Dodger’s Best Pitches

Fastball

Walker Buehler

He throws his fastball over 50% of the time and it’s in the zone about 2 out of 3 times. He tops out just under 100 MPH and averaged 96.5 MPH on the 2019 season. His spin rate is over that magical 2400 rpm mark that Cole had to pass to become elite. You can read about that in our Brusdar Graterol deep dive.

https://www.mlb.com/news/best-fastballs-in-baseball-2020

Brusdar Graterol

We haven’t seen enough of Graterol to give him the unanimous win, but his fastball looks like it could be more elite than Buehler’s. He has a unique capability to throw 100+ MPH with ease. His movement can be down right filthy. His sinker had an expected slugger of .176. That should say it all.

Curveball

Clayton Kershaw

You can never count out public enemy number 1. Kershaw’s famous curveball has been his most talked about asset since his debut in the Show.

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He may not be the MVP Kershaw we knew anymore, but he is still elite. Largely because of his curveball. He only through it about 16% of the time but its K rate was about 41%. More importantly, his release point is almost the same on every pitch, making it incredibly difficult for batters to see the curve before it’s too late.

Caleb Ferguson

Bend the knee to the new curveball king. I have called Ferguson mini Kersh for a while and his curveball is why. His spin rate on his curve is in the 98th percentile. It’s 3,023 rpm. Absolutely ridiculous and is probably why his curve moves 10% more horizontally and vertically.

His curve has been so good, he was able to just match it with his fastball and that was good enough. But now he added a slider, much like a younger Kershaw did, and he could take a massive leap forward very soon.

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Slider

Julio Urias

His slider disappears to righties and ducks away from left handers. The xOPS of his slider last year was .381 with an xBA of .124. Batters whiff against it a third of the time. Its spin rate is just under 2600 rpm. The average exit velocity was just over 79 MPH. A big reason Urias’s average EV this last year was in the league’s top 1%.

Splitter

Tony Gonsolin

Not many players throw a splitter let alone a great one. However, Gonsolin throws a disgusting split finger in the mid-80’s to go with his already well established arsenal. Players whiff almost 40% of the time. It’s his go-to put away pitch.

Vertically the pitch moves less than average, but almost makes the pitch more controllable. Or at least, the plus movement horizontally is making up for it because this pitch hates barrels.

Cutter

Kenley Jansen

The man threw one pitch for half a decade and killed with it. Again, he may not be the Jansen he once was, but there could be more greatness in this converted catcher.

Even in Jansen’s troublesome ’19 season, his movement was still elite. Horizontally the pitch moved 11% more than the average, and vertically it moved 77% more. His spin rate is still over 2550 rpm.

All his expected stats said he should’ve had better numbers than he did, and we think the big man can still a crucial piece of the Dodger’s pen for a while.

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