Anthony Bender
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 4" 205LBS | Age: 29
Draft: 2016 | Rd: 20, #613, Kansas City Royals | Santa Rosa Junior College
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 3 2 2.79 60 1 3 61.1 71 1.06
2022 1 3 3.26 22 0 6 19.1 17 1.29
2024 1 2 6.20 21 0 0 20.1 24 1.62
3 Seasons 5 7 3.56 103 1 9 101 112 1.22
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 60 3-2 2.79 61.1 71 1.06
2022 22 1-3 3.26 19.1 17 1.29
2024 21 1-2 6.20 20.1 24 1.62
3 Seasons 103 5-7 3.56 101 112 1.22
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
2021 26 973 150 9 6.0 3.6 88.2 111.3 6.6 34.7 .207 .311 .275 .270 .333 34.0 28.7 8.1 2.79 3.03
2022 27 274 52 5 9.6 6.4 87.1 107.4 3.3 40.4 .251 .419 .318 .338 .388 34.6 21.8 10.3 3.26 4.84
2024 29 391 60 6 10.0 6.4 88.3 115.7 12.6 45.0 .308 .489 .367 .376 .476 41.7 25.5 7.4 6.20 5.84
Player 1638 262 20 7.6 4.8 88.0 115.7 7.3 38.2 .238 .371 .304 .306 .377 35.9 26.7 8.4
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

Bender relies on 4 pitches.
Sinker
(53.2%) ,
Sweeper
(41.2%) ,
Changeup
(5.4%) ,
Four Seamer
(0.3%) ,


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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
2021 50.0 18.0 28.0 4.0 38.7 32.0 29.3 7.3 36.7 20.0 22.7 6.0 6.0 3.6
2022 53.8 15.4 23.1 7.7 32.7 38.5 28.8 7.7 42.3 7.7 26.9 3.8 9.6 6.4
2024 38.3 23.3 33.3 5.0 33.3 46.7 20.0 5.0 23.3 18.3 33.3 10.0 10.0 6.4
Player 48.1 18.7 28.2 5.0 36.3 36.6 27.1 6.9 34.7 17.2 26.0 6.5 7.6 4.8
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
2024 Sweeper MIA R 161 84.8 35.1 -1.2 -3 14.3 0.5 4
2024 Changeup MIA R 21 89.4 36.9 5.8 19 16.5 1.0 7
2024 Sinker MIA R 208 95.3 28.6 5.8 25 17.9 2.3 15
2024 4-Seam Fastball MIA R 1 95.4 15.9 -1.0 -7 9.2 1.0 13
2022 Slider MIA R 91 84.9 40.6 4.0 11 7.9 2.6 48
2022 Changeup MIA R 15 90.7 35.9 7.2 25 17.0 1.9 13
2022 Sinker MIA R 163 97.6 26.6 5.9 29 17.3 1.4 9
2022 4-Seam Fastball MIA R 5 98.3 16.6 -3.7 -29 8.8 0.1 1
2021 Slider MIA R 444 84.6 40.6 4.0 11 9.1 3.5 62
2021 4-Seam Fastball MIA R 12 97.5 15.4 -2.0 -15 6.5 -1.5 -19
2021 Changeup MIA R 7 90.1 37.0 8.6 30 14.3 -0.4 -3
2021 Sweeper MIA R 6 83.4 43.5 3.9 10 10.6 -2.6 -20
2021 Sinker MIA R 504 96.8 26.9 6.3 31 15.7 0.2 1
! 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 %
2024 Sinker -3.6 -8 208 53.2 46 .450 .600 .490 16.5 13.0 11.3 .421 .668 .496 47.1
2024 Sweeper 2.5 4 161 41.2 37 .200 .286 .236 34.2 37.8 19.7 .217 .308 .251 33.3
2024 Changeup -2.4 0 21 5.4 9 .111 .444 .222 30.8 44.4 25.0 .165 .394 .233 40.0
2024 4-Seam Fastball -19.0 0 1 0.3 1 -- -- .700 -- 0.0 -- -- -- .700 --
2022 Sinker -0.6 -1 163 59.5 45 .263 .342 .361 23.1 13.3 23.1 .215 .255 .284 28.1
2022 Slider 0.8 1 91 33.2 27 .208 .458 .300 40.5 37.0 27.0 .298 .696 .443 53.3
2022 Changeup 0.7 0 15 5.5 5 .400 .400 .360 14.3 20.0 25.0 .330 .371 .306 25.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball -1.2 0 5 1.8 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .091 .091 .085 0.0
2021 Sinker 0.7 3 504 51.8 122 .243 .383 .336 15.3 15.6 16.8 .259 .372 .327 38.2
