There are a lot of pitchers in MLB, so it is easy to let a few fly under the radar. But for the casual fan, there are a few young guns that came up into the league and have made some noise while flying under the radar. I am here to highlight those lesser-known hurlers.
Devin Williams of the Milwaukee Brewers
The young Brewer reliever has come up and made some serious noise in 2020. Williams’s changeup has been his highlight pitch thus far, but his 97 mph heater is nothing to scoff at either. In 10.2 innings, Williams has an ERA of 0.84 and an absurd 19.4 strikeouts per nine. But what is most impressive with the Milwaukee righty is the 47% swing-and-miss percentage on his changeup. To compare that to the rest of MLB, the league average is a 27% swing-and-miss on changeups.
Williams is the real deal and should be on everyone’s radar as one of the game’s brightest and best pitchers out of the pen.
James Karinchak of the Cleveland Indians
How about the funky right-hander throwing heat out in Cleveland? Through his first 15.2 innings pitched, James Karinchak has an ERA 0.57 and a 17.2 strikeouts per nine innings. As you can see he relies mainly on that big breaker, and that is with good reason. Karinchak registers a 54.3% whiff percentage on his curveball.
If those numbers are not enough to prove that Karinchak is a special talent out of the Cleveland bullpen, how about this? James Karinchak has only given up four hits and currently holds a WHIP under one? The young pitcher is doing his job as a reliever, keeping hitters off of the basepaths.
Josh Staumont of the Kansas City Royals
Josh Staumont is beloved in Kansas City and for good reason, an ERA of 0.79 and 18.3 strikeouts per nine are stats to salivate over for a reliever. His go-to pitch is his triple-digit heater, but it can be argued that his curveball is better. Hitters only hit .111 off of his bender and swing and miss 68.2% of the time it is thrown. For his fastball, hitters hit a measly .263 and swing and miss 32.3% of the time it is thrown.
Keep Them on Your Radar
Staumont, Karinchak, and Williams all have electric stuff that registers a lot of swings and misses. Because of their talent and potential, all three are future horses out of their respective team’s bullpen, so keep a tab on them.
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