Tyler Olson

Age 30
  • Born 10/02/1989
  • Bats R
  • Team: Chicago Cubs
2019 Statistics
W-L
1-1
IP
30.2
ERA
4.40
WHIP
1.63
K
28
K%
20.1
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2018
2019
Changeup
13.3% Thrown 81.6 MPH 19.2 CSW%
Curveball
36.4% Thrown 73.3 MPH 33 CSW%
Four-Seamer
44.6% Thrown 87.1 MPH 31.8 CSW%
Slider
5.7% Thrown 74.4 MPH 25.8 CSW%

A distant third in terms of usage, Olson’s changeup has been reliably average. It’s a decent change-of-pace offering that has held a 40% chase rate throughout his career.

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Throwing the hook almost as much as his fastball, Olson has had some success with the deuce. Opposing hitters have only managed a career .242 wOBA against the pitch, and he’s manintained a 35% K rate.

GIF made by Matt Wallach. Blurb written by Nate Musser

Olson’s fastball has already seen a dip in velocity, even from the low-90s heat he came up with. The high-80s cheddar isn’t fooling anyone, and he’s yielded a career .382 wOBA.

GIF made by Matt Wallach. Blurb written by Nate Musser

Olson has all but dropped his slider, throwing more of a sinker as a de facto fourth pitch. Either way, it’s nothing to get excited about.

GIF made by Matt Wallach. Blurb written by Nate Musser
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
47.1% Thrown 88.6 MPH
Curveball
38.0% Thrown 74.2 MPH
Changeup
14.9% Thrown 84.4 MPH

Olson’s fastball has hovered around 88 mph throughout his career, but he has survived thanks to pinpoint location. That went away from him in 2019, with a career-low 49.2% zone rate contributing to a .923 opponent OPS and a -0.7 pVal.

Olson’s bread and butter is his big loopy curveball, which gained two additional inches of movement on it last season. That led to a career-high 21.6% swinging-strike rate and a .477 opponent OPS. For Olson to find success as a LOOGY, this pitch will need to keep missing bats at an above-average rate.

Olson’s changeup generated a nice 40.0% O-swing rate and a solid 15.2% swinging-strike rate, but his inability to find the zone (24.2%) and opponents tendency to smash it when they did make contact led to a .855 OPS and a -1.3 pVal. This isn’t Olson’s best offering, but can be a useful pitch against right-handers when he’s locating it.

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