Matt Strahm

Age 28 RP
  • Born 11/12/1991
  • Bats R
  • Team: San Diego Padres
2019 Statistics
W-L
6-11
IP
114.2
ERA
4.71
WHIP
1.25
K
118
K%
24.4
2020 Prediction
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2018
2019
Changeup
13.9% Thrown 84.3 MPH 28.2 CSW%
Curveball
17.3% Thrown 80.1 MPH 35.3 CSW%
Four-Seamer
38.3% Thrown 91.5 MPH 30.5 CSW%
Slider
30.6% Thrown 86.0 MPH 30 CSW%

A huge part of his 2018 success, Strahm’s changeup was just okay in 2019, but offers a safe and unexciting 4th pitch,

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Strahm had total command of his curveball in 2019, showing flashes of an elite pitch in the making. He held opposing hitters to just a .176 BAA and has allowed just a .190 BAA over the course of his career.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser

Historically a plus pitch for Strahm, batters teed off on his heater for 13 dingers in 2019. A .323 ISO on the pitch seems the outlier for his career, but he’ll face big troubles if the pitch doesn’t show up for him in 2020.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser

Strahm’s slider has been indicative of Strahm himself. There’s been inconsistencies with the offering, but at times it’s been effective. It may well be the key to his success, or failure, as a big league arm.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
58.0% Thrown 93.4 MPH
Slider
15.3% Thrown 87.1 MPH
Changeup
14.3% Thrown 86.0 MPH
Curveball
12.3% Thrown 78.0 MPH

Strahm gained more control over his primary pitch, keeping hitters to an impressive .202 batting average. He was able to keep the ball in the zone while simultaneously generating more whiffs.

Strahm had decent control over his slider last season, but the most impressive stat is his 23.5% swinging-strike rate on it. In 39 plate appearances, batters hit .114 without any extra-base hits against it.

Strahm’s changeup was elite last season, as hitters struggled to make solid contact. Players only triple-slashed .156/.191/.244 against the pitch in 47 plate appearances in 2018.

It says a lot about Strahm that his weakest offspeed offering, his curveball, gave up a .671 OPS. Perhaps he should rely more on his change and slider, but make no mistake: Strahm is a dangerous pitcher with four dangerous offerings.

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