Exploring the Arsenal – Ryan Vogelsong

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


Saturday, 4:05 PM – Ryan Vogelsong

Vogelsong’s four-seam fastball sits at 89-91 MPH and touches 93. He has lost some zip on the pitch this year, as he was more in the 91-93 range in 2011, but has continued to have good results with it. He generally uses the heater on the outer half against right-handers, while moving it around the zone against lefties. He throws a good sinking two-seamer at a similar velocity, using it to induce plenty of ground balls. He consistently throws the sinker on the arm side of the strike zone, busting righties in on the hands while staying away from lefties. Vogelsong commands his 75-77 MPH curve well, but he has struggled to miss bats with it this year. He does a good job of locating his 86-88 MPH cutter on the outside corner against right-handed hitters, and also mixes in an 82-84 MPH changeup.

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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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  • http://twitter.com/Spazaru Murray Passarieu

    I actually love Ryan. He has a great attitude. I just wonder where this version of him was when he was with the Pirates?

    • http://twitter.com/twster twster

      I saw his first start as a Pirate in Pittsburgh. He started very strong and looked good – we were leading the game early on. He got into a little trouble (4th inning I believe – 1st & 2nd, nobody out) when a routine ground ball was hit down third base line. Looked to be a routine double play but our infamous hustler Aramis Ramirez waved at it as it passed by, barely bending over. It went for a double and two runs scored. After the smoke cleared, Pirates were way behind and Ryan’s head was down. I believe he didn’t have the maturity at that time to mentally overcome bad Pirates baseball. He blew his arm out (Tommy John surgery) shortly afterwards; probably from trying too hard to do it all himself after being victimized by Ramirez’s lack of effort. More of a statement about Ryan’s lack of maturity at the time I think than Ramirez’s laziness. Glad to see him having success.

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