Cole Hamels 'cutting' his way to success 

May, 9, 2011
05/09/11
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It's about time to check in on Cole Hamels, specifically his cutter. But first, a little background is necessary. Here was one of my scouting notes in the preseason:

    "Cole Hamels added a cut fastball to his arsenal last season and quickly made it a regular part of his repertoire. However, it was inconsistent, at times a below-average offering, and some scouts thought he went to it a bit too often. However, the growing pains the Phillies lefty experienced with his new pitch should pay off this season, as I saw a more consistent, solid pitch in my brief look at him this spring, and confirmed that assessment with another scout who had seen him more extensively.

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