Spring Training Notes: 2/26/18

Note: There was a ton of guys (e.g. Matt Bush) I wanted to see in Arizona but none of the relevant games were broadcast. It’s 95% Grapefruit league today.

Braves vs Nationals

A radar gun and some interesting young arms pulled me into this game.

Max Scherzer
FB: 91-94 mph
SL: 85-88 mph (straight up nasty)
CB: 75-78 mph
CH: 83-86 mph

Scott Kazmir (ADP: 656)
FB: 84-87 mph
Looks like he’s ready for NAIA ball.

Luke Sims (ADP: 655)
FB: 90-94 (straight)
CH: 84 mph
CB: 75-78 (slow and loopy)
Nothing to get excited over. Triple-A arm … maybe.

Austin Voth
FB: 91-93 mph, sat in the upper 80’s last year.
CT/SL/SI/FS: 86-87 mph. Late break down. No previous mention of this pitch so not sure about it.
CB: 79-80 mph, announcers called it a slider but looked like a curve.

(Ed. note – aka Sporer: kinda dug Voth coming into last yr, but he was a nightmare in the minors; I’m still keeping an eye on him, especially WAS doesn’t sign one of the remaining big 3 of Arrieta, Lynn, or Cobb)

Max Fried (ADP: 530)
FB: 90-94 mph
CH: 83-86 mph
CB: 73-75 mph
Nothing to get excited over. Sims and he profile similarly.

Ronald Acuna timed at 4.15 seconds to first base (65-grade speed)

Cardinals vs Astros

Miles Mikolas (ADP: 299) thoughts.

  • Cutter/slider/split pitch is nasty. It comes in hard with late-downward break.
  • Control issues extended some at-bats.
  • Threw a 12-6 loopy curve.
  • Overall, it was a rough outing for him. Nothing was working and hopefully, he can improve.

Marlins vs Mets

Robert Gsellman (ADP: 554)
FB: 90-94 mph, settled in at 93-94 mph
CH: 85 mph
CB: 81-82 mph
He dominated in his two innings mainly throwing his fastball generating two strikeouts, four groundballs, and a fly out. He could be a nice reserve round pick in most leagues.

Royals vs A’s

Dustin Fowler led off for the Athletics

Fastball Velocities: From pitch tracking system installed Salt Rivers (Rockies and D-Backs home park), teams with a broadcast radar (Mets, Nationals, and Yankees home games), and Twitter. Complete spreadsheet.

None not listed above. Brooksbaseball.net has no readings from yesterday.

Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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Thanks J! Man, Gsellman looked real good! Little more confidence and maturity makes him look like a solid 3 to me this year in roto