The Arizona Fall League has several stadiums that have the Pitch F/X system installed in them and this year the team that the Cincinnati Reds players are on plays in one of those stadiums. Today we are going to take a look at the two right handed relievers out in Arizona.

Ben Klimesh

Let’s take a quick look at the raw data first.

Player Pitch Avg Velo Top Velo Usage
Ben Klimesh Fastball 93.4 94.7 48%
Ben Klimesh Slider 84.8 85.8 52%

It’s worth noting that this is only from one game worth of data, so clearly small sample size alerts need to be flashing. The right hander averaged over 93 MPH with his fastball and topped out at 95 MPH. He threw his slider more often than his fastball in his one outing with the Pitch F/X camera rolling.

There is more to a pitch than just velocity though. Movement matters as well. Klimesh throws a 4-seam fastball that “rises” nearly 11 inches (the pitch technically doesn’t rise since it is thrown on a downhill plane, but it has 11 inches of “rise” compared to a ball thrown with no spin, which creates the illusion of the rise based on the plane). On the horizontal plane the pitch averaged just less than five inches of movement. While rising fastballs do have less horizontal movement, five inches is a little below-average. His slider is more of a pure slider with downward action rather than some of the more sweeping sliders that some guys throw that are more slurves.

Carlos Gonzalez

Here is the raw data for Gonzalez:

Player Pitch Avg Velo Top Velo Usage
Carlos Gonzalez Fastball 92.9 94.6 82%
Carlos Gonzalez Slider 84.3 85.3 18%

Gonzalez, much like Klimesh threw a 93 MPH fastball and a slider in the mid 80’s in his appearance. They showed similar velocities and pitches but in at least this outing they had very different usages as Gonzalez was very reliant on his fastball. He would throw the pitch 82% of the time.

When it comes to pitch movement we see something a bit different from both of his offerings. His 4-seam fastball has nearly nine inches of rising action to it, but it also has nearly nine inches of horizontal movement as well. His slider on this day, with only three thrown, was almost more of a cutter than it was a slider. The two pitches tend to be similar with the slider having just a little more downward biting action to it thanks to spin. Gonzalez was throwing a pitch that falls right on that fine line between a slider and a cutter in terms of how much “sink” it has to it.

With the home stadium having the system in place there will be a lot more data to dive into for both the pitchers and the hitters over the next month before the season wraps up. Today is just a fun and quick glimpse into the stuff of two right handers who may be pushing for a spot in the Reds bullpen in the next year or two.

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