Exploring the Arsenal – Edgar Gonzalez

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 2009. 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 .

Monday, 1:35 PM – Edgar Gonzalez

2012 (HOU AAA)  
IP 13.0
K/PA 16.7%
BB/PA 4.2%
HR/9 0.00
GB% N/A
Whiff% N/A
ERA 0.69
FIP 2.66





Gonzalez began the season with Colorado Springs, the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate. He also spent a couple of months pitching for Monterrey of the Mexican League before signing with Houston 11 days ago. He made two starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City, allowing two runs over 13 innings. This is his first major league start since September 27, 2009 with the A’s. Gonzalez throws a two-seamer as his main fastball, a pitch that sat around 89-92 MPH the last time we saw him in the big leagues. The pitch does not generate many ground balls, but it does miss a decent number of bats. He also throws a 77-81 MPH slider, a 73-79 MPH curve, a 75-80 MPH changeup and an 83-88 MPH cutter. Most of his secondary offerings are plenty hittable, with only the slider missing an occasional bat. Keep in mind that this data is about three years old, so he could be a completely different pitcher by now.

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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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