Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SPRING TRAINING: Horst intends to stay focused

For Montgomery Media / ERIC HARTLINE Phillies pitcher Jeremy Horst looks to remain focused this year.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Not many relief pitchers have had a rookie season like Jeremy Horst enjoyed in 2012. Not many relief pitchers have a year like that in their entire career.

After spending most of the first half in Triple-A, Horst got called up from Lehigh Valley and was part of a Phillies bullpen that went from brutal before the All-Star break to very good after it. In 32 appearances, Horst was 2-0 with a minuscule 1.15 ERA, striking out 40 in 31 1/3 innings as he gained trust by aggressively going after hitters, regardless of from which side of the plate they hit.

"He's really deceptive. They just don't pick him up very well," pitching coach Rich Dubee said of Horst. "He's got a good package. He's a great professional -- he goes about his business, does his work. He's durable, he's resilient, he can pitch back-to-back, in multiple innings. He was a big-time strike thrower for us last year.

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