Like German’s fastball, the changeup features heavy arm-side ride, but comes in six ticks slower. German threw the pitch in the zone less often than in 2018 and while the strikeout rate on the pitch fell, so did batters’ average on the pitch. Unfortunately, when batters made contact, they hit it a ton, as the pitch featured a 23.3% HR/FB%.
German’s curveball makes a repeat appearance as a Money Pitch. The pitch featured a 44.6% Zone%, 41.6% O-Swing%, and 20.7% SwStr% and for the second straight year, the pitch had a K% north of 40%. The only negative to the pitch is the 25.8% HR/FB%.
German used his fastball arguably too often in 2019 as it gave up 13 home runs, a 92.1 average exit-velocity against and a 40% flyball rate against. While he’s going to need it to be better to succeed in Yankees stadium, he could stand to elevate it even more than he does and try and get swings above the zone.
German’s curve was by far his best pitch, which batters only managed a .181 batting average against. He still has given up too many home runs and hung the pitch in the zone too often. But his curve qualifies him for his second Money Pitch, and he struck out a whopping 42.6% of batters on the pitch.
German’s four-seam is his primary fastball offering, and he gets some decent velocity at 94.5 mph on average. Still, it wasn’t enough to fool batters as 64.6% of batted balls were fly balls, and he gave up home runs at a 19.4% HR/FB rate. While the average is decent, the .337 ISO shows how badly he was beaten on the fastball.
German’s changeup was a mixed bag last season. On one hand, he’s allowed too many home runs leading to a .233 ISO. Yet, cha-ching, we have ourselves a Money Pitch! He actually keeps the pitch in the zone quite a bit at 52.6%, and he could benefit from giving in less and going for more chases outside the zone.
German has a couple of fastballs in his arsenal that he throws at above-average velocity. His sinker usage increased over the season by about 7% despite the fact that his batting average against rose to .400 by the end of the season. Ironically, he also got more whiffs as the season went on as well, showing that he has some potential with the pitch even though it still gets hit around too often.