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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
Flowers, Tyler 2401 15 54.3% 13.5% 31.3% 15.1% 65.2% 82.2% 37.7% 62.3% 46%
Mathis, Jeff 1556 4 54.2% 8.5% 11.6% 3.8% 60.6% 70.1% 50.6% 69.8% 52.2%
Maldonado, Martín 3716 20 52% 16.2% 38.2% 16.2% 64% 74.4% 38.3% 56.9% 37.5%
Hedges, Austin 3122 10 51.9% 17% 37.5% 12.7% 70.1% 64.8% 40.3% 60.4% 33.5%
Joseph, Caleb 2052 5 51.7% 15.6% 28.5% 9% 73.7% 68.3% 39.1% 54.7% 37.7%
Vogt, Stephen 1952 6 50.7% 16.5% 34% 20.3% 58.4% 71.4% 38.2% 52.8% 39.4%
Grandal, Yasmani 3169 8 50.4% 13.3% 28.8% 12.4% 62.7% 76.2% 34.5% 63.5% 37.2%
Romine, Austin 1743 5 50.1% 20.7% 39.8% 11.8% 67.5% 68.1% 41.4% 52.8% 29.5%
Phegley, Josh 1340 3 50.1% 11.1% 16.2% 10.9% 66.7% 69.3% 43.8% 58.9% 34.6%
Vázquez, Christian 2710 5 49.9% 14.2% 38.9% 24.3% 68.3% 72.2% 37.4% 49.3% 34.2%
Pérez, Roberto 2076 8 49.9% 12.5% 37.8% 19.8% 65.4% 70.8% 41.5% 55.2% 33.3%
d'Arnaud, Travis 2772 7 49.8% 21.3% 47.1% 20.1% 67.7% 66.8% 38.8% 48.5% 30.3%
Bandy, Jett 1375 0 49.7% 12.7% 33.9% 17.6% 69.1% 66.3% 50.4% 50.2% 27.9%
Martin, Russell 2274 2 49.5% 23.3% 37.7% 26.9% 63.4% 70.7% 28% 49.9% 32.1%
Barnes, Austin 1730 3 49.5% 14.6% 24.4% 8.7% 57.1% 71.2% 42.2% 63.5% 45.7%
Gomes, Yan 2737 6 49.5% 23.2% 29.3% 12.6% 72.8% 58.5% 46.5% 60.6% 24%
Sucre, Jesús 1570 4 49.3% 8% 32.1% 15.9% 72.8% 66.5% 43.2% 54.3% 28.8%
Maile, Luke 1070 -1 49.3% 20% 39.8% 26.1% 68.4% 72.8% 31.2% 49.8% 33.3%
Gattis, Evan 1424 1 49.2% 2% 36.5% 27.9% 65.4% 70.3% 37.9% 58.6% 23.2%
Molina, Yadier 3783 7 49.1% 22% 40.7% 22.1% 66.1% 67.2% 39.4% 50.1% 26.5%
Posey, Buster 2634 3 48.9% 26.1% 38.9% 12% 72.2% 62.9% 34% 51.1% 25.6%
McCann, Brian 3265 -2 48.9% 10.8% 17.9% 12.5% 70.1% 62.4% 48.7% 59.2% 31.2%
Stewart, Chris 1155 0 48.4% 16.9% 34.1% 11.4% 63.2% 66.7% 42.1% 54.9% 30.6%
Garneau, Dustin 1032 3 48.3% 7.9% 30.5% 18.2% 61% 70.9% 40% 50.2% 36.9%
Montero, Miguel 1472 3 48.1% 10.1% 42.5% 14.5% 60.4% 68.9% 27.8% 54.4% 31.7%
Iannetta, Chris 2184 1 48% 6.7% 27.4% 11.5% 62.3% 69.8% 33.5% 53% 39.7%
Cervelli, Francisco 2099 0 47.9% 12.1% 16.8% 4.2% 69.1% 60.5% 44.4% 58.1% 29.7%
Rivera, René 2017 3 47.7% 12.5% 33.9% 13.9% 62.4% 70% 29.8% 51.6% 37.8%
León, Sandy 2389 -1 47.5% 23.5% 45% 24.8% 64.4% 66.8% 29% 46.4% 19.6%
Castillo, Welington 2678 -3 47.5% 16.1% 23% 14.6% 67.5% 70% 33.2% 48.7% 30.5%
