24 Responses

  1. Charles Brown
    Charles Brown May 26, 2010 at 8:48 am |

    Good piece, thanks for the information. Very detailed. Best case, Hobgood is a John Lackey/Matt Cain type. Although he looks more like a Kevin Millwood/Brad Penny type, which, would still be nice to have.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan May 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm |

      No problem, glad you enjoyed it. Lackey seems like a good comparison for Hobgood, both have nasty curves.

  2. Mike Newman
    Mike Newman May 26, 2010 at 9:51 am |

    Can you say Sidney Ponson? LOL!

    1. Jordan
      Jordan May 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm |

      Haha! I have a feeling I’ll be seeing that comp a lot.

  3. Doug from DE
    Doug from DE May 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm |

    Thats the kind of piece i love. Glad i found this site

    1. Jordan
      Jordan May 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm |

      Thanks! Glad you liked it.

  4. Greg Embert
    Greg Embert May 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm |

    Excellent scouting report. I love how the video accompanies the text,gives the reader a nice visual to enhance your observations. Great job, Jordan!

    1. Jordan
      Jordan May 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm |

      Thanks Greg! I’ll be sure to include more video along with text in the future. Thanks for the comment + feedback!

  5. Ruth
    Ruth May 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm |

    I learned a lot from your piece on Hobgood and never really knew pitching could be so technical. Thanks for educating me in a way that’s easy for me to understand!

    1. Jordan
      Jordan May 26, 2010 at 11:09 pm |


  6. DoubleB
    DoubleB May 26, 2010 at 11:33 pm |

    Another great scouting report. The gifs really made this a good piece to read, thanks.

    Are you posting any other reports soon?

  7. Bruce
    Bruce June 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm |

    Jordan, I really enjoyed your report. As others have mentioned, your use of the video was very helpful and enhanced understanding your points. This was really great. How do you know when a pitcher is throwing a two seam fastball vs the four seam. Can you see this simply by watching the video? Also, is it difficult for a pitcher to change his release point? Could MLB batters distinguish between Matt’s pitches fairly easily based on his current mechanics?

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 5, 2010 at 10:41 pm |

      Thanks, Bruce.

      Four seam fastballs are usually 2-4 mph faster than a two seamer, and two seam fastballs have much more movement and sink. You should be able to see the difference in the two clips. The two seam fastball has some fading action in on right handed hitters and away from lefties.

      Some pitcher are able to make adjustments better than others. But, it also depends on one team they are playing for. Different teams are more hesitant to tinker with mechanics than others.

      Right now, he’s only pitching against minor league hitters meaning they don’t have the video or advanced scouting that they will have once he reaches the majors. I suspect that if he doesn’t change anything, yes, some players may be able to pick up whether he is about to throw a curveball or a fastball.

  8. Brian
    Brian June 6, 2010 at 5:56 pm |

    great report

  9. Don
    Don June 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm |

    Jordan…I saw this issue even before scrolling down. His slot is even different from the 2 seam and four seam. He fails to repeat his follow through on all pitches. This could indicate that he has small differences in his setup inlcuding glove height, distance from glove to chest and even bad higher level hitters can pick this up.

    But… Even guys I played with in double AA could pick up pitches, but they still hit .200 and never advanced any higher. Every pitcher has tells, but if every hitter would exploit it they would all be hitting +.300.

  10. Don
    Don June 11, 2010 at 1:47 pm |

    His plant times very well with his release, which keeps momentum movement from placing stress on the arm.

    His loading phase has the elbow below the shoulder plain and mimicks actions that are repeatable without placing stress on the shoulder.

    His follow through get great momentum and downward force. Even though it is 3/4, he still gets on top of the ball. I would want him to make the perminate slot in his current curveball angle. This would promote a higher point of release to really work a down plane angle and get on top of hitters.

    Watching this I have to give credit to his pitching coach. Whoever taught this kid watched hours of Roger Clemens as his planting, “W”, are very similar. He is worth the price of admission and tweaking a few things make me feel Jordan hit it right with this kid. His size and makeup could really make him a top or mid-rotation starter.

  11. Sam Diego
    Sam Diego June 17, 2010 at 2:00 am |

    Sweet site. Go O’s

  12. Dave T
    Dave T June 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm |

    Great site Jordan,very well done.I’m still not sold on this guy though.I think that 91-93 mph on his four seemer is pretty low for a supposed power pitcher.I know the radar gun is’nt everything,but for where we took him in the draft it leaves me scratching my head a bit.Knowing how to pitch is definatley more important,and I heard his fast ball decribed as “heavy” but still 91-93 is very average.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan June 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm |

      Thanks, Dave. Of course this was based off of a spring training appearance, where everyone’s velocity is down. Apparently his velocity is still down this season, so it is somewhat concerning.

  13. Karl of Delaware
    Karl of Delaware July 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm |

    Jordan, That scouting report on Hobgood with the videos of each pitch is super! Can you do this for a few more pitchers who are Oriole prospects? I’d like to see a similiar report on Brent Allar, who really is fun to watch – he had four innings of no hit relief last night (7/6).

    1. Jordan
      Jordan July 8, 2010 at 12:26 am |

      Thanks, Karl. I apologize for the delayed response, for some reason your comment was marked as spam (automatically). Unfortunately, I don’t have video of Allar from behind the plate. Allar is certainly fun to watch, when he’s on he’s special. I may write up a report like this one on Jake Cowan in the next couple weeks if I have some time.

      1. Tim
        Tim July 8, 2010 at 12:42 am |

        Jordan, Jake hasn’t pitched since mid May. Are you aware of an upcoming return?

        1. Jordan
          Jordan July 8, 2010 at 12:46 am |

          Haven’t heard a thing, which isn’t a good sign. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him miss the rest of the season. Has had elbow injuries in the past, but his current injury is a shoulder problem, I believe. Let me see if I can find the link.