New Arms of the Week: May 11-17

Another week of debuts.  Another position player, Josh Wilson, got to pitch.  Wilson was subsequently waived by the Diamondbacks and picked-up by the Padres, but to play shortstop.  On to the real pitchers.  Or real-er.

  • Bryan Augenstein - Called up from AA to start for Arizona against the Reds.  He took the loss, but managed to get into the 7th inning on 95 pitches.
  • Daniel Bard - An well anticipated call-up for the Red Sox.  Bard started in college and was a first-round pick in 2006, but Boston has the flame throwing righty working out of the bullpen.
  • Lucas French - The Tigers summoned the young lefty when Nate Robertson went on the DL.
  • David Huff - The Indians promoted Huff and sent him out to start against the Rays.  It didn't go well.  The #3 hitter in the Tampa order was pitcher Andy Sonnanstine.  Yea Joe Maddon.
  • Sergio Escalona - Came in the Phillies' revolving door when Andrew Carpenter exited.  Picked up a W on Sunday.

PITCHf/x Profiles

You know I love small samples.  Here's the skinny on the stuff shown off by the new guys this week.  This table goes name, pitch, number thrown, vs LHH, vs RHH, inches of spin movement lateral, inches of spin movement vertical, spin axis, spin rate.



# LHH RHH mph pfx_x pfx_z deg rpm
Augenstein Change 27 8 19 81.9 -7.6 2.2 254.0 1,492.6
Augenstein Sinker 41 11 30 89.1 -8.7 1.6 259.4 1,780.5
Augenstein Slider 22 4 18 76.8 4.4 -1.8 67.7 840.2
French Change 3 0 3 79.8 10.0 8.7 131.3 2,339.4
French Sinker 20 16 4 90.0 9.6 7.3 127.2 2,408.0
French Fastball 14 7 7 89.4 7.7 9.5 140.8 2,427.8
French Slider 13 7 6 81.0 -0.9 2.9 198.7 584.9
Bard Change 2 2 0 89.1 -9.1 7.9 228.8 2,398.4
Bard Sinker
13 6 7 96.9 -7.9 9.2 221.0 2,607.4
Bard Fastball 36 18 18 96.9 -5.1 11.3 204.2 2,671.1
Bard Slider 12 3 9 81.4 7.5 -1.1 81.7 1,393.6
Huff Change 14 0 14 81.1 9.9 7.9 128.7 2,293.2
Huff Fastball 43 20 23 89.3 8.0 9.7 140.4 2,500.3
Huff Slider 16 11 5 79.5 1.9 0.3 107.6 485.5
Escalona Change 3 0 3 80.6 8.6 7.0 129.5 2,003.1
Escalona Curve 1 0 1 77.7 -5.0 -5.3 316.8 1,259.6
Escalona Sinker 5 0 5 88.8 11.3 6.9 121.1 2,612.6
Escalona Fastball 9 0 9 89.3 7.1 9.7 143.6 2,386.7

 

Bard throws hard.  Augenstein throws maybe three pitches in his sinker/change-up continuum.  He doesn't throw hard, but he slings it.

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Each of a pitcher's dots represents a the average release point for a specific pitch type.  Huff releases his fastball from a different spot, otherwise they're all pretty consistent.

That's it for this week.  I suspect Bard will be most likely to be profiled in detail.

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