CC Sabathia Scouting Report
CC Sabathia’s pitch usage, courtesy of Brooks Baseball
In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Cutter (89mph) and Slider (80mph), also mixing in a Sinker (91mph) and Change (84mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (92mph).
His cutter is blazing fast, has good “rise”, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters and has strong cutting action. His slider sweeps across the zone and generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His sinker is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has less armside run than typical and has some natural sinking action. His change has surprising cut action, is slightly firmer than usual, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has some natural sink to it. His fourseam fastball (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 18 of them in 2018) is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has much less armside movement than typical, has some natural sinking action and has essentially average velo.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Brett Gardner - LF||Kevin Kiermaier - CF|
|Aaron Judge - DH||Matt Duffy - 3B|
|Giancarlo Stanton - RF||Wilson Ramos - C|
|Didi Gregorius - SS||C.J. Cron - DH|
|Gary Sanchez - C||Jake Bauers - 1B|
|Aaron Hicks - CF||Daniel Robertson - 2B|
|Greg Bird - 1B||Carlos Gomez - RF|
|Miguel Andujar - 3B||Willy Adames - SS|
|Gleyber Torres - 2B||Johnny Field - LF|
|CC Sabathia - LHP||Ryne Stanek - RHP|