Littell threw three changeups total in 2019 and showed below average depth and slightly above average fade in its extremely limited sample. It was a decent pitch for him in 2018 with a .583 OPS allowed, though still not was not used frequently.
Only appearing six times in 2019, Littell’s curve is clearly not a featured part of his arsenal. Its limited use in both 2018 and 2019 has showed it to have more 12-to-6 tendency, but allowed a .829 OPS in 2018 and was not put in play in 2019.
With pretty average velocity at 93.8 mph, Littell’s four-seamer a bit more sink and run than the average RHP version. It is Littell’s most common 2-strike pitch and succeeds in getting the K a decent 19.6% of the time and shows a good 11.2% SwStr overall. Batted ball results are less encouraging as hitters slugged .437 with a .492 xSLG and three homers in 284 pitches in 2019.
Littell’s cutter flirted with Money Pitch status in 2019, getting good chase (37%), zone (42.8%) and SwStr (15.6%) rates. Listed as a slider in some outlets, it shows significant sink and decent gloveside movement with a 7.3 mph differential off his fastball. Hitters struggled to square it up when making contact, hitting it on the ground 50% of the time and netting just a .214 wOBA and .277 xwOBA.
Littell struggled with control of his primary pitch, the four-seamer, in 2018, allowing a 20.8 BB% versus a 12.5 K%. While the pitch did have a 59.6 Zone%, batters hit the pitch pretty hard, resulting in a .406 wOBA.
Littell’s cutter (classified as a slider on Pitch Info) got taken deep in 2018. Thanks to a 37.5 HR/FB% and .409 ISO, the pitch earned a -3.5 pVal. The pitch did have an 11.1 SwStr% while only having a 9.1 K%, so there may be a little K% regression coming in 2019.
Littell also struggled to control his curveball, throwing 29 balls versus just 27 strikes and hitting two batters. When the pitch was put in play, it allowed a .222 BAA, although he did allow a 42.9 LD%.
Littell’s two-seamer was a success in 2018, earning a .2 pVal. He managed to throw the pitch in the zone 58.3% of the time, throwing 26 strikes and just 10 balls in the small sample.
Littell’s changeup had similar movement to his two-seamer, just 5.6 mph slower. In a pretty small sample, he managed to throw 26 strikes and just 10 balls, while having a 58.3 Zone%.