Exploring the Arsenal – Collin McHugh

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 .

Tuesday, 7:10 PM – Collin McHugh

2012  
IP 18.2
K/PA 18.4%
BB/PA 4.0%
HR/9 1.93
GB% 37.5%
Whiff% 18.1%
ERA 3.86
FIP 5.04





McHugh was an under-the-radar prospect coming into the season, but he pitched well in Double-A and Triple-A and has continued that success early in his big league career. He throws from a low three-quarters, almost sidearm release point. He mostly sits 89-91 MPH and mixes in a sinking two-seamer with similar velocity. McHugh throws his slider around 80-84 MPH, while his 69-72 MPH curveball flashes a good amount of break. He also throws an 81-83 MPH changeup. Despite the mediocre velocity, McHugh has shown the ability to miss bats with four different pitches so far in the big leagues.

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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