Josh Hader

Age 26 RP
  • Born 04/07/1994
  • Bats L
  • Team: Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Statistics
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0.4% Thrown 87.6 MPH 20 CSW%
84.3% Thrown 95.6 MPH 34.1 CSW%
15.3% Thrown 81.9 MPH 39 CSW%

Hader rarely turns to his changeup, only using it 0.42% of the time in 2019. Given the overwhelming success of his fastball and slider combination, it’s unlikely to see more of this pitch in 2020.

GIF made by Myles Nelson. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe

Hader’s four-seamer, for me, is the best in baseball. He threw it over a thousand times in 2019 at an everage velocity of 95.5 mph. It is a pure weapon. Batters hit a measly .167 off it and Hader racked up the Ks with a staggering 48.9 K%.

GIF made by NP. Blurb written by Benjamin Haller

Honestly, his slider might be an even better pitch. A 52.3 K% meant hitters slashed a meagre .070 against his slider. That’s 3 hits, only one was a homer.

GIF made by NP. Blurb written by Benjamin Haller
77.5% Thrown 94.5 MPH
20.7% Thrown 81.9 MPH
1.8% Thrown 94.0 MPH

What else can you say? Hader’s four-seamer was phenomenal. It had a 36.4% whiff rate (17.5% swinging-strike rate), 57% zone rate and shut down opposing hitters to a .232 wOBA and .130 batting average. Hader had particularly big success when using it up in the zone. Quite simply it was one of the best fastballs of 2018 with a 19.7 pVal.

Hader’s slider was excellent. He just about doubled its usage from 11.3 % in 2017 to 20.7% in 2018. It had a 39.3% chase rate, 35.9% zone rate and a disgusting 25.6% swinging-K rate (54.5% whiff rate). If hitters were lucky enough to make contact the results were not too good as it allowed a meager .162 wOBA and a .138 batting average (just 8 hits allowed off the slider all year- no home runs).

There is not too much to say about the sinker as it was barely used at just 1.7% (23 total pitches). It allowed the highest wOBA and batting average of all three of his pitches at .277 and .167, respectively, which is just a testament to how unhittable he was in 2018.

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