Steckenrider cut back on his reliance on his 94.71 mph fastball last season, throwing it nearly 15% less often than the season before. It was also less effective, generating -1.1 pitch value in 2019, the first time it ever ended up with a negative value in the majors.
Steckenrider scaled back on the number of pitches the threw from four different offerings in 2018 to just two in 2019. All of his extra attention went into his slider, which he threw 37.97% of the time last season, compared to just 3.7% of the time the season before.
Steckenrider increased usage of his primary pitch as the season went on, from 61.9% in April to 78.5% come September. The pitch performed well, sporting a 7.1 pVal despite decreases in SwStr% (14.0 to 10.2), O-swing% (28.1 to 21.9), and K% (36.0 to 28.7). On the positive side, the pitch had a nice .296 wOBA and increased the IFFB% (14.3 to 35.3).
Steckenrider’s main secondary pitch is a hard slider (sometimes identified as a cutter) that had decent results in its first year (.5 pVal). The pitch had a 40.4 Zone%, 39.3 O-swing%, and 17.6 SwStr% but did allow a 23.1 HR/FB%. It will be interesting to see if Steckenrider increases his hard slider usage in 2019.
Steckenrider rarely went to the changeup, and while it was only about 5 mph slower than his four-seamer, it generally fooled batters into being way out in front. The pitch had a .091 BAA and 60.0 GB%.
Steckenrider faded his curveball down the stretch, throwing it just 2% of the time in August before not throwing any in September.