Tyler Chatwood brings new and improved Cutter to Blue Jays

The Blue Jays have signed right-hander Tyler Chatwood to a one year $3M deal with incentives that can push the deal to $5.5M. Wood has made 143 starts in his career but per Shi Davidi, the Blue Jays plan to use him out of the pen.

Chatwood started last season really well. In 12.2 innings he struck out 19 batters, walked only four and allowed just a single run. Small sample size of course but the strikeout process he showed was enough for Dan Szymborski of Fangraphs to write about it. Szymborski mentions how Chatwood had moved away from his four-seamer in favour of his cutter.
Per Baseball Savant, prior to 2020, Chatwood threw his four-seamer roughly 30% of the time. In 2020 he dropped that to just 7.5%. Chatwood’s cutter is very good, he doesn’t throw it hard, averaging just 89.9 mph with it, but it’s his second best pitch for whiffs due to its movement, as you can see in this gif from the Szymborski piece.

Chatwood’s cutter has a spin rate of 2739 rpm, making it the fifth spiniest cutter in baseball.  As you can see it has wicked horizontal movement. The pitch moves 4.7 inches horizontally, …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation