Carmen Mlodzinski Getting Praise For Stuff Early In Spring Training

Carmen Mlodzinski is entering his third full season in the Pittsburgh Pirates system after being a compensation draft pick back in 2020. He’s moved up naturally through the system, and got an invite to major league camp this season.

With a chance to show off some of his stuff, Mlodzinski has put together a couple of solid outings so far, pitching a total of three innings, allowing just two walks and no runs, while striking out a pair.

Over the last couple of years the righty has looked to find the best role that fits him, whether it be as a starter or coming out of the bullpen, but there has never been a doubt that he has the stuff to pitch in the majors.

Though he’s only made two appearances, and three innings overall, this spring, he’s already getting some recognition for his stuff

While it’s clear that the sample sizes are super small, it shows how strong Mlodzinski’s pitch metrics are. wStuff+ is another way to breakdown a pitcher’s game and try to quantify just how good they are throwing.

Like other metrics ‘100’ is considered league average, so overall, Mlodzinski is grading out 38% better than league average among all pitchers who have thrown at least 10 pitches.

Right below him you can see Andrew Painter, one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball.

Breaking it down by pitch, his cutter and changeup is grading out way above league average, with the caveat that he’s only thrown one offspeed pitch so far this spring.

When it comes to his cutter/slider, so far this season there looks to be a lot more horizontal movement when it comes to the pitch, as opposed to last year when it favored a vertical drop.

Here’s a look at the difference, with the first part of the video from last year during his time in Altoona, and the latter his first Spring Training appearance.

The cutter is thrown harder, with far more horizontal movement included. Among the 10 times he threw it in that game, he got two whiffs on three total swings, as well as two called strikes.

The cutter itself continues to get heavy praise, based off the combination of the vertical and horizontal movement. 

It seems like there are quite a few pitchers in camp that are giving the ‘sweeper’ and/or cutter a chance, opting in trying to get more horizontal movement. 

Mlodzinski is clearly jumping on that trend, looking to capitalize and lock down a rotation spot in Indianapolis. Adding yet another look to his current mix can only help keep him in the starter conversation, and make it harder for hitters to get a read on him.


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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.

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Whatever he’s doing, keep doing it. We could use some breakout candidates!


I’ve always wondered why pitchers like Mlod, Ortiz and many others don’t pitch backwards, when you have a breaking pitch that is a dominant pitch why not throw that pitch twice as much?

Wilbur Miller

Mlod’s supposed to pitch today. Bolton and Burrows, too. Should be interesting.

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