The four-seamer topped out as high as 96 mph in 2017, but it took a big step back in 2018. Its average velocity hovered around 91 mph, and it had poor arm-side run. As a result, hitters slugged a devastating .611 against it.
Average as far as movement goes, Finnegan’s sinker could only muster a 40% ground-ball rate against it. The result was a .368 BABIP against the pitch, contributing to a .381 batting average and .571 slugging percentage for hitters who put it in play.
Finnegan could not muster swinging strikes with his slider last year, as hitters chased it out of the zone just a quarter of the time and whiffed at a measly 10.2% clip against it. Opponents slugged .400 against it.
Finnegan’s changeup had decent drop but below-average arm-side run. He didn’t use it much, and for good reason: it elicited just an 8.7% whiff rate and 28% chase rate.