Roenis Elias

Age 31
  • Born 07/31/1988
  • Bats L
  • Team: Washington Nationals
2019 Statistics
W-L
4-2
IP
50
ERA
3.96
WHIP
1.28
K
47
K%
21.9
2020 Prediction
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2018
2019
Changeup
30.2% Thrown 86.6 MPH 32 CSW%
Curveball
13.5% Thrown 77.5 MPH 23.7 CSW%
Four-Seamer
56.3% Thrown 93.9 MPH 26.8 CSW%

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+.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze

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.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze

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.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Max Freeze
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
32.3% Thrown 94.3 MPH
Two-Seamer
25.3% Thrown 93.3 MPH
Curveball
24.0% Thrown 77.7 MPH
Changeup
18.3% Thrown 86.3 MPH

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.

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