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FutureBacks Q&A: A.J. Shappi

FutureBacks Q&A: A.J. Shappi

"We thought he'd do very well," Diamondbacks interim GM Bob Miller says of A.J. Shappi, "and he's done exactly that." Spectacular in South Bend, and improving on the daily in Hi-A, Shappi has quietly moved into the top tier of Diamondbacks pitching prospects; says Miller, "He'll have the chance to go out and make the Double-A team next spring." Shappi sat down with FutureBacks to talk about life without a power fastball, staying positive, and learning from everyone around him.

FutureBacks:  You've really made your mark this season, but a lot Diamondbacks fans won't be that familiar with you, so let's start at the top, what do you throw?   A. J. Shappi:  Fastball slider and change.  The slider is my out pitch, I've been throwing it since my senior year of high school.  I learned a cut fastball grip when I was about 13, but I couldn't throw it.  In high school I...

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