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Scott Feldman

 

 

Fastball

  • Throws it in the low to mid 90s. Typically 92-94
  • Tails down and in on RH hitters.
  • Consistent break
  • Solid command

Cutter

  • Throws it similar velocity to his fastball, maybe a touch less
  • Excellent late movement
  • Fangraphs had it as the 3rd best pitch in baseball, many scouts love it
  • Very consistent with it.
  • Combining the two pitches both with velocity and excellent movement and look identical until one breaks right the other left - this is a huge weapon for him

 

Slider

  • Hard downward movement
  • Very good chase pitch

 

Change

  • Much improved pitch
  • Nice movement, very similar to his fastball
  • Good separation velocity, around 12mph difference

 

Curve

  • I sometimes have trouble separating the curve and slider because of the downward movement
  • Good pitch, needs to use it more

History

  • Feldman was a decent reliever but I doubt too many saw him as a starter
  • He had an almost sidearm delivery
  • Breaking pitches were not that good but very good fastball
  • Two years ago his arm angle was raised a little and he worked on the cutter
  • Last year his arm angle raised even more. The cutter became a dominant pitch. The curve and slider gained a lot more depth. Even the change improved.

Future

  • Its hard to say how much he will improve. For those looking for a regression I dont see it
  • His tailing fastball and cutter combo is deadly. But its his change, curve, and slider that will determine how good he becomes.
  • I remember watching a game late in the season. He was dominant but too many pitches. The announcers mentioned if he used the fastball more he might go deep into the game. Inwardly I was crying. And the catcher called what they asked for and he got crushed for a 5spot. 2 games in a row this happened. For a guy throwing 70% fastball you cant up the usage. I hope he learned the lesson that as dominant as they can be he still needs to mix it up.



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