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Exploring the Arsenal – Marco Estrada

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 .

Saturday, 7:10 PM – Marco Estrada

2012  
IP 100.2
K/PA 25.0%
BB/PA 5.5%
HR/9 1.43
GB% 34.4%
Whiff% 21.2%
ERA 4.02
FIP 3.79





Estrada has a deliberate delivery, almost pausing mid-windup. His fastball sits at 89-91 MPH and tops out around 92. Despite the average velocity, he misses a ton of bats with the fastball. Estrada’s only breaking ball is a fringy 77-81 MPH curveball with 12-to-6 break. The curve has a slightly below average whiff rate but tends to generate a lot of ground balls. His final offering is a 76-79 MPH circle change, which opposing batters hit in the air very often. He throws the change frequently and does not hesitate to use it regularly against right-handed batters. He may also throw a very rare cutter. Estrada has spent the majority of his major league career pitching out of the bullpen, but has mostly been in the Brewers’ rotation since late April.

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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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