Phillies 2015 Best Pitches, Part II

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Aug 12, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA;

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Gomez against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

(Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

5. Jeanmar Gomez‘s changeup: .143/.171/.029

Gomez was a really solid signing by Amaro and company. The Phillies needed innings from the bullpen this year, and saw a pitcher in Gomez who would be able to provide those decent innings at a reasonable rate. As I wrote in a previous piece, he was quietly very good.

However, seeing that Gomez actually delivered one of the better pitches on the team is slightly surprising. The changeup was his third most frequently thrown pitch, yet it produced the best results of the three. He only allowed five hits off of the pitch, one of which went for extra bases.

Of all of his pitches in his arsenal, Gomez’ changeup elicited the highest swing percentage, whiff rate and foul rate, as well as the lowest ball in play, groundball, and line drive percentages. All in all, it was an underrated pitch, and one that he would do well to lean on next year once hitters study tape and adjust to him.

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