s the preparation and the mental work and the confidence that these guys have that helps make them successful.”
On the confidence of some pitchers who were roughed up in 2015:
“Everyone is going to struggle. They have to go through that wall. As long as they’re competing, and not giving up, they’ll find a way to make it work. That’s the biggest thing. Make sure when they’re taking their lumps, that they’re competing, making adjustments and not losing confidence. It’s always one pitch away from getting it back again. That spell that they have, you hope it doesn’t last long and if they hit another one, at least they have an avenue to get out of it quicker the next time.”
On his familiarity with the pitchers already here:
“I’ve seen everybody in big league camp and guys that have come through the minor league system. I got to see Finnegan and Lamb when they were traded, Cody Reed also. I got to see Mella and Johnson from San Francisco. I’ve worked with Lorenzen, Moscot and Sampson, Villarreal, Contreras… my familiarity hopefully makes the transition between those guys and myself pretty easy. The guys that have come through the system kind of understand already what I’m all about so that helps out a lot.”