Leclerc’s changeup is a middling pitch, with a decent 16.4 swinging strike rate and a solid 30.6% K rate. The pitch net a pVAL of -0.3, despite a comparatively weak velocity difference vis-a-vis the fastball (7 mph)
Lerclerc has still yet to integrate the curveball effectively into his arsenal, throwing the pitch just 38 times in 2019. With a .217 wOBA and 75% K rate(across a small sample size), it might be worth trying to refine it into a weapon
Leclerc saw a fastball offering hit 100.1 mph during 2019, and the pitch has an elite 25.6% K rate. As a table-setter, you could do a lot worse than Leclerc’s offering
Leclerc goes to his 82 mph slider for strikeouts — a 46.4% K rate in 2019 alongside a .189 xWOBA was pretty solid. It was strange to see its usage drop by nearly 5%. General command issues could be to blame, but if Leclerc can bring it all together, he will regain the closer’s job in Texas.
His bread and butter is an extremely high spin fastball that he pumps in anywhere from 92-98 mph. Due to the spin, velocity, and his willingness to change speeds with it, he generates quite a bit of swing and miss with this pitch.
This is the strike-getter. Leclerc has been lethal to righties since his debut, and a big part of that is this breaking ball that he likes to put down and away. It tucks itself right into that corner, leaving hitters no choice but to sadly flail or stare longingly at it before returning to their seat in the dugout. He’ll throw this pitch anywhere from about 78 to 90 mph, giving hitters yet another reason to worry about how they’re going to connect with it.
The most-used of his rarely-used weapons, the changeup generates a lot of swing and miss and is almost always kept down below the zone, but still over the middle part of the plate (which is probably why it looks so appetizing to opposing hitters). He keeps this pitch in the mid-80s, which plays well with his fastball.
Leclerc is technically a five-pitch pitcher, but he only uses two of them about 86% of the time. This two-seamer is not one of those main pitches. It moves a bit, and he throws it hard, but it’s not a major weapon for him. It can often be indistinguishable from his four-seamer simply due to how much spin he gets on the pitch.
A very seldom used offering that Leclerc will toss in just to change speeds. With a velocity in the mid-70s and a 12-6 action, it works for that purpose.