One of the benefits of the Arizona Fall League is that two of the six parks have Pitch F/X data, which allows us to get some accurate radar readings of how the Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers are throwing. This year we didn’t see everyone in a Pitch F/X park, with the big omission being top prospect Gerrit Cole. That wasn’t a huge loss, since we were provided with a lot of radar readings from Cole throughout the year, with the right hander working in the upper 90s and hitting triple digits in pretty much every outing, while also displaying strong secondary pitches.
We did get some Pitch F/X data on Michael Colla, Nathan Baker, and Jeff Inman.
Colla only pitched in one game where Pitch F/X data was available. He threw 14 pitches, with 12 fastballs, throwing 10 strikes and four balls. Here were the breakdowns:
Fastball – 12 pitches (8 strikes, 4 balls), 90-92 MPH, 90.67 MPH average
Changeup – 2 pitches (2 strikes, 0 balls), 80 MPH, 80 MPH average
Baker pitched in two outings with Pitch F/X data. The first one came on October 13th, with the second one coming on November 16th. In the first outing he worked 90-93 MPH, throwing 29 pitches, with 23 fastballs. He was 90-93 the second time around, but threw more sliders, and only threw 21 fastballs out of 32 pitches. Here were the overall breakdowns:
Fastball – 44 pitches (27 strikes, 17 balls), 90-93 MPH, 91.77 MPH average
Slider – 13 pitches (10 strikes, 3 balls), 83-86 MPH, 84.38 MPH average
Changeup – 4 pitches (2 strikes, 2 balls), 80-82 MPH, 81 MPH average
Inman joined the league late, but still managed to pitch in two games with Pitch F/X data. His velocity was strong the first time around, working in the 94-96 MPH range on October 25th. It dipped in the second game on November 8th to the 91-93 range. He pitched in a televised event after the 8th, which saw him back up in the mid-90s. Here were the overall breakdowns:
Fastball – 19 pitches (12 strikes, 7 balls), 91-96 MPH, 93.37 MPH average
Curveball – 1 pitch (0 strikes, 1 ball), 79 MPH, 79 MPH average