Grace’s changeup comes in just five ticks slower than his sinker. While the changeup isn’t his primary off-speed pitch, it is concerning that he managed to throw it in the zone just 15.2% of the time.
Grace only threw his cutter 20 times, but allowed a Z-Contact of 100% along with a 66.7% line drive rate.
Grace’s primary pitch got smashed to a career high 27.3% HR/FB%. Batters made contact on 95.6% of pitches that were swung at in the zone.
Grace’s primary off-speed offering managed a 39.2% K% thanks to a 17.3% SwStr%, but like his sinker, the slider struggled with the longball. Grace allowed a career-high 30.8% HR/FB%.
Grace relies heavily on his sinker which he throws over 65% of the time. While the pitch could still use some development, especially in the swinging strike department, it has been good enough to get a positive pVal last season, with hitters putting up a paltry 76 wRC+ against the pitch
Grace has had tremendous success with his slider as a secondary pitch. The southpaw relies on his slider for 30% of his pitches. It has great movement which helped fool hitters, who had a 17% swinging-strike rate against the pitch last season. In his four seasons in the majors the pitch has been a positive pVal pitch every season.
Grace has been known to mix in a changeup once in a while as a means to keep hitters honest. Although he only throws it less than 5% of the time it has been a solid pitch the past few seasons, with opposing hitters putting up 2 hits, both singles, in 13 at-bats.