Trevor Hildenberger

Age 29
  • Born 12/15/1990
  • Bats R
  • Team: Boston Red Sox
2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
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2018
2019
Changeup
36.4% Thrown 76.7 MPH 30 CSW%
Four-Seamer
4.6% Thrown 91.0 MPH 14.3 CSW%
Sinker
32.7% Thrown 87.4 MPH 33.6 CSW%
Slider
26.3% Thrown 76.6 MPH 25.9 CSW%

The changeup is arguably his best pitch, but carried a -0.1 pVAL a year after posting a 4.4 pVAL in 2019. Allowing a .250 BAA and striking out 25% of batters, the change is of average depth while getting below-average break.

GIF made by Ben Palmer. Blurb written by Nicklaus Gaut

Utilized only 4.6% of the time in 2019, Hildenberger’s four-seamer averaged 91 mph and had 23% less drop than the major-league average, but also had 14.8 inches of horizontal break – compared to the 7.1 inches of the average heater. He only threw it 16 times, but none resulted in a hit.

GIF made by Ben Palmer. Blurb written by Nicklaus Gaut

Paired with his changeup, Hildenberger’s sinker is his main fastball and averaged 87.4 mph last season. The pitch got average movement on both planes and allowed a gaudy .619 batting average against it.

GIF made by Ben Palmer. Blurb written by Nicklaus Gaut

Hildenberger’s slider is thrown around 76 mph and gets above-average depth, but 44% less break than the average slider. The slider had a 26.3% usage rate but was thrown mostly to right-handers, with lefties only seeing 18 sliders from Hildenberger all season.

GIF made by Ben Palmer. Blurb written by Nicklaus Gaut
2018
2019
Sinker
37.0% Thrown 89.0 MPH
Changeup
32.9% Thrown 78.1 MPH
Slider
23.0% Thrown 78.4 MPH
Four-Seamer
7.2% Thrown 92.6 MPH

Even though it is his primary pitch, Hildenberger’s sinker is not effective. Batters make contact 94% of the time and also only chase this pitch 16% of the time. It’s tough survive when throwing a pitch that rarely goes for a strike without getting blasted.

Thrown about a third of the time and almost interchangeably with his primary sinker, Hildenberger’s change is quite a pitch. At a 26% whiff rate and 50% chase rate, Hildenberger strikes out 40% of batters faced while allowing a .168 batting average against.

Hildenberger’s only breaking pitch is his slider. As that kind of pitch, it doesn’t do what it should. He doesn’t get enough whiffs and he ended up with a .250 ISO against.

As Hildenberger’s fourth pitch, his fastball is a fine offering to be thrown less than 10% of the time. Despite the reasonable amount of contact allowed, he hasn’t given up many hits against it.

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