Powers Bolsters Brooklyn Bullpen

Powers has been very sharp in the closer's role

BROOKLYN, NY - In his second season in the organization, right-hander Michael Powers continues to do what he has done since he arrived, and that is provide reliability at the end of games. Powers has provided not only a more seasoned presence to the Cyclones bullpen, but bolstered it with his effectiveness.

The last three outs of the game are always different. They are notoriously the toughest, and fighting through the ninth inning day in and day out requires a special mindset. Brooklyn's closer Michael Powers is accustomed to the role.

It is a position he has had since his days in college, and the great thing about him is that even though he has been one of the best at his position since his Michigan career, he has yet to let up neither his work ethic nor the way in which he approaches the game.

The 23-year old right-hander does not feature the typical overwhelming stuff you may expect from a closer, but what he offers is a consistent approach strengthened by an above average slider and reliable fastball that he uses to attack hitters.

"My slider has been working well for me, but I like to attack hitters and just go at them with the fastball and locate it early," said Powers. Then I try and put them away with the slider."

"When I come in late I can not really afford to walk too many guys and have to limit baserunners as best as I can. I just try and go out there and throw strikes, attack every hitter and see where that gets me," he continued.

"I like being a closer. It is something I have been for a while now and I know there are a bunch of capable guys here, but I have just been fortunate enough to get out there early and have been off to a decent start. I like the job and hopefully I can hold it down for a while."

Powers feels he has come far from last year where he split time between Kingsport and Savannah after being drafted. His experiences last year, along with his time in Michigan playing college ball have given him a good idea of what he needs to do out on the mound late in games.

"I think I have really developed better control with all of my pitches, from last year to this year. I worked hard in Spring Training to develop pretty much all of them and hone in my control. So far it has worked out pretty well," he explained.

Powers is confident that in moving forwards he will be able to find success pitching with his own brand, and not try and over-pitch out on the mound.

"I plan on preparing the same way I have so far," he said. "If I am not consistent with my fastball then I can be very hittable just like anyone else, so if I am missing with that then it will probably be a tough night for me. Whether things are going good or bad I just want to try and ride out the highs and lows and hopefully I will be alright."

And although his stuff isn't overwhelming, in his first two years with the organization, Powers has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning pitched. Simply, he understands his role and executes.

So far on the year the righty is 1-1 with a 0.96 ERA in his seven appearances with Brooklyn following a stint with Savannah during which he went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 15 innings. In addition to his eye-popping ERA, Powers is tied for third in the league with three saves through Friday night's game. He has been a weapon coming out of the bullpen, and the anchor for Brooklyn's league leading pen.

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