The four-seamer worked well in five appearances, but opponents plastered the pitch (.315/.375/.485) during a more meaningful 2017 sample size. Although narrowly the most used (28.5%) of his five offerings, it’s hardly his bread and butter. He may need to move away from it even more if his already subdued velocity diminishes after returning from elbow surgery.
The main cog to his 2017 success, Bridwell’s curveball yielded a .211 wOBA and 18.7% swinging-strike rate. It earned a stellar 63.0% contact rate and 6.6 pVal, so he’ll need to harness it again to crack a 2019 rotation upon returning from elbow surgery.
Movement aside, Bridwell’s sinker was highly hittable (87.0 contact %, 6.2 swinging-strike %) in 2017. It also didn’t accomplish its job of generating ground balls (39.1%), which is why it represented his fourth pitch after a four-seamer, cutter, and curveball.
The fifth pitch in his five-pitch repertoire, Bridwell’s changeup compiled a -1.7 pVal in 2017. While it garnered a .281 wOBA, an offering that’s supposed to induce weak contact instead was on the hook for a 34.5% line-drive rate.
Used only a slither less (24.0%) than his four-seamer (28.5%) in 2017, Bridwell’s cutter is also a hittable offering. Opponents hit .284/.310/.481 with just a 7.1% swinging-strike rate. Along with his changeup, it was one of two pitches to procure a negative pVal (-0.5).