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Catcher framing is the art of a catcher receiving a pitch in a way that makes it more likely for an umpire to call it a strike. This page breaks down the catcher’s view into eight zones around the strike zone and shows the called strike percentage of all non-swings in that zone. Strike Rate shows the cumulative total of all zones. Runs From Extra Strikes converts strikes to runs saved on a .125 run/strike basis, and includes park and pitcher adjustments. To qualify, a catcher must receive 6 called pitches per team game.
How to say it: “In 2018, Jeff Mathis converted 55 percent of non-swing pitches into called strikes in the Shadow Zone, the best rate of any catcher in baseball.”
Qualifier: 6 called pitches (i.e., takes, or non-swings) in the ‘shadow zone’ per team game. (The shadow zone is essentially the edges of the strike zone, roughly one ball width inside and one ball wide outside of the zone. See what that looks like here.)


Rk. Catcher Team Pitches Runs Extra Strikes Strike Rate Zone 11
Zone 12
Zone 13
Zone 14
Zone 16
Zone 17
Zone 18
Zone 19
Mathis, Jeff 1047 5 53.3% 13.7% 29.8% 8.3% 70.4% 67% 44.2% 58.5% 45.4%
Posey, Buster 3386 30 53.2% 27% 44.3% 14.6% 79.5% 68.3% 40.1% 50.4% 24.5%
Grandal, Yasmani 3276 28 52.7% 28.7% 48.8% 23.2% 74.5% 72% 30.9% 47.3% 29.4%
d'Arnaud, Travis 2080 8 51.3% 27.9% 39.7% 16.7% 77.6% 65.6% 37.5% 51.7% 26.5%
Montero, Miguel 1856 9 50.7% 17.9% 40% 18.3% 75.6% 61.6% 36.2% 55.2% 32.5%
Pérez, Roberto 1809 9 50.7% 23.7% 54.6% 18.8% 77.4% 67.3% 31.5% 41.1% 18.9%
Flowers, Tyler 2198 9 50.4% 9.9% 29.2% 8.1% 76.9% 57.5% 49.7% 63.1% 29.5%
Gattis, Evan 1450 1 49.8% 20.4% 50.7% 16.9% 76.3% 68.2% 31.5% 46.4% 17.6%
Cervelli, Francisco 2636 13 49.8% 15.6% 21% 3% 72.7% 56.1% 52.7% 57.9% 27.3%
Ross, David 1513 3 49.7% 15.3% 37% 5.5% 68.7% 71.2% 37.8% 43.8% 33.7%
Rivera, René 1560 5 49.7% 21.9% 40.6% 14.3% 72% 71.1% 40.9% 42.6% 25.9%
Wolters, Tony 1575 7 49.4% 14.6% 26.4% 10.9% 78.8% 59.2% 45.2% 58.5% 28.8%
Castro, Jason 3086 12 49.1% 22.2% 42.1% 18.8% 72.8% 68.3% 35.2% 43.5% 23.4%
Maldonado, Martín 1928 4 48.9% 19.3% 34% 7.3% 78.7% 57% 49.7% 51.7% 23.8%
Plawecki, Kevin 1102 2 48.6% 17.8% 44.2% 7% 76.7% 62.2% 35.9% 55.9% 16.1%
Sánchez, Gary 1036 0 48.5% 12.7% 44.3% 6.4% 75.6% 63.5% 34.3% 40.7% 20.3%
Zunino, Mike 1395 3 48.4% 10.8% 37.7% 20% 67.6% 59% 37.8% 52.9% 28.2%
Contreras, Willson 1659 1 48.1% 13.4% 32.4% 8.2% 71.7% 59.6% 44.8% 52.8% 30.2%
Vázquez, Christian 1449 4 48% 22.6% 32% 23% 70.8% 66.9% 29.2% 51.7% 25.8%
Martin, Russell 3664 14 47.8% 18.5% 37% 13.2% 79.5% 59.6% 42.5% 46.6% 18.5%
McCann, Brian 2503 0 47.6% 11.6% 24.9% 6.5% 75.8% 53.7% 48.6% 52% 23%
Pèrez, Carlos 2247 1 47.4% 27.9% 43.7% 13.8% 73.2% 61% 30.3% 40.6% 19.7%
Castillo, Welington 3172 1 47.1% 13.2% 27.1% 6.7% 70.2% 57.6% 37.4% 48.8% 24.3%
Joseph, Caleb 1228 3 47.1% 37.3% 47.2% 11.1% 80.1% 48% 34.3% 45.8% 14.8%
