Just beating out his slider in usage to register as his secondary pitch, Plesac’s changeup limited hitters to just a .208 batting average in his debut season. It doesn’t have any special movement, but it’s hidden nicely and provides enough deception for his four-seamer. It registers a solid 2.2 pVAL with a 12.8% swinging-strike rate and healthy 47.7% ground-ball rate.
Plesac only flashed his curve in 2019; obviously he doesn’t quite have the confidence in it yet at the big league level. He threw it just 190 times, and it generated a solid 50% groundball rate. However, it didn’t fool hitters outside the zone with just a 6.4 SwStr%.
Plesac was a pleasant surprise for the Indians in 2019 after a gluttony of injuries in their rotation. He hadn’t pitched above Double A coming into the season but went 8-6 with a 3.81 ERA over 21 starts in the majors. His four-seamer, which he throws 50.6% of the time, sits just above average with a solid average velocity of 93.9 mph. It has plus vertical and horizontal movement and generates pop ups at a decent rate, 33.9 IFFB%. It doesn’t tempt hitters to swing outside the zone, however, and has a measly 7.1 SwStr%. This is something Plesac will need to work on in 2020.
Oooh baby, this pitch is worth a full article, never mind a little blurb. Plesac threw his 79.4 mph slider pretty much exclusively to right handers and got some fantastic results: a 17.2 SwStr% whilst pitching 44.5% in the zone with a tasty 32.5% O-Swing%. The pitch has a 3.2 pVal going into 2020, and has an encouraging 4.8% HR/FB ratio. More please!