Steven Brault

Age 28 RP
  • Born 04/29/1992
  • Bats L
  • Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Statistics
W-L
4-6
IP
113.1
ERA
5.16
WHIP
1.50
K
100
K%
19.8
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2018
2019
Changeup
13.9% Thrown 84.2 MPH 20.9 CSW%
Curveball
1.1% Thrown 71.3 MPH 27.3 CSW%
Four-Seamer
64.3% Thrown 91.9 MPH 26.1 CSW%
Slider
20.8% Thrown 82.9 MPH 33 CSW%

Used almost exclusively versus righties Braults changeup was effective in 2019, generating a 2.0 pVAL partially thanks to a 60% ground-ball rate. He did allow more walks than strikeouts with it, so its positive value could be a product of a low BABIP.

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Barely thrown in 2019, Brault’s curveball is one of the slowest in the majors. The one plate appearance that ended using his curveball was a hit-by-pitch, so maybe he should not use this pitch at all.

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In just the 16th percentile for velocity, Braults fastball was fairly bad, being worth -5.7 pVAL and allowing 10 home runs on the pitch alone. The home runs were no fluke either, as he allowed an xSLG of .501 with a launch angle against of 16 degrees. No bueno.

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Back-to-back seasons sporting a 30% HR-FB rate is cause for alarm, but Brault’s slider made enough gains elsewhere (chase rate up 12%, contact rate down 15.2%, swinging-strike rate reached a career-best 22%) to earn a positive pVAL for the first time in his major-league tenure.

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2018
2019
Four-Seamer
44.7% Thrown 92.7 MPH
Two-Seamer
20.6% Thrown 91.9 MPH
Cutter
15.2% Thrown 87.2 MPH
Changeup
12.7% Thrown 85.1 MPH
Slider
5.0% Thrown 82.2 MPH
Curveball
1.8% Thrown 77.4 MPH

Brault threw his four-seamer a little less in 2018 at 45.4% as opposed to 58.1% in 2017. The four-seamer also showed an increase in whiff rate to 22% from 17.5% in 2017. Overall it was a slightly below-average pitch with a -0.8 pVal.

Brault’s sinker had decent batted-ball results this year limiting hitters to a .328 wOBA and a .258 batting average. Much better than last year’s .456 wOBA and .428 batting average. It also had a notably higher whiff rate this year at 22.6% as opposed to 12.1% in 2017.

Brault added a cutter to his arsenal this past year and threw it 16% of the time. It had a good whiff rate of 28.1% and was an overall effective pitch limiting hitters to a .194 batting average and .277 wOBA.

The lefty Brault featured his changeup almost exclusively to righties (206/212). The results were good as it limited opposing hitters to just a .286 wOBA and .242 batting average. It also got a fair amount of whiffs at 33.8%.

Brault used his slider noticeably less in 2018 at just 4.1% compared to 13.1% in 2017. The batted-ball results were horrendous including a .536 wOBA and .467 batting average allowed.

Brault barely used his curve last year (1.9%) which oddly enough is identical to his usage in 2017. The results were thoroughly uninspiring with an 8.3% whiff rate and .582 wOBA allowed.

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