With the playoffs approaching, every club heading for October baseball is neck deep in scouting…
Scouting Playoff Pitchers: James Shields
Fastball: 90-93 MPH
Changeup: 82-85 MPH
Curveball: 76-78 MPH
Cutter: 86-88 MPH
The Skinny: Few pitchers in baseball rely as heavily on a secondary pitch as James Shields. He doesn't throw his fastball very often, and hitters have to be ready to see his big moving changeup in just about any count or situation.
He also keeps hitters guessing with a big downer curveball, which also grades out as an above average offering. His fastball command has been outstanding this year and it's a vast improvement from last season. You'll see hitters try to guess when that fastball is coming, however, and that's the only real way to get an aggressive hack off Shields.
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