The Rockies and Venezuelan right-hander Antonio Senzatela reached an agreement for the 2021 season for $ 3 million on Tuesday, thus avoiding attending the arbitration hearing.
In 12 starts in the 2020 season, Senzatela dropped 153 EFE +, or 53 points better than the Major League Baseball`s average, higher than his compatriot and teammate Germán Márquez (140) and Kyle Freeland (122). Senzatela also had 3.44 ERA, compared to 3.77 from Marquez and 4.33 from Freeland.
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In all, Senzatela was 5-3 and pitched the Rockies' only complete game last season, thanks in large part to changes he made to the way he uses his repertoire.
After going 10-6 with a 5.68 ERA as a rookie in 2017, Senzatela was 17-17 with a 5.73 ERA in 48 games (38 starts) over the next two seasons. According to Statcast, Senzatela pitched his four-seam fastball 72.3% of the time in 2017. That number dropped to 64.1% in 2018 and 61.9% in 2019.
Márquez then suggested to Senzatela at the end of the 2019 season that he use his fastball more and the results came in 2020. He also used his curve more strategically and threw his slider (24.6%) and his change (9.2%) more than ever.
His strikeout rate remained among the lowest in baseball, at 13.1% in 2019, 13.5% in 2020. But Senzatela was able to prevent batters from hitting his pitches as hard.
Friday is the deadline for players and teams to submit their refereeing figures.