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.
|FA: Four-Seam Fastball||FT: Two-Seam Fastball||FC: Cutter|
|CU: Curveball||SL: Slider||CH: Changeup|
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Jurrjens’ velocity is down a bit this year, as his fastball has mostly been in the 89-90 range after comfortably sitting in the low 90’s in past seasons. As a result, the fastball’s whiff rate is down a bit this year. He makes heavy use of his low 80’s changeup against left-handed batters, but also throws it frequently to opposing righties. His big strikeout pitch is his 80 MPH slider, which is very tough on right-handed batters. He does not use the slider against lefties all that often.
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Lowe is a prototypical ground ball pitcher, led by his heavy sinking fastball. He throws with a three-quarters delivery, and his sinker sits in the upper 80’s. He also throws a low 80’s slider, a mid 80’s changeup and a mid to upper 80’s cutter. All of his pitches generate a solid number of swings-and-misses, and his plus sinker consistently keeps him near the top of the ground ball leaderboard. Not only does he have the big sinker, but he also keeps all of his pitches down in the strike zone, rarely giving hitters anything to drive.Pirates Prospects is FREE today in honor of the Wild Card game. You get special access to all of our content, which is typically reserved only for subscribers. We cover the Pirates 365 days a year, with live coverage all throughout the playoffs, and off-season coverage of the minor league players in the Arizona Fall League and Winter Leagues. During the season we average well over 6 articles per day on the Pirates. This is the best stop if you're a hardcore Pirates fan, and the subscription prices are very low.
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