Tylor Megill’s got a new delivery and it rocks.
Megill debuted last season with a 4-6 record, a 4.52 ERA, and a 9.94 K/9 in 89.2 innings. He debuted last season to little fanfare. He wasn’t talked about the same way a lot of Mets fans talk about Brett Baty, Francisco Alvarez, Ronny Mauricio or even J.T. Ginn.
That’s okay. It’s players like Megill that seemingly come out of nowhere with little to no pressure to live up to massive prospect hype.
Injuries to the Mets staff last season led to Megill’s call-up. He certainly held his own as I stated above. Megill relies on four pitches, a four-seam fastball, changeup, slider and curve.
His primary pitch is the fastball. Last year, the fastball hit a healthy 94.6 MPH. The fastball this year after two starts? 96.4 MPH. In fact, the velocity on three of his pitches have increased topping out at 99 MPH per Baseball Savant(!). The velocity specifically on his changeup has increased to 90.1 MPH from last season’s 85.4 MPH. That’s a 4.7 MPH gain!
In two starts this season Megill is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00. He also has 11 strikeouts (9.58 K/9), and 0 walks in 10.1 innings pitched. What sort of witchery has occurred here?
The answer may be simpler than you think. It turns out Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner advised Megill to work on simplifying his mechanics during the off-season.
It seems to be working. Show and tell time.
Here is a look at Megill in 2021:
Now here is Megill in 2022:
This is quite the change.
You can see that in 2021, Megill stood on the mound facing the hitter right before delivering to the plate.
This year, in two starts Megill stands to his right before throwing to the plate.
Megill doesn’t appear to have gotten larger or bulkier. What’s given his pitches a velocity bump as far as I can tell at least, is the shortened delivery, which gets his offering over to the plate much quicker.
Out of 144 pitches thrown so far, 96 of them have gone for strikes. His CWS last season was 26.8% – this year (although it is a small sample) it’s 30.6%. His SwStr% is 16.0% vs. last season’s 12.1%. (Fangraphs).
He’s allowed one barrel so far out 25 batted balls and as I mentioned above – zero walks allowed.
I know, I know what you’re thinking – Eli, it’s only been two starts! Yes, I’m aware. But if I have learned anything, fantasy baseball or even watching baseball in general is that player adjustments matter.
This is a quote from MLB network by Megill himself in reference to his adjustments, “Simplifying my mechanics and being able to get the most efficiency out of my big-bodied frame.”
“Being able to consistently make my delivery and just dialing that in by throwing all three of my pitches for strikes is going to give me a huge advantage.”
Many have begun taking notice, including our own Michael Simione, who recently stated his excitement of Megill, “I’m no scout, yes I am a Mets fan, and yes Megill has only pitched in two starts but Megill looks like an Ace. He changed his delivery to mimic taller, better pitchers like Zack Wheeler and he also reshaped his breaking ball. If he is somehow on your waiver wire, run. If he is obtainable, trade for him. I am fully bought in.”