Devin Mesoraco: Pull-Hitter Extraordinaire

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Shuffling through 10 different catchers since the start the 2008 season, the Cincinnati Reds have patiently waited for Devin Mesoraco‘s touted bat to blossom at the major league level, and their patience has been rewarded this season. The organization’s first-rounder back in 2007 struts a .304/.375/.609 batting line and 2.9 fWAR (second-highest among catchers with at least […]

Jose Quintana’s Curveball-Driven Success

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Though he was not present at Tuesday night’s 85th All-Star game at Target Field, Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana has sure performed like an all-pro of late. Over his last five starts spanning 35.2 innings, the 6-foot-2 Colombian southpaw has pitched to a 1.51 earned run average and 0.84 WHIP (third and fifth-best, respectively, in the […]

Felix Hernandez’s Filthy, Filthy Changeup

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Felix Hernandez lowered his league-best fielding independent pitching to 2.02 Friday evening thanks to his eight-inning, nine-strikeout, two-earned run performance against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field — marking the 28-year-old right-hander’s eleventh consecutive start in which he logged at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs to the opposition. Since his streak […]

Falling Behind to Matt Adams: A Pitcher’s Worst Nightmare

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As the St. Louis Cardinals continue their surge up the National League Central totem pole — they’re two games out of first place after their 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh Wednesday evening – Matt Adams continues to pour on the production from the middle of Mike Matheny’s lineup, leading the roster in batting average (.335), slugging percentage (.538), […]

Matt Garza’s New Fastball Approach

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Matt Garza tossed his first complete-game shutout in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform Saturday afternoon at Great American Ballpark, administering two walks, striking out nine while holding the Cincinnati Reds to just two hits over 111 total pitches thrown. The performance generated a game score of 90 — his best mark since July 26, 2010 (92), when […]

Joe Mauer Headed to DL After Flailing Against Lefties

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Joe Mauer exited Minnesota’s Wednesday-evening matchup against the Royals with a right oblique strain, and according to sources has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The injury originated from a swing at some point during the contest, with Mauer describing the sensation to FOX Sports North’s Tyler Mason as feeling like he had been “shot”. […]

Checking in on Chris Sale’s Changeup

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With the month of July here, enough games have been completed for us to make legitimate assessments on some of those early player trends that revealed themselves earlier in the season. Chris Sale fits these category of players, as the 25-year-old southpaw has one trend still going for him: He’s mixing in his changeup more than ever […]

Max Scherzer’s Fastball Movement Baffles Hitters in Zone

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Max Scherzer‘s baseline numbers this season (114 ERA+, 1.25 WHIP) have been a far cry from what he produced during his Cy Young award-winning campaign in 2013 (144 ERA+, 0.97 WHIP) with the Detroit Tigers, but his outing Saturday against the Houston Astros gave us all a glimpse into how he’s maintained a steady strikeout […]

Garrett Richards’ Inside Heat Baffles Hitters in June

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Alec Dopp is a scouting intern with Perfect Game USA and also covers the Milwaukee Brewers’ minor league system for Brew Crew Ball. A senior at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in the fall, @alecdopp is his Twitter handle. Garrett Richards has been efficient beyond what most probably would have expected in his first full-time stint in […]

Offspeed Stuff No Longer Fooling Jose Altuve

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As the Houston Astros’ farm system continues to flourish with Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers and Brady Aiken (just to name a few) now in the fold, Jose Altuve – a former top prospect himself — continues to make strides to his game offensively. Owner of a .336/.377/.444 slash line (all career-best marks) and .361 weighted on-base average that ranks first among qualified big […]