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  1. If Sheets is going to have success going forward he is going to need a decent changeup.

    Comment by Josh M — July 16, 2012 @ 11:22 am

  2. I think this post is actually about a cutter, and not a change up.

    Comment by Andrew — July 16, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  3. I say that based on this comment from Braves radio man Jim Powell (who was with the Brewers for Sheets’s entire MIL tenure)

    http://twitter.com/Jim_Powell/status/224849164150915074

    Comment by Andrew — July 16, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  4. To make the graph easier to read, you can sort by pitch type on Texas Leaguers at the top of the page (next to the date cutoffs). Now the strike zone chart looks like this: http://pitchfx.texasleaguers.com/charts/gen/2826562012070120120715AAACHlocation.png

    Comment by Bryz — July 16, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  5. Always thought this guy was underrated

    Comment by Don Draper — July 16, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

  6. Sheets whiffed 5, not 10. I’m rooting for him, hope his elbow doesn’t blow up…

    Comment by Ralph — July 16, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  7. 10 swing and misses doesn’t always result in 10 K’s…think about it for a minute.

    Comment by David — July 16, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

  8. I also believe it’s a cutter. It has lateral movement rather than the downward movement of a changeup. It would make sense to throw this to right handers to get them to roll over on it rather than swing and miss.

    Sheets joked when he first threw a bullpen session for the Braves that Fredi Gonzalez said all his pitches looked good, even the cutter, which is definitely a new addition. Sheets clearly thought Fredi was full of doggy doo doo, as Jack Horner would say.

    Comment by Sebastian — July 16, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  9. 84 would be a pretty slow cutter for a guy throwing 91fb.

    Comment by John — July 16, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

  10. Answer…

    Some of that 21.6% are change-ups and some of those (the faster ones) are his cutter.

    He used to go 92fb/84ch, for that ideal -8.

    His change wouldn’t have added 1.5mph.

    Comment by John — July 16, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

  11. Yeah, I saw whiff and thought K, since that’s pretty common usage.

    Comment by Ralph — July 16, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  12. watching the game, i thought that pitch was kind of a show-me slider that didn’t slide much. regardless, if he can get his fastball velocity up to 93 consistently, which he tickled a couple times sunday, he’s still got a nasty enough curve that he won’t need a polished third offering to be effective. he was very impressive, especially control-wise, for having endured such a long layoff.

    Comment by midgley's folly — July 16, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

  13. Agree with most others here. Maybe a four seam changeup that he cut or slider or cutter. Either way it wasn’t impressive but he did throw it for strikes.

    Comment by Englishman Who Lost His Beard — July 16, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

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