Tony Watson

Age 34 RP
  • Born 05/30/1985
  • Bats L
  • Team: San Francisco Giants
2019 Statistics
W-L
2-2
IP
54
ERA
4.17
WHIP
1.26
K
41
K%
17.8
2020 Prediction
Coming Soon
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2018
2019
Changeup
37.9% Thrown 86.1 MPH 30.2 CSW%
Four-Seamer
51.3% Thrown 92.9 MPH 26.1 CSW%
Slider
10.8% Thrown 85.6 MPH 34.1 CSW%

Consistently Watson’s most effective off-speed pitch, the changeup yielded a strong .275 WOBA, and a 19.9% swinging-strike rate. It has stymied hitters throughout Watson’s eight-year career, with a 25.0% K rate from 2011-2019.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Daniel MacDonald

Clocking at an average 93.5 mph velocity, Watson’s four-seam is hardly a ripper, and a 45.5% FB rate portends a potential for doom moving forward. A 7.9% swinging-strike rate on the pitch in 2019 was the lowest of his career.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Daniel MacDonald

Hitters feasted on the slider in 2019, with a .507 WOBA and just a 12.5% swinging-strike rate. Watson appears to be stepping back from the pitch, having offered it up just 88 times in 2019 — his lowest since 2015.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Daniel MacDonald
2018
2019
Sinker
50.8% Thrown 92.5 MPH
Changeup
29.6% Thrown 85.5 MPH
Slider
19.6% Thrown 84.0 MPH

Watson’s main pitch kept hitters at bay. He hit the zone much more consistently than previous years being able to set up his offspeed pitches in favorable counts.

Watson took huge strides with his changeup in 2018. In the same amount of at bats he threw the pitch about 100 more times. He allowed no home runs and got a slight increase in whiff rate with a huge drop in contact percentage.

Despite a decrease in whiff rate, Watson bumped up his K rate by over ten percent with his slider. He may have been a bit lucky as he allowed about 12% less ground balls and more line drives.

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