Festa’s curveball saw an 18.5% SwStr%, but that converted to just a 16.7% K rate. Regardless, the pitch was used sparingly.
Festa’s fastball hit the zone 60.7% of the time, but the pitch suffered at the hands of the long ball. The pitch allowed a 50% FB rate and a 44.4% HR/FB rate. So it’s a pitch that allows fly balls, which allowed long fly balls? Not a great sign.
Festa’s slider is his primary off-speed pitch, and he managed to throw the pitch in the zone 43.2% of the time. Unfortunately, he didn’t get batters to chase the pitch outside of the zone, as the pitch had a 27.4% O-Swing rate.
We have yet to see much from Matthew Festa, for the reason that his main stuff is AAA material. His primary pitch is his slider which he threw 50% of the time he was on the mound and conceded a 44% LD% when throwing the pitch, which was bad enough to warrant a pVal/C of -4.1
Festa’s four-seamer has been solid from what we’ve seen of it last season. He throws it in the low-to-mid-90s and was a positive pVal pitch last season despite and abysmal 1.5% swinging-strike rate. Hitters were able to get only 2 singles off of his heat in 15 plate appearances last season.
Festa has only thrown his sinker a whopping 8 times in the majors so it’s tough to say what he can really do with it. The pitch, much like his fastball, sits in the low-90s and has already gotten Festa one strikeout in 3 plate appearance