Dan Otero

Age 35
  • Born 02/19/1985
  • Bats R
  • Team: New York Yankees
2019 Statistics
W-L
0-0
IP
29.2
ERA
4.85
WHIP
1.52
K
16
K%
12.2
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2018
2019
Changeup
18.9% Thrown 82.3 MPH 14.1 CSW%
Four-Seamer
67.4% Thrown 89.0 MPH 24.6 CSW%
Slider
13.8% Thrown 78.9 MPH 29.3 CSW%

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.

GIF made by Ryan Amore. Blurb written by Jim Chatterton

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.

GIF made by Ryan Amore. Blurb written by Jim Chatterton

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.

GIF made by Ryan Amore. Blurb written by Jim Chatterton
2018
2019
Sinker
67.2% Thrown 89.9 MPH
Changeup
12.7% Thrown 82.6 MPH
Four-Seamer
12.5% Thrown 90.0 MPH
Slider
7.6% Thrown 81.5 MPH

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.

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