Exploring the Arsenal – Mike Fiers

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 .

Thursday, 4:05 PM – Mike Fiers

2012  
IP 114.1
K/PA 24.2%
BB/PA 6.7%
HR/9 0.55
GB% 34.2%
Whiff% 19.2%
ERA 3.23
FIP 2.77





Fiers hides the ball well during his deceptive delivery, making it difficult for opposing hitters to pick up his release point. He mostly throws around 87-90 MPH, maxing out at 91. He throws a decent 80-83 MPH split changeup with some sink, a big, slow 70-73 MPH curve and an 83-87 MPH cutter. Fiers has a reputation of being a control/command guy with mediocre stuff, but he put up some solid strikeout numbers in the minors and has shown little difficulty transitioning to the big leagues. Despite underwhelming velocity, his fastball has missed bats at a slightly above average rate. His curve has also been relatively difficult to put in play early in his career.

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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