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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Tanner Roark: Tanner Roark has thrown 16,221 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (92mph), Slider (86mph) and Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Curve (76mph) and Change (85mph).
His sinker has less armside run than typical, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers. His slider has less than expected depth. His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His curve has a sharp downward bite, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His change has slight armside fade.
Sean's Note: Roark was good against the Cubs two starts ago. Unfortunately the best hitter against him that game was Kyle Hendricks, who likely won't bat against him. He is striking out more hitters, but also walking more. He is allowing a ton of line drives, so he is giving up hard contact. It's just been finding gloves so far this season.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs pushed Yu Darvish to avoid the bullpen Saturday, they may do the same with José Quintana. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo continue to dominate in the month of May. David Bote starts after his big hit to win the game yesterday.