He throws it at an average of 91.5 mph, with a maximum speed of 95.0 mph. From hand to plate, he will often have 14.5 revolutions (2121 RPM). He throws it 59 percent of the time in the strike zone.
Allard has one dark red slider for BB percent, where he is in the 85th percentile. In 2021, he only walked 2.24 batters per nine innings.
That’s great news. Chris Woodward has stressed to Rangers pitchers that they should trust your stuff and challenge batters, and Allard did just that in 2021.
Kolby Allard didn’t walk or strike out a lot of batters. He did, however, forego a great deal of extremely loud touch.
He wasn’t really that poor in terms of hard hit percentage, as he was in the center of the pack at 47%, but the hard hit balls were really, really hard hit, as evidenced by his barrel rate and xSLG numbers in the lowest ten percent.
We don’t even need to utilize complex statistics to demonstrate this. Despite only pitching 124 innings, Allard tied for 7th in the American League in home runs allowed (29) in 2021.
(though thanks to Jordan Lyles and Mike Foltynewicz, Allard was just third in home runs allowed on the Rangers).
Allard’s 2.09 HR/9 ratio was third-worst among 129 pitchers with at least 100 innings pitched in 2021, trailing only Foltynewicz and Tarik Skubal.
Allard finished with a 5.41 ERA, 5.37 FIP, and 5.13 xERA, all of which show he was below replacement level in 2021. He had a -0.3 fWAR and a -0.8 bWAR in 2021, according to the WARs.