Exploring the Arsenal – Bud Norris

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

 

Thursday, 7:05 PM – Bud Norris

Norris has good life on his fastball, throwing it at 91-93 MPH and occasionally touching 95. His velocity has been down this season, averaging about one MPH slower than in 2011. He makes heavy use of an 83-86 MPH slider and an 83-86 MPH changeup. The slider is his big swing-and-miss pitch, with a whiff rate of about 40% in 2012. Norris’ four-seam fastball has slowly become more hittable over the years, and has not missed many bats this season. However, his two-seamer and slider have both been difficult to put in play, keeping his overall whiff rate well above average. He generally goes with the fastball/slider combo against righties and mixes in the two-seamer and changeup more frequently against left-handed batters. Overall, he has cut down on his use of the change a bit this year.

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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