Andriese is fairly changeup-heavy at 37% of his usage, and works the pitch to both righties and lefties. It sits at 86 mph without much run, but it does have nice sink to it. It’s the type of pitch that looks like a fastball coming in but falls off the table and under the barrel when hitters commit to it.
Andriese’s breaking ball is an 81 mph 12-6 curve. Much like his change, it doesn’t have much horizontal movement, and instead features more depth. At 81 mph, it’s on the harder spectrum for curveballs, and because of that, it has a tighter, later hook rather than looping in. Andriese throws his bender about 11% of the time but doesn’t have a ton of success — it allowed a .501 wOBA in 2019.
The four-seamer is Andriese’s most featured pitch at about 50%. The velo is a tick below average, sitting 92-93 mph, and the movement profile is pretty average, too, with a little ride and a little run. All that said, Andriese still manages to get a 24% whiff rate on it, which is above average. It may be because it plays up off his changeup and curve, which all appear to come out of the same arm slot.
Andriese threw merely a handful of sliders in 2019, but given the decent results, I wonder it might benefit him to throw more. Like the rest of his repertoire, it has a tight break to it, cutting almost straight down. Frankly, it’s almost a mirror image of his changeup, sitting at 86 mph with similar depth, but moving in the opposite direction.
Andriese throws his four-seamer in the low to mid-90s and it has registered as a slightly below-average pitch with a -0.2 pVal/C. Still batter hit .289 with five home runs against Andriese’s fastball in 114 ABs last season while putting only 27% of balls in play on the ground.
Andriese’s changeup was mixed in with his fastball as a second primary pitch which was thrown north of 40% of the time. It induced grounders on 60% of hits, and registered a swinging-strike rate of 17%. It functioned mainly as a strikeout pitch, but also had a high HR/FB rate of 35%/
Last season we only saw Andriese throw his curveball 8% of the time, but perhaps it would help if he threw it more often as he never gave up a walk when throwing it and batters got just one extra-base hit against the pitch last year. That was good enough to get Andriese a 2.1 pVal/C on the pitch, and we should look for him to throw it more often next season
Matt Andriese’s cutter is his least utilized pitch in his arsenal. Although it got hitters whiffing 20% of the time last season, the pitch only hit the zone on 33% of his pitches. Hitters took advantage of Andriese’s command issues and when the cutter was in the zone, it was mashed, with hitters smacking 2 long balls in 13 plate appearances.