Weber’s changeup was ineffective in 2019. It generated only a 7.0% SwStr rate while being responsible for as many strikeouts (one) as walks.
Weber’s most effective pitch by nearly every metric, his curveball was responsible for zero barrels all season long, while garnering the lowest contact rate (30.3%) of all his pitches.
For being such a soft thrower, Weber still relies on his fastball an awful lot. Averaging less than 90 mph, it expectedly does not generate many whiffs (9.5%) or strikeouts (18.7%). However, it was effective at limiting hard contact (85.8 mph average exit velocity).
Introducing the slider to his repertoire last season, Weber has only tallied nine total over the course of his career at the major league level. Five of those nine times, the opposing batter has swung and missed, so it might be worth Weber’s while to experiment with the pitch more.
Weber features a two-pitch arsenal with the sinker as his primary offering. It has significant arm-side run and generates ground balls about half the time. Weber saw a decrease in zone rate on the pitch which decreased its overall effectiveness.
Weber struggled to throw his curveball for strikes, ending with a sub-30% zone rate. It’s likely the additional two inches of horizontal break and extra inch of vertical drop that made it difficult to throw for strikes. If Weber can’t get hitters to chase this pitch, he will need to develop a third pitch.