Ubaldo Jimenez / RHP / starter
Jimenez’ stuff has already deteriorated, and at just 28 years old, Ubaldo is still an enormous question mark. He owns a heavy, moving, low to mid-90s fastball but simply lacks the control to be very successful. Jimenez has improved his slider, and now uses plenty of these tight spinners in the low-80s. He’ll mix in a standard curve which can touch the low-80′s, particularly early in the game. This is a true swing and miss pitch if he can get it near the strike zone. He also uses plenty of splitters that can induce weak contact or swings-and-misses. He has a good pitcher’s frame, but has suffered from injuries (broken shoulder blade, blisters), control problems, and plain inconsistency. 7/18/12 CSJ
[fastball(91-96), slider(78-85), splitter(83-86), curve(74)]
Chris Perez / RHP / closer
All-Star closer, Chris Perez, throws a very hard fastball and sharp slider. He has been closing games since his college days at Miami. 7/28/11
Justin Masterson / RHP / starter
Masterson's delivery has often been compared to Dennis Eckersley. He slings the ball to the plate from a very low arm angle, creating a lot of movement on his fastball. Masterson's fastball has become so effective, with dramatic sinking action, that it's often the only pitch he needs. Justin famously threw 103 sinkers, out of 104 pitches, in his July 19, 2011 start against Minnesota. He'll also vary the speed on the sinker, which presumably messes with a batter's timing. Masterson's second pitch is his sweeping slider and he'll rarely use his third pitch, the changeup.
Masterson is the first pitcher born in Jamaica to reach the majors. He was a closer for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League, and finished his NCAA career as a starting pitcher at San Diego State. After signing with the Red Sox in 2006, he made his major league debut just two years later. Since being traded for Victor Martinez, Masterson is expected to be a valuable part of the Cleveland rotation for years to come. 10/22/11
[sinker(88-96), slider(78-83), changeup(83)]
Vinnie Pestano / RHP / setup reliever
Pestano hails from southern California, where he grew up and played high school baseball. He even played his college baseball at Cal State Fullerton. Pestano served as the Titans' closer for two years before the Cleveland Indians called his name in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
Vinnie throws with a long, sweeping arm action that whips the ball to home plate. His 4-seamer has a tendency to cut when thrown to his glove side, but run toward his arm side. The fastball sits in the low-90s, but hitters have a difficult time squaring it up. Pestano primarily uses his fastball, relentlessly pounding the strike zone with it. As a second pitch, Pestano uses a slurvy breaking ball that he will often backdoor LHs with. I call it a slurve, but it gets sharp break to go along with its good depth. Vinnie has not shown me an offspeed pitch. 1/20/12 CSJ
[4-seam fastball(91-94), slurve(79-82)]
Brett Myers / RHP / reliever
Myers throws moving fastballs and a hard overhand curve, and relies on this combination most of the time. It can be a dominant duo of pitches if he is getting ahead with the fastball to set up the big breaker. During his career, Myers has switched between throwing a splitter and a changeup as his off-speed pitch. As a starting pitcher, he uses his changeup most of the time, but will mix in a split when he's going for a strikeout. Myers also throws a slider, a pitch that can resemble more of a cutter when he throws it inside to LHs. As a closer in 2007, Myers piled up Ks and threw 95 mph. As a starter, he'll usually pitch around 89-92 mph.
Myers is known as one of the biggest idiots in baseball. He is a D-Bag in every sense of the word and the Astros are already regretting the contract they gave to this clown. 8/13/11
[fastball(86-91), curve(74-77), slider(81-87), changeup(81-83), splitter(85-86)]
Joe Smith / RHP / reliever
Joe Smith, the sidearming reliever from Wright State, throws three pitches. He shows a fastball that tails and sinks, a sweeping slider, and occasionally a sinking changeup. 7/28/11
[sidearm fastball(87-93), slider(77-85), changeup(79-83)]
Josh Tomlin / RHP / starter
Tomlin is a strike-throwing right-hander from Texas Tech University. Josh was an unheralded draft pick because of his 90 mph fastball, but he has proven to be an efficient hurler at each of his professional stops.
Tomlin short-arms his fastball out of a high 3/4 arm slot, spotting it well. He then works in plenty of tight cutters, both inside to LHs and away from RHs. A true junk-baller, Tomlin also throws plenty of changeups and curves as well. With his excellent control of the strikezone, Tomlin can honestly say that he'll throw any pitch at any time. 8/12/11
[2-seam fastball(87-92), cutter(86-89), curve(69-77), changeup(78-83), slider(83-85)]
Blake Wood / RHP / reliever
Blake Wood throws gas. This guy can run his fastball up towards 100 mph and whip his slider at 90 mph. Wood also owns a sinking splitter as his third option.
After years of unsuccessful attempts at being a starter in the minors, Wood converted to the bullpen in 2010. Now it looks like he should have a major league job for a very long time. 7/4/11
[fastball(94-98), slider(85-91), splitter(85-89)]
Frank Herrmann / RHP / reliever