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.
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.
Jacob deGrom - Jacob deGrom was the only pitcher who was top 10 in K/9, HR/9, FIP, and ERA.
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%.
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.
Justin Verlander - Verlander was third in the league when it came to producing a swinging strike on breaking balls outside of the zone.
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.
Stephen Strasburg - Stephen Strasburg had the most swing and misses when throwing a curveball at the bottom of the zone with 67.
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%.
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.
Patrick Corbin - Corbin’s slider had the highest K% (50.3) amongst all pitches that were thrown at least 500 times.
Jack Flaherty - His slider in the second half: .225 xwOBAcon (2nd), .104 BAA (2nd), 0.38 ISO (7th), 24.2 SwStr% (5th).
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.
Sonny Gray - When throwing a curveball at the bottom/below the zone he was top five in EV, xBA, xSLG, and ISO.
Jake Odorizzi - Odorizzi’s fastball: 14.9 SwStr%, 17.4 pVAL, .188 BAA, and .389 xwOBAcon.
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%.
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).
Eduardo Rodriguez - Rodriguez was one of four pitchers who produced a barrel rate against under 6.0% and an exit velocity under 86.0.
Chris Sale - Chris Sale’s four-seam fastball had a higher K% than Gerrit Cole’s (I know he is out for the year).
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.
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%.
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+.
Clayton Kershaw - Kershaw created the most ground balls while throwing a breaking pitch in 2019.
Matthew Boyd - Matthew Boyd’s slider: 41.6 K%, 20.1 SwStr%, and 42.4 O-Swing%.
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%.
Joe Musgrove - Joe Musgrove won SP Streamer’s 2020 Ultimate Sleeper bracket.
Masahiro Tanaka - Tanaka had the highest Command+ in 2019.
Jon Gray - Jon Gray’s slider: 46.9 O-Swing%, 21.4 SwStr%, 3.8 Barrel%, and 13.6 pVAL.
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.
Max Fried - Guaranteed to win the CY Young in 2020.