For those that are interested, a seasonal report on a pitchers velocity, pitch type etc.is available over at “Fan Graphs”.
If you want a daily update you can go to: BrooksBaseball.net PITCHf/x:
Sometimes Fan Graphs doesn’t get the pitch type correct, but for the most part it’s fairly accurate.
Among relievers Rodney ranks 6th in average velocity at 96.3 mph. Interestingly, Rodney only throws his fastball 61.9 % of the time while throwing his change up 38.1%. No other pitch type is listed. If that is accurate it’s pretty amazing. Yes he is a relief pitcher, nonetheless getting MLB hitters out with just a fastball and change-up is impressive. A slider shows up in previous years but is only thrown 2.1% of the time for his career.
His delivery is so violent that when he throws a change-up hitters can’t make the adjustment to off speed. Everything he does signals gas and then here comes that “bugs bunny” change. Impossible!!! :haha: :haha:
After a remarkable 2012, 48 saves and a .60 ERA,(that's correct!) his walks are way up this year…30 in 48 innings. For his career, he has 278 BB in 553 IP for a 4.5 bb/9. His K's per 9 inn is 8.7. Thus he might be described as “effectively wild”.