Exploring the Arsenal – Jordan Lyles

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

 

Monday, 7:05 PM – Jordan Lyles

The 21-year-old Lyles throws his four-seam fastball around 91-92 MPH and touches 94 at times, a slight improvement over his 2011 velocity. His sinker comes in at a similar speed with good downward movement. He has gone to the sinker more frequently this year, but it has become less effective in the process. He is missing far fewer bats with the pitch in 2012 and is not getting quite as many ground balls with it either. Lyles’ 81-83 MPH changeup shows decent arm-side movement, but has not been very effective this season. He has cut down on his usage of the change, opting for the sinker more frequently against lefties. He also throws a sharp 77-80 MPH curveball with good downward break. The curve is another pitch that has been easy to put in play this year, but it has been extremely difficult to get in the air. His mid 80’s cutter resembles a slider and has been his best strikeout pitch in 2012. After posting a respectable strikeout rate in his first season, Lyles has struggled to punch out hitters this year.

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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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