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Brett Hanewich highlights LA Angels deep bullpen talent

By Ryan Falla
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Starting pitcher Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against Darnell Sweeney #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of the spring training MLB game at Camelback Ranch on March 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Starting pitcher Garrett Richards #43 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against Darnell Sweeney #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of the spring training MLB game at Camelback Ranch on March 11, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Brett Hanewich on his 2019 Spring Training Experiences

This past year wasn’t Brett Hanewich’s first Spring Training experience, but it was hands down his most impactful. His first experiences in Spring Training had him getting comfortable in a big league environment and become familiar with the process.

This year he had more of a chance to shine and he showed his stuff big time. Hanewich appeared in the Dodgers series to end Spring Training and looked more than ready for the occasion by striking out big league hitters who’re primed for the regular season..

He has the stuff, he has he strong head on his shoulders, he has the drive; now all he needs is a bit more seasoning in the Angels MiLB system and he’ll be ready to take MLB hitters by storm.

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“Spring Training this year was a little different for me since I had more experience going in. In my first year I didn’t know what to expect, in the second year I had a better idea of what’s going on and where I might be regarding where I was with my pitching and where I wanted to go forward.

Spring was important for me looking back because I learned a lot regarding the process of how things work and how much attention needs to be paid to when you’re working pre-game in order to have success while you’re out in the game.

I paid very close attention to detail regarding warm-ups, going into things with more intent like playing catch; little things that, before, I didn’t think were that important. It’s paid dividends in my Spring outings and I’m going to be taking that forward going into the season. Focusing in more and having more intent on the small things; stretching, workouts, anything that needs attention and focus paid. It really helped me during Spring with every facet of my game, especially things I struggled on.

Command has been my biggest issue, especially in the past. I had a great Spring, especially with command. I think my first outing I ended up walking two guys, I was a backup for the big league games so I ended up pitching in that.

I think a lot of that was nerves, I want to say, because the rest of Spring I was pretty locked in. I’ve been pretty honed in on strikeouts, getting ahead of batters, getting into favorable counts. It really helped me out because I had a great Spring, in my opinion.”

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