Claudio has better control with his sinker in the zone, but his changeup gets more whiffs. The soft tosser’s changeup routinely rates below hitting speed as it dives away from right-handers.
Claudio is on the extreme end of velocity distribution with an 86 mph sinker that clocks in as his power pitch. Very slight arm-side run helps keep Claudio’s sinker on the ground.
The Brewers’ side-arming lefty occasionally turns to a snap-cut slider usually kept low in the zone. Adding just a couple of ticks to his changeup, Claudio uses his slider interchangeably with his changeup against lefties, while only using it occasionally against right-handed hitters (6.9% usage rate vs. RHB).
Claudio threw his sinker often in 2018 at 51.88% of the time, and while it generated ground balls at an elite 69% rate, opposing hitters hit .364 and slugged .545 against it, which contributed to a -7.9 pVal.
Claudio’s best pitch, his changeup allowed just a .255 batting average against and hitters slugged just .296 against it, which contributed to a 7.0 pVal. It both misses bats and generates ground-ball contact with a 16.7% swinging-strike rate and a 54.5% ground-ball rate, respectively.
Despite some quality peripherals, including a 19.7% swinging-strike rate, a 53.9% contact rate against, and a 50% ground-ball rate, Claudio’s slider wasn’t an effective pitch. It allowed a .360 batting average against, and hitters slugged .600 against it in 2018. Overall, it was worth a -3.1 pVal, but a .533 BABIP suggests he could have been unlucky last year with it.