Exploring the Arsenal – Jeff Samardzija

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 .

Monday, 7:05 PM – Jeff Samardzija

IP 106.1
K/PA 23.9%
BB/PA 8.8%
HR/9 1.02
GB% 46.3%
ERA 4.57
FIP 3.67

Samardzija has an exceptional fastball, with velocity that sits at 94-96 MPH and touches 97-98. The pitch misses plenty of bats, and has been particularly effective in 2012. His two-seamer has similar velocity with good movement. He also throws a good 90-93 MPH cutter. Samardzija’s main secondary pitch is an 85-86 MPH splitter, which he uses as an offspeed pitch against both righties and lefties. The pitch is downright nasty, with a whiff rate around 47% in 2012. His primary breaking ball is a hard 83-86 MPH slider, and he also mixes in an upper 70’s curve. Samardzija has a deep arsenal and great raw stuff. He has been hit hard at times this year, but has also made several dominant outings.

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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