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|
Tuesday, 7:05 PM – Lucas Harrell
Harrell throws his fastball around 92-93 MPH and touches 95. He leans heavily on his two-seamer, particularly against right-handed batters. The pitch has good sinking arm-side run and generates a lot of ground balls. His best strikeout pitch is a mid to upper 80’s slider that he commands well on the glove side of the zone. He also throws a solid 82-84 MPH curveball and a mediocre 81-84 MPH changeup. Harrell commands all of his pitches pretty well and does a good job of keeping the ball downstairs. Overall, he does not miss many bats at all, but he keeps the ball on the ground and does not walk many hitters.