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Six MLB pitchers who have taken a big step forward in 2019

Chris Paddack, San Diego Padres

After storming onto the scene in March/April, Chris Paddack went through some of the normal rookie ups and downs this season. He’s thrown at least 10 innings each month, experiencing three months with an ERA below 2.00 and two months above 4.00. His first half (2.84 ERA) has been better overall than his second half (4.22), but it’s undoubtedly been a huge step forward for the San Diego hurler.

Let’s not forget that the 135.2 innings he’s thrown is not only a career high as a pro ballplayer, but it’s the first time he’s thrown more than 100 innings in a season since turning pro. He also made the leap straight from Double-A to the majors after impressing during Spring Training.

His two most-used pitches in 2019 were the four-seamer and changeup, and opposing hitters had an equally tough time with them. Paddack’s four-seamer produced a 77 wRC+ and his changeup produced a 62 wRC+. And if we throw in his curveball, which he’s tossed slightly more than 10.0% of the time, none of his pitches yielded a wRC+ higher than 94.

For a team like the Padres, who don’t have a ton of legitimate and proven starting options for the future, watching Paddack succeed at the level he did was a welcome sight.

About Matt Musico

Matt Musico currently manages Chin Music Baseball and contributes to The Sports Daily. His past work has been featured at numberFire, Yahoo! Sports and Bleacher Report. He’s also written a book and created an online class about how to get started as a sports blogger. Check those out and more helpful tips on sports blogging at his website.


About Matt Musico

I love baseball and talking about baseball. My work has appeared on sites such as Bleacher Report, Yahoo! Sports, FanSided and FanDuel Insider.

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