Marcus Walden

Age 32 RP/SP
  • Born 09/12/1988
  • Bats R
  • Team: Boston Red Sox
2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
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2018
2019
Four-Seamer
34.7% Thrown 94.1 MPH 18.4 CSW%
Cutter
28.1% Thrown 91.9 MPH 30.9 CSW%
Slider
37.2% Thrown 85.6 MPH 37.3 CSW%

Walden’s four seamer featured below-average spin rate (38th percentile), averaged just over 94 while topping out at 96.6 mph. Its not much of a bat misser returning an underwhleming 7% swinging K rate (17.5% whiffs).

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

2019 saw Walden cut back on his cutter usage a bit from over 40% in 2018 to 28%. Similar to his four seamer, its a sub-par bat misser returning just a 7.3% swinging K rate (20% whiffs). Walden was very aggressive in attacking the zone with the cutter at a 52.4% clip. And it did a nice job mitigating hitters to a .289 xwOBA.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

We saw Walden lean much more heavily on his slider this past season at 37% compared to just 13.6% in 2018. It was by far his best bat missing pitch returning an excellent 23.6% swinging K rate (44% Whiffs). It also got hitters to chase at an outstanding 49.2% while limiting hitters to just a .229 xwOBA.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore
2018
2019
Sinker
45.0% Thrown 93.9 MPH
Cutter
41.2% Thrown 90.2 MPH
Slider
13.7% Thrown 84.9 MPH

Walden didn’t get a ton of time at the ig league level in Boston, but when he was at Fenway he leaned on his heat, going to his sinker just a bit more than his cutter. Sitting at 94 is great, but he needs to keep that thing down more if he hopes to cement himself on a big league roster

Thrown slightly less than his sinker, Walden’s cutter showed promise in 2018. Given he’s a one to two inning reliever, it might be in his best interest to stick with that over the sinker.

The strikeout pitch. Hitters did next to nothing with Walden’s slider in 2018. It has excellent tilt on it. Walden also has great control and feel for when to turn to this pitch.

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