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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Hiroki Kuroda And What Makes Him Tick

Unlike other Japanese imports, Kuroda doesn't seem to pitch backwards much. Many pitchers from Japan like to throw off-speed pitches in fastball counts and fastballs in off-speed counts, but Kuroda prefers his fastball on the first pitch and when he falls behind. He throws either his four-seamer or sinker more than 70 percent of the time 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 and 3-1. This may be a testament to his belief in his fastball, which is a very solid pitch with plus velocity. This conventional style of pitching may be the reason he didn't see a spike in his walk rates this year. If so, this could be an important indicator of future success of other Japanese pitchers.
Via BTF.



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