As Hunter’s only non-fastball, he has just a show-me curve to keep batters honest, with his 13.9% usage rate equaling only ten total in 2019. Thrown equally to batters on both sides, the curve generated a 20% swinging-strike rate and ended with a 33.3% K rate.
The main complement to Hunter’s two-seamer, his cutter was used 33.8% of the time in 2019. Averaging 90.9 mph, the cutter gets average depth, but with 159% more horizontal break than the major league average – not surprising, seeing that Hunter’s 2642 RPM is one of the highest in the league.
Hunter totaled around 53% fastball usage in 2019, but 48 of those belong to the two-seamer, Hunter’s main offering. Averaging 94 mph, the pitch allowed a .333 BAA.
Thrown slightly more often than his two-seam, Hunter’s cutter was not as effective as it usually is. Despite a 40% chase rate, batters still were able to make contact. Hunter let up three home runs, which were his first allowed with this pitch since 2014.
At 96 mph, Hunter has a hard two-seamer. It has consistently been one of his better pitches and kept its success last year. He pounded the zone producing a 67% ground-ball rate.
Hunter’s curve is his main breaking pitch. It took a step back in performance last season, seeing a significant increase in average and ISO against. However, Hunter got more swinging strikes and got hitters to chase pitches out of the zone at over a 50% rate.
Hunter did not throw his four-seam as often last season. He saw significantly more contact especially out of the zone. This resulted in more hits against. He may want to keep this pitch as a last resort.