Pitcher Notes - 2020

Pitcher Notes

This is an article I like to call pitcher notes. Throughout the offseason (especially a very long one) I have been tweeting out any interesting facts I have come across. Below I have gathered most of them, 60 to be exact.

All of them are about a different pitcher and might convince you to dive deeper into a certain player. That’s the purpose of doing an exercise like this one throughout the offseason. Finding stats about pitchers others might not have can lead you to find regression or progression in a player others might not see.

  1. Gerrit Cole - Gerrit Cole had the most swing strikes when throwing a four-seam fastball at the top of the zone. He had 134 of them. The next closest was Jake Odorizzi with 94.

  2. Jacob deGrom - Jacob deGrom was the only pitcher who was top 10 in K/9, HR/9, FIP, and ERA.

  3. Lance Lynn - Lance Lynn threw his cutter 560 times and his curveball 325 times. In the 885 times he threw those pitches he didn't allow a single barrel. Both produced a 0.0 Barrel%.

  4. Max Scherzer - Max Scherzer’s insane slider: 48.0 O-Swing%, 46.6 Zone%, 26.6 SwStr%, 22.5 pVAL, 4 wRC+, and 0 homeruns.

  5. Justin Verlander - Verlander was third in the league when it came to producing a swinging strike on breaking balls outside of the zone.

  6. Charlie Morton - The pitcher who had the most swing and misses using a curveball while in a 2 strike count was Charlie Morton. He had 106 of them. The next closest was Domingo German with 77.

  7. Stephen Strasburg - Stephen Strasburg had the most swing and misses when throwing a curveball at the bottom of the zone with 67.

  8. Zack Greinke - Zack Greinke’s Slow Curve/Eephus: Thrown 62 times with a .000 Avg against, .000 ISO, -82 wRC+, 17.7 SwStr%, and 54.3 O-Swing%.

  9. Walker Buehler - Walker Buehler’s knuckle-curve lead the league in RPM’s with 2972. He also didn’t let up a single barrel on his fastball in the last two months of baseball.

  10. Patrick Corbin - Corbin’s slider had the highest K% (50.3) amongst all pitches that were thrown at least 500 times.

  11. Jack Flaherty - His slider in the second half: .225 xwOBAcon (2nd), .104 BAA (2nd), 0.38 ISO (7th), 24.2 SwStr% (5th).

  12. Mike Clevinger - Mike Clevinger’s fastball had an SwStr% over 12.0% and a batting average against under .200. The only other fastball to do that was Gerrit Cole’s.

  13. Sonny Gray - When throwing a curveball at the bottom/below the zone he was top five in EV, xBA, xSLG, and ISO.

  14. Jake Odorizzi - Odorizzi’s fastball: 14.9 SwStr%, 17.4 pVAL, .188 BAA, and .389 xwOBAcon.

  15. Luis Castillo - Castillo had the most swinging strikes in the chase zone while using an offspeed pitch amongst all starters. His changeup was also ranked first in terms of K%.

  16. Mike Soroka - When ahead in the count, the pitcher with the highest percentage of getting the batter out was Mike Soroka at 27.3% (150 min).

  17. Eduardo Rodriguez - Rodriguez was one of four pitchers who produced a barrel rate against under 6.0% and an exit velocity under 86.0.

  18. Chris Sale - Chris Sale’s four-seam fastball had a higher K% than Gerrit Cole’s (I know he is out for the year).

  19. James Paxton - Paxton’s cutter was extremely unlucky last year: .308 wOBA - .253 xwOBA, .478 wOBAcon - .389 xwOBAcon, and it came with a .400 BABIP.

  20. Aaron Nola - Nola’s changeup was one of only two pitches to produce a GB% over 65.0% while also providing a Barrel% under 4.0%.

  21. German Marquez - Marquez might have the best knuckle-curve in the game: 49.3 O-Swing%, 24.0 SwStr%, 14.0 pVAL, .115 BAA, and -13 wRC+.

  22. Clayton Kershaw - Kershaw created the most ground balls while throwing a breaking pitch in 2019.

  23. Matthew Boyd - Matthew Boyd’s slider: 41.6 K%, 20.1 SwStr%, and 42.4 O-Swing%.

  24. Brandon Woodruff - Woodruff’s two-seam fastball from May on: 1st in xwOBAcon, T-1st in Barrel%, 1st in Weak%, and 1st in HR/FBLD%.

  25. Joe Musgrove - Joe Musgrove won SP Streamer’s 2020 Ultimate Sleeper bracket.

  26. Masahiro Tanaka - Tanaka had the highest Command+ in 2019.

  27. Jon Gray - Jon Gray’s slider: 46.9 O-Swing%, 21.4 SwStr%, 3.8 Barrel%, and 13.6 pVAL.

  28. Frankie Montas - Before his suspension, Frankie Montas was 9th in ERA, 4th in FIP, and 10th in xFIP. He was also 15th in K-BB% and 11th in SIERA. Only four pitchers all year were top 10 in ERA, FIP, and xFIP; while also being top 15 in K-BB% and SIERA. Verlander, Cole, deGrom, and Scherzer.

  29. Max Fried - Guaranteed to win the CY Young in 2020.

  30. Spencer Turnbull - Utilizes his Four-Seam Fastball really well (14.7 pVAL). Good slider and curveball both which can develop. Curveball: .199 xBA, .216 xwOBA, .413 BABIP, 12.1 SwStr%, and -8.8 Movement.

