High heat: Tigers collecting high-spin, high-fastball arms

High heat: Tigers collecting high-spin, high-fastball arms

Justin Verlander strikes out 10 and holds the Phillies to three hits over eight scoreless innings The Tigers, it appears, have a type. It’s just that before 2015, we couldn’t really have known about it. Let’s go back to the first season of Statcast™ and look at the starting pitchers who had the highest four-seam fastball spin rates. Something might stand out: Four-seam fastball spin leaders, 2015 (minimum 800 pitches, 89 qualifiers) 1. Max Scherzer — 2,498 rpm 2. Garrett Richards — 2,496 rpm 3. Justin Verlander — 2,493 rpm 4. Rick Porcello — 2,480 rpm 5. Jeff Samardzija […]

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