Milone’s changeup was his go-to pitch all year, using it almost 50% of the time in counts with two strikes (257 out of 542 times). It was also very effective since he was able to keep it low in the zone all year, which generated the highest ground-ball rate of all his pitches at 45% as well as the lowest average exit velocity at 83%.
Milone’s curveball lost 5 inches of vertical and 1.3 of horizontal drops from last year, but that did not stop it from being an effective pitch with its elite .208 batting average against. It gained 1.6 mph in velocity which a good sign, but one thing to look out for is the amount of home runs allowed relative to the pitch type count, which was much higher for his curevall (5.56% vs 1.78% for the second highest).
Milone’s fastball was his kryptonite this year. He had trouble keeping it away from the middle part of the zone and combined with the rather low velocity of the pitch, it ended up having the highest fly- ball rate of balls in play among all his pitches, which eventually resulted in 13 homeruns allowed.
Milone had trouble with the contact allowed on his slider allowing an average exit velocity of 90 mph as well as a wOBA of .375. His fastball and changeup being used much more frequently than the slider and curveball may be explained by Milone’s awareness of how (in)effective they are compared to his peers in the horizontal and vertical break department, with the former two being above league average and the latter two being far below average.
As a main pitch thrown about 60% of the time, Milone struggles with his sub 90 mph fastball. He allowed 50% fly balls against with an ISO of .258. He should start throwing more breaking pitches to see more success.
As Milone’s primary offspeed pitch, his changeup had a 22% whiff rate with over a 50% chase rate. Milone rarely throws it for a strike with a 25% zone rate, yet doesn’t throw it in three-ball counts. Despite this, he allowed good contact with a .333 average against.
Milone’s slider was another one of his breaking pitches he did not throw regularly. His slider did get some swings and misses, but the contact allowed was usually in the air.
Milone barely threw his curve in 2018. However, the one hit he did allow was a home run.