After seven shutting out Lake County over seven innings July 4, he said his improving outcomes were a result of a change to his delivery.
Naughton adjusted his positioning on the rubber, reduced his movement and is now able to attack the strike zone better and throw more breaking pitches for strikes. He has his timing back and his arm isn't lagging behind his body. Before, Naughton's delivery made him much easier to hit.
Self-confidence has helped, too.
“You can never doubt yourself — that’s your worst enemy,” Naughton said. “Your biggest tool as a pitcher should be your aggressiveness and your conviction in each pitch you throw.”
On the season, Naughton is 4-8 with a 4.10 ERA. The 22-year-old leads the Dragons with 85 strikeouts.