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Jeff Bennett, RHP, starter/reliever
  Jeff Bennett, the former flat-brimmed, flame-throwing Milwaukee right-hander has battled back from elbow surgery to pitch for the Braves. His old smoke has slowly returned in '08, and he is now dealing a hard 4-seamer and a sharp slider. Bennett has also shown a changeup to LHs, but those are rare these days. 8/30/08 CSJ

*fastball(90-95), slider(85-87), changeup(82-83)


Blaine Boyer, RHP, reliever
  Boyer has a stiff delivery that unleashes a hard 95mph fastball. His breaking pitch is a 12-6 curveball that appears to get decent bite. Blaine's mixes in a straight changeup as his offspeed pitch. Blaine does not practice magic in the offseason. 4/7/08 CSJ

*fastball(91-96), changeup(86), curve(74-75)


Jorge Campillo, RHP, reliever
  Campillo is a soft-tossing Mexican, who predictably is a little short on stuff. He features his junk; a floating changeup, tight slider, and big curve. In his 4/26 appearance, he threw fewer fastballs than each of his other offerings. 4/28/08 CSJ

*fastball(83-86), changeup(73-76), slider(80-82), curve(68-72)


Buddy Carlyle, RHP, starter/reliever
  Buddy is a pitcher. He tries to spot fastballs, break off some spinners, and pull the string on hitters. His stuff is underwhelming, but can be effective at times. His fastball sits around 90mph, flying fairly straight. He then uses a very tight slider away to RHs and inside on the hands of LHs. His changeup gets decent sink and he'll show the occasional 12-6er. 4/28/08 CSJ

*fastball(86-91), slider(81-84), changeup(76), curve


Tim Hudson, RHP, starter
  Hudson lives off of his 2-seam sinker, which is one of the best in the league. It's a pitch he can paint corners with and duck under bats. He throws a sharp slider in the low-mid 80s as his secondary pitch. Hudson's splitter is usually in the mid-80s and sinking considerably. Hudson also throws a changeup, usually a slower pitch than his split and gets standard tailing action. Hudson will also throw a slow curveball. 4/7/08 CSJ

*fastball(89-94), slider(81-87), split(81-85), changeup(79-83), curveball(72-75)


Peter Moylan, RHP, reliever
  Moylan is Australian. He is a sidearm pitcher. He throws a sweeping slider to go with a moving fastball. Moylan figured out he could bring it as a sidearm pitcher while playing in an Australian beer league. 4/7/08 CSJ

*fastball(90-95), slider(78-82)


Will Ohman, LHP, reliever
  Ohman's best pitch is his slider, and he'll throw a lot of them. His fastball is very straight and he will mix in a few changeups to RHs. 4/7/08 CSJ

*fastball(90-93), slider(80-84), changeup(80-82)


Chris Resop, RHP, reliever
  Resop shows great velocity on his fastball, but it flies very straight. His curveball is hard, gets good bite, and looks like a great pitch. Resop has also shown a low-80s changeup that gets some sink. 4/29/08 CSJ

*fastball(92-97), curve(78-82), changeup(81-82)


Royce Ring, LHP, reliever
  Ring is a fastball/slider pitcher. He has an average straight fastball and a big sweeping slider. Rumor has it, Ring had 95mph heat in college, but has lost that dominant velocity since turning pro. 4/7/08 CSJ

*slider(67-71), fastball(83-87)


John Smoltz, RHP, starter
  Smoltz has always been known for his slider and still dominates with it. He'll use the slider in on LHs, often like a cutter, or even backdoor it. To RHs, the slider gets a little more sweeping action in order to miss bats. His fastball is still hard to hit at 95mph and he mixes in plenty of splitters. He also has a slow curveball and a straight change. Smoltz' shoulder has been a problem in recent years, but he never disappoints the Braves when he takes the hill. 4/7/08 CSJ

*fastball(91-96), slider(84-90), splitter(88-90), changeup(85-86), curve(79-82)


Rafael Soriano, RHP, closer
  Soriano is a hard thrower, stolen by the Braves for Horacio Ramirez. He mixes a blazing fastball and a big slider. He does own a changeup, but usually saves it for tough LHs. 4/7/08 CSJ

*fastball(91-96), slider(83-85), change(84-86)


Jair Jurrjens, RHP, starter
  Jurrjens has three pitches, and seems to get the most out of them. His fastball doesn't overpower anyone, but he's smart with it. His second pitch of choice is his changeup which gets good sinking action, making it difficult on LHs and RHs alike. He also has a big slider that he'll use to any hitter. He seems to cock his hand funny at the bottom of his arm circle during his delivery. He can also speak English, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamentu. 5/12/08 CSJ

*fastball(87-95), changeup(81-86), slider(77-83)


Manny Acosta, RHP, closer
  Acosta is a hard throwing Panamanian, a la Mariano Rivera. He has a good fastball, albeit very straight. He has shown a sharp curveball and a fairly straight changeup to LHs. 5/21/08 CSJ

*fastball(90-96), curve(76-85), changeup(86-87)


Chuck James, LHP, starter
  James is a pitcher. He's got a legit 2-seam piece and a slide-joint. His main pitch is the changeup, which baffles and befuddles. 10/8/05 CSJ

*fastball, changeup, slider


Tom Glavine, LHP, starter
  Glavine is basically a two-pitch pitcher. He has a straight fastball and a straight changeup. He'll throw both pitches away and/or inside to any hitter. He made his HOF career by painting corners with both of these pitches. However at his current career stage, his low velocity makes these pitches almost blend together in the mid-70s to low-80s. He'll show a big overhand curveball at times, often to start at-bats. Lastly, Glavine mixes in a few cutters a game to keep RHs honest. 5/20/08 CSJ

*fastball(78-85), changeup(73-78), cutter(76-79), curve(65-73)


Jo-Jo Reyes, LHP, starter
  Jo-Jo owns a basic repertoire. He uses his straight fastball inside and outside to hitters, backing it up with a standard slider. His changeup is hard, often only 5mph slower than his fastball. Jo-Jo also mixes in a few slow curveballs. Yo Jo. 5/20/08 CSJ

*fastball(87-92), slider(79-82), changeup(81-82), curve(72)


Julian Tavarez, RHP, reliever
  Julian features his running fastball and sinking changeup. His slider does not appear to have the bite it once did, often hanging in the zone. He also mixes in splitters, but they are rarer and rarer. The splitter is harder than his changeup, often diving into the dirt. 8/30/08 CSJ

*fastball(91), slider(80-81), changeup, splitter


Mike Gonzalez, LHP, closer
  Gonzalez had been losing velocity for years, so surgery may have been his best option. Now he's bringing a 93mph fastball consistently, and busting RHs inside with his slider. He is also dropping in a slow curveball and letting up on a few straight changeups. If he keeps pitching like he has in late '08, trading Adam LaRoche for him was an absolulte steal. 8/30/08 CSJ

*fastball(93-94), slider(80-83), curve(75-77), changeup(82)



 


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