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April 11, 2014

Raising Aces

Starting Pitcher Four-Pack

by Doug Thorburn


This is my third year writing Raising Aces for Baseball Prospectus, and one of the perks is the dynamic nature of the series (aided by the leniency of our editors). I’m always searching for better ways to communicate ideas about pitching or to broaden the discussion, and transparency has been an integral part of the process.

Much of my waking life is consumed by watching ballgames, so the logical step for Raising Aces is to pass along some of the notes I’ve collected along the way. The breakdowns are peppered with mechanical grades in order to augment the subjective measurement system of the 20-80 scouting scale (statistical integrity be damned).

Today we have a four-pack for week two of the baseball season, with an eye toward some of the up-and-coming talent in MLB.

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PelotaDiSoldi

I just wanted to leave a comment and let you know that these breakdowns are absolutely tremendous. Appeals across the board to the coach, the scout, the fan, and the fantasy player.

Apr 11, 2014 07:42 AM
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warpigs

Big 2nd to that.

Apr 11, 2014 08:36 AM
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BP staff member Dan Rozenson
BP staff

What an achievement for Bauer to add balance and repeatability to a delivery that he designed out of an interest in disguising his pitches. That fastball-curveball combination from that arm slot, when he does repeat, is a sight to see.

Apr 11, 2014 08:29 AM
 
riverz

I enjoy these articles a lot too, and would be interested in reading about Tyler Skaggs, who had a great night this week using a 2-seamer we didn't know he had.

Apr 11, 2014 09:01 AM
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BP staff member Dan Rozenson
BP staff

He seems to have started using it last July. http://www.brooksbaseball.net/velo.php?player=572140&b_hand=-1&time=month&minmax=ci&var=mph&s_type=2&gFilt=&pFilt=FA|SI|FC|CU|SL|CS|KN|CH|FS|SB&startDate=&endDate=

Apr 11, 2014 09:04 AM
 
psugator01

i could spend all day watching that GIF of ventura's curveball. #nicelydone

Apr 11, 2014 09:46 AM
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bobbygrace

In a GIF, everyone has 80 repetition.

Apr 11, 2014 10:46 AM
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BPKevin

I certainly enjoyed this and understand the need to only do 4 at a time, but I would love to see Danny Salazar's last start broken down (10 k's were the only outs) and Jake Odorizzi's 2 starts (1 good, 1 bad).

Apr 11, 2014 11:21 AM
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jwise224

Are the Diamondbacks not capable of fixing pitchers or simply not willing? Mr. Towers, are you reading Mr. Thorburn's work?

Apr 11, 2014 12:27 PM
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Probably Handsome

Firstly, thanks for these articles. They are one of the things that I love about my BP subscription.


I recently got my first look at Alexander Reyes and, being an extreme novice, the first comparison that came to mind for Reyes was Ventura. Clearly I don’t really know what I am looking at, but the leftward lean that concerned me with Ventura also concerned me with Reyes. After looking back at Ventura, I see that their mechanics are not as similar as I thought they were when the comparison occurred to me. I am wondering if it is reasonable to have similar concerns for the two pitchers, though?

Apr 11, 2014 17:56 PM
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etothepiiplus43

Your work, Doug, is worth the price of subscription.

Apr 13, 2014 15:33 PM
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