Neris features a four-seam fastball with solid velo (94.5 mph) and a nice tail. He attacks with it up in the zone on the arm side, and is able to generate a lot of swing-and-miss for a four-seamer — probably because it works well in tandem with his splitter.
Neris loves his splitter: It’s his bread-and-butter, and he throws it 65% of the time. It sits at 87 mph with late fade that gives hitters fits. His 40% whiff rate on the pitch is well above average for a splitter — this thing dominates hitters on both sides of the plate.
The splitter was Neris’ strikeout pitch in 2018. He generated an impressive 45% K rate and 27% swinging-strike rate on the 86 mph offering. He did allow three home runs (25% HR/FB rate), but batters only made contact 48% of the time they swung at his splitter, which is outstanding.
Neris’ 95 mph four-seamer graded out as an average pitch in 2018. He amassed a 31% K rate and a 12% swinging-strike rate with the fastball. He did allow five home runs (26% HR/FB rate) and a high .317 ISO on the pitch while throwing almost 60% in the strike zone.
Neris threw 39 sinkers in 2018, over 100 fewer than in 2017, and it graded out as a negative pitch. He did not walk or strike out a batter with it and allowed one home run out of the four hits given up by the 94 mph offering.
Neris only threw 29 sliders in 2018, and it was a negative pitch on the year. He did generate a 28% swinging-strike rate, but he also gave up home runs on both fly balls hit on this 88 mph pitch.