Despite some shaky results (-3.0 pVAL, 119 wRC+), there’s good reason to believe in Suarez’s changeup. With a really impressive 46.8 O-Swing% and 17.9 SwStr% paired with a solid 27.1 K%, the key to really unleashing this pitch for Suarez is going to be for him to cut down on his poor 11.0 BB% with the pitch.
Suarez really struggled with his curveball in 2019, as it didn’t get enough hitters to chase it (29.5 O-Swing%) or strike out enough batters out (16.7 K%). Instead opponents hit it mostly in the air at a 42.9% rate and it left the yard 33.3% of the time. Overall hitters produced a .304 AVG against it with a 1.038 OPS and a .326 ISO.
The fastball was not Suarez’s friend in 2019 as it got walloped for a truly brutal .343 BAA, 1.068 OPS, and 189 wRC+. At 91.8 mph, it just didn’t have the velocity or movement to overcome any mistakes made in the zone.
Suarez’s slider also struggled in 2019 (-1.9 pVAL) despite a pretty solid K% (27.3%) and SwStr% (12.3%). Hitters found success against the pitch despite its average movement and velocity, to the tune of a .455 AVG, 1.182 OPS, and 224 wRC+. Suarez will likely need to figure out a way to get more hitters to chase the pitch outside the zone (21.6 O-Swing%) if it’s going to find success.