Vincent threw his changeup just 3.6% of the time so its not a pitch he relies on much if at all. Of the 27 changeups he threw, 20 were to LHB. It showed just about average drop and across last year’s very small sample it returned just a 3.6% swinging-strike rate. But it did get batters to chase at a 44.4% clip.
Vincent’s fastball is one of the more interesting ones you’ll see, as it features well below-average velocity, sitting at just under 89 mph. Yet it returned an excellent 14% swinging-strike rate (24.7% whiffs). It features above-average spin (73rd percentile). Vincent was able to stay up in the zone regularly with his fastball, and it held opposing hitters to a respectable .256 wOBA and .185 BAA.
Vincent showed good control of the cutter, as it held an excellent 48% zone rate. But that came along with a subpar 8.9% swinging-strike rate. The batted ball results were none too kind either, unfortunately, as the pitch allowed a ghastly .419 wOBA (.336 xwOBA) and .344 BAA.
Vincent has always been over reliant on his cutter, so he dialled it back somewhat this season. Despite batters hitting a healthy .344 off of it, he did significantly improved its K% (16.8 to 23.4) and BB% (down from 4.4 to 1.6).
Vincent’s four-seamer is his No. 2 pitch, behind his cutter in terms of usage. The pitch had an excellent 9.1 pitch value in 2018 and has typically been an effective offering. Vincent uses the four-seamer to pile up strikes inside and outside the zone.
Vincent relies heavily on his cutter, and has for his entire seven-year career. The pitch had a negative pitch in 2018 for the first time, with hitters doing ample damage against it (.222 ISO).
Vincent doesn’t throw the changeup too often, about one every two outings. Batters chased and swung threw the pitch a ton, albeit in a limited sample.
Vincent hardly ever throws his two-seamer, just 15 across 62 innings. The two sinkers put in play in 2018 went for a single and a sacrifice fly.