A complementary pitch to his fastball that tunnels in a similar way, but has less velo.
Mengden’s curve sweeps away from righties to try and get swings and misses late in the count.
Mengden’s fastball is thrown all over the zone and is nothing to go crazy about.
A cutter that Mengden uses like his slider where he throws it primarily low and away from righties.
A very similar pitch to his cutter, he keeps it low and away from righties to get swings and misses around the same speed and usage as his cutter.
Mengden needs to do a better job of locating his four-seamer to limit the opposing batter’s power. He allowed 24 extra-base hits and a .511 slugging percentage on it.
Since entering the league in 2016, Mengden has reworked his slider, and it is now near Money Pitch levels. From 2016, he has taken 4.2 mph off his slider (87.5 to 83.3) and gained significant vertical drop on it. These changes led to a 12.9% swinging-strike rate, 39% zone rate, and a 36% O-swing rate in 2018.
Mengden did not use this late in counts and mainly employed it to generate ground balls and low-power swings. He had a 48.1% ground-ball rate and only allowed two extra-base hits off his changeup.
While the pVal of his curveball went down from 2017 (3.3 to 0.8), there are a lot of encouraging signs here. He increased its usage from 2017, which explains the drop-off in his rate numbers, but he did not allow a home run off the pitch, did not walk a batter with it, increased its zone rate, and got more hitters to chase it outside of the zone. There is a lot to build off here.
Mengden added a cutter in 2018, and for the most part, it was a bright spot for the righty. It flashed potential with a 12.5% swinging-strike rate, 51.1% zone rate, and .150 batting average against.