We didn't see much of Esch last year, but he showed us he is a Four-Seam pitcher, with average stuff all around: 90.1mph heater, mediocre movement, and not much potential moving forward.
10.5% Thrown 79.4 MPH
There's potential in Esch's Curveball, which is as 12-6 as you'll find. It has a tighter break than most, and he has done a decent job thus far keeping it low in the zone, helping him generated some groundballs.
29.5% Thrown 84.0 MPH
His main secondary pitch is a Slider that features excellent horizontal break, making the pitch the best in his repertoire by far. It'll be interesting to see its effect over a larger sample as he only threw 62 Sliders last season.
2.9% Thrown 83.5 MPH
Jake threw six Changeups last season and not one landed for a strike, making it tough to make a proper assessment of the pitch outside of its obvious ineffectiveness thus far. Womp womp.