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Article: Vance Worley and developing pitches

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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:37 PM

You can view the page at http://twinsdaily.co...eloping-pitches

"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." -- Jim Bouton, "Ball Four"

#2 jay


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

RE: PitchF/X -- "It’s tough to go off of what other guys do because it everybody is different."

While this is certainly true, you'd think the Twins could aggregate data for similar pitchers and it would be useful. He's not the only righthander in the league with a 90mph fastball that works off his command. The sample size would be a lot better than just looking at what he has personally done.

#3 ashburyjohn


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:39 AM

Success depends greatly on not tipping pitches, and perhaps that is never more true than on the change. Good batters will detect a difference in your delivery, so of course you can't throw a change-up by easing up on the gas or anything major like that. Maybe a Ted Williams can spot the different placement in the hand on a circle-change, but against human batters that or something similar seems like the way to go.

I really enjoy reading these deeply introspective interviews with players. When I've asked old-timers on panels to "scout themselves as a player", 9 times out of 10 they'll say something on a par with "don't walk him, heh heh heh". And young players have an incentive not to say anything that might benefit an opponent, so I don't seem to run across a lot of interviews like this one. But it's great, and leads me to believe that current players are better students of the game than ever before, contrary to the narrative some grouchy fans would like to pass off.

#4 Mike Sixel

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

Great stuff.

#5 Monkeypaws


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:12 AM

Thanks Parker - it's interesting to get inside a pitcher's head.