1. Increased velocity being in pen
I know that velocity on its own doesn’t make a pitcher, and practically any pitcher that moves from the starting rotation to the pen should experience this. Compare it to his other pitches.
With the increase in his fastball velo, he’s also added such to his slider. In fact, his slider, a pitch he does like to throw, is his most effective pitch. Perez has also created greater separation in velocity between his fastball and changeup. An added bonus.
Another added bonus: fastball and sinker are at about the same speed.
2. Effective against right-handed batters
But Perez is a lefty. True, but Perez is actually more effective against RHB, a point Sullivan makes, but you will see it displayed.
That strikeout rate v. RHB is 35.4%. He’s not as effective against lefties, but he can still strikeout lefties at a very good clip of 31.3%. Might be that slider that gets the righties.
3. Contact rate
Another point made by Sullivan, and we will again show you this.
|2007||NYM||32.8 %||53.1 %||42.8 %||68.4 %||86.9 %||79.7 %||49.1 %|
|2008||NYM||25.7 %||57.8 %||42.3 %||57.2 %||88.5 %||79.3 %||51.7 %|
|2009||NYM||21.1 %||56.9 %||39.4 %||61.9 %||87.0 %||80.4 %||51.0 %|
|2010||NYM||24.0 %||63.5 %||41.7 %||70.4 %||86.6 %||81.4 %||44.8 %|
|2012||SEA||33.5 %||63.5 %||50.9 %||57.8 %||86.2 %||78.4 %||57.9 %|
|2013||SEA||30.9 %||56.7 %||45.7 %||42.0 %||79.9 %||68.9 %||57.3 %|
Yes, you’re seeing things correctly. His contact rate from last season to this season has dropped almost 10%! Could be part of the reason he’s allowed only 4 of 20 inherited runners to score in 2013.
4. He could be cheap!
I know I said the M’s might be publicly stating their not dealing to drive up the price, but Perez is only making $1.5M this season.