Scouting Report: Luke Hochevar

Luke Hochevar pitching Independent ball for the Ft. Worth Cats in 2006

Hochevar has the distinction of being drafted in the 1st round two times, including 1st overall in 2006. However, his stuff doesn’t look dominant and I suspect he has already lost some velocity since his college days.

He’ll vary the fastball between his straight 4-seamer and his running 2-seamer. The former Volunteer will drop in 12 to 6 curveballs to all hitters. The curve looks like a plus pitch at 80 mph. Hochevar has constantly tinkered with his repertoire during his Royals career. He’s now throwing lots of cutters and has added a splitter. The cutter is a big part of what he’s doing in 2011, while the splitter basically flies like a straight changeup. Luke still has a standard slider as well.

I’ve seen Luke begin games with a fastball/cutter/curve combination, before mixing in his slider and splitter during the second time through the lineup. Hochevar is sloppy with his mechanics at times, giving the appearance that he loses focus. Hochevar would likely be best served by simply finding four pitches he could rely on, instead of attempting to trick batters with a full tool belt. Hochevar still has promise, but has lots to prove at the major league level. 6/9/11

[2-seam fastball(90-94), 4-seam fastball(93-95), curve(76-81), cutter(88-91), slider(82-87), splitter(80-84)]

About C. Sven Jenkins
My name is Sven Jenkins, and I’m an independent baseball analyst from Poughkeepsie, NY. I own and do freelance work for STATS Inc. In the past, I've done research for the St. Louis Cardinals and worked one season with Baseball Info Solutions in 2007. I have also spent many nights as an official scorer in the minor leagues and played NCAA D-III baseball at SUNY New Paltz. In the off-season I travel the world, having enjoyed over 1,200 days on the road through 41 different countries. You can email me at: jenkins AT 60ft6in DOT com.

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