TERRE HAUTE —
A 2010 Terre Haute South graduate, Josh Dove hopes his pitching career is just taking flight.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound right-hander who spent the last two seasons at Lincoln Trail College was signed to a short-term contract with the Terre Haute Rex earlier this week.
Dove is hoping to earn himself a spot in the Rex bullpen for the remainder of the summer. He tossed 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts Tuesday night, earning the victory in his first appearance. Dove came on to get one out Wednesday, leaving two runners stranded.
“The fastball, just locating the fastball, getting good cutting action, spotting up. I got some ground balls and got those strikeouts,” Dove said.
Dove’s fastball hits the upper 80s on the radar gun, and he added a deceptive slider to complement his curve ball while at Lincoln Trail.
“Spotting up that fastball a lot more, running it in more on the inside corner. I developed that, used to just hit that outside corner at South,” Dove said. “I wouldn’t call it a cutter, but with my arm action it is. I developed a slider at Lincoln Trail, usually throw that more than anything. Whatever works that day, you know how pitchers are.”
Filling in for manager Brian Dorsett for much of Terre Haute’s long road trip that continued Thursday night at Danville, assistant coach Ronnie Prettyman was impressed with Dove.
“It’s been oustanding. He’s throwing strikes which is all we really wanted out of him,” Prettyman said. “He’s got a 3/4 delivery that makes it hard on hitters, especially on right-handed hitters to see the ball.”
The Rex offense has been solid most of the time, but the coaching staff is looking for better defense and pitching.
“Just an opportunity to come in and hopefully perform well and see where we go after seven days,” Prettyman said.
Dove was asked to walk-on at Indiana State after a workout earlier this month.
“I’m pretty sure if show my stuff and keep doing well, then that’s definitely going to help me open up chances to pursue at ISU,” Dove said.
“It’s a pleasure. It’s an honor to play with all these players and being able to be a part of the Terre Haute Rex team, it’s very exciting.”