His least-utilized pitch, the changeup yielded a respectable 20% swinging strike rate and 30.6% K rate, though the opponent wOBA (.317) suggests it’s a hit-and-miss offering
The Curve was a real weapon for Law in 2019, with a 22.5% K Rate—a 0% HR/FB ratio suggests that some of that may have been a mirage.
At 94.4 average velocity, Law’s fastball is slightly-above league average. It’s a pretty dead-on pitch, with low movement numbers (7.9) and just a 3.7% swinging strike rate.
As his go-to off-speed pitch, the Slider was middle-of-the-road in 2019. It yielded a strong 33.7% K Rate, but a .318 WOBA and 110 wRC+ suggest it’s a dangerous number for Law to consistently rely.
Law only pitched in a few games, but his fastball certainly didn’t fare well in the small sample size. He lost a few inches of horizontal movement, and although he carries a decent velocity, he didn’t command the pitch well and got hammered for a .405 wOBA and a .314 batting average against.
Law’s slider is his go-to whiff pitch late in the count when he’s ahead. He managed to generate a massive 50% whiff rate that led to a 40% strikeouts. He threw it second-most of his pitches, and between the whiffs and a 50% ground-ball rate, he had promise of good results. He really needs it to thrive in order to succeed. But batters overachieved on the pitch, with a handful of line drives and a massive difference between batters’ .248 xWOBA to their actual wOBA of .382.
Law’s curve was his third offering and one that he’s had mixed results with in the past. After his absence midseason, he virtually stopped throwing the pitch, which is unfortunate. He was quite successful with the pitch, and the expected stats, such as his expected batting average against of .031, supports his progress with the pitch.
With only a few changeups under his belt last season, Law managed to escape unscathed. He did get a couple of swings and misses and kept it in the zone, but the same movement that he lost off his fastball manifested in the changeup as well. Because it’s never been more than a show-me pitch, there’s not a lot to expect from it moving forward.