Exploring the Arsenal – Jeanmar Gomez

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is 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 Brooks Baseball and The Hardball Times , unless otherwise specified.

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

 

Sunday, 1:05 PM – Jeanmar Gomez

Gomez does not miss many bats, leaning heavily on his sinker to generate ground balls. The sinker sits around 89-91 MPH, occasionally touching 93. The pitch has mediocre bite to it, but it does lead to a ground ball more often than the league average sinker. His four-seam fastball also averages about 89-91 MPH. Neither pitch is very difficult to put in play, as each has a comfortably below average whiff rate in 2012. He also mixes in an upper 80’s cutter, which has been pretty effective for him this season. Gomez’ primary breaking ball is a mid 80’s slider, which he uses mostly against right-handed batters. Against lefties, he makes heavy use of his low 80’s changeup. Without any plus pitches, Gomez relies on a deep arsenal of mediocre offerings. He is a pretty generic back of the rotation starter.

Author: 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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  • salempirate

    Somewhat unfairly I didn’t post till the bottom of the 2nd/ But, this guy appears to pitch much better vs. weak hitting teams with several more Ks than usual, than allowed vs good hitting teams. He should walk several batters. It’ll be interesting to see if the Pirate hackers wait him out or not. He did have a well pitched game vs. Teas so he doesn’t just fatten up against weaker teams.