Sean White’s Transformation
If you were around in 2007, you probably remember Sean White less than fondly. He posted a 5.45 FIP out of the bullpen that year, walking more than he struck out and showing no kind of out pitch. His claim to fame was a sinker that averaged 90 MPH, but the stuff and command were both relatively underwhelming. He didn’t really impress in Tacoma last year, either, and was basically just organizational fodder to eat minor league innings.
Now, though, something’s clicked – with the shift back to the bullpen, he’s found new life on his fastball. Pitch F/x had his hardest fastball last night at 95.7 MPH, and his average fastball was 94.
He’s now throwing a serious power sinker, and that’s a pretty nasty weapon coming out of the pen. There’s a reason he’s running an 82% GB% through his first two appearances. You throw 94 with sink, and people aren’t going to be able to do much more than pound it into the ground.
Welcome back to Seattle, Sean White. I might actually like you this time around.