Nearly seven innings into a game against Mobile during the first half of the Southern League season, Seth Varner gives up a home run that erases a scoreless tie.
It could have been a debilitating blow to the confidence of the 2014 10th-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds.
It wasn’t. Varner kept pitching and struck out the next batter, his ninth of the game, tying a career high.
“You just have to stay calm and focus on the next pitch. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned since I started playing baseball,” Varner said. “Once you start worrying about that last pitch, you start speeding things up. I just shrug it off and go back to attacking the zone.”
A pitcher who started out as a reliever with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Reds, Varner has proven time and again this season just how effective in the rotation when he’s on top of his game.
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