Despite improvement each year, Crick has barely thrown his changeup, offering the pitch only 3 times in 2019. It’s an afterthought of his repertoire.
Crick’s ballooning walk rate was caused in a big way by an inability to throw his fastball for strikes in 2019. He issued 26 free walks on the pitch alone. a 23% walk rate just won’t do. His heater has shown life in previous seasons; he’ll look to find it again in 2020.
Crick’s slider went from utterly filthy in 2018 to just good last season. His K% stayed elite, but he left the pitch up in the zone more often and saw a higher fly ball percentage because of it. Just another reason he’ll need to find his command to be successful.
Crick’s fastball averaged a robust 95.8 mph and had a very good whiff rate of 25%. He also increased his usage of it to 57% from 40% in 2017. Overall it was an effective pitch with a 4.8 pVal.
Crick’s slider was an very effective pitch in 2018. It showed a better whiff rate at 43.6% up from 35.3% in 2017. He also had great command of the slider with a 44.1% zone rate. Overall it was good for a 6 pVal.
Crick threw his sinker a little more at 15.9% as opposed to just 3.5% in 2017. It was a poor swing-and-miss pitch but it was otherwise good at limiting hitters to the tune of a .273 wOBA and .227 batting average.
Crick barely used his changeup at just 1.3%. Almost all of them (13/14) were thrown to lefties. It did not allow a hit and had a 33.3% whiff rate.