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:
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.
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