It was an inauspicious 2019 for Andrew Vasquez. He made one appearance and gave up an HBP and two walks before being removed before watching those three runners come in to score. Statcast is unnecessarily cruel, classifying his fastball as a changeup, but that makes sense considering it averaged just 85.3 mph. He only threw it six times, and the one time he threw it in the zone it was fouled off.
Statcast classifies this pitch as a curveball. Of Vasquez’s 13 pitches thrown in 2019, seven were his 78.1 mph curveball, but only one of those went for a strike. The other six curveballs were well out of the strike zone and portended his return to the minors.
Vasquez’s main weapon in 2018, his curveball was thrown 69.37% of the time. It featured a quality 15.4% swinging-strike rate but got hit well inside the strike zone as evidenced by a 93.3% Z-Contact rate. The result was a slash line of .313/.421/.500 and a -2.0 pVal.
Averaging just 90 mph, Vasquez threw his sinker 30.53% of the time in his small sample of MLB time in 2018. Despite a 100% contact rate against the pitch, it performed well because of a 75% ground-ball rate and a .000 BABIP. It was worth a 0.6 pVal.