Bradley brought back a change up that he seldom throws. In its spare usage it was effective, getting a 16.4% swinging strike leading to 83.3% ground balls.
Bradley’s curve was his pitch in 2019. He was more dominant than he had been before with it striking out over 30%. He also struggled with allowing many more line drives but it was not as impactful as the fastball in allowing hits.
After Bradley moved to the pen, he turned up his fastball a few miles per hour. 2019 featured a much higher BABIP for this pitch (over .400) resulting in some struggles for Bradley. He allowed more line drives but not much else changed. I can see him improve from this in 2020.
Thrown 69.21% of the time and averaging 95.6 mph in 2018, Bradley’s fastball was his best pitch according to pVal with a 6.6 mark. Opponents managed an 82.5% contact rate but produced just a .232/.290/.400 slash line against the pitch.
The curveball for Bradley wasn’t as effective for him as compared with years past. A mediocre 8.2% swinging-strike rate along with an elevated 25% HR/FB rate led to a .235/.278/.431 batting line against and a -1.3 pVal.
Bradley’s two-seam fastball may have been his third-most used pitch, but it quietly was his best swing-and-miss offering of 2018. A 13.2% swinging-strike rate is impressive for a fastball, and when coupled with a very strong 66.7% ground-ball rate, the result was a .200/.300/.200 batting line against. All told, it was worth a 2.6 pVal.