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Old 11-19-2013, 05:21 PM
blandman blandman is offline
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Originally Posted by mzh View Post
If you want to go into some advanced metrics, Quintana actually had the 9th most valuable fastball in all of baseball according to Pitch f/x. I'd call that a pretty plus pitch.
It's the deception that causes it.

This is the big problem with taking data and analyzing it without understanding circumstance. You have a pitch that's effective, but his ability to control it at high velocity and good movement is not as effective as you would assume based on the Pitch f/x numbers, which are through the roof compared to what he's bringing. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but it's not as good as the numbers indicate. And long-term it's not sustainable production...or at least it's usually not sustainable. Calling it a plus pitch isn't really true to what that actually means.