Wednesday, May 18, 2011
From the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson:
Marlins pitcher Javier Vazquez's fastball is at the lowest average velocity in his career (88.2 mph, down from 91.1 two years ago, according to fangraphs.com). But one scout said the bigger issue is "his breaking ball is flat. There's no life." When batters swing at his pitches out of the strike zone, they are making contact 85.9 percent of the time this season, compared with 51.2 two years ago. Overall, Vasquez is getting swings and misses just 9.5 percent of all pitches swung at, compared with 26.7 two years ago.