Pittsburgh Pirates AFL Pitch F/X Data

Inman's fastball ranged as high as 96 MPH.

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.

Michael Colla

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

Nathan Baker

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

Jeff Inman

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


Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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