Ben Lively
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 4" 235LBS | Age: 31
Draft: 2013 | Rd: 4, #135, Cincinnati Reds | Central Florida
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 0 3 5.64 10 5 0 30.1 27 1.85
2019 0 0 27.00 1 0 0 1 1 3.00
2023 4 7 5.44 18 12 0 86 79 1.36
4 Seasons 8 17 5.07 44 32 0 206 159 1.41
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 10 0-3 5.64 30.1 27 1.85
2019 1 0-0 27.00 1 1 3.00
2023 18 4-7 5.44 86 79 1.36
4 Seasons 44 8-17 5.07 206 159 1.41
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
2017 25 1411 288 17 5.9 4.6 85.4 110.9 16.5 32.6 .253 .447 .343 .329 .349 27.5 14.0 6.5 4.26 4.70
2018 26 541 100 7 7.0 4.8 88.7 113.9 15.9 41.0 .300 .498 .387 .381 .431 42.0 18.6 10.3 5.64 6.52
2019 27 27 5 1 20.0 16.7 88.0 110.2 13.7 80.0 .454 1.054 .613 .609 .731 40.0 16.7 0.0 27.00 27.31
2023 31 1346 267 23 8.6 6.2 89.1 113.2 14.5 39.0 .267 .473 .348 .341 .407 36.3 21.2 6.2 5.44 4.97
Player 3325 660 48 7.3 5.4 87.4 113.9 15.6 36.8 .268 .471 .354 .344 .388 33.4 17.8 6.9
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .405 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Lively relies on 6 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(32.2%) ,
Slider
(23.3%) ,
Sinker
(21.7%) ,
Changeup
(10.2%) ,
Curveball
(7.4%) ,
Cutter
(5.2%) ,


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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
2017 38.9 26.0 22.6 12.5 35.1 38.5 26.4 5.2 27.4 30.2 21.9 8.0 5.9 4.6
2018 35.0 24.0 30.0 11.0 37.0 37.0 26.0 3.0 26.0 21.0 31.0 12.0 7.0 4.8
2019 20.0 60.0 20.0 0.0 20.0 80.0 0.0 0.0 20.0 0.0 40.0 20.0 20.0 16.7
2023 38.2 27.3 28.8 5.6 33.3 36.3 30.3 4.1 27.7 27.0 25.8 6.4 8.6 6.2
Player 37.9 26.5 26.2 9.4 34.5 37.7 27.7 4.4 27.3 27.3 25.0 8.0 7.3 5.4
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 CIN R 433 90.6 18.6 0.0 0 6.9 -0.5 -7
2023 Sinker CIN R 292 91.5 21.9 -4.0 -15 14.1 -0.9 -6
2023 Slider CIN R 314 80.1 38.8 -1.6 -4 10.7 1.0 10
2023 Cutter CIN R 70 87.9 24.5 3.6 13 0.4 -2.7 -117
2023 Curveball CIN R 99 76.4 52.2 -3.8 -7 9.5 -2.0 -17
2023 Changeup CIN R 137 84.4 31.1 -4.0 -11 15.5 0.8 5
2019 4-Seamer KC R 14 92.2 16.9 0.7 4 7.9 -0.5 -6
2019 Sinker KC R 1 94.1 22.8 1.1 5 16.5 1.8 12
2019 Curveball KC R 12 74.5 57.1 -1.3 -2 13.8 0.9 7
2018 Changeup KC R 4 85.7 24.7 -7.8 -24 13.4 -1.0 -7
2018 4-Seamer KC R 250 91.2 16.1 1.7 9 6.3 -1.2 -16
2018 Sinker KC R 78 91.6 20.4 -3.4 -14 14.8 0.2 1
2018 Curveball KC R 142 75.5 56.1 -2.4 -4 12.3 -0.3 -2
2018 Slider KC R 67 83.6 36.1 -2.1 -6 6.4 0.8 15
2017 Slider PHI R 182 81.9 37.9 -0.3 -1 6.2 -0.2 -4
2017 Curveball PHI R 285 75.5 51.0 -3.9 -7 12.0 0.1 0
2017 4-Seamer PHI R 605 91.3 15.9 0.9 5 5.6 -2.6 -31
2017 Changeup PHI R 74 84.9 28.8 -2.0 -7 14.9 0.7 5
2017 Sinker PHI R 259 91.2 21.9 -1.2 -5 14.3 -0.9 -6
! 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 -2.3 -10 434 32.2 115 .363 .667 .471 18.6 10.4 14.1 .325 .612 .430 37.8
2023 Slider 1.5 5 314 23.3 78 .176 .324 .237 34.3 30.8 27.3 .230 .414 .294 32.0
2023 Sinker 1.0 3 292 21.7 107 .257 .416 .312 15.6 29.9 28.6 .222 .353 .272 33.3
2023 Changeup -1.1 -2 137 10.2 32 .258 .419 .358 14.3 12.5 25.0 .252 .365 .278 37.0
2023 Curveball -3.2 -3 99 7.4 24 .261 .870 .467 11.9 16.7 15.4 .310 .778 .463 57.9
2023 Cutter 0.9 1 70 5.2 16 .267 .267 .269 27.8 18.8 30.0 .328 .388 .338 25.0
2019 4-Seamer -18.2 -3 14 51.9 4 .500 1.250 .725 33.3 25.0 16.7 .436 1.329 .694 66.7
2019 Curveball 3.2 0 12 44.4 2 .500 .500 .450 25.0 0.0 0.0 .488 .503 .439 0.0
2019 Sinker -9.3 0 1 3.7 -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2018 4-Seamer -0.9 -2 250 46.2 62 .321 .509 .396 16.7 16.1 16.7 .320 .558 .412 43.2
2018 Curveball 0.1 0 142 26.2 38 .281 .469 .380 21.7 26.3 25.0 .214 .335 .310 13.6
2018 Sinker 0.6 0 78 14.4 20 .316 .368 .323 6.9 0.0 0.0 .374 .577 .424 57.9
