Michael Wacha

St. Louis Cardinals

Pitch Repertoire At-A-Glance

Michael Wacha has thrown 13,836 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Change using a Circle Change grip (85mph), also mixing in a Cutter (89mph) and Curve (75mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (92mph).

BETA Feature:
Basic description of 2019 pitches compared to other RHP:
His fourseam fastball generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' fourseamers, has essentially average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, is slightly firmer than usual and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups. His cutter is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers' cutters. His curve results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' curves, has a sharp downward bite and has slightly below average velo. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he's only thrown 10 of them in 2019) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers' sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has less armside run than typical and has little sinking action compared to a true sinker.