Farrell threw his curveball just 27 times but managed to throw the pitch in the zone just 6 times.
Farrell’s fastball got extreme flyball results (72.2%), which helped keep his BABIP down. He also kept the ball in the ballpark with the pitch, allowing just one tater.
Farrell’s slider velocity dipped two ticks but managed to combine a 14.9% SwStr% and 37.5% O-Swing% to create a 36.8% K%. The pitch kept batters off-balance getting a 40% IFFB% and .111 batting average against.
Farrell’s fastball does not get missed often, though he did strike out hitters with it a fair amount. At the same time, he walked hitters with it fairly frequently, too. So he relies on it late more than his other three pitches. However, because he generally locates it well, hitters had below-average success against it.
His primary strikeout pitch, hitters waived at Farrell’s slider a lot. However, they still hit .265 against it on the year. There’s certainly potential with this pitch. If he’s able to take a step forward with it in 2019, this could become a very difficult pitch to hit.
The 6’6″ pitcher throws his hook from the trees. Farrell only threw it 44 times all season but he never gave up a hit on it. Something he may want to turn to more. Or at least find a way to make it a pitch hitters have to game plan for.”
Farrell turns to his changeup the least of his four pitches and with good reason. Based on pretty much every number, it’s his fourth best pitch. It doesn’t move a ton and comes in right around the same speed as his slider—making it more like a batting practice fastball.