Exploring the Arsenal – Liam Hendriks

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.

Pitch Types  
FA: Four-Seam Fastball FT: Two-Seam Fastball FC: Cutter
CU: Curveball SL: Slider CH: Changeup
FS: Splitter SI: Sinker


Thursday, 7:05 PM – Liam Hendriks

Hendriks has only made nine starts in the big leagues, so there is a limited amount of PITCHf/x data to work with. He does not have much in the way of velocity, throwing his fastball mostly in the 89-91 range and maxing out around 93 MPH. His four-seamer has been very hittable, but he has had success with his sinker. The pitch has missed a good number of bats and it has generated a lot of ground balls when opposing hitters have put it into play. Hendriks throws two breaking pitches, a low 80’s slider and a big, slow low 70’s curveball. He also mixes in an occasional low 80’s changeup, mostly against lefties. None of his secondary stuff draws many swings-and-misses, leaving him without any real weapons other than the sinker. It is a small sample size, but the right-hander has actually had much more success with his curve and slider against left-handed batters than against righties. He has really struggled against righties in the big leagues, with a 1.154 OPS allowed when facing them in his career.

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Thank gawd he is not allowed to throw a boomarang.

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