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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Dereck Rodriguez: Dereck Rodriguez has thrown 3,193 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2018 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph), also mixing in a Change (85mph), Curve (76mph), Slider (87mph) and Sinker (90mph).
His fourseam fastball has less armside movement than typical and has slightly below average velo. His change results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade. His curve has a sharp downward bite, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His slider is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sliders, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sliders, has much less depth than expected, is much harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His sinker generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers and has slightly below average velo.
Sean's Note: The son of Pudge, Rodriguez has had a rough season in the majors. His 5.11 FIP is above his 4.79 ERA, indicating he has actually been lucky this season. He has a very low K-rate at just 14.7%, so there will be lots of contact against him. Right handers hit him for a higher average, while lefties slug more against him.
Final Thoughts: The Cubs won a see-saw affair on Tuesday night. Anthony Rizzo has suddenly found his power stroke with three homers the last two games. Yu Darvish has demonstrated excellent control of late walking none his last five starts. He has dramatically slashed his walk rate to 8.8% from nearly 13% early in the year.