Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Has Bud Norris added a new pitch?

Carson Cistulli over at FanGraphs has a short little piece on Bud Norris' second pitch of last night's game against the White Sox. As the .gif shows, it's a fastball that tails away from a left handed batter which is indicative of a two-seam fastball. This is noteworthy because Bud's never really shown a two-seamer in the past. It will be interesting to see what impact this new pitch will have this season and beyond for Bud.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link. Didn't see that last night and hadn't read about him tinkering with a two-seamer.

Norris is someone who hasn't developed much over the years. Just minor increments. He tends to overthrow his four seamer a lot and get behind in the count, causing him to overthrow the fastball even more or rely on his slider too much.

When I saw him in CC, he had pretty good command of the four seamer. I assume the pros squared it up too often, causing him to lose trust and overthrow.

Hopefully, the two seamer will be harder to square, allow him to trust it more and get more groundballs. It might allow him relax more, get ahead in more counts and use his slider more efficiently.

That's my hope at least. I'd love to see the guy make significant progress, but I'm having trouble envisioning it with his repertoire last year.