His third fastball, Shafer’s cutter comes in between his four-seam and sinker when it comes to effectiveness. Averaging just 90 mph, it is slower than the other two but has good glove side run that can get under the hands of left-handed batters.
Thrown 27% of the time, the slider is Shafer’s main offspeed pitch but he surrendered 4 HRs off it in just 45 ABs. The pitch averages 86 mph and has a tight late break that can move away from right-handed batters. Look for him to reduce his HR rate in 2020.
Shafer throws a combination of three pitches, with his sinker being his main weapon. He throws it in the low 90s and induced an impressive triple-slash of .077/.294/.077 when he threw it.
Shafer’s four-seamer could use some work and has plenty of room for improvement. In the small sample of pitches he threw, his fastball allowed a pathetic -4.0 pVal/C.
The third pitch in Shafer’s repertoire, his slider, needs a lot of work before it is a viable major league offering. When they see it, hitters hit a whopping .300 against it.
We have only seen Shafer throw his changeup four times in his major league career, and it’s by far his least utilized pitch. He throws it in the mid to high 80s, and we’ll wait to see if he incorporates it into his arsenal as the year progresses.