Rodriguez’s changeup routinely gave up big hits in 2019. Its .565 wOBA is astronomical, and was not helped by its inability to record even one strikeout.
Rodriguez’s out pitch, his curveball has serious potential. Its 36.0% whiff rate nearly doubled all his other offerings, while holding hitters to a .186 xBA. Hopefully he increases its 23% usage in 2020.
A tale of two fastballs, Rodriguez’s four-seamer has some life while his sinker got knocked around. Their K-BB rates of 17.3% and -9.9% say it all.
A -3.5 pVal pitch, Rodriguez’s four-seamer was hurt by the unfortunate combo of a 25.6 BB%, 51.1 FB%, and a .241 ISO. It only generated a mere 12.2 K% and 6.8 SwStr%, which bodes poorly for Rodriguez’s most used pitch.
Rodriguez’s big looping curveball is far and away his best pitch; he threw it 22.16% of the time for a pVal of 3.8. Over 202 pitches, this pitch was the perfect out pitch, generating an incredible 39.2 K% and an astonishing 45.5 IFFB%, .059 ISO, and an unreal -8 wRC+. This pitch is one to keep an eye on, as it sits on the edge of being a true Money Pitch with a 36.1 O-swing%, 41.1 Zone%, and a 14.9 SwStr%.
With a -3.9 pVal, Rodriguez’s third pitch had a tendency to get hit hard when contact was made, giving up a .353 AVG, .450 OBP, .235 ISO, and a184 wRC+. A 20.0 HR/FB% on a 34.1 FB% with an 88 Contact% likely did the pitch no favors either.
A near neutral pitch by pVal, Rodriguez’s changeup was great at generating ground balls with a 50.0 GB% and a .207 AVG. Unfortunately, when it was hit in the air it had a tendency to clear the fence, with a 22.2 HR/FB%.