Robbie Ray

Age 28 SP
  • Born 09/30/1991
  • Bats L
  • Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Statistics
W-L
12-8
IP
174.1
ERA
4.34
WHIP
1.34
K
235
K%
31.5
2020 Prediction
Coming Soon
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2018
2019
Curveball
16.3% Thrown 81.6 MPH 38.3 CSW%
Four-Seamer
52.7% Thrown 92.4 MPH 31.3 CSW%
Slider
31.0% Thrown 84.2 MPH 30.3 CSW%

Ray’s curve resulted in many more hits and less strikeouts in 2019. Hitters were able to lay off this pitch out of the zone more often but still can’t hit it if they do swing. He ended up getting far less ground balls and many more line drives off the curve than usual as well.

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Ray’s fastball lost about 1.5 mph in 2019 but managed to be much more effective than 2018. He struck out more and walked less getting less contact on pitches out of the zone. He keeps hitters to limited success with this pitch.

GIF made by Nate Watt. Blurb written by Jim Chatterton

The Diamondbacks ace registered his third straight winning season back up by a solid 235 strikeouts, good enough for 5th in the NL. The excellent break on his slider makes it simply filthy to watch. A tasty 21.9% SwStr% thanks to upping his usage from 25.5% to 30.8% served him well. We could well see the slider more in 2020.

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2018
2019
Four-Seamer
53.8% Thrown 93.6 MPH
Slider
25.6% Thrown 84.5 MPH
Curveball
20.7% Thrown 82.6 MPH

After two seasons of double-digit pitch values, Ray’s four-seamer declined drastically in 2018. Its velocity remained consistent, but contact and line-drive rates increased. Ray needs to miss more bats with the four-seamer.

Ray increased his slider usage to over 25% in 2018, a career high. The pitch had massive whiff and strikeout rates for the third straight season. Ray’s breaking balls are simply filthy.

Ray throws the curveball and slider fairly equally, and both are effective. He added vertical movement to the curveball in 2018, and batters continued to flail away at it. The pitch allowed a .169 batting average with a 42.9% strikeout rate.

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