Cubs: A glimpse inside a Spring Training bullpen with Marcus Stroman
As Marcus Stroman gears up for the 2023 season, he and Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy gave Marquee Sports Network a glimpse inside a Spring Training bullpen session.
Rick Sutcliffe chatted with Hottovy throughout Stroman’s session as he threw to new catcher Tucker Barnhart in a feature that ran on “Cubs 360” Tuesday night.
“The feel, his ability to repeat mechanics, repeat delivery from the proprioception of going slow and feeling every aspect of his delivery,” Hottovy told Sutcliffe. “Those are the things that help guys make adjustments. We talk about it a lot — when you need to make those corrections, when you need to make those adjustments. That takes practice. It takes time.
“It takes time to develop those and he works as hard as anybody at understanding his body, what makes him tick, get healthy, get feeling good, get locked in and trust. He knows. He’s had success in this league for a while. He knows what makes him successful.”
Stroman turns 32 in May is about to enter his 9th year in Major League Baseball.
Throughout the session, Hottovy explained why there are two lines in the dirt in front of Stroman’s stride on the bullpen mound.
They also talked about the “unique spin” of Stroman’s “sanker“, which he credited as a big reason behind his run last season.
After dealing with a bout of COVID and a subsequent shoulder injury, Stroman returned to the Cubs rotation on July 9 and from that point forward, he sported a 2.56 ERA with 9 quality starts out of 16 games.
Stroman is set to pitch for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic next month and Hottovy also discussed how the experience could help lock in the veteran right-hander for the start of the MLB regular season.
Check out the full feature in the video above.