Exploring the Arsenal – Zack Greinke

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


Friday, 8:10 PM – Zack Greinke

Greinke has good stuff, strong command and a deep arsenal, a combination that makes him deadly on the mound. His four-seam fastball sits at 92-94 MPH and gets up to around 95 fairly regularly. He does not miss a ton of bats with the pitch, but he commands it well and generally keeps it out of the middle of the zone. His two-seamer comes in at a similar velocity and leads to a good number of ground balls. He also seems to have added an 88-91 MPH cutter this year, mostly using it to bust left-handed batters in on the hands. He may have also used this pitch a bit in 2010. Greinke’s best pitch is an 81-84 MPH slider, which he commands well down and away to righties and down and in to lefties. The pitch has been nearly unhittable this year, with an unreal whiff rate approaching 50%. It has been just as effective against lefties as righties, if not more so. Greinke’s curveball ranges in velocity from the mid 60’s all the way up near 80 MPH. It is possible he is throwing multiple types of curveballs, or he may just be changing speeds to keep opposing hitters off-balance. His final offering is a mid 80’s changeup with decent sink. He does not use the pitch very often these days, mixing it in occasionally against left-handed batters.

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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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  • F Lang

    I would add he is one of the crazier players in the league. Get on him and in his head early or you will be in trouble. This goes for a most aces but even moreso for Greinke. How about the Dave Cone he pulled last week?

  • Pittcat90

    One other kind of cool fact is that, by starting on Saturday, Sunday, and today, Greinke is the first pitcher to start three games in a row for his team since some guy named Red Faber did it for the 1917 Chicago White Sox.

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