Shawn Armstrong

Age 30
  • Born 09/11/1990
  • Bats R
  • Team: Baltimore Orioles
2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
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2018
2019
Curveball
12.0% Thrown 83.0 MPH 18.1 CSW%
Four-Seamer
58.6% Thrown 93.4 MPH 28.5 CSW%
Cutter
29.4% Thrown 89.8 MPH 25.5 CSW%

Armstrong’s curveball (Statcast categorizes the breaking ball as a slider) follows his fastball’s lead with a 51.4% zone rate, but batters have punished the curve for finding the zone with such certainty: a 90.4% Z-Contact rate is partly to blame for a .343/.378/.457 slash line, as the curveball’s strikeout rate plunged from 63.6% in limited 2018 work to 8.1% last season.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Erik van Rheenen

Chalk Armstrong up as having serviceable four-seamer velocity (maxing out around 96 mph and hovering just below 94) and an unimpeachably great spin rate, reaching Statcast’s 96th percentile. Armstrong exhibits good command of the heater (55.9% zone rate) and the pitch rewards his reliance with a solid 30.5% strikeout rate.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Erik van Rheenen

There’s a theme to sense in Armstrong’s reliable zone location: His cutter notched a 53.4% zone rate, rivaling his curveball and four-seamer. The strikeout rate on the pitch jumped from 4.2% to 15.2%, but his walk rate is also up there in double-digits (11.4%).

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Erik van Rheenen
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
39.6% Thrown 93.7 MPH
Cutter
39.1% Thrown 90.3 MPH
Slider
21.3% Thrown 85.3 MPH

His true four-seamer was a much more effective pitch than his cutter as it had a 24.4% whiff rate and .222 wOBA allowed.

He increased his cutter usage from 18.6% in 2017 to 38.6% in 2018. The results were not good as it allowed a .300 batting average and .341 wOBA and a poor 11.9% whiff rate.

Armstrong’s best whiff pitch (45.8%) his slider was effective in a small sample size limiting opposing hitters to a .080 wOBA.

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