Over the last month, Kiley McDaniel has been posting some great reports over at FanGraphs. I've been retweeting them on Twitter, but keep forgetting to link to them in the nightly First Pitch column. So here are links to all three reports, with some thoughts on each one.
The first report was specific to top prospect Gerrit Cole. Overall it was a great look at Cole. A few notes:
**McDaniel feels that Cole should scrap the curveball. That's definitely his 5th best pitch. I wouldn't see the harm in getting rid of the pitch. With three plus-pitches (one of them a breaking ball) he doesn't have much need for a second breaking ball.
**McDaniel notes that when Cole was missing, he was missing up in the zone, which seems to be the consensus. He notes that Cole made some slight changes to do a better job of driving the ball down through the zone.
The Other Power Arms
In the second report, McDaniel looked at a few other power arms outside of Cole and Taillon. He focused on ...
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