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Game Report: Georgia v. Ole Miss, 4/9/10

I wanted to try an unconventional game report for Friday’s matchup between Justin Grimm and Drew Pomeranz, so I thought I’d give you the notes as I wrote them down, word for word. No editing, no polishing. This is what is in my notebook from the game. I didn’t try to pull together any final thoughts, as I would normally do from my notes, instead letting my notes speak for themselves.

Each inning contains velocity numbers I was reading from a Stalker radar gun (not from the stadium gun), and the innings that have numbers right below the velocity numbers are innings with delivery times for the pitchers with a runner on. The play-by-play for each inning with any comments are below that, and I take you through the matchup as I saw it, alternating between Grimm and Pomeranz. I think you’ll get the feeling of why I really loved what I saw from Pomeranz.

I can address any terminology questions in the comments, but without further delay, here are my notes from the best head-to-head pitching matchup I will probably see this year:

1st – Grimm
90 x 2
91 x 1
92 x 3
76 CB x 1

Ferguson F-8, Medium on 92 FB
Tracy 4-1, Grimm good athleticism
Smith lineout to 1B

Pomeranz
90 x 1
91 x 4
92 x 4
77 CB x 1
78 CB x 2
79 CB x 1
81 CB x 1
84 CU x 1

1.46, 1.49, 1.55

Taylor out on 1-3 GB, jogged, but 65/70 speed
Verdin BB, command shaky early
Hyams K on 91 FB
Cone out on F-5, 78 CB, plus power just to get ball that high

2nd – Grimm
89 x 1
90 x 1
91 x 3
92 x 1
84 CU x 1
76 CB x 1
78 CB x 1

1.24, 1.32, 1.36, 1.38, 1.41, 1.42, 1.47

Such easy velo, but too many moving parts
-Easily get out of whack
Snyder 3U on GB, not much hard contact so far
Miller 1B to LF, hard grounder on 91 FB
Hamblin K on 78 CB, not seeing the ball well
Yarbrough out on 4-3 GB, 92 FB
-Hard hit right at 2B, 4.28 to 1st

Pomeranz
90 x 1
92 x 1
94 x 1
76 CB x 1
77 CB x 1
78 CB x 1
86 CU x 1

Farmer K on CB, no hitters squaring up anything so far
DeLoach out on 6-3 GB, good play charging by Mort
-4.35 to 1st
May K on 92 FB
Pomeranz getting downhill plane on FB, makes it impossible to square
-Results in hitters simply unable to do anything but fight off the CB/CU

3rd – Grimm
88 x 1
90 x 3
91 x 1
68 CB x 1
85 CU x 1

Schilling with 2.22 pop time in-between innings
Hightower K on 91 FB
Mort out on F-8, very hard hit to RCF, Cone good tracking
Ferguson out on 5-3 GB, 4.28 to 1st, very slow out of the box, plus runner underway

Pomeranz
90 x 3
91 x 7
77 CB x 1
78 CB x 1
83 CU x 1

Ruiz out on 4-3 GB, easy, routine GB out
Schilling K on 91 FB, up and away
-Stood no chance, Pomeranz started him off with 2 CBs
Taylor K on 90 FB
-Long AB, fought off FBs, CBs, and the CU, but FB just too much to handle (too lively)

4th – Grimm
90 x 1
91 x 6
92 x 2
72 CB x 1
77 CB x 1
78 CB x 2
81 CU x 1

Tracy F-9 to deep RCF on 91 FB left up
-Ball not carrying well on the night
Smith out on 6-3 GB, jogged down the line, no reading
-Wasn’t routine enough to jog
Snyder out on F-8, routine play, 92 FB

