Despite posting a positive pVAL (1.0) for the first time since the 2016 season, Colome’s four-seamer lags in Statcast indicators for fastball velocity (30th percentile) and spin rate (23rd percentile.) Colome finds the zone with relative ease at a 55.1% clip, but the fastball’s 16.7% walk rate mirrors its punchout rate.
The cutter is Colome’s bread-and-butter offering, a quasi-Money Pitch with a 39.5% chase rate, 38.2% zone rate, and 15.2% swinging-strike rate. The cut fastball produced a robust 10.9 pVAL in 2019, and Colome wielded the pitch to keep batted balls low with a 50.8% ground-ball rate.
The cutter is Colome’s best pitch, generating an above-average 21.6% swinging-strike and a 55.3% ground-ball rate, which helped him limit hitters to a .216 batting average against. He featured it often this past year at 52.58% of the time, and that’s a great thing, as it was worth an 8.1 pVal.
Colome is mainly a two-pitch reliever—his fastball being the lesser used and less effective of his two main offerings. He threw the mid-90s fastball about 46% of the time last year, and it gave up a .261/.340/.413 batting line against. It is not a swing-and-miss pitch; instead, he threw it in the zone often at 54.5% of the time last year to set up his cutter.
Colome rarely features this changeup, as it only showed up in a few outings last year. It’s more of an experiment than a staple of his repertoire, and it’s safe to consider Colome a two-pitch pitcher. Don’t expect to slow ball to return in 2019.