Exploring the Arsenal – Joe Kelly

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 .

Wednesday, 7:05 PM – Joe Kelly

IP 77.1
K/PA 16.5%
BB/PA 7.8%
HR/9 0.70
GB% 49.4%
Whiff% 17.6%
ERA 3.26
FIP 3.80

Kelly throws from a low three-quarters arm slot. He lives on a hard sinker that shows off quite a bit of sharp arm-side run. The pitch sits 92-95 MPH and touches the 97-98 range at times. His primary secondary offering is a 79-82 MPH curve, which he has gone to regularly against right-handed batters early in his major league career. He also mixes in a 93-96 MPH four-seam fastball and an 82-87 MPH changeup. So far, the offspeed pitches have been his best swing-and-miss offerings at the big league level. Despite the plus velocity, opposing hitters have not had a ton of trouble putting his fastball in play. Kelly has generated a good number of ground balls with the heater, though.

Author: 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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