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Justin Verlander / RHP / starter

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Verlander can be successful simply by using his dominant 4-seam fastball and sharp 12 to 6 curveball, two pitches that rank among the best in baseball. Beyond that however, Verlander is still improving and has built a decent repertoire of tertiary pitches. He can get some movement on a low 90s 2-seamer, a pitch that he tries to get quick groundouts with. Verlander seems to be more and more confident in his changeup as his career progresses and has added a tight slider.

Justin appears to finally be capitalizing on his potential by putting together a full year of dominant strikeout pitching in 2009. 9/28/09 CSJ

*4-seam fastball(93-99), 2-seam fastball(91-93), curve(77-84), change(84-86), slider(89-91)

 

Jose Valverde / RHP / closer

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Valverde is a fastball/splitter pitcher. He shows television viewers his split grip at the bottom of his arm circle. Sometimes his splitter will dive, and sometimes it will just float in like a changeup. He experimented with a cutter in 2007 and used to throw some sliders. Valverde's fastball will often sail out of control towards home plate, making for many nervous nights closing games. On nights when he's successful, and the job is done, that's when the real antics begin. 9/6/10 CSJ

*fastball(94-98), splitter(85-90)

Jeremy Bonderman / RHP / starter

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The Bondo Show has a simple repertoire. He relies on his heavy, moving fastball and his big breaking slider. He has lost about 4 to 5 mph of velocity since 2007, and has suffered because of it. His slider still breaks a ton, but hitters have an easier time laying off. Every year he claims he is working on his changeup, and he probably is, but he has never been able to comfortably throw it. He'll usually try it early in games, and then scrap it as soon as it sails on him a couple times.

Bondo Show gets his nickname from his childish antics that include giving a fake flip of the bird to a television camera and blowing off his old manager, Alan Trammell. 8/24/10 CSJ

*fastball(84-91), slider(75-83), changeup(79-84)

Bobby Seay / LHP / reliever

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Seay throws from a 3/4 arm angle, making it tough for LH hitters. He has a sweeping slider and a 90mph fastball. In the past he has shown a changeup, and may use it occasionally when facing RHs. 5/22/09 CSJ

*fastball(87-93), slider(77-81), changeup

Brad Thomas / LHP / reliever

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*fastball(89-92), slider(82-83)

Zach Miner / RHP / reliever

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Miner has an excellent changeup, and will use it like most pitchers use their breaking ball. He'll throw it as his strikeout pitch to both LH and RH hitters. The pitch gets good sink and tail with good deception. Miner will use his fastball to get ahead. Miner has shown a slider and curveball at times. 5/2/08 CSJ

*fastball(88-92), changeup(79-82), slider(83), curve

Rick Porcello / RHP / starter

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After being drafted out of high school in New Jersey, Porcello only threw one season of professional baseball before winning a starting job with the Tigers. Porcello made the majors with a low 90s, tailing fastball and excellent control. His 1 to 7 curveball isn't bad either, and he's even showing a good changeup. Porcello also has a slider that he started throwing often in the beginning of 2010. However, that pitch has been all but scrapped after his early season struggles. He'll obviously have some tough outings in his first few years in the big leagues, but he may be able to add a few mph as he progresses. 9/6/10 CSJ

*fastball(88-96), curve(72-76), changeup(81-84), slider(82-87)

Phil Coke / LHP / setup reliever

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Phil Coke has shown very good velocity at times, and physically looks like a young Ron Villone. Coke deals a low to mid 90s fastball and a sharp slider. As a lefthander, this has proven to be very effective major league stuff. He battled through what looked like a tired arm early in 2009, and has since put up some excellent numbers as a setup reliever. Coke was drafted out of San Joaquin Delta College in California. 9/6/10 CSJ

*fastball(92-97), slider(82-86), changeup(83-85)

Ryan Perry / RHP / reliever

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Perry is a hard throwing righthander from the University of Arizona, and 2008 first round pick. He can touch the upper-90s with his fastball and mix in mid-80s sliders. Unfortunately, Perry doesn't exactly know where these pitches are headed, and he's walked too many batters in his first major league season. 5/1/09 CSJ

*fastball(90-97), slider(85-86), changeup(83)

Daniel Schlereth / LHP / reliever

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*fastball(90-92), curve(79)

Eddie Bonine / RHP / reliever

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Bonine appears to be a standard long reliever, until he breaks out his knuckleball. Eddie will use his knuckleball as a strikeout pitch or anytime that he is ahead in the count. He also mixes in a slider, curveball, and fastball. 8/24/10 CSJ

*fastball(87-89), knuckleball(79-82), slider(81), curve(74), changeup(79-83)

Joel Zumaya / RHP / reliever

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Zumaya can be a dominant force on the mound. He owns a fastball that sits in the upper-90s and can touch 100 mph. His second pitch is a curveball that can truly buckle a batter's knees after he sees a few 99 mph fastballs. Zumaya will also show a few changeups. After a few years of being injury prone, Zumaya is looking to bounce back in 2009. 5/1/09 CSJ

*fastball(97-100), curve(81-82), changeup(85-87)


 


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