New Arms of the Week (4/27-5/3)

Last time the list was ten names long. This week only five pitchers debuted. Five. Pitchers. Jon Van Every goes with Cody Ross in the novelty pile (located elsewhere, somewhere around the Nick Swisher region).

    • Mark Melancon (NYY) - Welcome addition to the Bronx 'pen.
    • Ken Takahashi (NYM) - Lefty veteran pitched 14 years for the Hiroshima Carp as a swing man.
    • Fernando Rodriguez (LAA) - The pitching impoverished Angels got two outs and 34 pitches in this debut, against the Yankees.
    • Robert Ray (TOR) - The Blue Jays have some young arms behind Doc, don't they? A little wild, but worked into the sixth inning in his first start.
    • Arturo Lopez (SDP) - The Padres 422nd pitcher of 2009, the lefty got this call after 7pm so the Friars could use their anytime minutes.. He was an NRI and a late cut this Spring, now has a roster spot.

      Lopez and Rodriguez (who is already back in Salt Lake) both stuck around through the Spring season and made exhibition appearances in their big league parks, so I've included the resulting PITCHf/x data for their profiles. Melancon has already made two appearances for the Yankees, so the data is piling up. Let's have at it.

      Mark Melancon
      Fastball 93mph
      Sinker 93
      Curveball 83

      Ken Takahashi
      Fastball 89
      Change-up 82
      Slider 77
      Curveball 73

      Robert Ray
      Sinker 91
      Splitter * 90
      Fastball 92
      Slider 81
      Change-up 81
      Cutter 89

      Fernando Rodriguez
      Fastball 92
      Sinker 91
      Curveball 76
      Cutter 89
      Change-up 87

      Arturo Lopez
      Fastball 92
      Slider 83
      Change-up 83
      Sinker 94

      *that ain't a splitter, it's a sinker thrown from a another arm angle. Maybe.

      Flight paths, I'm splitting Ray into two so you can see it more easilty.  Notice the "splitter" has more sink but less tail than the sinker. 

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      I sure hope you can see the tail difference, look closely for the sink (click images to view a larger version).

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      Seahawks colors?

      Moving on to Takahashi:

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      Lopez:

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      Rodriguez:

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      And Melancon to wrap it up:

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