Exploring the Arsenal – Joe Saunders

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 .

Thursday, 4:05 PM – Joe Saunders

2012  
IP 113.1
K/PA 16.3%
BB/PA 6.2%
HR/9 1.03
GB% 44.4%
Whiff% 15.7%
ERA 3.57
FIP 4.03





The left-handed Saunders throws a four-seam fastball that generally sits in the 88-90 MPH range, but can touch as high as 93 and sometimes drops as low as 85. It has been rare to see him in that 93 range this year, as he has topped out around 91 in most starts. He throws the pitch to all four quadrants of the zone, placing particular emphasis on the inner half against righties. His two-seamer sits around 87-90 MPH with good sink and sharp arm-side break. Saunders generally does a good job of locating his 79-81 MPH changeup down and away against right-handed hitters, while rarely using it against lefties. His 73-76 MPH curveball has been very effective in 2012, with a comfortably above average whiff rate. Saunders has eliminated his slider this year, which is a bit odd. The pitch missed bats at close to a 35% clip in 2011, making it appear to be one of his better offerings.

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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  • ElGaupo77

    Sanchez needs to start hitting and this soft tossing LHP should be a great opportunity.

  • jdt2x jdt2x

    off subject, what is jordy mercer’s intro music?