And he’s been far from perfect in his time here. He’s only throwing 60% strikes which is not high enough for a guy like him. He’s only throwing a first pitch strike 55.7% of the time. I’m seeing way too many pitches that are too high to tempt a matter to chase, or otherwise too far out of the strike zone. This is not the Alex Well who had a lot of success in the minors.
Another big problem I see is that his change-up is only 5 mph slower than his fastball. Not enough there to throw off a batter’s timing, especially when the batter isn’t gearing up for premium heat in the first place.
I hope the next time we see Wells (if there is a next time), he’s ironed out his command issues. As to the change-up, that’s a pitch he needs to seriously improve if he wants to have any chance of success in the majors.
I fully expect him to hit like Markakis did the last two months of his rookie season. At least, that was my hope for him going into year. Take some knocks first half of year or so then go off the last couple months showing that he is a legit middle of the order MLB bat.
Ryan Mountcastle appears to be heating up, hitting .359/.405/.744 over his last ten games. He’s had four consecutive multi-hit games, going 10 for 17 in that stretch. Overall, his OPS is back up to .775 after slipping as low as .724 on July 20.
I’m hoping he can finish the season strong and give us something to look forward to in 2022.