A link worth its own post is Lucas Apostoleris' analysis of Jonny Venters on Beyond the Box Score. If you don't read BTB on a daily basis, please do. It's a great site.â†µ
Apostoleris gives several charts and tables outlining Venters' tremendous 2010 season. What caught my attention the most:â†µ
- A basic stat but one that I continue to find outstanding is Venters' fWAR of 1.7 is the exact same as Mariano Rivera's from last season. Not a bad way to start your career.â†µ
- Venters' GB% on sinkers against RHB was 79.7%, but against LHB it was 40%. He got more swinging strikes on the sinker rather than the four-seamer against LHB, but his line drive rate was considerably higher. As a result, he threw more four-seamers to LHB.â†µ
- Venters' sinker was swung on and missed nearly 30% of the time. Very good.â†µ
- Venters' whiff rate with the slider was 65.6%, which makes for one of the most lethal pitches in the league. It will be interesting to see how that holds up this season.â†µ
The only thing against Venters at this point is control, as a 4.23 BB/9 in 2010 is even with his minor league totals. But, if there is a such thing, he uses it well, keeping the ball in the park and on the ground by missing low and outside.