Exploring the Arsenal – Vance Worley

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

 

Tuesday, 7:05 PM – Vance Worley

Worley’s fastball sits around 89-91 MPH and can touch as high as 94. He throws both a four-seam and a two-seam fastball at that velocity. He goes to his 84-86 MPH slider fairly often and also throws an occasional curveball in the mid 70′s. Neither pitch misses many bats, but both lead to plenty of ground balls. Worley experimented with a new split-fingered pitch this spring to replace his mid 80’s circle change, but it appears he has mostly scrapped the changeup entirely in 2012. Brooks Baseball has him throwing 15 changeups on the season, all against lefties. Worley’s stuff has been pretty hittable thus far in his limited time in the majors. He is missing a lot more bats with the fastball this year, but is still really struggling to fool opposing hitters with his secondary stuff.

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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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