Mike Wright’s changeup wasn’t a primary piece of his arsenal, as he threw the pitch just under 5% of the time. It returned an unappealing 5.6% swinging-strike rate and returned a nearly invisible 8.3% chase rate, albeit in a brief sample.
Wright’s fastball averaged 93.3 mph and topped out at 97.5 mph. It showed below-average spin rate (33rd percentile) and returned a respectable 10.3% swinging-strike rate (23.9% whiffs).
Wright featured his slider a little more this past year at 35.5% (30.7% in 2018). As far as sliders go, Wright’s isn’t much of a bat-misser, as it returned a fairly modest 14.1% swinging-strike rate (28.2% whiffs). Wright’s slider, though, did carry an exceptional 48.5% zone rate, so he could get strikes with the pitch at will.
Wright largely eliminated the curveball from his arsenal this past season, as he threw it all of seven times, its 1.2% usage rate down from 6.3% in 2018. The pitch showed well below-average movement and doesn’t seem to be an appreciable part of his repertoire.
Hitting a max of almost 99 mph, Wright can throw his fastball hard. This makes for a solid primary pitch keeping hitters to an ISO of only .139.
Wright’s slider took a big step back in 2018. He got less swinging strikes and way less chases. He also struggled to keep the ball in the yard allowing 23.8 HR/FB.
Even though his sinker keeps the ball on the ground, Wright struggles with it, especially with command. He walks batters at a 20% clip with this pitch and when the ball is in the zone, it is put in play. It’s another pitch Wright did not have a good handle on last year.
Wright threw his curve a bit more frequently than previous years, but he should probably keep it in his pocket. He allows way too much contact and doesn’t get enough swinging strikes for an effective breaking pitch.
Wright limits the number of changeups for good reason. He struggles to hit the zone and allows too much contact.