Exploring the Arsenal: A Preview of the Toronto Blue Jays Probable Starting Pitchers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of view. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam Horn. Graphs are courtesy of FanGraphs.

Pitch Types  
FA: Four-Seam Fastball FT: Two-Seam Fastball FC: Cutter
CU: Curveball SL: Slider CH: Changeup
FS: Splitter


Tuesday, 7:07 PM – Jo-Jo Reyes

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Reyes throws with an effortless overhand delivery. He pitches to contact with his two-seam fastball, and uses his four-seamer to miss bats. Overall, over 70% of his 2011 pitches have been fastballs. Both pitches sit right around 90 MPH, and his four-seamer flashes a bit of cutting action. His low 80’s slider is his strikeout pitch, generating an above average whiff rate. He also throws a change in the low 80’s and very rarely mixes in a mid-70’s curveball.


Wednesday, 7:07 PM – Brandon Morrow

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Morrow is another guy who serves up a large number of fastballs, just a touch under 70% of his pitches in 2011. He throws from a three-quarters arm slot, and features above average velocity. His fastball generally sits in the 92-94 range, and can touch 97 MPH. He generates plenty of swings-and-misses with the heater, but his mid to upper 80’s slider is his big strikeout pitch. He has used the fastball/slider combination almost exclusively this year, greatly reducing his reliance on the rest of his repertoire. He has occasionally mixed in a curve and splitter this year, and has also thrown a changeup in the past. Morrow often works up in the zone. That probably contributes to his impressive strikeout rate, but it has also led to a ton of line drives and fly balls. He has kept most of those flies in the park so far, but his bloated line drive rate has led to plenty of baserunners and a higher ERA than you might expect based on his strikeout numbers.


Thursday, 7:07 PM – Brett Cecil

(2010 pitches)

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Cecil was just recalled from Triple-A, and will be making his first major league start since April. His four-seam fastball sits around 90 MPH, occasionally approaching the mid 90’s. His two-seamer comes in just a pinch slower, and shows decent sinking action. He leans heavily on his effective low 80’s changeup, which also has good dropping movement. Cecil mixes in a mid 80’s slider and occasionally an upper 70’s curve. Most of his pitches are pretty hittable, with his changeup being the notable exception.

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Matt Bandi

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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