Devin Smeltzer

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2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
2020 Prediction
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2019
Changeup
25.2% Thrown 82.8 MPH 25.2 CSW%
Curveball
24.5% Thrown 76.9 MPH 29.2 CSW%
Four-Seamer
44.7% Thrown 89.1 MPH 28.2 CSW%
Cutter
5.6% Thrown 82.8 MPH 9.7 CSW%

Along with his curveball, Smeltzer throws his changeup a quarter of the time. The changeup was great at generating swings outside the zone and inducing ground balls. In terms of pitch value, this pitch was essentially league average, but that was largely due to an elevated .341 BABIP.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze

Smeltzer’s curveball also has a very high spin rate, with a sweeping 10-to-4 break. Similar to his changeup, it generates swings outside the zone over 40% of the time. It also had a 26.7% K rate and 1.6 pVALon just 180 thrown.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze

Averaging just 89 mph on his fastball, Smeltzer only throws the pitch 45% of the time. It’s no surprise that it generated a negative pitch value in 2019, despite a high 2,400 RPM spin rate. With just a 6.9% SwStr rate, Smeltzer uses this pitch to get called strikes.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze

The cutter is thrown with the velocity of a slider, but has cutter-like movement. With 44 cutters thrown in 2019, Smeltzer did not generate a single whiff. With a below 40% zone rate, Smeltzer could probably eliminate this pitch in 2020.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze
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