Exploring the Arsenal – Chris Rusin

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 .

Friday, 2:20 PM – Chris Rusin

2012  
IP 11.0
K/PA 17.3%
BB/PA 11.5%
HR/9 2.45
GB% 42.4%
Whiff% 27.4%
ERA 5.73
FIP 7.19





Rusin is a soft-tossing lefty making only his fourth start in the big leagues. He has a limited amount of PITCHf/x data available, and I struggled to find scouting reports on him. The southpaw has a bit of a funky arm action during his delivery, which can be deceptive on opposing hitters. His fastball sits around 88-90 MPH, and his two-seamer shows off some solid arm-side run. He also throws an 85-88 MPH cutter. Rusin appears to throw two breaking balls, a low 80′s slider and a 78-80 MPH curve, and mixes in a 79-81 MPH changeup that occasionally flashes as a plus pitch with excellent movement. Rusin pitched well against the Pirates his last time out, allowing just one run in five innings. Pirates hitters really struggled to make contact with his secondary offerings in that game.

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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  • State College Steve

    Struggled is an understatement. 0 hits through 4 innings. JMAC out after 3 2/3 after walking the bases loaded. Chris Wilson in and immediately gives up a double to RIzzo…..3-0 Cubbies and I don’t see the Bucs coming back. Please tell me how a team plays as well as they do for the better part of 2 months and then can’t play baseball after the All-Star break?……4-0 cubs, Soriano on with infield single……. LETS GO BUCS (next year)……..

  • State College Steve

    Oh and did i mention McNOCutch is 0-2 with 2 k’s …..