Jason Vargas

Age 37
  • Born 02/01/1983
  • Bats L
  • Team: Free Agents
2019 Statistics
W-L
7-9
IP
149.2
ERA
4.51
WHIP
1.36
K
124
K%
19.2
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2018
2019
Changeup
35.4% Thrown 78.7 MPH 27.2 CSW%
Curveball
15.2% Thrown 70.6 MPH 30.8 CSW%
Four-Seamer
49.5% Thrown 84.2 MPH 27.2 CSW%

Vargas’ changeup found quite a bit of success in 2019. It generated 9.1 pVAL by drawing large amounts of weak contact outside of the zone as evidenced by it’s .217 AVG against, 41.2 O-Swing% and 54.9 O-Contact%.

GIF made by Myles Nelson. Blurb written by Daniel Port

Vargas’ big sweeping curveball, much like his changeup, found success by drawing weak contact outside of the zone. You’d like to see it get more strikeouts, but it’s hard to argue with a pitch that draws a 39.2 O-Swing% paired with a 66.3 O-Contact%.

GIF made by Myles Nelson. Blurb written by Daniel Port

Worth -1.2 pVAL in 2019, the four-seamer is where Vargas gets himself into trouble. Thanks to an average velocity of 84.5 mph, hitters teed off on his fastball to the tune of a 125 wRC+ and a .190 ISO/.829 OPS.

GIF made by Myles Nelson. Blurb written by Daniel Port
2018
2019
Two-Seamer
43.6% Thrown 86.4 MPH
Changeup
29.6% Thrown 80.6 MPH
Knuckle-Curve
16.2% Thrown 73.5 MPH
Four-Seamer
10.6% Thrown 86.5 MPH

While this pitch’s results were better than its dreaded -18.1 pVal of 2017, Vargas’ two-seamer was still below-average in 2018 (-5.5 pVal). He reduced the frequency of the two-seamer’s usage some, but the pitch still ended up allowing a .387 wOBA.

One year removed from being the best pitch of its kind in baseball (21.5 pVal), Vargas’ changeup regressed hard to a -1.3 mark. One of the major factors was an extreme drop in IFFB% from 35.5% in 2017 to 12.0% in 2018. Since infield fly balls are essentially sure outs, that reduction led to more balls in play that were more likely to fall in for hits.

The bright spot of Vargas’ 2018 was the knuckle curve. He had career bests with a 13.3 SwStr% and a 37.1 K%, which led to a 2.3 pVal

His reduced two-seamer usage got reallocated to his four-seamer. The pitch earned a -2.8 pVal thanks to a .362 ISO and .393 wOBA.

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