AJ Smith-Shawver
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 3" 205LBS | Age: 20
Draft: 2021 | Rd: 7, #217, Atlanta Braves | Colleyville Heritage HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2023 1 0 4.57 5 4 0 21.2 18 1.25
1 Season 1 0 4.57 5 4 0 21.2 18 1.25
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2023 5 1-0 4.57 21.2 18 1.25
1 Season 5 1-0 4.57 21.2 18 1.25
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2023 20 390 63 6 9.5 6.5 91.0 116.6 22.4 27.0 .198 .388 .336 .301 .318 38.1 19.6 10.9 4.57 3.78
Player 390 63 6 9.5 6.5 91.0 116.6 22.4 27.0 .198 .388 .336 .301 .318 38.1 19.6 10.9
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Smith-Shawver relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(55.6%) ,
Slider
(24.4%) ,
Curveball
(11%) ,
Changeup
(9%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2023 34.9 33.3 19.0 12.7 41.3 31.7 27.0 0.0 27.0 44.4 12.7 6.3 9.5 6.5
Player 34.9 33.3 19.0 12.7 41.3 31.7 27.0 0.0 27.0 44.4 12.7 6.3 9.5 6.5
MLB 44.7 23.4 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2023 4-Seamer ATL R 217 94.2 13.1 1.3 9 6.5 0.0 0
2023 Curveball ATL R 43 76.8 58.9 1.0 2 8.3 -0.8 -8
2023 Changeup ATL R 35 86.1 25.3 -5.0 -17 8.5 -5.5 -39
2023 Slider ATL R 95 84.9 32.0 -4.8 -13 3.0 -2.1 -42
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2023 4-Seamer 0.4 1 217 55.6 59 .216 .529 .377 14.0 11.9 13.5 .207 .424 .324 38.6
2023 Slider 0.5 0 95 24.4 17 .143 .357 .294 35.3 17.6 11.1 .163 .377 .309 27.3
2023 Curveball -6.9 -3 43 11.0 9 .444 .778 .522 31.3 33.3 17.6 .324 .463 .337 66.7
2023 Changeup 4.3 1 35 9.0 7 .000 .000 .000 52.9 71.4 41.7 .043 .049 .040 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Changeup 34 86.1 99 14.1 1:45 1:15 30
2023 Curveball 43 76.8 87 17.6 6:45 7:00 -15
2023 4-Seam Fastball 217 94.2 99 18.4 12:45 12:45 0
2023 Slider 95 84.9 43 5.7 12:15 10:45 90
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2023 92 390 4 1 -1 -4 0
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2023 390 44.4 69.4 83.3 24.9 61.1 39.0 46.7 44.6 23.6 9.0 82.9
Player 390 44.4 69.4 83.3 24.9 61.1 39.0 46.7 44.6 23.6 9.0 82.9
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2023 53 37 58
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2023 22.8 7 5.4 2 1 4 2 28.6
Player 22.8 7 5.4 2 1 4 2 28.6

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2023 7 5 4 5 5 6 6 4 5 5 6 6 6 5 6 7 6 5 5 6 5 5 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
Player 7 5 4 5 5 6 6 4 5 5 6 6 6 5 6 7 6 5 5 6 5 5 7 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2023 Shades 92 .336 41 13 31.7 51 25 49.0
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2023 127 15.0 49.6% 0.0% 48 19.1 4.2% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution