Not a bad situation to have as a pitcher. Wake-up expecting to spend your day as an Iowa Cub, end up pitching with a 12-0 lead as a Chicago Cub.
Mitch Atkins got his first inning of big league play, and our first taste of PITCHf/x data on the rookie right-hander. Atkins worked a bit in the new Yankee Stadium in an exhibition game, but the Gameday data was not released. So, three-plus months later, we finally get a look.
We only get a grand total of eight pitches, so nothing much can be concluded, but at least we know this much:
- Four-seam fastball, ranged from 89 to 91 mph.
- Slider, thrown 83 to 85, with decent lateral movement but little sink. One had enough back-spin to look a little like cutter
- Curveball, just one thrown, at 74 mph.
I think I read Atkins has struggled throwing a sinker, but we'll see if he's got one, along with a change-up he's willing to throw to a major league hitter, if he sticks around long enough.
In terms of PITCHf/x profile, Atkins throws a slutterish slider similar to Randy Wells' and a fastball that is similar to Wells' four-seamer in terms of speed and movement.