Originally posted on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 8/19/12

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications. Graphs are courtesy of Brooks Baseball and The Hardball Times , unless otherwise specified. Statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs .

Sunday, 2:15 PM – Jaime Garcia

2012 IP 66.1 K/PA 17.9% BB/PA 6.7% HR/9 0.27 GB% 53.9% Whiff% 24.7% ERA 4.48 FIP 2.81

Garcia will be returning from the disabled list and making his first start since June 5th when he went down with a minor shoulder injury. He throws his fastball in the upper 80s, averaging 88.3 MPH this year. He also uses a cutter about 25% of the time, averaging 85.4 MPH. He throws a changeup as his third pitch, averaging 81.6 MPH, and a curve about 10% of the time, averaging 74.2 MPH. In his career against the Pirates, Garcia has a 1.08 ERA in 16.2 innings over four appearances, with two starts. He has a 14:6 K/BB ratio in that time.

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