J.C. Flowers Adjusting to the Role of a Starting Pitcher

BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates added a project in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.

J.C. Flowers was always an athlete. He played wide receiver in high school. He went to Florida State to play baseball, where he was a two-way player, playing center field and eventually becoming the team's closer in his junior season.

The Pirates drafted him as a pitcher, and have gradually been transitioning him to a starting role. In 2021, he spent most of the season in the High-A Greensboro rotation, where he had a 4.23 ERA in 61.2 innings, with a 69:22 K/BB ratio. Flowers may have been impacted by the high offense environment in Greensboro, where a few bad outings at home really sunk his numbers.

Flowers said that the biggest adjustment with the switch to pitching full time was the mental appr...

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