Gonzales’s changeup came in seven ticks slower than his sinker and despite an 11.6% SwStr% and 38.5% O-Swing%, got just a 12% K%.
Gonzales’s curveball got BABIP’d to death as it allowed a .366 BABIP, which led to a .348 wOBA.
Gonzales threw a four-seamer up in the zone and a sinker down in the zone. Both fastballs came in around 89 mph and hit the zone north of 55%. The sinker’s HR/FB% nearly quadrupled from its 2018 rate up to 17.5%. The four-seamer did a decent job of keeping the ball in the park (2.6% HR/FB%) despite a 48.8% FB%.
While Gonzales’s cutter hit the zone at the same rate as in 2018, a decreased SwStr% and O-Swing% led to a decreased K% in 2019.
Gonzalez’s sinker has a lot of room to improve. He uses it in hitters counts and batters have responded by teeing up against the pitch. Although the ball doesn’t leave the park often against Gonzalez’s sinker, it still allowed a .303 BA and a .424 OBP.
Gonzalez throws a solid changeup that is thrown in the zone at a rate near 40% and has a respectable 12% swinging-strike rate. The pitch also suppresses power as it has only let the ball leave the yard 4 times in 208 plate appearances last season.
As a knockout pitch Gonzalez’s cutter is great. It has a 32 K%, and hitters only managed a .223 BA when facing the pitch. In addition, the pitch is thrown with great command as Gonzalez managed to hit the zone 57% of the time when throwing his cutter.
Gonzalez’s curveball doesn’t get a ton of strikeouts, but don’t let that fool you. The pitch was thrown with great command and caused hitters to chase out of the zone. If Gonzalez can get more whiffs out of his curve next season it has the potential to be an elite pitch.