Collette Calls: The Importance of a New Pitch

Collette Calls: The Importance of a New Pitch

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

Writing during this time of uncertainty has been a challenge. I certainly have more time on my hands than I normally do with a partial furlough at work, but material during this time has been tough to come by as I had mostly exhausted my offseason bucket of ideas. Given that we never got to tie a bow on the potential new pitches of 2020, I am going to look back at one of the top graduates of the 2019 New Pitch program: Frankie Montas.

Montas entered the 2019 season as a high-octane arm who was already out of minor league options despite working just 112 major league innings from 2015-2018 around a rib resection surgery that caused him to miss most of the 2016 season.  Statistically, Montas looked like this entering the 2019 season:

ERA     4.90
WHIP      1.58
K%     20.0
BB%     10.0
HR/9     1.3
BA    .288
wOBA    .360

The overall picture was bad, but the splits were even worse. Montas was a three-pitch pitcher coming into the season: using both a two- and four-seam fastball and a slider. The fastball had a lot of velocity, but the command was inconsistent, but the slider was good. Still, he threw his fastballs 70 percent of the time in a league that loves to hunt fastballs. 

StatPerformance vs RHBPerformance vs LHB
ERA             3.47       
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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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