Exploring the Arsenal – Mat Latos

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 .

Monday, 7:10 PM – Mat Latos

2012  
IP 175.2
K/PA 21.7%
BB/PA 7.6%
HR/9 1.18
GB% 44.9%
Whiff% 21.0%
ERA 3.69
FIP 4.02





Latos throws over the top and has a big arm, with a 91-95 MPH four-seam fastball that can get as high as 96-97. His two-seamer is just a tick slower, mostly sitting around 90-94 MPH. His big strikeout pitch is an 83-87 MPH slider, which he has historically used about 25% of the time. The pitch misses a ton of bats, with a 2012 whiff rate right around 40%. Latos also throws a 77-81 MPH curveball and an 82-85 MPH change. He missed a lot of bats with the change last season, but the pitch has been far more hittable in 2012. He generally works on the outer half, although he likes to use the slider down and in against left-handed batters. Latos has battled some inconsistencies this season, some of which may be due to his new home. He has allowed 16 home runs in 103.2 innings at Great American Ballpark in 2012, a much higher rate than he has allowed on the road.

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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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