The lefty’s four-seam fastball averaged 93.1 mph and showed well below-average spin (19th percentile). It did not record a single whiff in 11 total pitches.
Freeman’s splitter averaged 85.8 mph and showed below-average drop. It didn’t record a single swing and miss or chase in seven pitches thrown.
Freeman’s slider averaged 81.2 mph and showed below-average vertical and horizontal movement. It didn’t record a single swing and miss (15 total pitches) but did notch a 42.9% chase rate.
Sherriff’s slider was effective in 2018 with a .143 batting average against. The pitch had a low zone rate and did not generate many swings and misses. The lack of late break of the pitch has aided in the increased contact.
There’s a reason Freeman increased the usage of his splitter, its late downward movement is just nasty. Freeman generated a 46.4% strikeout rate on the pitch, backed by a 27.2% chase rate. Opponents only hit .170 against the splitter but Freeman’s low zone percentage means he can’t increase its usage too much.
Freeman increased his two-seam usage and it’s beginning to look like his primary fastball. The 85.7% ground-ball rate in crazy high and Freeman has induced more swings and misses with this pitch than his four-seam.
The curve has been classified as a slider, but it’s more of a slurve. It’s Freeman’s secondary offspeed option and while it doesn’t get nearly as many swings and misses as the splitter, it can be thrown for strikes. The curve is important to Freeman’s arsenal as it gives him a third pitch he can throw for strikes while keeping hitters off balance.