Newberry used the change reluctantly in 2019 at just 3%. It functioned as a show-me pitch to offer the hitter something different, but he only found the zone with two of his changeups. At 87 mph and little break, there’s not much to see here.
Newberry’s four-seamer was thrown 52% of the time and averaged 93.8 mph. Given that the pitch has average ride and little horizontal movement, it shouldn’t be surprising that it surrendered a wOBA over .500. He’d do better avoiding the heart of the plate more going forward (29%).
Newberry buries the slider for his out pitch. It averages 83.6 mph with above-average drop and average horizontal movement. Despite throwing it more than 40% of the time, the slider missed bats at a 44.5% clip and had a wOBA of .152.
Newberry threw his four-seamer just over 50% of the time and located it well, having a 62.3 Zone%, which doesn’t match up with the 17.5 BB% that came along with the pitch. It’ll be interesting to see if that regresses some to the mean in 2019.
Another pitch of Newberry’s where regression could be baked in. His slider managed a 15.4 SwStr% but only an 11.1 K%. Very small sample, but it also contained a 40 HR/FB%, so when batters connected with the slider, it went a long way.