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Veal Learning to Relax

Donald Veal

After his season ended, top Cubs pitching prospect Donald Veal went to the club's annual Instructional League camp in Arizona from late September until mid-October. He went to work on his usual array of pitches (fastball, curveball, changeup), of course, but also his emotions.

Keeping his emotions in check posed a problem for Veal this past season, particularly early on, he says. "It was just about relaxing more and not getting myself so amped up for games," said Veal, who was 8-10 with a 4.97 ERA in 130 innings this past season at Class AA Tennessee. "That cost me a little bit early. I'd just get too excited and too revved up for games as opposed to relaxing. I...

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