Tommy Hottovy, a new delivery and a new outlook on the game

In 2004, Tommy Hottovy was drafted by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the June draft out of Wichita State University.  The lefty pitched for Lowell that same year, going 0-1, 0.89 ERA in 14 starts.  He pitched only 30.1 IP, since it was his first taste of professional ball, but it was a very promising start.  After spending the entire 2005 campaign with Wilmington (High-A Carolina League), and starting the ’06 season with the Blue Rocks, Hottovy has pitched 66 games for Portland, 26 in Pawtucket and 5 in Lowell (rehab assignment)  In 2008, he was limited to only two starts due to Tommy (not Hottovy) John surgery.  “I felt after my surgery I wasn’t improving, and you get to a point where you hit a crossroads.” said Hottovy.

So what was the solution for 2011? A different arm slot for Hottovy; dropping down is the baseball term for it.  It’s been an amazing and quick transition for the 29-year-old lefty, who his hitting 91 miles-per-hour with his fastball, but his sweeping breaking ball is nasty.  Two days ago, Hottovy fired two scoreless frames, and all four strikeouts were looking.  “I feel very comfortable dropping down, but the important thing is that I’m repeating my delivery.” said Hottovy. “That’s the big thing for pitchers is to feel comfortable.  That can take you a long way.”  I really hope things work out for Hottovy, he’s worked very hard over the years, and he’s never given up.  Hopefully 2011 can be a special one for Hottovy, who will start the season as a member of Portland’s bullpen.

Here’s video of Hottovy – http://www.youtube.com/user/mantonellis2009?feature=mhum

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