Pomeranz
90 x 4
79 CB x 2
80 CB x 1

1.38, 1.42

Verdin BB on 3-2 FB up
-Works counts well
Hyams bunts into 1-6 FC
-Pomeranz off the mound well, but shaky throw, good scoop by Mort
Cone K on 90 FB up
-Overmatched
Farmer 3B to RCF on hung CB
-Should have been caught by Smith, but obviously uncomfortable in RF, run scored
DeLoach K on 90 FB
-Hightower with great block on 80 CB, bounced on plate

5th – Grimm
90 x 2
92 x 2
72 CB x 1
86 CU x 1

Miller out on 6-3 GB, 4.54 to 1st letting up at the end
Hamblin out on F-5 in foul territory
-May with plus instincts and awareness, leaning over dugout railing
Yarbrough K on 92 FB up
-Grimm in serious rhythm, mechanics for him are all about tempo
-Could be disrupted by pro hitters

Pomeranz
90 x 2
91 x 4
92 x 4
93 x 3
78 CB x 3
79 CB x 1
80 CB x 1

May out on 5-3 GB, soft GB, below-average runner
Ruiz K on 92 FB
-Stood no chance, stuff simply ridiculous
Schilling BB, temporary loss of control of FB
Taylor K looking on 90 FB, outside corner
-Starting to like Pomeranz over McGuire, loving this outing/potential

6th – Grimm
89 x 1
90 x 5
91 x 4
92 x 1
76 CB x 1
78 CB x 1

1.39

Hightower out on F-8 to LCF, some juice behind it
-Left up a little
Mort out on 6-3 GB, routine GB
-Grimm working very quickly, in rhythm
Ferguson reaches 1B on GB down 3B line
-May knocked it down, safe at 1st on unadvisable throw, 4.29 to 1st
-SB on 76 CB + 2.10 pop time
Tracy K looking on 90 FB up in the zone

Pomeranz
89 x 1
90 x 3
91 x 2
93 x 2
79 CB x 1
80 CB x 1

Verdin out on F-7, jammed on 90 FB on 1st pitch
-1st pitch swinging out of character from 2 ABs earlier
Hyams K looking on 90 FB on outside corner
Cone K looking on 93 FB on inside corner
-Pomeranz cruising, using inside corner to RHH, outside corner to LHH

7th – Grimm
89 x 1
90 x 8
91 x 1
92 x 1
72 CB x 1
74 CB x 1
77 CB x 1
78 CB x 1

Smith with 1B over 2B head, medium line drive
-77 CB almost frisby-like slurve, no break
-78 CB very sharp, command is ?
Snyder BB on 4 straight pitches
-Control has departed, visibly frustrated
Miller HBP on 1st pitch, 90 FB
Hamblin out on SF-7 down LF line, Taylor has well below-average arm
Yarbrough F-4 to shallow RF
-Weak AB
Hightower out on F-7 on hard line drive to warning track
-Control meltdown by Grimm met by aggressive hitters, got lucky

Pomeranz
90 x 2
91 x 4
92 x 1
93 x 2
78 CB x 2
79 CB x 1
80 CB x 1
81 CB x 1

Farmer 2B to RCF on hard line drive
DeLoach out on 4-3 GB, chopped, good play charging by Yarbrough
-4.44 to 1st, Farmer advances to 3rd
May K on 79 CB in dirt
-Just waved at it, one of the nastiest CBs of the night, but May not a good hitter
Ruiz K on 81 CB in dirt
-Another wave, also wasn’t able to read it, score still 1-1

8th – Grimm
88 x 1
89 x 1
90 x 4
91 x 1
73 CB x 1
75 CB x 3
77 CB x 2

Mort with HR on 90 FB left up, hard line drive to LCF, barely cleared fence
-Grimm noticeably tired, still left out there
Ferguson out on F-8, routine FB
Tracy 2B to LCF on hard line drive
-Command completely gone, control next?
Smith K looking on 77 CB
-Completely fooled him, expecting FB on 3-2 count, long AB
-Questionable call too
Snyder K on 91 FB, serious head tug on swing

