The changeup is Elias’ primary offspeed offering. It yielded a solid 15.1% SwStr% and can also be thrown for strikes. Elias increased the changeups usage by over 10% and the results were fantastic limiting hitters to just a 52 wRC+.
The curveball is Elias’ least utilized option and his only breaking ball. It has a sharp 12-6 break and generated an impressive 32.3% whiff/swing. Increasing the spin rate nearly 200 rpm may be the reason for the increase in whiff rate but it came with a lower zone rate. Still, it’s a nice weapon for Elias going into 2020.
Elias nearly ditched his sinker in 2019 in favor of his four-seam fastball. It averages 94 mph. While the fastball was crushed on contact to the tune of a .503 wOBA, both the strikeout rate and SwStr% increased in 2019. With a 60% zone rate, Elias could benefit from throwing the fastball outside the zone with more frequency.
Elias continued to throw his four-seamer a little more than half the time, but added velocity pitching mainly out of the bullpen. He pounded the zone with the pitch and should stick with the four-seam/curveball combo.
Elias threw the sinker at more than ever in 2018, for some unknown reason. The pitch was crushed last season and has always been crushed, with a career .355 batting average against.
The curve is Elias’ primary off-speed offering and has traditionally been an effective pitch. It’s movement returned to near career-high levels and it limited batters to a .159 average.
Elias cut back on changeup usage in favor of his sinker in 2018. It misses bats at a solid rate but gives up too much damage when hitters do make contact.