Derek Law

Age 29
  • Born 09/14/1990
  • Bats R
  • Team: Texas Rangers
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13.1% Thrown 85.8 MPH 28.8 CSW%
19.9% Thrown 76.8 MPH 40.5 CSW%
36.7% Thrown 94.0 MPH 22.4 CSW%
30.4% Thrown 84.7 MPH 35 CSW%

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

GIF made by Ryan Amore. Blurb written by Daniel MacDonald

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.

GIF made by Ryan Amore. Blurb written by Daniel MacDonald

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.

GIF made by Ryan Amore. Blurb written by Daniel MacDonald

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.

GIF made by Ryan Amore. Blurb written by Daniel MacDonald
51.6% Thrown 93.7 MPH
29.7% Thrown 84.6 MPH
13.3% Thrown 76.6 MPH
5.5% Thrown 83.8 MPH

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.

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