Astros insider: The growing confidence of Framber Valdez

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Astros insider: The growing confidence of Framber Valdez
Astros insider: The growing confidence of Framber Valdez

Framber Valdez is advertised as a contact pitcher, a groundball guru with a wicked curveball that generates occasional swing and miss. Gaining confidence to actually induce said contact has been a whole other venture for Valdez. The southpaw's struggles this spring centered around command, or lack thereof. He lost a rotation spot to Brad Peacock partly because he was unreliable in the strike zone. A contact pitcher afraid of the strike zone is a problem. "In practice and working in games, the advice my teammates have given me (is) to attack the zone and attack the zone aggressively," Valdez said Saturday through an interpreter. "(It) has given me a ton of confidence to throw my pitches in the

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