  31. Blake Snell - Snell’s curveball had the highest SwStr% amongst starters at 23.9%.

  32. Yu Darvish - Darvish’s knuckle-curve was ranked first in terms of SwStr%, K%, and xFIP in the last two months of last year.

  33. Kyle Gibson - Only four pitchers had two pitches with an SwStr% of 20.0 or higher. Max Scherzer, Blake Snell, Shane Bieber, and...Kyle Gibson.

  34. Miles Mikolas - Mikolas ranked second when it came to producing ground balls while throwing a breaking pitch.

  35. Chris Paddack - Paddack was top five in the league in terms of xwOBA when throwing a fastball up in the zone.

  36. Robbie Ray - Robbie Ray ranked 5th in the league at producing a swinging strike when throwing a breaking ball outside of the zone.

  37. Sandy Alcantara - Sandy Alcantara's power sinker: 11.0 SwStr% (2nd), 63.3 GB% (2nd), 95.4 MPH (2nd), .321 wOBA (3rd), 2393 RPM's (2nd), and 5.0 Barrel% (4th).

  38. Kenta Maeda - On every list ever. Draft him. 2019 ranks: xwOBA - 6th, xOBP - 11th, xSLG - 7th, xBA - 9th, and Barrel% - 15th.

  39. Reynaldo Lopez - Increased velocity, made pitch mix changes, and now gets Grandal as his catcher.

  40. Eric Lauer - Did anyone notice Eric Lauer had one of the best fastballs in the second half? .297 xwOBA (4th), 30.6 K% (8th), 10.6 SwStr% (15th), 5.3 Barrel% (2nd), and 81.9 EV (8th).

  41. Brad Keller - 3.13 ERA in the final two months of his season, four-seam usage and velocity jumped up.

  42. Joey Lucchesi - The pitcher with the most swing and misses below the bottom of the zone while using a changeup does NOT go to Luis Castillo. It goes to Joey Lucchesi who had 84 of them (Castillo was second with 71).

  43. Daniel Norris - Norris’ changeup ranks: 9th in K%, 12th in ISO, 1st in GB%, 12th in SwStr%, and 8th in xwOBAcon. He increased its usage from 15% to 26% in the second half.

  44. Merrill Kelly - Merill Kelly’s stats when his fastball velocity is 93mph or higher (5 starts): 1.74 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 16.0 K-BB%, and an 11.1 SwStr%

  45. Chris Bassitt - 1st Half: 4.29 ERA/4.59 FIP - 2nd Half: 3.26 ERA/4.18 FIP. His sinker was drastically improved in the second half.

  46. Wade Miley - Wade Miley's changeup: 10 MPH Diff. From Fastball, .206 BAA, 0.66 ISO, 55 wRC+, 34.2 O-Swing%, 16.8 SwStr%, 10.9 pVAL, .268 xwOBAcon, and 1.0 Barrel%. Miley also has a solid four-seam and cutter. He had a 3.05 ERA before the last month of the season.

  47. Ryan Yarbrough - In the last 3 months of baseball Ryan Yarbrough had a .262 xwOBA. That ranked 8th overall. He also ranked 4th in xwOBAcon.

  48. Luke Weaver - Weaver’s changeup: 43.2 O-Swing%, 18.3 SwStr%, .169 BAA, and 1.8 Barrel%.

  49. Steven Matz - Matz’s second half last year: 3.52 ERA, 3.78 FIP, and 15.8 K-BB%. He increased movement on his curveball.

  50. Zac Gallen - Zac Gallen pitched from 6/20 - 9/15. In that period he had an ERA of 2.81 (13th) which was better than Soroka, Strasburg, Kershaw, and Buehler. It came with a FIP of 3.62 which was also better than Soroka, and Kershaw. His fastball had a 5.3 barrel % which was best in the MLB.

  51. Pablo Lopez - Lopez’s changeup: 17.5 SwStr%, 4.8 Barrel%, 57.1 GB%, and 45.8 O-Swing%.

  52. Trent Thornton - The number one pitch in terms of RPM's (500 min.) goes to Trent Thornton's slider.

  53. Jakob Junis - Junis had the most called strikeout when using a breaking pitch. He had the most in the past two years combined with 68. The next closest was Chacin with 54 and Cole and Verlander with 53.

  54. Griffin Canning - Canning’s slider: 2.7 Barrel%, 21.8 SwStr%, 37.6 O-Swing%, and .209 xBA.

  55. Dinelson Lamet - Lamet had the highest SwStr% on curveballs in the last two months of baseball.

  56. Mitch Keller - Keller’s slider: 26.6 SwStr% and 38.3 K%. That is all.

  57. Andrew Heaney - Heaney’s sinker against other sinkers in the last two months of 2019: first in SwStr%, RPM’s, and K%.

  58. Adrian Houser - Houser’s two-seam fastball was ranked second in the league in swing and miss strikeouts.

  59. Dylan Cease - Cease struggled with his fastball location in 2019. In spring training he changed the location and seemed to have a lot more control.

  60. Elieser Hernandez - Hernandez’s slider: 17.7 SwStr% with a .152 BAA.

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