Note: This is a game scouting report from Jake Arrieta‘s major league debut on June 10, 2010 vs. the New York Yankees.
I charted Jake Arrieta’s major league debut using an excel spreadsheet that automatically calculates these values. If you’d like me to send you the excel sheet, shoot me an email using the contact form in the navigation bar and I’ll attach the document in my response.
|Pitch Type*||#||%||Strikes||Balls||Strike %||Avg. Velocity||High||Low|
|FB||64||60.4%||41||23||64.1%||93.8 mph||96 mph||91 mph|
|CB||11||10.4%||5||6||45.5%||78.8 mph||81 mph||76 mph|
|CH||13||12.3%||10||3||76.9%||86.6 mph||89 mph||84 mph|
|SL||10||9.4%||5||5||50.0%||83.7 mph||86 mph||82 mph|
*Arrieta intentionally walked 2 batters, and those pitches are not factored into this chart.
Game Line: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Arrieta picked up the win in what was a solid overall debut. Allowing just 4 hits, striking out 6 and walking 2 batters, Arrieta carried over his success from Norfolk. For those of you who watched the game, Arrieta’s stuff looked nasty and it was only a matter of him throwing strikes. Arrieta struck out one batter on a changeup, two on fastballs and three on sliders. His slider is his true out pitch, but he didn’t throw it as much as I expected. Arrieta’s fastball command is what’s really going to determine whether he becomes a #2 starter or a #3, and I’m comfortable saying that he will become at least a #3, barring injury.
- a lot of movement in on right handed bitters
- was able to throw strikes consistently, control is improved, but the command is not there
- had trouble commanding it, but did a nice job keeping it down in the zone
- flashed above-average potential
- flashed plus, a ton of movement away from righties
- was able to command his slider better than his curve
- this was the best I’ve seen Arrieta’s change
- 6-8 mph difference from fastball