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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Unless throwing the slider has caused physical issues, how can a manager and pitching coach let this happen?
Luke Hochevar of the Kansas City Royals has had a number of bumps in the road in his big-league career. In the second half of 2011, though, Hochevar posted a career-best clip of 7.8 strikeouts per nine, a nice spike from 4.3 in the first half. He accomplished this largely by throwing more sliders (17.9% from 9.9%) and fewer sinkers (15.7% from 21.4%).
He threw his second-half sliders just over 2 mph harder, resulting in 51% of his strikeouts — along with an impressive 70.1% strike rate and a 37.5% rate of swings resulting in misses or foul balls.
In 2012, Hochevar has shelved his slider in favor of the sinker, and his results have slipped again. If there’s a movement back toward his 2011 pitch mix of sliders and fastballs, Hochevar could be worth picking up. Until that’s certain, keep him on your reserve list.
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