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Scouting Report from Brooks Baseball.
Heath Fillmyer: Heath Fillmyer has thrown 494 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2018, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider(84mph), also mixing in a Change (86mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (80mph) and Sinker(92mph).
His fourseam fastball is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has less armside movement than typical, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' fourseamers and has essentially average velo. His slider results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement. His changeis a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and is slightly firmer than usual. His curve has primarily 12-6 movement, has little depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 16 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has less armside run than typical.
Sean's Note: Fillmyer has only made 4 big league starts, he also generates a lot of ground balls (53%). The right hander does much better against lefties than righties. Right handed batters are posting a .307 batting average against him.
Final Thoughts: David Bote moves into the cleanup spot after his 3 RBI night Tuesday. Fillmyer struggles against right handed hitters so it could be a good game for Javy Baez, Willson Contreras, and Addison Russell. The first two Cubs starters easily handed the weak Royals lineup. Jose Quintana pitched well last start so hopefully he can build on that.