I’d like to introduce a new feature at FanGraphs: the pitcher spotlight. While I will continue to try to highlight unique skills or aspects of the sport in other pieces, Major League Baseball is overflowing with quality pitching and interesting prospects worth addressing. To cover a wider range of pitchers, these posts will be a regular but relatively brief look at a pitcher’s repertoire.
This week’s subject is 24-year-old Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale, who is fresh off a dominating 13 strikeout performance in his last start. Sale is a deceptive low arm-slot lefty who fully utilizes his quality four pitch mix, which includes a four seam fastball, two seam fastball, slider and changeup. Here are those offerings in the usual composite graphic with footage stabilized and synchronized to provide a relative look at their movement and velocity.