With a fastball whose average velocity prior to this season was around 92 mph, Roy Halladay may not have been considered a pitcher who got by using only his power until this point in his career.
However, the recently turned 35-year-old’s pitching style may resemble more of a finesse manner more so than ever during his 14th season in the major leagues.
After logging over 2,500 innings in his career, Halladay’s cutter has averaged 89 mph through eight starts this season, its lowest velocity since the pitcher joined the Phillies prior to the 2010 season.
But, rather than his age or health being reasons for the decrease in velocity, might Halladay simply be transitioning into a pitcher who focuses more heavily on command and pitch movement?
Here are four ways in which Halladay has been pitching more than ever like a finesse pitcher this season.
(Note: All statistics and information relating to pitches were obtained from fangraphs.com)