Keone Kela

Age 27 RP
  • Born 04/15/1993
  • Bats R
  • Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Statistics
W-L
2-0
IP
29.2
ERA
2.12
WHIP
1.01
K
33
K%
27.5
2020 Prediction
Coming Soon
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2018
2019
Changeup
2.8% Thrown 90.3 MPH 21.4 CSW%
Curveball
43.9% Thrown 81.9 MPH 38 CSW%
Four-Seamer
53.4% Thrown 96.2 MPH 26.4 CSW%

Kela only threw his changeup 14 times in 2019, leading to just one AB, which resulted in an out. The pitch averages 90 mph and is thrown just 2.78% of the time.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Zach Lindgren

A very effective pitch, Kela’s curveball averages 82 mph and is thrown a whopping 44% of the time. It’s for a good reason though, as hitters hit .130/.175/.222 off the pitch, good for a wRC+ of 11.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Zach Lindgren

A fireballer from the back end, Kela’s fastball averages 96 mph, and he throws it over 53% of the time. Despite throwing 270 fastballs in 2019, Kela only racked up eight Ks with the pitch and often uses it to set up his secondary pitches.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Zach Lindgren
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
62.7% Thrown 96.8 MPH
Curveball
35.8% Thrown 83.1 MPH
Changeup
1.5% Thrown 91.0 MPH

Kela brings the heat with his mid to upper-90s fastball. Although it wasn’t as effective in 2018 as it was in 2017, Kaela also had more time on the mound. It’s effective, though not a strikeout pitch.

Kela’s curve is where it’s at. Batters still can’t seem to see it well, missing it often and making weak contact when they do get a piece. He turns to it often; that likely won’t change in 2019.

There are two problems with Kela’s changeup. For one, he throws it too hard in relevance to his fastball. It’s only five miles per hour slower on average. Second, it doesn’t move a whole ton. He has to time it and spot it perfectly for this pitch to work—which doesn’t happen often.

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