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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
Heim, Jonah 1344 7 52.8% 16.9% 59.9% 28.3% 67.3% 73% 35.4% 55.8% 27.9%
Nido, Tomás 842 3 52.6% 19.6% 45.1% 16.1% 63.1% 81.4% 41.2% 51.6% 36.5%
Zunino, Mike 1670 6 52% 19.1% 59.9% 32.7% 56% 71.9% 27% 54% 31.1%
Trevino, Jose 1446 4 51.7% 16.7% 56.9% 26.6% 65.2% 73.6% 35.8% 52.2% 32.4%
Higashioka, Kyle 850 2 51.5% 19.6% 43.5% 8.5% 66.7% 68% 44.2% 57.3% 41.6%
Rortvedt, Ben 652 1 50.8% 9.1% 36.2% 14.7% 61.1% 69.1% 44.4% 63% 41.7%
Smith, Kevan 647 2 50.7% 16.7% 59.5% 37.8% 67.5% 68.4% 38.1% 38.9% 31.1%
Murphy, Sean 2135 9 50.6% 22.6% 46.9% 23% 65.9% 70.4% 33.8% 54.8% 27.4%
Stassi, Max 1320 2 50.5% 19.3% 39.6% 21.1% 55.8% 81.6% 43.2% 50.4% 41.5%
Piña, Manny 877 3 50.3% 10.6% 46.3% 16.7% 55.9% 72.7% 37.3% 62% 27.8%
Barnes, Austin 993 1 50.2% 11.7% 32.4% 18.8% 72% 63.6% 32.9% 61.7% 40.8%
Garcia, Aramis 734 2 49.9% 19.5% 45.9% 22.9% 65.1% 68.5% 26.8% 55.3% 32.9%
León, Sandy 1076 0 49.9% 34.3% 62% 31.3% 56.9% 70.8% 32.9% 46.3% 19.8%
Garver, Mitch 939 2 49.5% 10.2% 51.7% 28.2% 67.4% 67.3% 33.3% 55.4% 22.8%
Maldonado, Martín 2218 2 49.5% 17.2% 45.9% 19.1% 66.7% 67% 36.2% 56.7% 25.4%
Casali, Curt 1024 1 49.5% 12.5% 31.1% 7.1% 67.1% 61.5% 42.7% 57.3% 34.1%
Barnhart, Tucker 2025 3 49.4% 24% 42.6% 21.7% 69.5% 65.7% 34.2% 51% 28.9%
Narváez, Omar 1961 6 49.2% 16.2% 47.2% 23.1% 65.4% 72.2% 34.2% 47.6% 26%
Contreras, Willson 2527 1 49.2% 16.8% 53.4% 26.6% 64.6% 65.7% 31.1% 51.4% 21.7%
Posey, Buster 1732 3 49.2% 25.4% 50.7% 23.6% 69.9% 63.5% 30.1% 52.3% 20.4%
Vázquez, Christian 2577 0 49% 23.2% 53.6% 32.2% 68.6% 64.6% 25.5% 50.4% 23.6%
Pérez, Roberto 824 0 49% 21.4% 58.4% 27.7% 66.9% 72.5% 24.4% 42.7% 26.4%
Realmuto, J.T. 2167 2 48.8% 17.4% 45.5% 9.3% 70.8% 60.9% 39.1% 52.1% 25.4%
Grandal, Yasmani 1351 0 48.3% 17.4% 57.1% 22.1% 63.5% 67.9% 34% 48.3% 24.6%
Alfaro, Jorge 1329 1 48.3% 29.5% 57.2% 31.6% 62.9% 61.2% 29.8% 48.8% 20.1%
Jeffers, Ryan 1158 0 48.2% 23.3% 42.6% 23.6% 66.7% 67.1% 47.6% 47.8% 24.1%
McCann, James 1837 -2 48.1% 11.1% 46.6% 14.8% 56% 75.2% 28.4% 52% 30.7%
Knapp, Andrew 820 0 48% 8.5% 38.6% 18.2% 65.5% 65.3% 42.6% 51.6% 26.3%
