Farquhar Has Changed Up
Danny Farquhar has been on the RDU to TPA Delta Shuttle quite a bit this season, but has been up to stay since August 7th. However, this time around, something has changed.
That something has been his changeup.
Before Farquhar’s most recent demotion to Durham, he had managed to appear in 11 games and face 50 batters over 10.1 innings of work. He threw 55 changeups in the 210 pitches used against those batters and achieved sub-optimal results as the league hit .400 off his changeup. Farquhar also struggled locating the pitch as he often left it up in the zone as well as throwing many non-competitive ones.
We don’t know much about what Farquhar did while he spent most of the summer in Durham, but what we can see is that he came back to the big leagues with an improved changeup in more ways than one. He is throwing his changeup slightly harder these days than he did when he began the season and the pitch also has both more horizontal as well as vertical movement. Farquhar has thrown 191 changeups on the season but a good chunk have come of late as he has really stepped up his usage of the pitch because he is getting better results with it.
|Prior to Demotion||54||25.7%||22.2%||45.2%||40.0%|
Farquhar may be getting better results from the pitch because he is throwing it from a higher arm angle. Earlier in the season, he was throwing from a lower arm slot which tends to make the ball run more horizontally and can lead to a pitcher “getting around” the ball and leaving something up & flat. Most recently, Farquhar has raised his arm slot a couple of inches and note the location of a majority of his changeups in since his recall in August:
Sure, there are still a number of non-competitive pitches out to the right, but there are also noticeably more down below the strikezone as well as away from lefties or down and in to the righties. In fact, he has thrown 53% of his changeups in recent weeks against right-handed batters such as this one to Starlin Castro earlier this month:
Hard not to love Danny Farquhar’s emotion after fanning Starlin Castro with this sweet Changeup last night pic.twitter.com/4qMV0hkHHE
— Pitcher List (@ThePitcherList) September 9, 2016
Farquhar looked like an afterthought in the first half of the season, but to his credit he went to Triple-A and worked on some things. The changeup is a better weapon for him right now which makes his pedestrian fastball look a little better. Since his recall, he has limited batters to a .221/.318/.286 slash line while striking out 34.4% of the batters faces with a 17.4% swinging strike rate. Those are the types of numbers expected of, but not delivered by Brad Boxberger. Farquhar’s work since his recall should certainly help his chances at earning a role in the 2017 bullpen which did not seem possible earlier this summer.