Here is my analysis of Joba Chamberlain, a starting pitcher of the New York Yankees:
Joba Chamberlain has a fastball that has touched velocities as high as 101 mph. It doesn’t get much better than that.
While there certainly is room to improve in this category, Joba has shown impressive control for a pitcher as young as himself.
Joba’s stamina isn’t quite their yet, although that is understandable considering he has just recently been converted from being a reliever to a starter. In time, his stamina should improve dramatically.
Joba is an above average fielder at his position, despite only being in his first full season in the majors.
For a right handed pitcher, Joba’s pickoff move is far above average.
As you would expect given his velocity, Joba throws an amazing 4- seam fastball. He throws it hard, and with incredible accuracy.
Joba’s slider is one of his primary strikeout pitches. It’s hard for a batter to read, and even harder to hit.
Despite being a pitch that Joba hadn’t utilized much as a reliever, Joba has already begun to show the ability to throw an above average curveball. It’s break is sharp, and it serves as a valuable change in speed pitch when combined with his blazing fastball and curveball.
The changeup is currently Joba’s weakest pitch. However, he has shown the ability to use it effectively, and it should only get better as Joba’s experience grows within the Yankees’ starting rotation.
Overall Grade: A-
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