This thing tops out at 82.8 mph, yet Makita’s fastball still generates a decent amount of swing-and–misses (13.9 swinging-strike percentage). How long can that last? Probably as long as Makita keeps getting insane arm-side run. Improving an off-speed pitch might help make this more effective in the future.
Makita goes to the slider more than anything but his fastball. It’s certainly his best secondary pitch when compared to his others, but all things considered, it’s still not that good of a pitch. Given his role and limited usage, it might be best if he drops everything but this and his fastball and harnesses both.
Makita’s sinker was alright at best in his rookie campaign. It sure generates a ton of ground balls, but too many line drives. He’s got a ton of arm-side run, but that’s only going to get you so far.
Definitely a pitch batters like to see. When Makita’s hook flutters in, few miss it. Those who do put it in play reached safely every time. He may want to junk this and invest more in his slider.
Makita didn’t go to the changeup often in 2018, and with good reason. Hitters put it in play two-thirds of the time and .333 off it. A pitch he needs to work on or even consider abandoning.