Castro, Jason 794 -1 48% 17.5% 45.4% 29.4% 67.4% 67.3% 36.4% 49.6% 23.5%
Ramos, Wilson 644 0 48% 15.6% 59.7% 33.3% 62.6% 71.6% 37.9% 33.3% 16.4%
Hedges, Austin 1424 1 47.9% 19.4% 50% 29% 63.3% 66.5% 40.6% 48.6% 22.1%
Smith, Will 2052 0 47.9% 18.7% 44% 15.8% 64.3% 69% 23.6% 50.6% 29.6%
Molina, Yadier 2388 -4 47.7% 25.6% 55.9% 28.8% 65.2% 65.2% 33.5% 40.8% 25.3%
Perez, Michael 966 0 47.6% 18.9% 58.1% 39.1% 65.3% 63.4% 24.4% 46.6% 16%
Stallings, Jacob 2065 0 47.4% 15.8% 40.9% 20.9% 61.1% 67.8% 31.1% 53.5% 33%
Murphy, Tom 1487 -1 47.3% 18.7% 42.6% 11.1% 71.2% 63.8% 34.7% 54.8% 21.2%
Kelly, Carson 1348 0 47.3% 21% 44.1% 20.3% 66.9% 65.9% 39.3% 44% 20.8%
Jansen, Danny 1196 -1 47.2% 29.7% 38.2% 7.9% 66.9% 61.2% 35.4% 55% 22.2%
McGuire, Reese 1122 1 47.2% 29.5% 48.3% 19.2% 64.7% 63.2% 27% 46.5% 22.1%
Stephenson, Tyler 1321 -1 47.1% 18.1% 43.6% 23.5% 69.2% 61.2% 28% 49.6% 27.9%
Nuñez, Dom 1550 0 47% 15.1% 33.7% 10.2% 64.8% 61.5% 45% 56.9% 20.6%
Gomes, Yan 1771 -2 46.5% 20.3% 46.5% 17.4% 69.4% 58.9% 26.2% 45.6% 26.6%
Díaz, Elias 1605 0 46.2% 30.2% 42.4% 25% 71.2% 51.2% 42.4% 50.8% 14.8%
Caratini, Victor 2066 -1 46.2% 18.2% 43.5% 16% 57.5% 65% 29.7% 47.1% 34.4%
Mejía, Francisco 1105 -2 46.1% 17.1% 50.3% 25% 60.6% 65.7% 21.8% 45.5% 24.3%
Vogt, Stephen 1330 0 46.1% 13% 48.9% 22.9% 59.1% 70.6% 28.1% 43.4% 27.9%
Sánchez, Gary 1957 -3 46.1% 22.5% 44.8% 13.2% 63.9% 70.9% 24.8% 46% 30.3%
Haase, Eric 941 -2 45.5% 20.3% 45.7% 25% 62.1% 62.5% 32.3% 47.2% 15.5%
Rogers, Jake 1003 -2 44.4% 14.1% 46.6% 17.2% 58.7% 62.4% 26.2% 51.8% 22.3%
Contreras, William 1153 -2 44.2% 20.6% 40.4% 18.2% 58% 54.2% 28.9% 51.8% 26.4%
Rivera, René 696 -2 44.1% 15% 47.1% 15.2% 62.2% 55.7% 31.8% 48.9% 20.6%
Perez, Salvador 2471 -12 44% 23.7% 51.8% 25.9% 63.9% 58.4% 27.3% 38.7% 19.7%
Torrens, Luis 961 -3 43.7% 16.4% 39% 17.4% 62.3% 60.3% 26.2% 47% 16.2%
Severino, Pedro 2045 -6 43.4% 15.7% 47.1% 17.4% 65% 59.5% 24.8% 45.1% 18.6%
Suzuki, Kurt 1309 -6 42.9% 10% 41% 8.6% 61.3% 65.1% 24% 47.6% 17%
Knizner, Andrew 857 -2 42.8% 27.6% 48.7% 24.2% 58.3% 68.2% 22.4% 32.6% 19%
Collins, Zack 1271 -7 41.2% 25.3% 53.7% 20.9% 72.5% 44.5% 22.5% 34.8% 11.8%