Last night’s scouting report against Dustin McGowan on TV was:
- Overpowering Fastball & Curve
- Mixes in Slider
- Matured Into Consistent Starter (uhhh….thanks)
#2 is is 100% incorrect and no real scout would ever tell you that. Dustin has thrown almost twice as many sliders this year and last– they have been in the zone more often and a far more effective pitch.
I would also like to call attention to this Yahoo scouting report on A.J. Burnett for tomorrow, which is really far better than I would ever bother to do with pitch f/x.
Toronto Blue Jays starter A.J. Burnett’s curveball has not been the same this season after he broke a nail on his pitching hand while slamming it in a door during spring training. Opposing batters are hitting .313 and slugging .438 against his curve after only batting just .107 and slugging .151 against it last season. Hitters have missed Burnett’s hammer just 30 percent of the time, as opposed to missing on 52 percent of their swings last season. Burnett starts against the Royals tonight.
That pretty much wraps it up in a neat little package. I wholeheartedly encourage you to subscribe to this daily, free, scouting service, and/or send large amounts of money directly to whomever could be devoting such highly intelligent insight and endless effort to provide this sort of priceless information. I commend you, whomever you are, extremely talented and unheralded sir.