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  1. I’m sure I’m not the only one who was completely shocked by the numbers he’s put up over the last couple years, but how many high contact/low k/9 pitchers are able to sustain that for 5 years? Isn’t that kind of Washburn/Guthrie/Tommy Hunter territory?

    Comment by Impossibles — January 17, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

  2. As said in the article he is not a soft-toss LH pitcher as he has a plus-FB and a solid changeup. He is said to be adding a slider that he needs for more Ks. That k/9 number should increase if this pitch is added…

    Comment by Aggie E — January 17, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

  3. Washburn/Guthrie/Hunter or Hudson/Maddux/Blyleven/Kevin Brown/Gaylor Perry?

    True, Maddux is an outlier and Perry was a different type of pitcher. But high contact/low K/9 pitchers can be successful. High contact/low K/9 throwers cannot. I tend to think that Harrison is more of a pitcher.

    Comment by Matt — January 17, 2013 @ 2:35 pm

  4. @Mr. Moore, Sinker? I’ve not watched much of his pitching but his player page clssifies none of his pitches as sinkers. His biggest 2012 change was within his fastball offerings. He threw more two seamers then before Does his two seamer sink. @Aggie, Has his slider dissappeared the last two years in favor of the curve. Pitch/Fx and Pitch type disagree. I’m gonna guess it’s a slider since it averages 6 ticks below his fastball. His stats have him about 27% four seamer, 36% two seamer, 15% curves, 8% siders and 14% changeup. His LOB% might stay good as well. 1/4 stolen base attempts against last year along with 3 pickoffs which makes for cautious leads at 1rst base. Low wild pitch and passed ball attempts atttempts help. I still see a skill set capable of a 75% LOB%.

    Comment by Spit Ball — January 17, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

  5. This article ties so much of his value to his sinkers. Please Clarify because HE DOES NOT THROW A SINKER. Fangraphs is usually data based and you credit a pitcher with throwing a pitch he does not. His biggest change last year was throwing more two seamers then four seamers. If he does not throw a sinker, you do realize how lazy your article is, don’t you.

    Comment by Spit Ball — January 17, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

  6. Two Seamer is a Sinker..

    Comment by l1ay — January 17, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

  7. Sinkers and two-seamers are often interchangeable on the player pages. Get lost, troll.

    Comment by Mr. Jones — January 17, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

  8. Harrison has had a very number of double plays (21.7% in 12) the last 2 yrs which contrubted to his high LOB %. Probaly more luck than skill!

    Comment by Jthom17 — January 17, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

  9. if by luck you mean possibly the best 3B/SS/2B defense combo

    Comment by jim — January 17, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

  10. I’m not a troll and they are not the same pitch. Similiar grip different release and spin. I just watched video on him and that’s not a sinker. Certainly not a D Lowe or Halladay sinker. But thank you for pointing out how some of the pitch fx data is wrong. I had no idea MR. Jones (eyes roll).

    Comment by Spit Ball — January 17, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

  11. Let’s blame a pitcher and call it luck for pitching to his team’s strengths. Gotcha.

    Comment by l1ay — January 17, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

  12. Harrison has some other good traits such as a good move to first and decent defense

    Comment by David — January 19, 2013 @ 9:54 am

  13. The answer is a heavy reliance on his two-seam fastball, a pitch that has a ton of horizontal movement. Over the past two seasons, David Price is the only pitcher that gets more horizontal movement from his two-seam fastball than Matt Harrison — who gets 11.5 inches of movement. This includes right-handed pitchers, as Max Scherzer‘s -11.3 tops the league for righties during this time frame. Even considering sinkers, which can often be labeled two-seamers and vice versa, Harrison still sits behind only Price in horizontal movement. It is no surprise that his two-seam pitch values, according to PITCHf/x, have been his highest on a per pitch and total base since the start of 2011.The heavier reliance on his two-seamer, he now throws it over 43% of the time compared to 33% last season and under 30% the season before, has allowed him to improve his ground ball rate from 46.6% to 47.5% to this year’s 52.1%, a very good strategy with one of the league’s top defensive infields playing behind him.”

    Comment by snowcourt — January 20, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

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