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K-Brera's slider most unhittable pitch in the majors

Unread postby British_Pharaoh » Mon Apr 23, 2007 7:20 am

While those players are certainly dominant when it comes to the premier off-speed pitch, the mantle of the most unhittable pitch in 2006 goes to the slider of Fernando Cabrera.

Cleveland's young reliever recorded a Whiff Rate of .652 on that breaking ball, and, if you think that's a fluke, think again. Had Cabrera qualified the year before, 2006 would have been the second consecutive season his slider led the league. In 2005, Cabrera posted an eye-popping Whiff Rate of .762, though in limited action (42 swings).

Interestingly, Cabrera only threw his slider in the strike zone 28.6 percent of the time, well below the major league average of 41.6 percent. In other words, he makes the pitch unhittable with a late bite that places the ball outside the plate or in the dirt much of the time.

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Unread postby swerb » Mon Apr 23, 2007 8:30 am

FCab has been great so far. I'd like to see Wedge start to incorporate this kid into the 7th and 8th innings. It's not as if this is his first cup of coffee in the bigs.
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Unread postby Mr. MacPhisto » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:54 am

People wrote him off after last season, but I think Cabrera still is closer material. Borowski is obviously holding it down now, but I think Cabrera has the makeup and the stuff to pitch in the 9th with a slim lead.
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