Travieso taking steps forward in first season of Double-A ball

Nick Travieso had come up short in two of his last three starts but hasn’t let tough moments define who he is as a pitcher.

Sure, the confidence of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos starter was rattled a bit during the stretch. He is human after all.

But he seems to have pieced it back together as of late, winning his last two starts. That includes an impressive victory last Tuesday night when he threw seven shutout innings against the Mississippi Braves, allowing only one hit and striking out six in a 3-1 victory.

Travieso, a native of Pembroke Pines and the 14th-overall pick in the 2012 draft, talked about his recent success outside the team’s clubhouse after the game.

“I was struggling because I was trying to pitch to the hitter’s weaknesses and not to my strengths,” Travieso said. “The big thing is to throw to my strengths. When I go out there with my best stuff and do that, it turns out well.”

The performance against the Braves marked his longest, and arguably, his most successful outing of the season. It’s a positive sign for a right-handed pitcher the Cincinnati Reds are counting on to be a big part of their future.

Yet, despite the pressure on his shoulders, Travieso, in his first season of Double-A baseball, doesn’t worry too much about the high expectations.

“I try to stay away from the hype,” Travieso said. “I just go out every game and pound the zone. I got into a groove tonight and that is something I have been working on all year.”

Read more  in the May 26 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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