Wendelken has been throwing his changeup harder every season, up from 83.5 mph in 2016 to 86.48 mph in 2019. It’s becoming slightly less effective each season too, ending last season with a -0.5 pitch value.
Wendelken’s curveball was his weakest pitch last season with a -0.9 pitch value, the first time it ended up with a negative value in his career.
Wendelken found new life on his fastball in 2018, and while his average velocity dipped slightly to 94.8 mph compared to last year’s 95.2 mph, that can be attributed to the addition of a sinker to his four-seamer. He threw that sinker just 6.6% of the time, but it helped him keep the ball in the park, posting a 5.0% HR/FB ratio in 2019.
A brand new addition to Wendelken’s arsenal in 2019, his slider was the only pitch outside of his fastball to generate positive value last season with 1.6.