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Heath Bell / RHP / closer

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Heath Bell is a big dude and brings big heat. He throws a hard, heavy fastball and a hard breaking ball. He doesn't usually fool anyone, batters know what's coming and he challenges them. His breaking ball gets lots of downward movement, so I'll call it a curveball. He has been known to try a few changeups and has even tried a split-finger pitch, but any off-speed offering is rare. Bell has gone from Omar Minaya castoff to one of the top relief pitchers in the game. 4/1/09 CSJ

*fastball(90-95), curve(76-82), changeup(83)

 

Mat Latos / RHP / starter

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Mat Latos was an 11th round draft pick out of Broward College in 2006, and has dominated professional hitters since then.

Latos has a classic pitcher's frame. He's tall, lean, and uses his height to throw the ball downhill, creating a difficult hitting angle. Latos doesn’t use his legs to drive towards home plate, preferring to just fall towards the batter and let gravity do the work. This makes his delivery looks a little uncomfortable, since he isn’t using enough of his body to support his tattooed arm.

Latos tries to work the corners with a fastball that flies in the low-mid 90s. He has shown the ability to pitch consistently at 92-94 MPH, yet save two or three more MPH for the David Wrights of the world. When thrown glove side, the fastball often gets some natural cutting action, which can make the pitch sail off the plate.

Mat's strikeout pitch is his 12-6 curveball. The curve acts like a true drop ball, falling straight down as it approaches home plate, getting very little horizontal movement.

Latos rounds out his three-pitch repertoire with a straight change-up. He's not afraid to use the change-up, but he hasn't shown me great command of it yet. He has a tendency to pull it towards his glove side, which like the fastball, can get some natural cut.

Latos doesn’t look like the most athletic guy out there, but I have noticed him covering first base properly, and has fielded a throw from the second baseman, making me think he’s capable of fielding his position. 8/13/09 CSJ

*fastball(91-96), curve(78-83), changeup(78-86)

Kevin Correia / RHP / starter

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Correia's best offering appears to be his fastball, a pitch that he tinkers with often. He can make it sink and tail, cut to his glove side, or fly in with a 4-seam "rise". As a starter, he'll mix in two different breaking pitches; a downward breaking slider and a big 12-6 curve. When relieving, Correia seems to ditch the curveball. Kevin's fourth pitch is his changeup. 4/16/09 CSJ

*fastball(88-92), slider(81-86), changeup(81-84), curve(74-77)

Luke Gregerson / RHP / setup reliever

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Gregerson is the ultimate sinker/slider pitcher. His fastball moves all over the place, sometimes uncontrollably. He showed plenty of promise in the Cardinals organization, moving up the minor league ladder quickly. 7/31/09 CSJ

*fastball(87-92), slider(80-84), changeup(80-81)

Luis Perdomo / RHP / reliever

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Perdomo has shown promise as a reliever in the minors. He slings a sinking fastball that can induce groundballs, but he has trouble commanding it at times. His slider looks like a pitch that can miss bats. 4/16/09 CSJ

*fastball(88-91), slider(83-86)

Aaron Poreda / LHP / reliever

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Poreda was one of the White Sox' top prospects. He is lefthanded and touches 95 MPH with his fastball. He'll use a slider and changeup, but neither pitch looks promising right now. 6/18/09 CSJ

*fastball(91-95), slider(77-79), changeup(77)

Adam Russell / RHP / reliever

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*fastball(92-95), changeup(83), slider(81)

Mike Adams / RHP / reliever

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Mike Adams continues to post good numbers at the major league level. He owns a decent fastball, but his success comes from mixing in his plus secondary offerings. First, he throws two different spinners. I'll call his hard breaking ball a slider; it has high-80s velocity and can resemble a cutter at times. His slower breaking ball is about 80 MPH and gets more downward break; I'll call it a curve. Adams appears to have improved his changeup in 2009, and is mixing in more and more of those. 7/31/09 CSJ

*fastball(90-94), slider(85-89), curve(78-81), changeup(82-83)

Clayton Richard / LHP / starter

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Richard is your typical lefty. He throws a tailing fastball around 90 MPH and mixes in multiple changeups. He'll also show a good amount of sliders and curves. Clayton is a former Michigan quarterback. 6/18/09 CSJ

*fastball(88-94), changeup(78-84), slider(79-85), curve(75-79)

Edward Mujica / RHP / reliever

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Mujica is a hard throwing Venezuelan. He has a low-90s heater that flies fairly straight and a biting slider. He can rack up some Ks, but has also been banged around a bit in the majors. 6/5/09 CSJ

*fastball(89-94), slider(82-85), splitter(86-88)

Chris Young / RHP / starter

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Chris Young is tall and throws lots of fastballs. In fact, he throws a ridiculous amount of fastballs while very rarely breaking 90 mph. Then he occasionally will throw some sliders that seem to get average movement. Young shows a straight changeup at times and will also throw a couple slow curveballs per game. Chris Young was also the first male athlete to win the Ivy League Rookie of the Year Award in two different sports. 6/5/09 CSJ

*fastball(85-89), slider(75-79), curve(68-70), changeup(74-79)

Ryan Webb / RHP / reliever

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*fastball(92-95), slider(84-88)

Cesar Ramos / LHP / reliever

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*fastball(91-96), curve(75-76), changeup(85)

Joe Thatcher / LHP / reliever

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Thatcher is a lefthander that throws from a 3/4 arm angle. His fastball gets some wild movement, while his slider sweeps out of the hitting zone. Thatcher can be very effective against LHs. 9/16/09 CSJ

*fastball(86-89), slider(75-78)


 


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