Wood nearly doubled his changeup usage from 2018 to 2019 after not throwing a single one in his rookie season. It was moderately effective, generating a 0.4 pitch value this past season, compared to -1.0 the season before.
After throwing his curveball 16.4% of the time in 2018, Wood nearly turned his back on this pitch entirely, only using it 4.97% of the time.
Wood has completely changed his pitching style since being called up to the majors in 2017. That season, he only threw his fastball 40% of the time at an average 90 mph. In 2019, he threw it 65.2% of the time with a much-improved 93.5 mph velocity.
Wood effectively replaced his slider with a cutter sometime in 2018, dramatically changing his pitch selection since he entered the league in 2017. He relied on his slider 60% of the time his rookie season and didn’t throw a single one in 2019, instead turning to his cutter 27.5% of the time.
This is an interesting pitch, as it sits at 94 mph-plus with a ton of ride. It carries a decent swinging-strike rate but a boring chase rate and a bad 14.9 walk percentage. If he can command it a bit better, Wood stands a good chance to increase its 0.7 pVal.
Wood’s slider carries above-average break and sports fantastic swinging-strike (16.7%), chase (38.6%) and zone rates (43.6%). This was a nasty whiff-getter, and its 1.2 pVal was only held down by its low volume, being thrown only 156 times.
The righty’s rainbow hook featured significantly above-average drop and limited batters to a .036 ISO. Its swinging-strike and chase rates were unimpressive for a breaker, and it carried an unsustainable 48.3% K rate, but it showed promise as a secondary.
There was a lot of noise over the 48 changeups Wood threw in 2018, including a .571 BABIP. Still, it featured above-average drop and carried a 16.7% swinging-strike rate (and a near-60% grounder rate), so it can be a useful out-getter if he can tamp down the walks (14.3 BB%).