Randy Dobnak‘s 2019 campaign ended with him being one of the infamous faces of the Minnesota Twins’ American League Division Series matchup with the New York Yankees (the Twins were swept). This season he has been a godsend for manager Rocco Baldelli‘s starting rotation.
Prior to surrendering four earned runs across two innings in Game 2 of the 2019 ALDS, Dobnak was a late-season emergence for the Twins. Recording a 1.59 ERA across nine appearances, five of which were starts, he was a welcome addition to a pitching staff that was reeling down the home stretch.
The 2020 season has featured a continuation of that pitcher.
Dobnak has been a fixture in the Twins rotation this season. Across four starts he has posted an 0.90 ERA and WHIP and a 470 ERA+. He has walked just five batters.
Dobnak relies on soft contact. That said, he’s catching hitters off-guard, inducing weak contact and quick outs. Dobnak heavily relies on his sinker and slider. His velocity usually peaks in the low 90s. When you’re looking to fool hitters with a handful of offerings that come with considerable movement, a low-velocity fastball can be deadly, as hitters are anxiously protecting the plate…