Wright’s fastball touches the low 80s as a change-of-pace pitch off the knuckleball. His usage has steadily declined as he relies even more on the knuck.
Wright, whenever he returns from Tommy John surgery, will once again rely on his knuckleball almost exclusively. It has been a Jekyll-and-Hyde pitch over the last four seasons, reaching a peak pVAL of 8.1 in 2016 and a dismal -16 mark in 2017. As this pitch goes, Wright goes.
One of the last of a dying breed, Wright’s flutterball got a few more swings and misses this year with a 20.9% whiff rate as opposed to a 13.7% mark in 2017. All the while it continued to puzzle opposing hitters to the tune of a .292 wOBA and .220 batting average. Overall it was good for a 6.7 pVal.
His fastball, relatively speaking of course, sits at just under 84 mph and was reasonably effective as a very seldom used (7.5%) play off his knuckler.
The curve is just a “show me”” type pitch rarely used at just 5.2%. When he did throw it Wright got a fair amount of whiffs (44.3%). Sitting at 67.3 mph it’s significantly slower than his knuckler at 75.9 mph. “