• Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin during their most recent Fringe Average Podcast talked about the differences in Kyle Zimmer and Yordano Ventura and their pitches (From around 11:30 to 14:30 and NSFW - f'bombs). Here are some quotes about a key pitch for each pitcher.
Parks on Zimmer:
He is a power pitcher ... For a power pitchers, hitters seem to be able to get their bat on his fastball better than most power pitchers.
"[Fastball] is a true pitch.... great velocity ... lacks deception ... hitters can time to it."
"His command has to be a little bit finer."
I went an looked at a fastball from AA. It is pretty bland (pitch #1).
It will interesting to see how MLB hitters square up against him.
Parks on Ventura:
"We haven't been able to see where the changeup is able to go."
"The changeup is going to be the type of pitch which is a big difference maker for him."
Here is a look at the first change Ventura threw in the majors
Pitchf/x has documenting him throwing 18 changes and it has been fairly successful.
• Nathaniel Stoltz at FanGraphs gives a Rany like mini-book on where minor league relief pitchers come from focusing on Royals farmhand Aroni Nina.
He's 6'4″, lanky, and projectable, he throws mostly 92-95 with some life from a fairly easy, low-effort motion, and he has a curveball and changeup with impressive life. There's some wildness there ....
A fastball at 92-97 mph with some life, a curveball with both power (79-81 mph) and absolutely massive tilt, and a solid changeup with good fade and speed separation. Forget intrigued; I was in awe, more than enough to forgive the fact that Nina doesn't seem particularly interested in repeating his delivery in that video.
Video in question:
Some Nuke Laloosh there ... heat and wildness. Great, just what the Royals needed, another bullpen arm.