Exploring the Arsenal – Dallas Keuchel

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. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball Times , unless otherwise specified. Statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs .

Thursday, 8:05 PM – Dallas Keuchel

2012  
IP 29.0
K/PA 8.5%
BB/PA 13.2%
HR/9 1.24
GB% 49%
ERA 4.03
FIP 5.86





Keuchel is a left-handed pitcher who relies on command and deception to compensate for his unimpressive raw stuff. He throws an 87-89 MPH fastball and a sinker with decent arm-side movement. He has a pretty deep arsenal and mixes his pitches well. His best secondary offering is a 74-75 MPH changeup that he appears to command pretty well against righties. He also throws a slow 70-73 MPH curveball and an 84-85 MPH cutter. The changeup is the only secondary pitch Keuchel has been able to miss bats with so far in the big leagues, as his other offerings have been extremely hittable. He has allowed a ton of contact but has mostly kept the ball on the ground since his promotion to Houston. He has also struggled with walks, which is something he never had much of an issue with in the minors.

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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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