With usage similar to his heater, Cole finds a lot more success with his changeup, to the tune of a .298 wOBA last season and a 35% K rate.
Cole’s fastball is lackluster, but he does manage to keep the ball in the yard, allowing just one homer off the pitch in 2019.
Cole’s slider didn’t generate much by way of whiffs last season, halving his SwStr% from the year prior.
Another pitch that keeps the ball on the ground, Cole’s fastball has good horizontal tailing movement. With that movement, he rarely sees any balls in the air.
A solid secondary pitch, Cole’s slider is effective at inducing ground balls. He can use it to strike out batters if needed.
Cole uses his changeup as a potential strikeout pitch. He gets batters to chase over 50% of the time while whiffing over 25%.