Vazquez significantly reduced his usage of his changeup in 2019, only throwing it 7.84% of the time, compared to 19.1% of the time in 2018. While it used to be one of his most valuable pitches, generating 2.3 pitch value in 2018 and 4.3 pitch value in 2017, turning away from it this past season clearly didn’t hurt his overall numbers.
Vazquez more than doubled his reliance on his curveball this past season, throwing it 13.95% of the time compared to just 6.4% of the time in 2018. Along with that jump in usage, it was also far more effective compared to last year, jumping up from -0.4 pitch value in 2018 to 0.9 in 2019—a minor positive, but still enough to help him generate positive value with every single pitch in his arsenal.
Vazquez’s fastball was able to touch 102 mph and had an above-average swinging-strike rate for fastballs. It was worth 8.3 pVAL in 2019 and was quite the valuable fastball.
Vazquez’ slider made for a tough at-bat for lefties, as it had late break and got away before they could get the bat on it. A 19.6% swinging-strike rate and 40.9% O-zone rate show elite this pitch is.