Over on our minor league/prospects site, Seedlings to Stars, Nathaniel Stoltz started up a series called The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of. The point of the series is to analyze how some of the rookie pitchers have performed this year while investigating what can be drawn from their Pitch F/X data. I could go on but I will instead use Nathaniel’s own explanation of the series which appears in the intro of each of his articles.
When a pitcher come up to the majors, we can finally get a foolproof reading on what exactly his arsenal is comprised of, thanks to the great Pitch F/X system. In this series, I analyze just that–the “stuff” of recently-promoted MLB pitchers. Now that they’ve achieved their big league dreams and thus factor directly into the MLB picture, it’s high time that we know exactly what these guys are providing.
Mariners starter Charlie Furbush was the subject of the first article in the series that was published exactly a week ago. He’s since covered Brandon Gomes, Blake Beavan, Josh Spence, Wade Miley, Eric Surkamp, Arodys Vizcaino and Dylan Axlerod. All those articles have been excellent reads (yes I am biased) but today he covered Twins righty Liam Hendriks and I felt compelled to pass along a link.
If you enjoy Nathaniel’s column on Hendriks, I encourage you to check out the rest of the articles in the series which will run daily until the end of October or so.