Popping up on nearly every tool time list to date, Oyervidez does not lack a fine assortment to hurl. His combination of fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup – and the effectiveness of each – puts him at the front of the list.
His biggest question, and this is common knowledge by now, is the execution of each pitch. When he is in the zone, each of the pitches is above average. He simply isn't in the zone often enough.
2. Cesar Ramos
The lefty has a nice assortment of pitches, beginning with a plus repertoire of off-speed pitches. Ramos throws two distinctly different breaking balls – a curveball and slider – adds a plus changeup, a cutter and, of course, his fastball.
One of the problems for Ramos is finding the feel of each pitch through the first two innings of a game. He will generally dabble with each and it takes him some time to figure out which is working and which should be shelved.
3. Wade LeBlanc
With his high leg kick and devastating off-speed pitches, LeBlanc is the epitome of "crafty" lefty. He throws two different changeups by altering the grip and has a curveball that shows excellent drop. LeBlanc also has the customary fastball and a cutter.
A concern moving forward is fastball command. He needs to be able to spot the pitch at will to make the rest of his repertoire downright dominating – and it comes from inconsistent release points and not getting full extension on the heater.
With two fastballs that have multiple looks from his three-quarters arm slot, one offering nice sink and the other coming in with a late burst, Buschmann sets up hitters nicely.
His slider is his finisher and his pinpoint accuracy of it down in the zone tends to lead to strikeouts. He also has a changeup, which varies in effectiveness. Buschmann's goal is to continually stay on top of the ball to give it its downward movement.
Already knowing the importance of a first pitch strike, Faris is also a pupil of throwing his stuff in off-counts, working his fastball in when they expect the changeup and vice versa. He also tosses in a curveball and slider to further baffle hitters.
Faris inevitably gets in trouble when he misses on the first pitch and has to work from behind. Since he does not have an above-average heater he must rely on his knowledge and spotting his pitches.
Also in consideration (alphabetical):
He has four pitches – and most relievers use only two. Higelin usually brings three into every game.
He, too, has four pitches and what works in the pen is what he brings into a game.