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Madison wrote:Another good start and yet another poor attempt at scoring runs by the D'backs.
wrveres wrote:Madison wrote:Another good start and yet another poor attempt at scoring runs by the D'backs.
Lets Go Pad' Res'
flying low and under the Radar... Bring on RJ.
TSN wrote:Scouting Report: Arizona RHP Brandon Webb
July 18, 2003
Brandon Webb RHP, Diamondbacks
2003: In his first 13 starts after coming up from Class AAA Tuscon, he went 6-2 with a 2.18 ERA. He pitched at least six innings without giving up more than three earned runs in any of those 13 starts, but he gave up four first-inning runs in his last start before the All-Star break.
2002: Was 10-6 with a 3.14 in 25 starts at Class AA El Paso and was called up to Class AAA late in the season. He pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs, in his only start for Tucson.
Throws: Since mid-April, he has thrown one of the best sinkers in the National League. He also throws an average four-seam fastball with good downhill angle, and a 12-6/10-5 curveball that he does not yet trust. His other pitches include a backdoor slider and a circle changeup that looks like a sinker coming out of his hand. He will use this circle change for an out pitch against power lefthanders.
Velocity: His sinker tops out at 92 mph; he changes speeds effectively with the pitch. It seems most effective at 89-90 mph. At 86-87 mph, he starts to leave the sinker up. Because of his three-quarters to high three-quarters arm slot, he creates a good downhill angle on the sinker, giving it a 1- to 1 1/2-foot drop at 89-90 mph. He throws his backdoor slider at 74 mph and his circle change at 78.
Command (on a scale of 1 to 10): 8.2.
Strengths: His sinker is heavy with exceptional drop and has so much movement it's like two different pitches. He has a consistent release point on his sinker and, as a result, has excellent command with the pitch. He shows unusual mound presence and poise for a pitcher with limited experience.
Tendencies: He works lefthanded hitters consistently hard, down and in. Around 90 pitches, he is more apt to start hitters out with a straight two-seamer. He throws first-pitch strikes and consistently gets to 1-2 and 0-2 counts. He needs to stop wasting pitches in two-strike counts. He looks equally effective against -- and aggressive against -- hitters from both sides of the plate. He can induce ground-ball outs from righthanders to the left side of the infield.
He will challenge righthanded hitters inside either up or down with his straight two-seamer. He likes to start power lefthanders down and in with the sinker and then work away. His arm speed is average to above average, with a loose delivery. He has very good wrist pop, giving him movement, and is showing endurance. He has good repetition and consistency with his release point. Because he does not feature a cut fastball, he must develop a good-quality breaking ball; in a sinkerball pitcher's case, that usually is a slider.
In Webb's case, it may be easier for him to develop his overhand curveball into a high-quality pitch. He should use his two-seam circle changeup in tandem with his sinker more. Despite his unusual two-way sinker, he needs these other pitches not only for combinations with the sinker but also for setting hitters up and for those occasions when his sinker is not working too well.
Areas of concern: He tends to hyperextend and sling from the stretch with both his sinker and four-seamer, which indicates he does not have enough confidence in his arm strength. His easy motion, however, prevents him from creating torque on his elbow when he does sling. He also tends to muscle his sinker when behind in the count from the stretch. He is vulnerable to steals because of the sinker's life.
Bottom line: If he develops a second pitch to rival the effectiveness of his sinker, he has the capability of becoming a dominating pitcher. He should not be anything less than a solid third starter on a contending team.
Because of his three-quarters to high three-quarters arm slot, he creates a good downhill angle on the sinker, giving it a 1- to 1 1/2-foot drop at 89-90 mph
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