Not even I am a big enough glutton for punishment to do something like this: breaking down a player who's not even on a big league roster using Pitch F/X.â†µ
It is, however, a fascinating read. When the Astros signed Xavier Cedeno last year, no one really reacted to it. When he started taking off in April and May, I assumed he was one of the players included in a trade with Colorado (like Jonathan Aristil).
Nope, Cedeno was just another minor league free agent who signed in Houston and then took off. His stats were eye-popping, but certainly scouts were skeptical about him. After all, he was just breaking out now without overwhelming stuff?â†µ
Using Pitch F/X, we can see exactly why Cedeno was effective. He has a good curveball, he uses different arm angles to confuse batters and he works the plate well. That's usually a recipe for success, but his 87-90 MPH fastball isn't.â†µ
Still, there's enough here to be intriguing. I already hoped Cedeno would get a chance next season to pitch for Houston again, but now I'm pulling for him more.â†µ