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  1. Its the delivery. He almost wraps the ball around his back leg as he loads up. Makes it look likes it is coming out of his ear.

    Comment by Darren — June 12, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

  2. Big fan of these animated GIFs for short snippets of video, nicely done.

    Comment by Subversive — June 12, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

  3. Thanks for the article! Nice work!

    Comment by markatoolio — June 13, 2012 @ 7:20 am

  4. Per the Pitch f/x charts, his 2 seamer has over a 93 mph avg, his 4 seamer is around 92. That’s impressive, and a bit unusual. That tailing action on his 2 seamer is sharp, while the lack of sink has led to a high FB rate as well (his IFFB% is a ridiculous 30%!). Looks like he’s tough for a lefty to pick up, plus his unique movement allows him to work up in the zone with effectiveness.

    Comment by DD — June 13, 2012 @ 9:10 am

  5. Trainwreck mechanics. Great stuff but he won’t last long.

    Comment by John — June 13, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  6. The pitches are being misclassified or he’s talking some off his 4-seamer, as a get-me-over pitch, down in the count. Would like to see the peak velos.

    Comment by John — June 13, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  7. Sure, but you could say that for more than half of the guys out there who pitch out of the bullpen.

    Comment by baty — June 13, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  8. I agree, it’s the delivery/arm angle that “hides” the baseball and creates lots of lateral movement. I’ve watched all his save chances and the guy seems unhittable. Look how late Hamilton swings vs. Frieri:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21983193&c_id=mlb
    In contrast, look at Andrew Cashner’s 100MPH FB, and it seems hitters have more time to react compared to Frieri’s 93MPH FB…
    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=21648791&c_id=mlb

    Comment by eliasll — June 13, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  9. Give it about a year, he will slowly become more and more hittable. His delivery will be figured out in the AL by the end of the year.

    Comment by PadresFan — June 13, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

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