2021 Slider 0.7 3 444 45.6 115 .165 .320 .277 45.1 43.5 30.9 .146 .240 .208 25.0
2021 4-Seam Fastball 0.7 0 12 1.2 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 50.0 10.0 .005 .009 .006 0.0
2021 Changeup -8.2 -1 7 0.7 3 .667 .667 .600 16.7 0.0 0.0 .608 .703 .569 66.7
2021 Sweeper 3.7 0 6 0.6 2 .000 .000 .000 50.0 50.0 100.0 .200 .451 .269 100.0
! 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
2024 Changeup 20 89.4 85 18.1 2:30 3:30 -60
2024 Sinker 195 95.3 79 19.0 1:45 3:00 -75
2024 Sweeper 161 84.8 48 15.2 8:15 9:15 -60
2022 Changeup 14 90.7 87 18.5 2:30 3:30 -60
2022 Sinker 145 97.7 79 18.2 1:45 2:45 -60
2022 Slider 91 84.9 54 9.6 8:15 8:00 15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 12 97.5 73 14.5 1:30 1:00 30
2021 Sinker 465 96.8 75 16.7 1:30 2:45 -75
2021 Slider 443 84.6 59 10.7 8:00 8:15 -15
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2021 244 973 12 8 -7 -6 6
2022 78 274 4 0 -2 -3 0
2024 93 391 -5 4 -2 -1 -4
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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 %
2021 973 50.7 53.3 84.4 27.3 40.5 38.4 62.3 40.5 30.2 6.8 74.2
2022 274 52.2 55.2 79.7 27.5 52.8 41.6 62.8 42.0 28.7 9.5 61.5
2024 391 52.4 60.0 85.4 29.0 51.9 38.1 59.1 45.3 24.9 8.2 50.0
Player 1,638 51.3 55.3 83.9 27.7 45.2 38.9 61.7 41.9 28.6 7.6 65.3
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
2021 88 85 93 92 75 87 79 64 84 83 52 78 44 93 58 15
2022 96 50 13
2024 7 4 11 28 7 43 17 63 30 70 61 48 58 74 48 17
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2021 22.1 5 4.3 1 2 4 2 40.0
2022 24.8 3 3.2 0 0 2 2 66.7
2024 21.0 2 2.8 -1 1 2 1 50.0
Player 22.7 10 10.3 0 3 8 5 50.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2021 5 6 3 5 5 5 5 6 4 2 3 5 5 3 4 6 3 5 4 5 3 5 6 6 3 3 4 5 5 3 3
2022 3 2 3 3 4 4 4 2 3 2 3 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 3
2024 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 2 4 3 2
Player 10 10 8 10 12 12 12 11 10 6 9 12 10 9 10 13 9 10 10 11 8 11 12 13 9 9 10 11 13 10 8
! 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 2021 2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 96.8 97.7 0.9
Offspeed Velocity 90.1 90.7 0.6
Breaking Velocity 84.6 84.9 0.3
Exit Velocity 88.2 87.1 -1.1
Launch Angle 6.6 3.3 -3.3
Barrel % 6.0 9.6 3.6
Hard Hit % 34.0 34.6 0.6
LA Sweet-Spot % 34.7 40.4 5.7
xBA .207 .251 0.044
BA .207 .250 0.043
xwOBA .270 .338 0.068
wOBA .275 .318 0.043
xSLG .311 .419 0.108
SLG .350 .382 0.032
K% 28.7 21.8 -6.9
BB% 8.1 10.3 2.2
Swing % 40.5 42.0 1.5
Whiff% 30.2 28.7 -1.5
In Zone % 50.7 52.2 1.5
Out of Zone % 49.3 47.8 -1.5
Out of Zone Swing % 27.3 27.5 0.2
First Pitch Swing % 23.0 20.5 -2.5
First Pitch Strike % 62.3 62.8 0.5
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2021 Shifts 244 .275 145 42 29.0 99 48 48.5
2022 Shifts 78 .318 48 15 31.3 30 22 73.3
2024 Shades 93 .367 58 10 17.2 35 7 20.0
! 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 %
2021 298 20.4 1.3% 4.7% 204 24.9 0.0% 18.6%
2022 90 19.7 0.0% 3.3% 39 24.6 0.0% 12.8%
2024 82 16.1 24.4% 0.0% 87 18.5 4.6% 1.1%
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Pitch Distribution