Saturday, April 12, 2014

A More Humble Trevor Bauer Looked Solid

In a spot start vs. the San Diego Padres on Wednesday April 9, Trevor Bauer showed a glimpse of his potential as a front of the rotation starter.  Sure, the Padres are a poor offense, but Bauer took advantage with 6 dominant innings, allowing only 4 hits, 1 earned run, and struck out 8 while walking 2 on 99 pitches.

"Fastball was good, slider was good early, decent change, curveball, good split (finger). I didn't throw any sinkers or cutters today. Maybe next time I can work those in. It's very rare I can make use of all seven pitches in a game," said Bauer.

Here are the pitchfx data on Bauer's pitch types:

Pitch Type Count Freq Velo (mph) pfx HMov (in.) pfx VMov (in.) H. Rel (ft.) V. Rel (ft.)
Fourseam6263.27%94.79-3.6511.04-0.466.14
Change99.18%86.48-5.787.39-0.696.00
Slider1111.22%84.503.55-0.78-0.596.03
Curve1414.29%78.004.59-8.21-0.366.18
Split22.04%87.21-1.856.03-0.535.93


Bauer's bread and butter, his fastball, showed great movement (11 inch vertical) with an avg velocity of about 95.  Add in 25% breaking stuff at a velo change of 10-15 mph and you have something, as long as the control is there, which it was.

Bauer likes to live up in the zone, which is something he prides himself on (a la Matt Harvey).

Majority of pitches up and out of the zone.

Hitters have trouble laying off the high heat especially when it rises 10 inches vertically.

If Bauer can stay modest, open to coaching, and disciplined, there's no reason not to expect similar results against more superior lineups.

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