McAllister looking to keep hold on runners

McAllister looking to keep hold on runners

KANSAS CITY -- Zach McAllister has developed into one of the Indians' most reliable starters this season, but there is one area in which the young right-hander routinely runs into trouble. McAllister is prone to allowing stolen bases.

In Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Royals, Kansas City swiped four bases on McAllister within the first two innings and turned each into a run to jump to an early lead. It has been a problem that has followed him throughout his professional career, and he is doing what he can to correct the issue.

"I need to mix up my times and my holds and try to be as quick to the plate as I can," McAllister said. "I try to slide step and mix up my times. To me, you have to realize who the baserunners are and who you can be a little slower with when they're on base."

In 11 starts for the Indians this season, the 24-year-old McAllister has allowed nine stolen bases in nine attempts. Dating to last year, the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder has allowed 45 stolen bases in 52 attempts between his Major League and Minor League appearances.

"It's something that, for the most part," McAllister said, "a lot of big guys have trouble with, being quick. I'm not saying that's an excuse or anything, but it's definitely a little bit harder to get going."