Alex Young

Age 51
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2019 Statistics
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20.1% Thrown 84.5 MPH 24.1 CSW%
20.5% Thrown 81.5 MPH 35.1 CSW%
36.5% Thrown 89.3 MPH 31.3 CSW%
23.0% Thrown 85.0 MPH 26.9 CSW%

Young’s changeup averages 84.6 mph and was relatively successful as a swing-and-miss pitch, inducing swings at 56% and had a 16.9 whiff% . Of his changeups, 22.6% were strikes and he grabbed 19 of his 71 strikeouts with his change. The pitch was hit to a .228 BAA and allowed three home runs (of his 14 total).

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Mark McElroy

Of all his pitches, Young’s curveball had the lowest wOBA at .126. This was his strikeout pitch, nabbing 46.5% of his strikeouts (33) with his curveball. He throws it inside the strike zone just 29.9% of the time and had a 18.8 whiff% (on 44.7 Sw%), but the really impressive number is that he threw the pitch out of the zone 70.1% of the time and had a whopping 37.2 Sw% and 59.4 whiff%. That is, of the 172 curveballs outside the zone, 64 induced swings and 38 of those swings were misses, generating 26 strikeouts.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Mark McElroy

Statcast differentiates between a four-seam fastball and a sinker, but both are thrown at 89 mph. Young favors the sinker throwing it 22.2%, with the four-seam at 14.3%. Neither was his go-to strikeout pitch with only 11 of his 71 strikeouts coming on fastballs.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Mark McElroy

Young should lean on his curveball (which looks like a slider) more, as it was only used 20% of the time in 2019 and was truly an elite pitch. An 18.8% swinging-strike rate and a 62.9% ground ball rate helped make it as good as it was, as he was able to get a ton of swings outside of the zone on it.

GIF made by NP. Blurb written by Jamie Sayer
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