Bubba Chandler is Overpowering Hitters With His Fastball

This past Friday, Bubba Chandler made his Single-A debut on the mound.

A year ago, the Pirates lured the third rounder out of his commitment to Clemson by offering him $3 million and the opportunity to pitch and hit.

While he had already pitched in the Florida Complex League, this was the first and best opportunity so far to break down Chandler on the mound.
Fastball
https://youtu.be/MXsKy_CNj0M

Velocity
95.65 MPH

Spin Rate
2457.87 RPM

Vertical Break
10.06 inches

Horizontal Break
9.48 inches

Whiff Rate
52.63%

Looking at his Statcast whiff metrics, as well as watching him pitch, you can see why Florida Complex League hitters were no match for him. While in the FCL, Chandler struck out 45% of the batters he faced, with 27 total in 15 1/3 innings...

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tsciulli

can someone help me with my subscription. I can not see any premium content and I have a subscription. I have sent out request twice to the site and no response.

ravidesai1984

The article says I need to pay for a subscription even though I paid for a full year back at the end of december. Is anybody else having this problem?

k1rainey

Yes. I emailed Tim about it and he fixed it

ravidesai1984

Cool. I emailed yesterday but nothing yet.

Danatural08

Great article Anthony. Looked like his big misses on the FB were the couple times Bubba tried overthowing the fastball. There’s also a brief clip of an up close shot of his face. Can definitely see that he’s added some weight this year & is bigger than his skiny draft day appearance.

NMR

Phenomenal work here, Murph.

Makes me feel old to think back to the early Pirate Prospects days of Tim posting cell phone footage on backfields!

Chandler is pretty clearly as raw as you can get, which of course is completely expected for a kid who’s focused on baseball for about a year. That fastball is simply too much for the competition level he’s at. Remarkable arm speed, and his natural ability to hide the ball really shows from the awesome camera angle in those clips. Ball just jumps on the batter.

Whatever he’s calling that breaker in the 84-86mph range sure seems like the winner. Also a couple stiffer pitches looked like they carried some fade, guessing those are changeups?

Tim Williams

Back in my day, we went to the field to get our video. I took a Stetson Allie fastball foul tipped fastball off my finger that knocked my phone 20 feet away, uphill, both ways. I still got the rest of the at-bat.

What problems does Anthony have to deal with for his video work?

Internet connectivity issues.

These young writers have it too easy.

roberto

That’s a potentially outstanding rotation.

leefieux

That catcher is a nice framer. Bubba has a good fastball but he had that catcher clambering all over the place. Who is that catcher? Bubba, as AM implies, like most A ball pitchers, needs some command/control improvement.

Last edited 2 months ago by leefieux

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