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Sunday, August 30, 2015

How Nathan Eovaldi evolved into Yankees’ possible playoff ace | New York Post

OK, maybe Severino isn’t the guy.

Eovaldi has performed like a top starter for more than two months (2.93 ERA in his last 12 starts) and something approximating an ace in his past two outings as he readies to pitch Sunday in Atlanta. That is too small a sample size to make a final determination. But not too few outings to generate some excitement for the rest of this year and beyond.

A scout familiar with Eovaldi from his NL days with the Dodgers and Marlins who saw the righty recently, said, “He is the best [starter] the Yankees have right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
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Friday, June 05, 2015

Statcast: Eovaldi’s fascinating low-spin splitter | MLB.com

If my memory isn’t faulty, I also remember some commentary about Eovaldi’s lack of deception in his motion, which means hitters get a better view.

Just look at how poorly Eovaldi has fared on getting swinging strikes on his blazing fastball over the last two seasons, compared to all pitchers who threw at least 200 pitches:

2014—5.44 percent swinging strikes—80th overall
2015—4.66 percent swinging strikes—115th overall

Why is such a hard fastball so unimposing? In part because Eovaldi’s spin rate is so unremarkable in either direction. It’s not as simple as “more spin equals better pitch” so much as it is that low-spin fastballs tend to get higher ground-ball rates, and high-spin fastballs generally result in more swings-and-misses. Eovaldi’s 2,146 RPM four-seamer, which through the end of May had the 272nd-highest spin rate of 409 pitchers who had thrown it at least 40 times, is neither. Fastballs work best at the extreme edges of spin rates, not quietly in the middle.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2015 at 02:48 PM | 0 comment(s)
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