According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels plans to work with pitching coach Rich Dubee to add another pitch to his arsenal this spring.
Hamels already throws a fastball, a curveball and a changeup, though the newspaper noted he doesn’t have full confidence in his curveball. According to the newspaper, Hamels is likely to add a cut fastball or slider to his repertoire.
After a breakout 2008 season when he went 14-11 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.08 WHIP and was named NLCS and World Series MVP, Hamels went 10-11 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.28 WHIP last season.
If Hamels returns to top form, the Phillies could have one of the majors’ best 1-2 rotation punches with him and offseason acquisition Roy Halladay.