Kittredge threw his changeup slightly harder in 2019 than he did when he introduced it to his arsenal in 2018, up to 85.7 mph from 84.8 mph. He also threw it slightly less, down to just 4.39% of the time from 5.5% in 2018.
In true Rays fashion they found another pitcher in Kittridge who can sling a slider to excellent results. His slider had an absurd 25.3% swinging-strike rate,excelled at getting swings outside of the zone AND induced a ton of pop-ups. Real good pitch.
Kittredge’s slider was his most-used and most-effective pitch in 2018. A 15.8% swinging-strike rate coupled with a 59.2% ground-ball rate helped him limit hitters to a .287 batting average against with the pitch. All told, it was his only positive pitch according to pVal with a 0.2 mark.
Averaging 93.1 mph in 2018, Kittredge’s fastball was destroyed by opposing hitters to the tune of .423 batting average and .788 slugging percentage. As you can likely guess, it wasn’t rated well in terms of pVal at -8.7.
Kittredge threw just 35 changeups in 2018, but they came with some wild peripherals including a quality 14.3% swinging-strike rate and an 80% ground-ball rate. Despite that, opposing hitters hit .429 against the pitch, and overall it was a -0.6 pVal.