Cristian Charle: Success Comes From Untraditional Usage Of Pitch

Some pitchers, especially relievers, don’t always need a deep repertoire when it comes to their pitches. They can get away with two, especially if they work off of each other, because they won’t likely face the same hitter more than once.
Signed out of the Dominican Republic in April 2018, Cristian Charle has been one of those pitchers who has been extremely effective out of the bullpen this year for the Bradenton Marauders.
The 22-year-old was recently promoted to the Greensboro Grasshoppers for his excellent efforts with the Marauders. In 20 games, all out of the bullpen, Charle posted a 2.16 ERA, holding opponents to a .206 average while striking out 40 batters and only walking nine in 33 1/3 innings.
Charle was a big part in Bradenton posting the fourth best ERA (and total strikeout...

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emjayinTN

Thanks Anthony. I was interested in Charle just off of seeing his name time after time with positive results in the box scores for Bradenton. It sounds simple, but the the ability to change speeds and still throw strikes is the best pitch any pitcher can have, regardless of what they call it. The 10+/2+ K/BB is big time.

Batters are always looking to time pitchers but this kid seems to be a continuing mystery. And if the batter loses his concentration on the off speed, the upper 90’s FB is always a wake-up call.

Love the Video’s and I always spend a lot of time watching the Catcher’s framing the ball, one such Catcher in the video’s “stole” a few strikes – who were the Catchers?

emjayinTN

Thank you, Koch then was the Catcher with the quick hands selling strikes that appeared to me to be slightly off the plate.

Rob Baran

Yeah I caught the same thing with Koch. Drove me nuts how he was dropping his target just before the pitch, otherwise it was simply beautiful glove work IMO. Actually replayed the video just to watch the catching. Loved that backhand style he’s got going, natural grace right there.

Davis could learn a few things from this guy…

Last edited 2 months ago by Rob Baran
emjayinTN

Koch was drafted in 2018, but his bat has never really caught up to his glove. Jason Delay is up with the Pirates and doing very well on both sides of the ball, and Endy Rodriguez, Bins, and Sabol are all right behind Henry Davis.

PirateRican21

That cutter looks like a curve at times to me, interesting pitch.

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