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. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam Horn. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball Times , unless otherwise specified.
|FA: Four-Seam Fastball||FT: Two-Seam Fastball||FC: Cutter|
|CU: Curveball||SL: Slider||CH: Changeup|
|FS: Splitter||SI: Sinker|
Thursday, 1:05 PM – Kyle Kendrick
Kendrick started the season in the Phillies’ bullpen, but has been in the rotation since mid May. He has unspectacular stuff, starting with a sinking two-seam fastball that averages right around 89-91 MPH. The pitch does show good arm-side tail, but he does not miss many bats with it. Kendrick leans heavily on an 86-87 MPH cutter, throwing it about a third of the time when facing a left-handed batter. He throws an 82-84 MPH changeup, a pitch he has gone to just as often against righties as he has against lefties this season. His final offering is a slurvy breaking ball around 80 MPH that might actually be two different pitches. Kendrick is pretty hittable, as only his cutter misses bats at close to the league average rate.
It seems like Kendrick’s stuff is comparable to a lot of Bucco minor league pitching prospects although they still have time to grow and refine motions to gain velocity.