Blake Taylor
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 3" 220LBS | Age: 28
Draft: 2013 | Rd: 2, #51, Pittsburgh Pirates | Dana Hills (CA) HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 2 1 2.18 22 0 1 20.2 17 1.21
2021 4 4 3.16 51 0 0 42.2 41 1.41
2022 1 1 3.94 19 0 0 16 9 1.56
3 Seasons 7 6 3.06 92 0 1 79.1 67 1.39
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 22 2-1 2.18 20.2 17 1.21
2021 51 4-4 3.16 42.2 41 1.41
2022 19 1-1 3.94 16 9 1.56
3 Seasons 92 7-6 3.06 79.1 67 1.39
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
2020 24 341 58 3 5.2 3.4 83.0 107.7 8.8 24.1 .180 .278 .257 .263 .257 22.4 19.5 13.8 2.18 2.88
2021 25 748 125 9 7.2 4.8 84.5 110.7 16.7 32.0 .203 .358 .310 .285 .314 28.8 21.8 11.7 3.16 3.39
2022 26 305 55 3 5.5 4.1 86.1 106.7 8.2 38.2 .254 .355 .299 .321 .306 32.7 12.2 12.2 3.94 4.31
Player 1394 238 15 6.3 4.3 84.5 110.7 12.8 31.5 .208 .338 .294 .287 .298 28.2 19.2 12.3
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

Taylor relies on 2 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(74.1%) ,
Slider
(25.9%) ,


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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
2020 51.7 22.4 17.2 8.6 37.9 29.3 32.8 6.9 41.4 25.9 12.1 5.2 5.2 3.4
2021 41.6 27.2 17.6 13.6 38.4 42.4 19.2 4.0 34.4 32.8 16.0 4.8 7.2 4.8
2022 45.5 23.6 27.3 3.6 32.7 40.0 27.3 5.5 32.7 27.3 25.5 3.6 5.5 4.1
Player 45.0 25.2 19.7 10.1 37.0 38.7 24.4 5.0 35.7 29.8 17.2 4.6 6.3 4.3
MLB 44.6 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
2022 4-Seamer HOU L 226 92.6 15.4 -0.4 -3 2.0 -8.3 -131
2022 Slider HOU L 79 84.4 39.2 2.2 6 6.8 1.2 22
2021 4-Seamer HOU L 542 93.1 15.8 -1.0 -7 2.9 -9.7 -144
2021 Slider HOU L 206 82.6 41.2 1.9 5 7.3 1.4 24
2020 Slider HOU L 77 85.0 36.6 0.1 0 6.6 1.8 38
2020 Changeup HOU L 3 88.5 24.5 -3.7 -13 8.1 -5.2 -39
2020 4-Seamer HOU L 261 93.7 14.9 0.0 0 1.2 -8.5 -117
! 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 %
2022 4-Seamer 0.4 1 226 74.1 56 .250 .292 .305 16.2 8.9 8.8 .269 .377 .341 30.2
2022 Slider -0.5 0 79 25.9 18 .188 .375 .339 32.4 22.2 17.4 .210 .287 .265 41.7
2021 4-Seamer 1.4 8 542 72.5 132 .216 .288 .311 25.4 25.0 24.1 .185 .258 .264 23.8
2021 Slider -2.3 -5 206 27.5 54 .269 .635 .391 22.4 14.8 11.8 .242 .569 .337 37.8
2020 4-Seamer 3.9 10 261 76.5 61 .120 .140 .209 17.8 21.3 22.0 .135 .205 .248 18.9
2020 Slider -5.3 -4 77 22.6 24 .292 .583 .463 25.6 16.7 12.9 .264 .398 .286 25.0
2020 Changeup 7.5 0 3 0.9 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .433 1.061 .640 100.0
! 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
2022 4-Seam Fastball 226 92.6 74 16.1 11:45 12:15 -30
2022 Slider 77 84.4 40 7.9 3:00 3:45 -45
2021 4-Seam Fastball 540 93.1 73 15.4 12:00 12:30 -30
2021 Slider 206 82.6 46 8.7 3:15 3:45 -30
2020 4-Seam Fastball 254 93.7 78 15.6 11:45 12:15 -30
2020 Slider 76 85.0 41 7.4 2:30 3:15 -45
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2020 111 433 6 7 -3 -2 8
2021 202 811 -1 16 -6 -5 4
2022 74 305 4 3 -3 -3 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 %
2020 341 53.7 66.1 83.5 16.5 61.5 36.7 51.2 43.1 19.7 9.7 69.7
2021 748 43.9 72.9 82.4 22.6 56.8 39.3 48.7 44.7 24.6 5.9 79.5
2022 305 41.0 71.2 85.4 27.8 70.0 40.0 55.4 45.6 20.1 5.6 88.2
Player 1,394 45.6 70.6 83.3 22.6 61.4 38.8 50.7 44.5 22.4 6.7 77.7
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
2020 90 94 95 90 70 74 72 99 99 26 9 10 1 57 55 78
2021 42 71 82
2022 28 80 78
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2020 23.6 3 1.7 1 1 3 0 0.0
2021 23.5 6 6.4 0 4 3 4 66.7
2022 24.1 1 0.6 0 0 1 0 0.0
Player 23.6 10 8.7 1 5 7 4 40.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2020 3 3 1 3 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 2 2 4 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1
2021 6 8 6 5 7 6 7 7 6 5 6 7 7 4 6 6 5 6 7 7 6 10 8 6 5 5 7 7 8 6 7
2022 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1
Player 10 11 8 8 9 9 11 8 8 6 8 11 8 6 8 8 7 7 9 11 9 12 13 8 6 7 10 9 10 8 9
! 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 2020 2021 +/-   2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 93.7 93.1 -0.6 92.6 -0.5
Offspeed Velocity 88.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 85.0 82.6 -2.4 84.4 1.8
Exit Velocity 83.0 84.5 1.5 86.1 1.6
Launch Angle 8.8 16.7 7.9 8.2 -8.5
Barrel % 5.2 7.2 2.0 5.5 -1.7
Hard Hit % 22.4 28.8 6.4 32.7 3.9
Sweet Spot % 24.1 32.0 7.9 38.2 6.2
xBA .180 .203 0.023 .254 0.051
BA .173 .233 0.060 .234 0.001
xwOBA .263 .285 0.022 .321 0.036
wOBA .257 .310 0.053 .299 -0.011
xSLG .278 .358 0.080 .355 -0.003
SLG .280 .399 0.119 .313 -0.086
K% 19.5 21.8 2.3 12.2 -9.6
BB% 13.8 11.7 -2.1 12.2 0.5
Swing % 43.1 44.7 1.6 45.6 0.9
Whiff% 19.7 24.6 4.9 20.1 -4.5
In Zone % 53.7 43.9 -9.8 41.0 -2.9
Out of Zone % 46.3 56.1 9.8 59.0 2.9
Out of Zone Swing % 16.5 22.6 6.1 27.8 5.2
First Pitch Swing % 25.6 28.3 2.7 35.1 6.8
First Pitch Strike % 51.2 48.7 -2.5 55.4 6.7
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2020 Shifts 86 .257 46 9 19.6 40 31 77.5
2021 Shifts 179 .310 112 25 22.3 67 47 70.1
2022 Shifts 74 .299 36 9 25.0 38 25 65.8
! 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 %
2020 67 19.3 0.0% 1.5% 90 23.9 0.0% 10.0%
2021 199 19.9 4.0% 2.0% 159 23.0 0.0% 7.5%
2022 79 19.3 3.8% 1.3% 62 20.2 1.6% 1.6%
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Pitch Distribution