Exploring the Arsenal – Yovani Gallardo

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

 

Sunday, 2:10 PM – Yovani Gallardo

Gallardo’s four-seam fastball is a fairly straight pitch that sits at 91-93 MPH and tops out around 94. His two-seamer comes in at a similar velocity with solid arm-side movement. The two-seamer is probably the better pitch, as it leads to more swings-and-misses and ground balls. However, Gallardo uses the four-seamer much more frequently, probably because it is easier to command. He throws two breaking balls, an 86-88 MPH slider and a 79-81 MPH curve. The curve is his best pitch, with hard 12-6 break and a whiff rate sitting around 36% in 2012. His command of the pitch can be inconsistent, as he occasionally leaves it up in the zone (or above the zone). But when he is able to bury it below the knees, it is nearly unhittable. The slider, which resembles a cutter, does not miss that many bats, but leads to a lot of weak contact. Gallardo also throws an occasional changeup in the mid to upper 80’s, a pitch that tends to catch hitters off guard.

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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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