Exploring the Arsenal – Justin Germano

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, 8:05 PM – Justin Germano

2012 (2 Teams)  
IP 8.2
K/PA 21.6%
BB/PA 5.4%
HR/9 0.00
GB% 44.4%
ERA 1.04
FIP 1.92





Germano is making his first big league start since a two-inning appearance with Cleveland in October 2010. He throws a two-seam fastball that sits around 86-89 MPH with decent movement. His main secondary offering is a big, slow 68-71 MPH curveball. He also has thrown a low 80’s changeup in the past, but has used it only sparingly during his brief big league stint this season. Germano’s best offering has historically been the sinker, as he is able to miss some bats and induce some ground balls with the pitch. His secondary stuff is pretty mediocre, although he has had decent success with his curve on occasion. There is not a whole lot of PITCHf/x data available on Germano, and most of it has been collected while he has been pitching out of the bullpen, so it is difficult to predict his approach in tonight’s game.

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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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