Stanek’s primary offering was a mixed bag in 2019, allowing eight big flies, while being a solid setup for his secondary pitches. If he can keep it in the yard, he should have continued success.
Stanek served primarily as an opener in Tampa Bay before seeing save opportunities with the Marlins after a trade. His split-finger is his swing-and-miss pitch, registering a heady 57.4 K% in 2019. It flirts with the low end of the zone and should be seen more if he is to take up closer duties in Miami.
Stanek loves to throw the slider outside the zone, and it has been effective during his rise to prominence as an opener and long reliever.
Stanek’s primary offering is his four-seam fastball which sets up his secondaries. It typically stays up in the zone and since it hits 100 mph, it’s difficult to catch up with. The fastball generates a lot of fly balls and pop ups which help keep the BABIP in check.
The slider is Stanek’s primary offspeed offering and one of two pitches that puts hitters away via the strikeout. While the slider has an average chase rate, it gets swings and misses at an elite rate. Stanek could benefit by increasing its usage for a second straight season.
Stanek’s splitter is a great put-away pitch with late break down and out when executed low in the zone. The .065 batting average against and near 30% swinging-strike rate on the pitch speak for themselves. Stanek has trouble throwing it for strikes which is why the usage isn’t higher.