06-13-2014, 12:47 PM #41
So if you define "pitch to contact" as throwing in the strike zone, it can be successful. I think this is actually what Anderson means by "pitch to contact" -- throwing it in the zone. I don't think he ever meant it to be throw it in a location and in a manner in which opposing batters can hit it at an extraordinarily high rate.
Unfortunately Twin pitchers frequently haven't executed it well. That's why seeing Hughes have a good season is fun. Control plus velocity.
Would be great if Berrios could emulate that.
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06-13-2014, 12:55 PM #42
The phrase "pitch to contact" needs to go away forever. Nobody wants the opposition to put wood on the ball every time. That's preposterous. Limiting walks and keeping pitch counts low has its merits.
I don't like most of the Twins' pitching acquisitions over the past decade but when they've had talent, they haven't told anyone to stop striking out hitters. The problem is that they kept acquiring people who weren't very good at throwing baseballs.
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06-13-2014, 04:35 PM #43
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I already said Kohl Stewart was next Zach Lee. Did you know who was Zach Lee?
Baseball America experts and ESPN expert said Lee would be frontline arm in the future in his first year. But Lee was incredibly overrated prospect at that time because he couldn’t miss bats. Right now, Lee still has that upside? NO, he just has workhorse upside.
Experts also said Kohl Stewart had frontline potential last year. But his stat line was more ugly than Lee at the same stage. His SIERA was 4.20. His BABIP was .236. Look his vedio, hitters make VERY HARD CONTACT on him, he couldn’t whiff anyone. A groundball pitcher who can’t miss bats has ACE ceiling? Give a name, ok?
Player Development? So, Shelby Miller didn’t develope, Archie Bradley didn’t develope? Why they could miss crazy bats but Kohl Stewart couldn’t? That was an excuse for me.
A young pitching prospect has control or command problem is not a serious problem, but a young pitching prospect has VERY LOW K/9 is a BIG problem.
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06-14-2014, 12:22 PM #45
The problem is talent, not pitch to contact. And I say that as a person who's not particularly fond of Rick Anderson as a pitching coach.
06-14-2014, 12:24 PM #46