2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Zack Greinke
Colby Conway takes a closer look at Houston Astros starting pitcher Zack Greinke to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
At the current pace, it may not be long before Zack Greinke ’s age is higher than the average velocity of his fastball! He’s more or less lost his fastball, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a productive fantasy pitcher, let alone an ace in reality. His fastball clocked in, on average just 90 miles per hour, and 46.5 percent usage rate of his fastball last season was the lowest of his career. Fortunately, with a never-ending arsenal of what feels like 38 different pitches, he managed to go 18-5 with a 2.93 ERA across 208.2 innings in the regular season. He wasn’t as good in the postseason for the Astros, posting a 4.68 ERA in five starts, but us fantasy owners care only about the regular season and Greinke was damn good in that realm.
Quick thoughts from the chart above are as follows:
- Fastball usage is way, way down, and will continue to do so
- Changeup usage is way up, as is his curveball
- Where’s his slider going?
Opponents rocked his changeup a bit more...