In this week's California League Notebook we read about Lancaster closer David Berner, and how the Astros took care of him in 2009 after a long college season for San Jose State:
"My arm was pretty dead. The Astros were really good getting me back into shape so nothing bad would happen to my arm. I just went out there for the experience more than anything..."
...Berner worked with a fastball, changeup and slider as a starter but has pared that repertoire down to the fastball and slider as a closer. He uses those two pitches to reinforce his strong ground-ball tendencies.
"I pitch to contact. I'm not looking for strikeouts," he said. "I'm looking to get the guy out early in the count."