There’s not much to say about Neverauskas’ changeup. He hardly throws it because it’s not very good. It sits just a couple miles an hour behind his fastball and hardly moves.
Neverauskas shows his curveball a fifth of the time and gets good results with it. The breaker comes in hard at 85 mph, at the cost of some depth. He attacks hitters on both sides of the plate with it successfully, registering a 43% K rate and minuscule .188 wOBA.
Neverauskas features a four-seamer that he throws 57% of the time. It has great velocity, sitting at 96 mph with very good ride to boot. While he does get a very good whiff rate, you have to wonder if it might be even better if he worked it up in the zone more to accentuate the ride. One thing is certain: This is a very pretty four-seamer.
Neverauskas’ cutter is a pitch he should consider scrapping. It has good velocity (92 mph) but lacks movement and is scattered all over the strike zone. At the end of the day, it has a sub-7% K rate and a .402 wOBA, giving up more hard contact than you want to see. It looks like a bad fastball more than anything.
The long ball really plagued Neverauskas, with a gargantuan 35.7% HR/FB rate on a 33.3% fly-ball rate. Combine that with a .400 batting average against and more walks than strikeouts, and the results are a pitch that’s too close to resulting in a hard hit line drive or a barrel average.
Neverauskas’ curveball comes in a good five-plus mph faster than league average with a sacrifice of less vertical break. The combination seems to work for him as he’s only a few percent away from a Money Pitch and struck out 42.9% on the pitch with a .179 batting average against. Batters might catch on to it with a better scouting report, but with how badly his fastball was hit around, he could use a shift in pitch mix. The curve is his best option to increase.
At 91 mph on average, Neverauskas’ slider could easily be a cutter, especially given the lack of movement on the pitch. Instead, it’s the second-fastest velocity on a slider, only trailing Noah Syndergaard’s slide piece for average velocity. Considering his velocity is well above-average on all of his pitches, it fits into his arsenal. Next to his four-seam fastball, which was hammered, it has his best zone percentage and still managed a .182 batting average against without any walks. In this case, he would benefit by letting the slider usage feed off his four-seam in the pitch mix.