Hector Velazquez Scouting Report
The Red Sox are looking to Velazquez to start consecutive games for the first time this season. He has had made five starts, appearing in 36 games for Boston. His last outing came on the 19th, against the Rays in Fenway where he allowed a run on three hits — one home run — while he walked three and struck out two over four innings of work.
His repertoire, per Brooks Baseball
In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Splitter (86mph), Slider (84mph) and Change (86mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (77mph).
His sinker results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers. His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo. His splitter is slightly firmer than usual. 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 less than expected depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His change has surprising cut action, dives down out of the zone and is slightly firmer than usual. His curve results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves, has little depth and has primarily 12-6 movement.
|TTO as SP||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Mookie Betts - DH||Joey Wendle - 2B|
|Andrew Benintendi - LF||Matt Duffy - 3B|
|Steve Pearce - 1B||Jake Bauers - 1B|
|J.D. Martinez - RF||Ji-Man Choi - DH|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Willy Adames - SS|
|Ian Kinsler - 2B||Kevin Kiermaier - CF|
|Eduardo Nunez - 3B||Carlos Gomez - RF|
|Blake Swihart - C||Brandon Lowe - LF|
|Jackie Bradley - CF||Michael Perez - C|