The changeup worked wonders for Cease in his first season. He managed a 3.7 pVAL despite only throwing it just over 100 times. Once he gains better control of his fastball (fingers crossed), he should have a complete arsenal.
Cease liked to use his curveball against lefties but had surprisingly low swinging-strike numbers on the pitch in 2019. It has a ton of drop and for a pitch like that you would expect it to get more swings outside the zone but it didn’t. Hopefully for 2020 he utilizes it better and is able to do just that.
Cease’s highly-touted fastball was not good in his first foray into the big leagues. It flashed a -13 pVAL paired with a .439 wOBA against. Still, it’s been his money pitch rising up through the ranks, so one has to assume he’ll right the ship.
Managing 29 strikeouts on a pitch he only throws about 20% of the time shows the effectiveness of this pitch, and Cease’s ability to miss bats. The pitch carried a K rate close to 40% and gave up a .242 wOBA.