With a 96.3 average velocity, Wingenter’s fastball is a weapon. Hitters weren’t biting on anything outside of the zone in 2019, though (just a 13.4 O-Swing%), and an 8.8% swinging strike rate – coupled with the fact that he’s a two-pitch guy – suggests that hitters had a bead on him in his first full season.
Likely because of the 10.0+ mph velocity difference with the fastball, hitters bit on the slider a ton in 2019. The pitch yielded a solid .245 opponent WOBA and just one home run, along with a strong 22.7% swinging strike rate. All of this contributed to a 5.9 pVAL.
Wingenter throws his fastball very hard. This pitch also has a good bit of movement. The problem is, Wingenter has quite a time controlling this offering. The baseline talent is there, evidenced by a 14.9% SwStr rate. If the 6’7″ flamethrower can harness some control, this pitch could be outstanding.
Wingenter’s slider was awesome in 2018. In just 100 pitches, it produced a 19% SwStr rate, a 53% GB rate and 20 infield fly balls. Add all that up and you get a 3.2pVal and a .119 wOBA. Let’s hope that he can keep similar metrics over the course of a full season (as well as show his 55 grade change a few times too!).