Jake Paulson is walking the walk these days for the RubberDucks simply because he has eliminated that from his repertoire.

The right-handed pitcher was solid in the first half of the season, but not all that spectacular compared to his 2018 season when he led the Eastern League in ERA (3.04).

Since the All-Star break, he’s been unbelievable.

“I’m just trying to attack the zone,” Paulson said. “I have a great defense behind me. I’m letting that defense make the plays. The balls are going more at people instead of finding the gaps. I’m feeling good.”

Looking at the numbers, he’s doing much better than good.

In 15 starts before the break, he was 6-6 with a 4.11 earned run average, struck out 42 and walked 24.

Since then, he’s 4-1 with a 3.46 ERA, 16 strikeouts and four walks.

Although it sounds simple, less traffic on the basepaths has led to an increase in success.

“If you make them earn their way on base instead of allowing them to get on, it’s less runners you keep from crossing home plate,” Ducks pitching coach Tony Arnold said. “You make them hit the ball. You challenge them in the count. He can get groundballs from anybody and then it takes two, three, four hits to score off him.

“With our defense and the infield we have with our shortstop and second basemen, we can turn double plays and negate it. When you put guys on, you have to force stuff. You eliminate walks, stay ahead in the count and attack the zone and it’s a good recipe for success.”

That success didn’t come just from repetition as the 6-foot-7, 27-year old is a student of the game.

Virtually every game between starts, you can find Paulson in front of a computer analyzing his last appearance.

In an organization that is ahead of the game from an analytical standpoint, the Indians give players every opportunity to get better and takes advantage of it.

“All of them are in there trying to figure out what they have to do,” Arnold said. “With him, the biggest thing has been trying to get consistency with his secondary stuff. That’s where you look at delivery and am I doing something differently from my fastball to my breaking ball.

"Some of it is that, some of it is being successful. When you’re successful in one at bat, it’s just going and repeating that.”

With the technology, he can go frame by frame and look at every aspect from footwork to arm angle to release point and see exactly what works on a pitch and what doesn’t.

After that it’s just going out and repeating what brings success.

“Just talking with the pitching coach and Anthony [Medaglia], our video guy, and looking at the mistakes that are made or figuring out a good slider helps,” Paulson said. “It’s a lot easier to learn more when you can see yourself pitch.”

With an influx of arms coming into the organization after the trade deadline, he moved to the bullpen and has only given up one hit in 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. No matter his role, he’s just happy having success.

“I prefer starting, but it doesn’t matter to me,” Paulson said. “As long as I’m contributing. When I was with the Reds I started and came out of the pen. I’ve started the majority of the time here, but it’s whatever they need. I just go out there the same way. I attack the zone and see what happens.”