Petricka’s changeup has fantastic tailing action, but that did not translate to luring batters of the zone at all. Additionally, batters whiffed much less often in 2019 compared to previous seasons (down to 6.7% swinging strike from 16.7%).
Petricka spent most of his 2019 succeeding in the minors, but his stint in the bigs was less than desired. He throws a 94 mph sinker-like fastball that performed well compared to previous years, allowing no home runs and many ground balls. However, he was a bit too wild, walking twice as many as he struck out.
Petricka only had the opportunity to throw his slider 11 times in the majors in 2019. That did not give it much time to show it off, but it performed well in those few moments.
Petricka’s main offering managed to produce a 55.0 GB%. However, that’s where the positives end. The sinker got hit really hard for the second year in a row to the tune of a .342 BAA and a .412 wOBA.
Petricka’s primary offspeed pitch had a -3.2 pVal with a 16.7 HR/FB%. While it did have a positive 19.1 SwStr%, it really lacked movement (-0.2 xMov, -0.3 zMov) compared with the average slider (2.8 xMov, 1.2 zMov).
Only thrown 64 times, Petricka’s changeup rode a 42.9 LD% to a -1.0 pVal.