Not a particularly potent weapon, Leone threw just 8 changeups in 2019, with no real measurable statistics to examine.
Sitting somewhere between a curveball and a sinker, the pitch was not a go-to either way in 2019—opponents whacked a heartbreaking .627 wOBA and 304 wRC+ off of whatever you want to call it.
At 94.7 average velocity, Leon’s four seamer is respectable—the problem is that opponents don’t seem to respect his feelings, smacking it for 17 hits and 4 home runs in just 67 plate appearances.
With an opponent average of just .207 and a healthy 33.3% K rate, the slider served as a respectable middle-of-the-road off-speed pitch for Leone in 2019.
Leone’s cutter was his primary pitch, and deservedly so as it’s the pitch’s third year running as a Money Pitch. Despite getting a 20% whiff rate, he only managed to get 17.9% strikeouts on the pitch. His biggest problem on the pitch is that he can get singled around at times, and the .444 batting average against contrasted with the .083 ISO illustrates his troubles.
Leone’s four-seam, like his other fastballs, fared well against batters, holding them to a .138 batting average against. Similar to his sinker, he limited the extra-base hits on the pitch, and a resulting .034 ISO followed. Like many good pitchers, he has a strong ability to throw it for strikes, but unlike many four-seam fastballs, he also got a 33% strikeout rate on it.
Leone managed to limit batters to just a few singles on his sinker, limiting success despite the fact that he didn’t generate a ton of ground balls. Giving up no extra-base hits goes a long way toward success, and his small-sample success and 2.2 pVal in just 100 pitches credits him with a plus two-seam fastball.
Leone didn’t throw his slider very often — only 5% of the time, down quite a bit from previous years. For the small sample size, he did allow quite a few home runs as expressed in an .857 ISO on a .429 batting average against. He did manage to get a solid amount of swing and miss out of the pitch, but it’ll never be a reliable offering until he can keep the ball in the park.