Exploring the Arsenal – Tommy Hanson

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, 7:05 PM – Tommy Hanson

IP 168.2
K/PA 21.2%
BB/PA 9.6%
HR/9 1.39
GB% 40.2%
Whiff% 21.2%
ERA 4.38
FIP 4.58

Hanson has an over-the-top delivery, and his arm sort of pauses as he reaches back prior to release. It almost appears as if he is aiming the baseball. He makes heavy use of his 88-91 MPH fastball and 78-82 MPH slider, going to one of the two pitches on more than 80% of his offerings. He mostly works on the outer half of the plate with the two pitches, frequently using backdoor sliders on the outside corner against left-handed batters. He also throws a big-breaking 12 to 6 curve in the 70-73 MPH range. Hanson’s big swing-and-miss pitch is the curveball, with a whiff rate around 40% in 2012. His velocity has been trending downward the past few years. In 2010, his fastball regularly got up over 95 MPH. Last year, he was mostly 89-93 MPH. This year, he has been in the 88-91 MPH range and is struggling to miss bats with the heater. Regardless, he is still striking out a very solid 21.2% of opposing hitters.

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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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