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.
|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.