Before we get started, here is a primer on how to judge if pitchers are executing location.
Watch where the catcher sets up for location, targets are typically mask or glove. Follow arm pattern mechanics for example over the top, 3/4 arm slot, and sidearm. If the pitcher is late on release pitch will go low (low and away on 3/4 arm slot), if early on release pitch will go high (high and inside on 3/4 arm slot).
During spring training it is important for pitchers to work on fastball command, if they miss during mechanical release, the pitch will hopefully be unhittable and out of zone. Oftentimes pitchers with release issues end up leaving a hittable fastball in the strike-zone.
Brady Singer, RHP
Is he more confident in his change-up? Singer’s change-up was effective when he used it in 2020 (4.7% usage with .167 batting average against (81.8 mph average exit velocity)). The change-up had slight arm-side fade movement and sat around 87 mph. We should see him use it more often in ST and during the regular season, especially to left-handed hitters.
Singer has good command of the left-side of the plate, during spring training we could see him work on locating his fastball on the right side of the plate. Singer also has different looks on his slider. He throws one with more velocity (K pitch) and late movement. He throws another with less velocity but with more two-plane movement (throws well to right and left side of the plate).
If Singer finds confidence in throwing his change-up more frequently and gets better command of both sides of the plate he could be set-up for an outstanding year. Singer still projects to develop into a No. 3 type starter (3.30 FIP). The 2021 season is another stepping stone for Singer to achieve his potential.