Regarding Cooper, he was a fantastic pitching coach for a long time, but the game simply passed him by. Near the end of his tenure, after a tough season Giolito actually went and worked with Ethan Katz (our current pitching coach and his former HS pitching coach) and he came back new and improved. Katz also got a ton of credit for developing Cease and getting Rodon to finally tap into his potential.
A year ago I would have been high on Katz, but last year was such a disaster that I’m not sure what to think. It’s clear he’s got a much more modern take on pitching than Cooper, but I also think the org in general is so behind the times when it comes analytics & biometrics that there is only so much he can do. We don’t have a single voice driving an org wide pitching philosophy (which is evident in our PD system) or much of a pitching lab to get the most out of guys. Hopefully that will change for the better with the addition of Brian Bannister.
All that being said, I don’t believe for a second we get all we can out of our guys. Katz obviously helped Giolito, Cease, & Rodon improve but these were all elite prospects acquired from other orgs. We still struggle to unlock the next tier of guys, although I blame that on broader organizational issues than purely Katz.
I selfishly don't like it, I'm a displaced fan in the central time zone. 5:30 weeknight start times are rough for me, the games are usually over before I get home from the office. But they should make decisions based on the people who might actually go to the games.
That's something that can only be determined in hindsight. Lots of options and lots of flexibility this offseason to really set the team up for the next 2-3 years. I'm very curious to see how it plays out. Checking my crystal ball, I don't see Aroldis Chapman anywhere on the program
Spin rates and stuff like that are very good.
I'm hearing that Naoyuki Uwasawa will be posted soon by his NPB team. His K rates haven't been amazing in Japan, but he has some interesting characteristics to his stuff. His fastball vertical movement (19 IVB) and spin (2650 RPM) would be top 5-10% percent in the league.
12:30 PM · Nov 22, 2023