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Impressive resume grows for Hutchings
Pitcher re-signs ahead of U23 World Cup
10/09/2018 10:25 PM ET
 

Ahead of his second Under-23 World Cup, pitcher Nick Hutchings has re-signed with the Adelaide Bite for the upcoming ABL season.

This will be his fifth with the Bite, his 2017/18 campaign the first full season of action for the 22-year-old.

Hutchings has 23 games to his name, including 16 from last year, primarily from the bullpen.

On Monday he was named to Australia's Under-23 World Cup team, having pitched in Australia's 2016 silver-medal finish, and with the ABL season also closing in Hutchings said his focus is on an attacking style of pitching.

"My struggles to keep the ball in the ballpark last year served as a great learning experience that I was able to reflect on this offseason," Hutchings said.

"I needed to do a better job at attacking hitters and keeping them off balance throughout the at-bat and that learning experience will help me this year as I'll implement that attack in my game plan."

Despite turning 22 shortly after the last ABL season, Hutchings took on the challenge of coaching the Adelaide Seahawks Little League team and successfully guided them to second place at the Australian Championships.

The Seahawks were rewarded with a trip to the Cal Ripken World Series where they competed against strong opposition.

Manager Chris Adamson is confident Hutchings can utilise his coaching experience to become an even better player.

"Understanding expectations from a coaching standpoint should give him a good foundation for the season," Adamson said.

"He has the chance to develop into more of a leadership role, and one that if he embraces it could really increase his overall value to the team."

"He has a chance to be a top line Australian arm, he just needs to build on his past experiences and allow it to help him become a more complete package."

Hutchings agreed with his mentor, explaining he has a far greater understanding of what commitment a player has to give to their coach to achieve success.

"Through my coaching it has helped me to understand that the manager and coaching staff have a reason for everything they do," he said.

"The players have to buy in and give 100 per cent every opportunity they get in order to help the team win."

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.