Jason Vargas
Kansas City Royals


51.2% Thrown  86.2 MPH

Vargas returned from TJS to give the Royals just 12 innings last season, and what we saw was more of the same: mostly Four-Seamers with a good amount of rise that generate flyballs at a 47.4% rate and rarely miss bats.


14.4% Thrown  71.3 MPH

This Knuckle-Curve doesn't get the big vertical movement we're accustomed with for the pitch, especially considering its lower velocity. The result is a "Get-Me-Over" pitch that is rare for a three-pitch pitcher.


34.0% Thrown  79.0 MPH

This Changeup is consistently Vargas' best pitch, earning a total 70.9 pVal across his eight years in the bigs. Whiffs are aplenty, essentially holding a 20% whiff rate in each of the last four years. The four inches extra of vertical drop mixed with a 10+mph difference between his Four-Seamer and Changeup makes this a deadly offering low in the zone.