There are many kinds and types of pitches across Major League Baseball that are used by different pitchers. As far as pitchers go however, there are basically two kinds. There are power pitchers and finesse pitchers. Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc averages a fastball in the upper eighties for speed. That would definitely put him in the finesse category. How well does he perform?
The good news for Marlins fans is that LeBlanc knows exactly what he needs to do in order to succeed at the MLB level consistently. His recent outing in spring training displayed some of both for us; what to do and what not to do. He had three innings of scoreless baseball and two innings where he gave up three runs each. What is the difference? Location, location and more location is where it starts and ends for LeBlanc.
If he can spot his fastball and change of speed pitches, there isn’t a hitter in baseball he can’t get out. When he does not spot those pitches, bad things happen no matter who is hitting. So, now that he knows for sure what he needs to do, all he has to do is go out and pitch the good way every single day of his career. Not too hard right?
Seriously, LeBlanc is a quality arm that will have another good inning eating season for the Marlins. The difficulty level of always putting pitches exactly where you want them really makes it clear how great pitchers like Greg Maddux were. LeBlanc is no Maddux but he is solid and reliable.