Shreve’s breaking pitch is a splitter which he threw 14 times in 2019. He threw his splitter in the zone just once in 2019 but regularly generated whiffs on the pitch in 2018. The batted ball results were poor against it showing its inconsistency. Shreve may need a third offering to succeed in the big leagues.
Shreve only threw two innings in 2019 so the sample size of his results is far too small to draw definitive conclusions. The velocity sits just under 91 and his fastball has good arm-side run. It will be interesting to see if his velocity comes back because he averaged over 92 mph in 2018.
With a 0.5 pVal, Shreve’s four-seamer was basically a neutral pitch in 2018 while making slight gains in swinging-strike and out-of-zone swing percentages, and a big gain in zone percentage. It still walks way too many batters (17.3 BB%), and it experienced a slight drop in strikeout percentage (22.9% to 20.0%).
An awful pitch in 2018 for Shreve, his splitter was worth a -6.2 pVal despite a quite good 43.8 O-swing% and a 20.7 swinging-strike percentage. Its main bugaboo? A 50.0 HR/FB% led to five home runs out of the 58 times it was put into play—or roughly 8.6% of the time.
Something was clearly off with Shreve’s slider in 2018. While it gained nearly 1.5 mph in velocity, it dropped nearly 2.3 inches in overall movement to 1.7, which is straighter than most fastballs. This explains why opponents hit it hard—to the tune of a .333 AVG, .444 ISO and 220 wRC+