Merrit has incredibly low velocity on his fastball at just 86.9 MPH on average, which led to a pathetic 1% whiff rate. Batters tee off on the pitch, putting up a .901 OPS, and it has a -1.3 pVAL.
Because of his poor fastball, Merrit relies heavily on his cutter. This pitch is much more successful because of its stellar batted ball results: a 61.9% groundball rate and 50% IFFB rate.
This pitch is great at getting hitters to chase, as evidenced by its 44.9% O-swing rate. However, it’s dangerous for Merrit to leave it in the zone, as it gets hit for a line drive 43.5% of the time, resulting in a -0.1 pVAL.
Merrit’s best offering is his curveball, which had a pVAL of 2.3. This comes from a 61.5% zone rate and 42.9% O-swing rate. Somehow, he does this with 0.2 inches of vertical movement on average.