Posted by Jay Floyd, Tue, May 05, 2015 07:05 AM Comments: 9
On Monday, Ben Lively became the second Reading Fightins hurler in three weeks to be named as the Double-A Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week.
Lively, who was acquired last off-season from Cincinnati for Marlon Byrd, notched two wins along with a 2.08 ERA while striking out 16 and walking just two in 13 innings for the Fightins during the week of April 27th through May 3rd.
The 23-year-old attributes his recent success to learning from his own mistakes.
“I’ve just been working on some stuff,” Lively explained. “I was all over the place my first few games, it felt like to me. I mean I did alright, but I expected to do better, so I worked harder and it paid off.”
According to Reading skipper Dusty Wathan, Lively is able to make improvements when and where others aren’t able to, which has helped the Florida native make an impact.
“The biggest thing was he went into the sixth inning (on Sunday) and that was his best inning, so it showed me that he can make adjustments as the game went on. And as the game went on, he got better, which is good to see because a lot of these young pitchers, they can’t make adjustments in the game and, hopefully, those adjustments can come quicker- inning to inning, pitch to pitch,” Wathan stated. Continue reading Reading righty Lively honored as EL Pitcher of the Week