July 20, 2019

Aroldis Chapman’s Fantastic Pitch f/x

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The last time I tried to copy and paste a graph from Texas Leaguers Pitch f/x database, the information didn’t translate.  Let’s see if this works.

Here is supposed to be the side angle of Aroldis Chapman pitches from his Major League debut two nights ago.  Notice the excellent tumbling, downward action of his offerings.

On the next graph, we’ll see the bird’s eye view showing how his pitches move away from lefties and right at right-handed batters’ kitchens.

I’m very impressed by that movement.  Marvelous.  It looks like he plants his tall frame on the far left of the pitcher’s rubber and paints the black with his four-seamer, while burying the cutter and slider into the right-handed batter’s box.

This is a world-class ability to combine excellent vertical drops and outstanding lateral pitch control with average velocity on fourseam fastballs of 102 mph cut fastballs and sliders at 89 mph.

The time for Aroldis is now.  Osh is the only person I’ve ever met who really dislikes the Reds, and he’s totally psyched about Chapman.  He’s and Astros fan who happened to have Aroldis Chapman on his fantasy team’s bench all season.  Everyone who likes the game should appreciate watching exciting performances from rare talents.  As we’ve seen from the careers of so many flamed out flamethrowers, let’s try to enjoy this while we can.

These two are definitely
not speaking English

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