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)]