Molina, Yadier 4050 10 46.9% 19.7% 46.2% 11.5% 71.6% 61.4% 33.5% 43.8% 21.8%
Suzuki, Kurt 2789 1 46.8% 19.8% 44.5% 17.7% 73.5% 61.9% 32.5% 36.2% 18%
Norris, Derek 3399 8 46.7% 17.8% 37.9% 14.8% 80% 56.3% 43.6% 43.6% 18.4%
Bethancourt, Christian 1102 1 46.6% 27.1% 37.7% 17.4% 78.8% 59.7% 35.2% 37.6% 22.2%
Romine, Austin 1182 -1 46.3% 16.1% 33.8% 8.2% 82% 51.1% 48.5% 41% 13.9%
Rupp, Cameron 3086 -2 46.2% 19.7% 36.1% 12.6% 70.7% 57% 34.1% 49.1% 21.6%
Butera, Drew 1075 -1 46.1% 16.5% 20.8% 12.8% 76% 60.2% 38.4% 51.3% 17.3%
McCann, James 2641 -3 45.9% 30.5% 43.9% 22.5% 78.7% 60.8% 32.8% 31.4% 12.9%
Fryer, Eric 990 0 45.9% 20% 22.8% 4.3% 75.6% 50.8% 36.4% 51.6% 24.5%
Ramos, Wilson 3471 2 45.6% 33.5% 53% 10.5% 81.6% 52.3% 33.9% 33.7% 10.9%
Casali, Curt 1934 4 45.3% 30.8% 36.9% 15.5% 87% 54.6% 30.6% 37.6% 11.4%
Bandy, Jett 1716 -1 45.2% 11.4% 42.9% 23% 67.7% 69.8% 30.1% 39.3% 19.9%
Gimenez, Chris 1284 -2 44.9% 11.7% 31.6% 12.5% 77.8% 58.2% 38.3% 43.9% 19.2%
Ellis, A.J. 1521 1 44.8% 21.4% 40.1% 10.6% 78.1% 58.9% 31.9% 35.8% 16%
Realmuto, J.T. 3745 -10 44.7% 14.8% 26.5% 4.7% 74.6% 50.9% 36.9% 46% 18.6%
Barnhart, Tucker 3277 -4 44.7% 13.3% 18.6% 7.2% 71.4% 56% 39.9% 52.9% 25%
León, Sandy 2012 -7 44.5% 23.1% 52.1% 22.7% 73.1% 57.8% 22% 33% 12.9%
Gomes, Yan 1924 0 44.4% 26.2% 33.6% 13% 82% 46.5% 38.7% 39.2% 21.1%
Wilson, Bobby 2069 -2 44.3% 18.4% 34% 8.8% 78.2% 54.8% 27.6% 46% 18.6%
Lucroy, Jonathan 3699 -5 44.3% 13.7% 29.7% 6.1% 73.1% 51.8% 33.7% 48.9% 21.9%
Brown, Trevor 1234 -1 44.1% 15.8% 33.6% 2.2% 79.2% 56.3% 27.3% 39.9% 14.7%
Vogt, Stephen 3057 -11 43.9% 15.3% 38.8% 13.8% 74.1% 57.7% 27.5% 36.9% 20.7%
Conger, Hank 1117 -2 43.8% 17.7% 41.7% 13.4% 75.3% 56.9% 32.4% 40.2% 20.2%
Navarro, Dioner 2613 -10 43.4% 22.3% 41.9% 25.7% 67.1% 66.4% 18.8% 28.5% 12.9%
Wieters, Matt 3471 -9 43% 27% 35.6% 10.3% 83.4% 49% 36.4% 34.4% 10.8%
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod 1763 -6 42.8% 23.2% 40.4% 21.3% 74.2% 61.3% 23% 23.2% 13.9%
Perez, Salvador 3832 -16 42.7% 21% 41.9% 16.9% 72.9% 57.3% 24.5% 32.8% 15%
Ruiz, Carlos 1728 -7 42.6% 17.1% 28.9% 6.7% 78.4% 43.1% 36.9% 42.9% 12.6%
Hundley, Nick 2204 -6 42.4% 17.8% 31.3% 12.8% 70.2% 60.7% 29.2% 37.3% 18.3%
Maile, Luke 1024 -2 42.2% 22.2% 42.3% 13.2% 79% 53.4% 24.1% 35% 14.3%
Iannetta, Chris 2673 -14 41.9% 12.9% 34.4% 8.3% 69.5% 57% 23.6% 39.1% 20%
Pierzynski, A.J. 1809 -7 41.6% 12.8% 31.2% 8.5% 72.4% 55.8% 31.4% 40.8% 14.6%
Avila, Alex 1467 -5 41.5% 12.9% 28.7% 17.1% 69.4% 59.8% 24.6% 33.1% 18.4%
Thole, Josh 1118 1 41.5% 18.7% 45% 17.4% 77.5% 53.7% 23.9% 33.8% 6.3%
Centeno, Juan 1453 -9 40.5% 10.8% 30.6% 6% 75.3% 47.1% 27.2% 32.5% 9.2%
Chirinos, Robinson 1404 -6 40.5% 18.5% 35% 12% 68.9% 56.8% 23% 36.9% 16.9%
Hanigan, Ryan 973 -5 40.1% 19.4% 45.6% 21.7% 72.5% 46.6% 19.6% 33.8% 8.5%
Holaday, Bryan 1057 -6 39.8% 7.1% 30.6% 6% 74.7% 50% 29% 33.2% 27.2%
Cabrera, Ramón 1375 -15 35.9% 9% 21.1% 10.6% 62.3% 49.8% 43.3% 33.7% 15.9%