Neato Torpedo wrote: Field wrote:
oddmanout7 wrote:Throws a 95mph fastball with some downward action, a 85mph slider, a 85mph change and a 75mph curveball. He has a good assortment of pitches and coupled with his improving control, he is a guy I really like for the future. A lot of fantasy players still avoid COL pitchers like the plague, but with a low HR/9 and his gb tendencies, Ubaldo has skills that play well in that park. I've been waiting for a breakout for a few years, and perhaps he has finally started to turn a corner.
Sounds a lot like Carmona
, hopefully Ubaldo will continue to progress...
Carmona is a two pitch pitcher nowadays, since he's phased out his slider and sinker. Ubaldo mixes his pitches.
Carmona Major league career: 9.2(H/9) 0.8(HR/9) 3.9(BB/9) 5.5(K/9)
Carmona Minor league career: 9.1(H/9) 0.6(HR/9) 1.7(BB/9) 5.8(K/9)
Ubaldo Major league career: 8.2(H/9) 0.6(HR/9) 4.3(BB/9) 7.7(K/9)
Ubaldo Minor league career: 8.0(H/9) 0.7(HR/9) 4.5(BB/9) 8.8(K/9)
So Carmona gives up more hits, HR/9 is close, BB/9 is a difference of .4, and Ubaldo has a large advantage in K/9. In 2009 with 73ip Ubaldo has cut his walk rate to 3.8, while upping his K/9 to 8.1. Carmona, on the other hand, has seen his BB/9 balloon to 5.2 last year and 6.1 this year, while his K/9 has remained a pedestrian 4.3 and 5.3 respectively. As for a comparison of stuff, Carmona throws a sinking fastball around 92-93mph, a change around 86mph, a slider around 84mph and a 2 seam fastball at 91mph. As previously mentioned, Carmona has been phasing out his slider, in favor of a 2 seamer. He has also increased the velocity on his change which reduces the difference in velocity between the change and his fastball. Also, his change has virtually no break.http://sabrtribe.blogspot.com/2009/05/fausto-carmona-should-we-lose-hope.html
Now Carmona's GB% in the majors is 62%, while Ubaldo's is 52%, although in 2009 Carmona is at 56% and Ubaldo is at 53%. So both pitchers walk a lot of guys, and have GB tendencies (Carmona being superior), but other than that I am not really seeing the comparison here.