Cody Bolton Is A Spin Rate Master

One of the more intriguing prospects to watch going into the 2022 season was Cody Bolton. A former top-10 prospect in the system, Bolton hadn’t played a regular season minor league game in two years due to the pandemic and an injury suffered at the beginning of the 2021 season.
Given the push to Indianapolis this year, after just 40 innings of Double-A back in 2019, Bolton has responded and has been the most consistent starting pitcher in the Indians’ rotation.
The Pirates have been cautious with him coming back, putting him on a strict pitch count for much of the season, although in his last start he threw a season high 91-pitches.
One of the biggest things that stands out with Bolton, at least statistically, has been the insane spin rate numbers he’s put up.
While Baseball Savant doe...

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joesolo6181

another mistake the pirates were going to make to leave him available for the rule 5 draft this year. Luckily the draft did not take place.

Scrappy2499

Prior to the injury and covid he was one of our top arms coming up. The fact that he is knocking on the door and is handling the pressure well so far is a good thing. He isn’t even doing it with his prior fast ball speed. If he can get back to a more consistent 95 mph with everything else and get his walks down a bit, he will be helpful to the big club sooner then later.

PirateRican21

great breakdown, love these articles. Hope he stay healthy.
Im glad to see more of our pitchers rediscover the sinker. I know it went out of style, but is still a great weapon, especially if you are able to command it like Bolton did in the videos above.

Last edited 28 days ago by PirateRican21
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Love his slider. If he finds his velo again, consistently, I think we got a potential gem sandwiched between all the high profile arms.

emjayinTN

After almost 2 years away (’20 and ’21) I hope that he does not push it too much this year trying to find that 98 mph. I started out this year hoping that he and Burrows would have solid years, and possibly be in PNC by the end of 2022. I think that is still a possibility.

Is it me, or are the umpires at AAA not calling strikes on pitches that are above the waist, but still well within the zone?

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

MiLB umps seem to be very off and on. But it’s also hard to tell with the often off-center camera angles.

AdministrativeSky236

For a team that is really lacking viable pitching depth moving forward, it would be hugely beneficial of Bolton emerged as a solid or better option!

roberto

Given his control issues and need to limit innings this year, perhaps a clean inning relief role in MLB.

AdministrativeSky236

That definitely makes sense for this year, which that alone would be a big boost. Sounds like a future in the rotation certanily isn’t out of the question though!

Bill

“Bolton would rank in the top 15 in the majors among all pitchers to throw at least 250 fastballs this season” 👀

skliesen

Good stuff. Definitely looks like SP depth at the minimum for later this year and a contender for OD rotation next year.

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