It's very early in the 2021 season to label a breakout. However, when a very good pitcher adds a new pitch to his arsenal, it may unlock the door for another step forward in his production. This sort of transformation may be in progress for the first player profiled in this weekly column, Lance McCullers Jr. After throwing 33 pitches in the first inning in Oakland, he settled in for the win striking out seven against three walks giving up one earned run overcoming his early command issues. 

Rather innocuous in the present climate of high velocity rates littering the landscape. However, one cannot ignore this: