Trent Thornton was announced this week as the Blue Jays fourth starter. He was the Blue Jays only reliable starter last season, throwing 154.1 innings over 29 starts. The results were a mixed bag with a 4.84 ERA, 4.59 FIP and 4.94xFIP.
Thornton has a bit of a funky delivery which made repeating his mechanics difficult and caused inconsistencies in his release point.
No pitcher is going to have a perfect release point every time, but Thorton’s range here is a lot larger than most pitchers. For comparison here are a few Blue Jays right-handers: Chase Anderson, Sam Gaviglio, Tanner Roark.
No one is going to release the ball from the exact same spot every time. You can see with each of these pitchers there is variance but none of them have the same vertical range that Thornton does.
This inconsistency has caused a problem for Thorton as he is essentially tipping his pitches.
Look at Thornton’s release points again. There is plenty of yellow and blue near the top, indicating breaking ball and pink much lower for the fastball. It’s a subtle difference but one major league hitters can certainly pick up. The results speak for themselves. …
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation