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. 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

 

Wednesday, 1:35 PM – Dallas Keuchel

Keuchel has made only three major league starts, so he has precious little PITCHf/x data available. He is a left-handed pitcher who relies on command and deception to compensate for his unimpressive raw stuff. His fastball sits around 87-88 MPH and he throws a sinker with decent arm-side movement. He has a pretty deep arsenal and mixes his pitches well. His best secondary offering is a mid 70’s changeup that he appears to command pretty well against lefties. The changeup is the only pitch Keuchel has been able to miss bats with so far in the big leagues, as his other offerings have been extremely hittable. He also throws a slow 70-73 MPH curveball and a mid 80’s cutter. Unsurprisingly, Keuchel has allowed a ton of contact but has kept the ball on the ground since his promotion to Houston.

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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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  • VtTom

    Sounds like the second coming of Paul Maholm.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

      Paul had a better fastball when he came up. It’s almost as if, as time went by he resigned himself more and more to simply being that soft tossing lefty. Early on though, I remember him getting angry in some different situations and hitting 93-94 with regularity.

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