Hitters made very weak contact against Minaya’s changeup and there is an argument to make that he should throw it more often.
He did not throw too many curveballs, but when he did hitters had trouble putting solid contact on the ball.
His primary pitch, Minaya’s fastball got crushed in 2019 but he was slightly unlucky according to xwOBA. It has above average spin and if he can keep it above the zone it could become a plus pitch.
Like his curve he does not throw his slider often, but when he did it was hit fairly well. The sample size is small but he seems to keep it low and away from righties fairly well.
Minaya is heavily reliant on his upper-90s four-seam fastball. He catches the zone quite a bit, but considering that his hard hit rate increased by eight percentage points on the pitch, the results have been less than stellar. Batters are able to elevate the ball, leading to a lot of fly balls and extra-base hits. Add to it that he walked just under 20% of batters on the pitch while only striking out 17.2% of batters and you have a resulting .422 OBP against.
Minaya’s changeup is his secondary offering that absolutely fools a ton of batters. His ability to get it across for a strike is limited, but that’s more than ok since he struck out 55% of batters on the pitch. If there are two strikes and he can get the pitch under the zone, he can usually get a chase.
Minaya doesn’t throw his slider very often, but managed to have good results on the pitch. He overperformed his expected stats with a very low BABIP on the pitch. Still, he can get some swing and miss on the pitch and has sustained a near 60% ground-ball rate for a couple seasons. As far as a third offering for a reliever goes, it has been very solid.
Minaya’s curveball is much faster than average and doesn’t have a ton of break. He seems well aware of it’s limitations in his pitch mix, only throwing it a handful of times early in the count to keep batters off balance.