Pomeranz
88 x 1
89 x 3
90 x 8
91 x 2
92 x 1
78 CB x 1
79 CB x 2

1.45, 1.47, 1.47, 1.56, 1.57

Schilling out on F-9 on 1st pitch, 90 FB
-Easy play and bad AB
Taylor with slap 1B to LF in hole between SS and 3B
Verdin K on 90 FB
-Taylor steals 2nd on bad throw caused by Verdin lunging swing obstructing Hightower
Hyams K on 89 FB
-Pomeranz shows grit, down 2-0 and 3-1 in AB, came back for K, should be done

9th – Grimm out, Pomeranz in for 1 Batter
89 x 1

Cone with 1B up the middle on medium velo GB
-Pomeranz pulled (why even bring him out for 9th?)

That wraps up the duel between Justin Grimm and Drew Pomeranz. Ask me any questions about interpretation or about the performances, and I’ll be glad to answer.

April 13, 2010 - Posted by | Game Report

6 Comments »

  1. I read that you came away very impressed with Pomeranz. What exactly caused that and how do you see him developing in pro ball (ceiling, stuff he needs to work on, etc)?

    Comment by JP_Frost | April 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I just see a higher ceiling in Pomeranz, combined with better current stuff than any other college pitcher in this class. Until Ranaudo comes back and proves he can be healthy and dominant, I think Pomeranz sits at the top of my college pitching board, even above McGuire.

      He’s probably a strong #2 in the long run, simply because he doesn’t have a dominant third pitch, as his changeup is roughly average, and that’s when he dusts it off and uses it. His fastball-curveball combo has the potential to be nearly as good as any other left-handed starter currently in the Majors, taking out the Johan Santana factor of course.

      With him, he really just needs to work on getting through those mental lapses he sometimes falls into. He sometimes loses focus on repeating his mechanics, which are good when they’re right. However, he sometimes falls into his old habit of being overly mechanical, and he starts to look very stiff all around. That happened a few times in this game, as he lost all control for a batter or two, then snapped back into shape. It was almost like he became bored and started losing concentration. I don’t think that will be as much of an issue at the next level, as he’ll have better competition and pro coaching, as well as the natural maturation that comes with age.

      I just really liked what I saw. He flashed plus stuff, a good idea of what to do with that stuff, as well as the ability to get hitters out in jams and late in the game.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’m a fan of this format.

    Comment by Jeff | April 13, 2010 | Reply

    • I am too. Keep them coming.

      Comment by Rodney H | April 13, 2010 | Reply

  3. Great stuff. I watched the game on ESPNU and was also impressed with Pomeranz, but I do have a question.

    His fastball doesn’t have great velocity (90-93), but the Georgia hitters were swinging right through most of them. With Pomeranz, is it more about deception (it looks like he throws across his body a little bit, but that could have just been the the camera angle), does his FB have that late burst, or is Georgia just not that good.

    Also, his fastball didn’t seem to generate many GB or foul balls off the bottom third of the bat, I know it’s not a huge concern for him when he’s striking everybody out, but wouldn’t that be an issue at the next level; he does let up a few HR (0.9 HR/9 in his career) despite being fairly dominant.

    Thanks

    Comment by Maxwell | April 13, 2010 | Reply

    • 90-93 is better than people make it sound. It’s above-average by a solid margin, especially from the left side.

      That being said, it’s about command and movement for Pomeranz, as you could see that hitters have a really hard time squaring him up, whether it be in the air or on the ground. He also releases the ball very late compared to most pitchers, and his height and late release point seem to make his fastball explode on a hitter. They simply have less time to react.

      You’ll see him become a relatively neutral groundball/flyball pitcher as he learns to get better downhill plane on his fastball. He gets a pretty even number of flyouts and groundouts now, and as long as hitters aren’t squaring him up, there isn’t much concern about that ratio, since it’s not extreme by any stretch of the imagination.

      Comment by andyseiler | April 13, 2010 | Reply


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