I was somewhat pleasantly surprised to see Luke Gregerson make the Padres out of spring training. So far he’s made a nice jump from AA – no runs and 3 strikeouts in 3 innings pitched.
Let’s take a look at Gregerson through two games through the lens of pitch f/x. I should warn you, I’m no Mike Fast or Harry Pavlidis. In fact, I just learned how to chart some of this stuff yesterday and know enough to be dangerous…just thought it would be fun to try out on with Gregerson.
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Pitch fx’s pitch classification is pretty poor at times, Gregerson is more of a sinker/slider guy and I’m sure some of those four-seams should be classified two-seam. I was just too lazy to change them. That is a nice slider, as advertised.
Here is where his pitches went -
And now for his release point -
Overall, I think Gregerson will fit in nicely with the Padres. He’s not a world-beater and probably is no more than a middle reliever, but he has a nice sinker/slider combo and will keep the ball on the ground and in the park. Especially in Petco.