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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Rough End to 2011 Spurs Kyle Hallock toward the 2012 Season

Picture from the Tri-City ValleyCats. Used with permission.

Kyle Hallock, who was voted the 2012 Farmstros Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year, had a solid season with Tri-City in 2011, posting a 2.63 ERA in 13 starts for the ValleyCats. However, a rough outing on the final day of the season is providing Hallock's motivation as he prepares for his first full season as a professional.

Hallock entered the final day of the New York-Penn League season with a 1.82 ERA. Yet, his Labor Day outing at Vermont lasted only 2 1/3 innings and he allowed 6 earned runs. Hallock summed up the way he concluded his 2011 season, "I did not pitch well and do not enjoy that feeling." That bad feeling has been in Hallock's mind pushing him through an off-season of lifts, conditioning and the other aspects of his preparation for the 2012 season.

Hallock speaks highly of his time with Tri-City. He was impressed with the fans, the coaches, and the ValleyCats' front office and interns. A few highlights of the 2011 season for Hallock were making his first professional start against Connecticut and playing against the league's top prospects in the NYPL all-star game.

Wherever he ends up in 2012, Hallock will be a pitcher who takes "pride in fielding (his) position, controlling the running game and making in game adjustments to limit big innings." He throws four pitches, relying on his fastball. "Every out is important," Hallock said, "I attack each hitter one pitch at a time."

In the Farmstros Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year voting, which wrapped up Monday, Hallock received 363 of 609 votes, eclipsing Kirk Clark(171 votes), Jarred Cosart(27) and Dallas Keuchel(10). Hallock thanked the Farmstros Village for their support. In addition, he thanked his family and friends and the people of Sandusky and Perkins Township, Ohio "for their backing."

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