Norris, Derek 1569 1 47.5% 7.6% 32.4% 16.1% 63.7% 72% 43.7% 55% 27.9%
Zunino, Mike 3322 7 47.3% 15.4% 35.5% 17% 62.5% 67% 31.7% 54.3% 26.6%
Castro, Jason 2915 0 47.2% 10.7% 38.3% 21.7% 62.9% 74.1% 27.4% 44.6% 26.1%
Lobaton, Jose 1329 1 46.9% 16.7% 34% 7.9% 66.8% 62.4% 33.7% 48.2% 33%
Sánchez, Gary 3215 -2 46.8% 17.3% 46.9% 22.7% 66.6% 74.2% 26.7% 38.1% 21.8%
Piña, Manny 2530 -5 46.7% 19.5% 37.1% 15.9% 69.5% 70.7% 31.2% 40.4% 22.5%
Ramos, Wilson 1635 0 46.7% 21% 42.2% 21.5% 71.9% 67% 24.5% 37.1% 25.8%
Realmuto, J.T. 3816 3 46.7% 14.9% 32.9% 11.3% 68.6% 60.7% 39.6% 48.7% 24.5%
Gimenez, Chris 1656 0 46.6% 18% 35.2% 19.6% 62.5% 71.4% 28% 43.8% 22.1%
Smith, Kevan 2174 0 46.5% 21.7% 45.8% 19.4% 69.8% 67.6% 25.1% 36.8% 22.4%
Knapp, Andrew 1577 -3 46.5% 16.7% 41.3% 17.9% 68.3% 66.4% 38.8% 37.4% 22.2%
Contreras, Willson 3273 -5 46% 12.5% 29.6% 15.7% 57.4% 69.8% 32% 44.1% 33.2%
Suzuki, Kurt 2118 -6 46% 14.5% 36.4% 17% 56% 72.3% 25% 44.1% 27.9%
Narváez, Omar 2348 -2 45.4% 26.2% 46.6% 19.3% 67.5% 63.2% 24.5% 37.6% 20.5%
Hundley, Nick 2119 -3 45.3% 11.3% 39.3% 13.3% 62.9% 67.6% 29.4% 43.6% 26.6%
Herrmann, Chris 1068 -4 45.2% 8.5% 27.5% 7.8% 60.3% 71.2% 24.4% 48.1% 36.6%
Maxwell, Bruce 1885 -1 45.1% 19.2% 34.9% 17% 68.2% 57.6% 40.7% 46.6% 26.4%
Chirinos, Robinson 2330 -3 44.2% 13.1% 35.8% 11.8% 61.8% 67.2% 26.6% 45.4% 28.3%
Perez, Salvador 3279 -13 44% 15.7% 33% 15.2% 66.9% 58.1% 33.2% 46.9% 19.7%
Torrens, Luis 1027 -3 44% 11% 33.3% 17.9% 72% 56.3% 26.6% 45.8% 18.9%
Barnhart, Tucker 3132 -10 43.6% 15.2% 32.8% 13.1% 60% 65.3% 33.3% 43.5% 23.3%
Wieters, Matt 3457 -12 43.5% 21.3% 34.6% 14.6% 66.1% 58.9% 27.8% 43.2% 18.1%
Rupp, Cameron 2520 -10 43.2% 17% 38.6% 18.2% 65.1% 67.7% 19.3% 36.7% 15.8%
Ellis, A.J. 1073 -2 43.2% 15.9% 43.6% 14.3% 67.8% 62.6% 26.5% 39.6% 12.8%
Avila, Alex 2143 -6 43.1% 19.2% 39.8% 14% 65.8% 57.6% 25% 40% 18.8%
Wolters, Tony 2084 -1 43% 9.8% 32.2% 14% 58.6% 61.1% 31.6% 49.6% 28.3%
Butera, Drew 1547 -6 42.6% 9.2% 33.3% 8% 64.7% 57.7% 37.7% 43.2% 22.6%
McCann, James 3073 -10 42.6% 20% 38.7% 14.9% 65.4% 60.2% 27% 38.8% 15.2%
Lucroy, Jonathan 3205 -11 41.6% 14.6% 25.7% 10.2% 58.2% 61.2% 29.2% 44.4% 24.9%
Mesoraco, Devin 1097 -5 41.3% 13.8% 34.6% 12.8% 63.4% 53.5% 24.7% 45.1% 18.6%
Ruiz, Carlos 1193 -5 41.2% 15.5% 14.9% 14.3% 61.6% 53% 27.8% 51% 20.7%
Díaz, Elias 1454 -8 40.8% 20.6% 35.3% 10.6% 70.1% 50.8% 30.2% 39% 14%