Skin Blues wrote:I don't see anything pointing to him relying on getting batters to chase, any more than every other pitcher does. He gets lots of swings and misses on pitches is the zone, and his chase rate is merely league average (33%). He's simply been really good. I'd be concerned about how much he improved over both his minor league K% and BB%, but nothing in the numbers suggests it's a fluke or unsustainable, and the scouts have liked him for a while.
I'm not sure how true it is since I did not follow him closely before his callup, but I thought that I heard Ron Darling talking about how they tried to get him to tinker with a 2-seamer in AAA. Since then he has basically scratched it and is working from his 4-seamer (much better control and velocity) & breaking stuff. If true, that obviously has impacted his MiLB ratios. Ultimately, when you have a guy with a big 12 to 6 hook like he does, that 4-seamer up is your setup pitch & really plays with eye levels. I've watched 4 of his starts so far. I think that he's the real deal.