Doug Fister
Texas Rangers


65.6% Thrown  86.9 MPH

After two years of nearly exclusive Two-Seamers, Fister elected a more 2-to-1 split with his Four-Seamer as he lost two inches of horizontal movement on his Two-Seamer since 2014. The change worked for the most part, as he was able to spot the straight Fastball in the zone 52.6% of the time and limit line drives to a minute 13.7% rate.


14.7% Thrown  70.4 MPH

Fister's favorite secondary pitch is a slow hook that suddenly added 2.6 inches of movement in 2016. The added bend has potential, but it wasn't used properly last season, with fewer pitches landing for strikes as well as a lower whiff rate overall. If he can lift it just a bit - not even for a strike but just under the plate instead of often in the dirt - it's possible Fister can return the pitch to a beneficial pVal instead of the poor -4.1 mark it held last year.


6.6% Thrown  79.1 MPH

Along with his Two-Seamer, Fister's Changeup lost nearly two inches of movement from 2015's iteration, while also losing the feel for the pitch over the plate. Don't be fooled by its improved pVal from 2015, that was a product of a BABIP drop of 80 points that should normalize in 2017.


13.2% Thrown  82.6 MPH

Fister gained horizontal movement on his Cutter, while also boosting its groundball rate from 26.7% to a career high 49.3% last season. However, its new movement had him throwing it for strikes just 34.0% of the time while batters elected to chase it at its lowest mark of his career at just 21.5%, spelling a poor season for Fister's Cut Fastball.