Despite also being a contact pitch, Otero’s change has some effectiveness due to the O-swing rate he gets with this pitch (40.9%). This pitch can usually push a 70% ground-ball rate, but last season that dropped almost 20 percentage points that went entirely to fly-ball rate. Still, he is excellent at keeping the ball in the park with this pitch.
Otero’s fastball can also be considered a sinker. It rarely will get over 90 mph and nearly all swings made contact with the pitch. It was by far his worst season with this pitch with a K rate below 10% and an OPS against above 1.000.
Otero’s slider is interesting. It sits at 80 mph and has a 16% swinging strike rate with a nearly 40% chase rate. However, he only struck out 10% of batters with this pitch and ended up with a 1.100 OPS against. He only threw this pitch 59 times.
While Otero’s sinker dropped a bit in value from 2017, it was still his most used pitch, as it produced a 62.8% ground-ball rate. He was also able to generate more swings and misses and lower its contact percentage.
Otero used his changeup as an effective ground-ball pitch (75 GB%), as he was able to attack under the strike zone with his 33.3% zone percentage.
The least used of his fastballs was his four-seam, as Otero employed it sparingly for subpar results. He gave up an above-average amount of fly balls, which resulted in a 42.9% HR/FB on the pitch and a .405 wOBA.
Otero’s least used pitch was his slider, and for good reason, as it declined from 2017 in terms of swinging-strike, chase, and ground-ball rates—as well as pVal.