Alex McRae
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 220LBS | Age: 31
Draft: 2014 | Rd: 10, #311, Pittsburgh Pirates | Jacksonville
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 4 8.78 11 2 0 26.2 19 1.95
2020 0 0 0.00 2 0 0 3 2 0.33
2021 0 0 4.50 2 0 0 2 1 2.00
4 Seasons 0 5 7.34 17 2 0 38 27 1.84
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 11 0-4 8.78 26.2 19 1.95
2020 2 0-0 0.00 3 2 0.33
2021 2 0-0 4.50 2 1 2.00
4 Seasons 17 0-5 7.34 38 27 1.84
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
LA Sweet-
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2018 25 134 21 1 4.8 3.1 90.6 109.5 4.8 33.3 .275 .395 .396 .363 .355 42.9 15.6 15.6 5.68 5.81
2019 26 547 94 8 8.5 6.1 90.8 109.7 11.7 36.2 .280 .519 .424 .386 .406 48.8 14.4 12.1 8.78 7.00
2020 27 33 8 0 0.0 0.0 89.2 107.9 29.3 25.0 .203 .266 .088 .208 .259 25.0 20.0 0.0 0.00 1.82
2021 28 49 8 1 12.5 10.0 86.4 105.3 23.1 25.0 .364 .610 .333 .440 .464 50.0 10.0 10.0 4.50 9.40
Player 763 131 10 7.6 5.4 90.4 109.7 12.4 34.4 .279 .486 .396 .375 .392 46.3 14.7 12.0
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

McRae relies on 4 pitches.
Four Seamer
(32.7%) ,
Changeup
(26.5%) ,
Sinker
(24.5%) ,
Curveball
(16.3%) ,


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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
2018 57.1 19.0 23.8 0.0 38.1 33.3 28.6 0.0 42.9 14.3 28.6 9.5 4.8 3.1
2019 42.6 25.5 25.5 6.4 45.7 31.9 22.3 4.3 28.7 19.1 25.5 5.3 8.5 6.1
2020 12.5 50.0 37.5 0.0 37.5 0.0 62.5 0.0 12.5 62.5 12.5 12.5 0.0 0.0
2021 37.5 12.5 25.0 25.0 12.5 75.0 12.5 12.5 0.0 25.0 37.5 12.5 12.5 10.0
Player 42.7 25.2 26.0 6.1 42.0 32.8 25.2 3.8 28.2 21.4 26.0 6.9 7.6 5.4
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.8 7.0 37.0 37.5 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
2021 Sinker CWS R 12 92.2 21.7 -1.1 -5 16.1 1.2 8
2021 4-Seam Fastball CWS R 16 92.7 16.2 -0.5 -3 7.3 -0.2 -2
2021 Curveball CWS R 8 84.3 41.0 -6.8 -14 2.4 -5.2 -69
2021 Changeup CWS R 13 87.3 34.0 3.6 12 15.3 0.9 6
2020 Curveball CWS R 10 82.1 44.0 -5.4 -11 3.8 -4.6 -55
2020 Sinker CWS R 6 92.3 20.7 -1.7 -8 14.2 -0.6 -4
2020 4-Seam Fastball CWS R 14 92.3 16.2 -0.2 -1 6.5 -0.8 -11
2020 Changeup CWS R 3 87.0 28.6 -1.6 -5 13.8 0.2 1
2019 Slider PIT R 98 87.2 30.1 -3.5 -10 2.4 -1.7 -42
2019 Sinker PIT R 195 92.6 24.5 1.3 5 16.0 0.8 6
2019 Curveball PIT R 67 80.0 49.6 -3.3 -6 6.5 -3.4 -35
2019 Changeup PIT R 44 86.2 32.2 1.6 5 13.3 -1.2 -8
2019 4-Seam Fastball PIT R 93 92.3 18.9 -2.0 -12 9.4 1.4 17
2018 Sinker PIT R 54 92.2 24.8 1.2 5 14.4 -0.5 -3
2018 Curveball PIT R 5 78.2 51.1 -4.7 -8 8.1 -1.7 -18
2018 Changeup PIT R 14 85.4 35.6 3.9 12 13.3 -0.8 -6
2018 Slider PIT R 40 88.0 29.2 -3.7 -11 2.6 -1.5 -37
2018 4-Seam Fastball PIT R 21 92.8 18.6 -1.9 -11 6.7 -1.4 -18
! 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 %
2021 4-Seam Fastball 6.0 1 16 32.7 6 .200 .200 .267 38.5 16.7 12.5 .256 .586 .406 50.0
2021 Changeup -8.2 -1 13 26.5 2 1.000 1.000 .900 28.6 0.0 0.0 .605 .814 .606 100.0
2021 Sinker 6.5 1 12 24.5 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .393 .466 .381 0.0
2021 Curveball -3.4 0 8 16.3 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2020 4-Seam Fastball 7.2 1 14 42.4 5 .200 .200 .180 12.5 40.0 100.0 .205 .290 .219 33.3
2020 Curveball 6.8 1 10 30.3 4 .000 .000 .000 33.3 0.0 0.0 .244 .286 .235 25.0
2020 Sinker -2.3 0 6 18.2 -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2020 Changeup 5.4 0 3 9.1 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .027 .062 .041 0.0
2019 Sinker -3.8 -7 195 35.6 40 .344 .750 .506 11.9 2.5 3.0 .317 .634 .454 48.4
2019 Slider -3.6 -4 98 17.9 27 .417 .542 .450 26.7 14.8 12.1 .313 .412 .354 45.0