2018 Slider -1.2 -1 67 12.4 23 .381 .524 .420 37.1 30.4 31.8 .307 .494 .374 57.1
2018 Changeup -19.8 -1 4 0.7 1 1.000 2.000 1.250 0.0 0.0 -- .427 1.054 .607 100.0
2017 4-Seamer 0.5 3 605 42.9 158 .262 .489 .354 18.7 14.6 15.5 .278 .500 .369 34.5
2017 Curveball -0.5 -1 285 20.2 81 .260 .438 .340 12.5 11.1 9.9 .244 .420 .308 21.2
2017 Sinker -0.9 -2 259 18.4 58 .321 .509 .401 15.0 6.9 6.7 .299 .482 .361 26.5
2017 Slider 1.8 3 182 12.9 52 .188 .354 .244 31.8 30.8 27.1 .121 .203 .172 18.2
2017 Changeup -3.5 -3 74 5.2 21 .368 .842 .488 0.0 0.0 0.0 .302 .665 .394 25.0
! 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 137 84.4 97 17.2 1:45 2:15 -30
2023 Curveball 99 76.4 78 12.9 8:00 7:45 15
2023 Cutter 70 87.9 74 9.9 12:30 12:00 30
2023 4-Seam Fastball 434 90.6 93 15.7 1:00 1:00 0
2023 Sinker 292 91.5 93 17.7 1:15 2:00 -45
2023 Slider 314 80.1 55 11.9 9:00 9:15 -15
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2017 370 1,405 2 13 -9 -7 0
2018 144 541 -1 2 -1 -4 -3
2023 372 1,346 0 6 -9 -4 -6
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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 %
2017 1,411 52.2 65.6 85.0 27.4 71.7 43.4 59.1 47.4 17.5 8.2 73.9
2018 541 52.1 61.7 81.0 20.5 73.6 41.4 56.9 42.0 19.8 7.8 71.4
2019 27 55.6 46.7 71.4 25.0 66.7 37.0 83.3 37.0 30.0 11.1 100.0
2023 1,346 52.2 64.7 84.4 24.5 58.9 40.9 60.2 45.5 21.2 8.8 68.6
Player 3,325 52.2 64.4 84.1 25.1 66.8 42.0 59.4 45.7 19.4 8.4 71.6
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
2017 31 41 25 20 50 41 50 90 90 6 81 7 48 26 3 6 96
2018 26 10 5 90
2023 20 18 12 11 46 38 35 47 68 34 81 15 8 12 4 4 93
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2017 22.8 13 14.0 -1 12 5 9 69.2
2018 22.8 4 5.2 -1 3 1 4 100.0
2019 22.6 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 100.0
2023 23.2 20 16.5 4 9 7 11 55.0
Player 23.0 38 36.8 1 24 13 25 65.8

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 13 12 11 15 15 14 14 16 12 12 14 20 12 13 14 14 14 14 14 13 14 12 20 17 14 13 13 16 15 13 11
2018 4 8 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 6 4 5 7 6 6 4 4 5 5 6 5 5
2019 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2023 20 18 15 17 17 17 17 15 18 13 15 21 17 14 19 17 17 16 17 18 14 18 21 19 13 14 17 17 16 16 13
Player 38 39 32 37 38 37 37 37 36 31 35 47 36 33 39 37 37 36 38 36 34 38 48 43 32 32 36 39 38 35 30
! 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 2017 2018 +/-   2019 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.3 91.3 0.0 92.3 1.0
Offspeed Velocity 84.9 85.7 0.8 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 78.0 78.1 0.1 74.5 -3.6
Exit Velocity 85.4 88.7 3.3 88.0 -0.7
Launch Angle 16.5 15.9 -0.6 13.7 -2.2
Barrel % 5.9 7.0 1.1 20.0 13.0
Hard Hit % 27.5 42.0 14.5 40.0 -2.0
Sweet Spot % 32.6 41.0 8.4 80.0 39.0
xBA .253 .300 0.047 .454 0.154
BA .269 .325 0.056 .500 0.175
xwOBA .329 .381 0.052 .609 0.228
wOBA .343 .387 0.044 .613 0.226
xSLG .447 .498 0.051 1.054 0.556
SLG .484 .492 0.008 1.000 0.508
K% 14.0 18.6 4.6 16.7 -1.9
BB% 6.5 10.3 3.8 0.0 -10.3
Swing % 47.4 42.0 -5.4 37.0 -5.0
Whiff% 17.5 19.8 2.3 30.0 10.2
In Zone % 52.2 52.1 -0.1 55.6 3.5
Out of Zone % 47.8 47.9 0.1 44.4 -3.5
Out of Zone Swing % 27.4 20.5 -6.9 25.0 4.5
First Pitch Swing % 25.8 22.2 -3.6 33.3 11.1
First Pitch Strike % 59.1 56.9 -2.2 83.3 26.4
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2017 Shifts 369 .339 180 5 2.8 189 30 15.9
2018 Shifts 144 .387 66 10 15.2 78 30 38.5
2019 Shifts 6 .613 4 1 25.0 2 1 50.0
2023 Shades 372 .348 175 28 16.0 197 108 54.8
! 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 %
2017 426 13.6 68.5% 0.7% 238 21.7 0.0% 6.3%
2018 154 14.1 61.0% 1.9% 126 21.6 0.8% 4.8%
2019 7 16.5 42.9% 0.0% 7 21.3 0.0% 0.0%
2023 405 13.1 86.4% 0.2% 213 18.9 5.6% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution