Skaggs’ four-seamer didn’t change too dramatically in 2018, sitting a tick under 92 mph with 9.3 inches of total movement. However, his career-high 10.7% swinging-strike rate helped lead to a 7.3 pVal. For Skaggs to build off his excellent 2018 season, his fastball will need to keep missing bats.
Skaggs’ curveball suffered from some bad luck in 2018, with a .398 BABIP leading to a -7.3 pVal. This is his top secondary pitch, and if he can generate a similar swinging-strike rate and a luckier BABIP, he could actually have even better results this season.
Like his four-seamer, Skaggs’ two-seam stayed basically the same, with slightly less arm-side movement. He didn’t have quite as much success, however, only generating a 6.4% swinging-strike rate and surrendering a .923 OPS. Might be better for the young left-hander to focus on the four-seamer going forward.
Skaggs’ changeup tumbled in 2017, but he had a nice bounceback with this pitch in 2018. He generated a 14.5% swinging-strike rate, his highest mark since 2013. This is his number two secondary behind his curveball, which makes him dangerous against both left and right-handers.