2019 4-Seam Fastball -1.5 -1 93 17.0 18 .267 .533 .436 14.9 16.7 8.3 .298 .653 .479 58.3
2019 Curveball -5.0 -3 67 12.2 16 .333 .600 .416 44.4 37.5 22.2 .249 .507 .337 33.3
2019 Changeup 5.5 2 44 8.0 18 .188 .375 .289 16.7 11.1 22.2 .223 .431 .323 57.1
2018 Sinker -3.1 -2 54 40.3 15 .417 .500 .463 4.5 0.0 0.0 .421 .499 .462 50.0
2018 Slider 2.9 1 40 29.9 12 .182 .364 .267 30.0 41.7 38.5 .125 .225 .193 16.7
2018 4-Seam Fastball -2.3 0 21 15.7 4 .500 1.000 .663 0.0 0.0 0.0 .337 .871 .593 100.0
2018 Changeup 5.0 1 14 10.4 1 .000 .000 .000 25.0 0.0 0.0 .057 .057 .058 0.0
2018 Curveball -2.1 0 5 3.7 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 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
2021 4-Seam Fastball 16 92.7 84 16.8 1:15 1:00 15
2021 Sinker 11 92.1 81 19.3 1:15 2:00 -45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 12 92.4 90 16.5 1:00 12:45 15
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2018 32 134 1 2 -2 -1 0
2019 119 497 -5 -2 -4 -3 -13
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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 %
2018 134 39.6 58.5 93.5 27.2 68.2 41.8 62.5 39.6 15.1 4.5 33.3
2019 547 43.3 68.8 91.2 28.0 58.2 40.0 59.8 46.8 19.5 7.6 81.6
2020 33 54.5 72.2 76.9 20.0 100.0 48.5 60.0 48.5 18.8 0.0 --
2021 49 49.0 70.8 82.4 36.0 55.6 40.8 80.0 53.1 26.9 10.2 100.0
Player 763 43.5 67.4 90.0 28.0 61.1 40.8 61.4 46.0 19.4 6.9 77.6
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 60.9 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! 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
2018 42 39 49
2019 36 32 37 57
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2018 -- 0 0.4 0 0 1 0 --
2019 23.6 9 6.8 2 1 4 3 33.3
Player 23.6 9 7.2 2 1 5 3 33.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2018 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 9 8 6 5 6 7 7 7 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 7 7 8 7 8 5 7 6 6 8 7 7
Player 9 9 6 6 7 7 8 8 7 6 7 8 7 7 8 8 7 7 8 8 7 8 8 9 5 7 6 6 8 7 7
! 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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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2018 2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.4 92.5 0.1 92.3 -0.2 92.4 0.1
Offspeed Velocity 85.4 86.2 0.8 87.0 0.8 87.3 0.3
Breaking Velocity 86.9 84.3 -2.6 82.1 -2.2 84.3 2.2
Exit Velocity 90.6 90.8 0.2 89.2 -1.6 86.4 -2.8
Launch Angle 4.8 11.7 6.9 29.3 17.6 23.1 -6.2
Barrel % 4.8 8.5 3.7 0.0 -8.5 12.5 12.5
Hard Hit % 42.9 48.8 5.9 25.0 -23.8 50.0 25.0
LA Sweet-Spot % 33.3 36.2 2.9 25.0 -11.2 25.0 0.0
xBA .275 .280 0.005 .203 -0.077 .364 0.161
BA .308 .319 0.011 .100 -0.219 .333 0.233
xwOBA .363 .386 0.023 .208 -0.178 .440 0.232
wOBA .396 .424 0.028 .088 -0.336 .333 0.245
xSLG .395 .519 0.124 .266 -0.253 .610 0.344
SLG .462 .611 0.149 .100 -0.511 .333 0.233
K% 15.6 14.4 -1.2 20.0 5.6 10.0 -10.0
BB% 15.6 12.1 -3.5 0.0 -12.1 10.0 10.0
Swing % 39.6 46.8 7.2 48.5 1.7 53.1 4.6
Whiff% 15.1 19.5 4.4 18.8 -0.7 26.9 8.1
In Zone % 39.6 43.3 3.7 54.5 11.2 49.0 -5.5
Out of Zone % 60.4 56.7 -3.7 45.5 -11.2 51.0 5.5
Out of Zone Swing % 27.2 28.0 0.8 20.0 -8.0 36.0 16.0
First Pitch Swing % 21.9 33.3 11.4 40.0 6.7 50.0 10.0
First Pitch Strike % 62.5 59.8 -2.7 60.0 0.2 80.0 20.0
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2018 Shifts 32 .396 18 1 5.6 14 3 21.4
2019 Shifts 131 .424 71 16 22.5 60 39 65.0
2020 Shifts 10 .088 6 0 0.0 4 1 25.0
2021 Shifts 10 .333 5 0 0.0 5 3 60.0
! 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 %
2018 37 14.3 51.4% 0.0% 31 22.2 0.0% 9.7%
2019 144 18.9 6.9% 0.0% 84 23.4 0.0% 10.7%
2020 9 22.0 0.0% 0.0% 6 24.0 0.0% 0.0%
2021 7 19.5 0.0% 0.0% 9 20.4 0.0% 11.1%
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Pitch Distribution