Colorado Rockies New Pitcher Expanding Pitch Arsenal

Left-handed pitcher Brad Hand, who signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Rockies last week, is planning to introduce a cutter to his pitching repertoire this season.

Hand had a successful 2022 season with the Philadelphia Phillies, recording a 2.80 ERA and five saves, and will provide some nice depth to the Rockies' bullpen.
He worked on the new pitch during the offseason and threw it in a recent live batting practice session.

Hand's go-to pitches have been his fastball and slider, which he calls his "bread and butter" pitch.
However, he is now prepared to mix in the cutter during games, adding a third option for hitters to contend with.

The new pitch has not yet been used in a game, but Hand reportedly worked on it extensively during bullpen sessions last year, and we'll likely see it in the World Baseball Classic as he is set to compete for Team USA.

There has been some concern about how Hand will perform pitching in Coors Field so much this season.

For his career, the 32-year-old has pitched 10 innings at Coors Field in his career, allowing five runs (4 earned) and six hits with six walks and 10 strikeouts. That translates to a 3.60 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP.

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