Brandon McCarthy
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 8" 225LBS | Age: 40
Draft: 2002 | Rd: 17, #510, Chicago White Sox | Lamar CC
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2016 2 3 4.95 10 9 0 40 44 1.38
2017 6 4 3.98 19 16 0 92.2 72 1.25
2018 6 3 4.92 15 15 0 78.2 65 1.46
13 Seasons 69 75 4.20 255 197 0 1,223.2 908 1.30
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2016 10 2-3 4.95 40 44 1.38
2017 19 6-4 3.98 92.2 72 1.25
2018 15 6-3 4.92 78.2 65 1.46
13 Seasons 255 69-75 4.20 1,223.2 908 1.30
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
2015 31 367 61 8 13.1 8.5 89.9 108.4 14.2 47.5 .233 .466 .380 .316 .442 42.6 30.9 4.3 5.87 4.13
2016 32 701 99 2 2.0 1.2 87.8 109.2 14.5 32.3 .215 .316 .292 .302 .331 30.3 25.7 15.2 4.95 3.82
2017 33 1447 282 4 1.4 1.0 85.2 115.7 13.4 32.3 .255 .350 .292 .294 .328 21.3 18.8 7.0 3.98 3.68
2018 34 1215 253 20 7.9 5.9 89.2 113.7 7.5 30.8 .267 .456 .360 .333 .390 36.8 19.2 6.2 4.92 4.76
Player 3730 695 34 4.9 3.4 87.5 115.7 11.4 33.1 .251 .394 .324 .311 .361 30.1 21.3 7.9
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

McCarthy relies on 5 pitches.
Sinker
(37.0%) ,
Cutter
(31.5%) ,
Curveball
(23.6%) ,
Slider
(7.0%) ,
Four Seamer
(0.8%) ,


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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
2015 39.3 31.1 24.6 4.9 32.8 36.1 31.1 6.6 27.9 23.0 23.0 6.6 13.1 8.5
2016 35.4 22.2 32.3 10.1 35.4 33.3 31.3 3.0 25.3 33.3 25.3 6.1 2.0 1.2
2017 44.0 18.8 27.3 9.9 34.8 40.1 25.2 3.9 33.0 25.2 29.4 5.0 1.4 1.0
2018 49.0 21.7 24.9 4.3 37.2 39.5 22.9 2.4 40.3 20.9 22.1 4.7 7.9 5.9
Player 44.2 21.4 26.9 7.5 35.5 38.6 25.8 3.5 34.1 24.6 25.6 5.2 4.9 3.4
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.9 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
2018 Slider ATL R 85 85.4 40.2 3.2 9 5.6 1.1 25
2018 Curveball ATL R 286 80.2 55.1 0.4 1 12.1 5.2 76
2018 Cutter ATL R 382 91.4 22.7 2.4 10 1.9 -4.1 -186
2018 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 10 91.9 21.3 -4.8 -29 9.7 2.7 38
2018 Sinker ATL R 449 92.5 23.8 2.0 9 14.6 0.1 1
2017 Sinker LAD R 309 92.9 21.6 1.7 9 14.1 -0.7 -5
2017 4-Seam Fastball LAD R 417 93.2 15.4 -1.3 -9 7.3 -0.6 -8
2017 Slider LAD R 21 86.5 34.5 1.6 5 9.1 5.4 144
2017 Changeup LAD R 37 88.6 23.9 -2.0 -8 14.4 1.0 8
2017 Cutter LAD R 346 91.3 18.2 4.2 19 2.4 0.5 25
2017 Curveball LAD R 311 80.2 50.2 -2.2 -4 14.4 7.9 120
2016 4-Seam Fastball LAD R 226 93.4 17.7 -2.1 -14 10.1 3.0 43
2016 Sinker LAD R 124 92.1 25.4 3.7 17 13.8 0.1 1
2016 Cutter LAD R 136 91.4 21.4 2.0 9 4.6 -7.1 -289
2016 Curveball LAD R 200 80.5 50.3 -2.3 -4 9.4 0.9 11
2015 Sinker LAD R 51 93.4 24.7 3.4 16 15.2 1.4 10
2015 4-Seam Fastball LAD R 167 94.5 16.9 -2.1 -14 10.1 3.4 50
2015 Cutter LAD R 68 91.7 21.8 0.4 2 2.7 -5.0 -216
2015 Curveball LAD R 76 81.9 49.7 -1.0 -2 10.2 1.9 23
! 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 %
2018 Sinker -0.1 -1 449 37.0 120 .294 .440 .362 12.6 11.7 18.7 .294 .471 .356 38.8
2018 Cutter -0.2 -1 382 31.4 112 .273 .465 .365 18.4 20.5 20.7 .264 .484 .358 40.3
2018 Curveball -3.2 -9 286 23.5 76 .365 .635 .424 18.9 25.0 17.4 .237 .406 .280 32.1
2018 Slider -1.9 -2 85 7.0 29 .276 .517 .366 25.5 31.0 23.7 .229 .411 .269 20.0
2018 4-Seam Fastball 7.0 1 10 0.8 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .560 .770 .575 100.0
2017 4-Seam Fastball 1.1 5 417 28.8 130 .248 .308 .288 19.2 25.4 19.0 .243 .332 .284 22.1
2017 Cutter 0.2 1 346 23.9 86 .257 .311 .307 19.7 12.8 15.1 .264 .311 .304 12.3
2017 Curveball 0.2 1 311 21.5 68 .227 .364 .271 21.4 25.0 16.8 .250 .413 .294 24.5
2017 Sinker 0.5 2 309 21.4 80 .314 .457 .372 17.4 7.5 13.3 .301 .406 .341 28.4
2017 Changeup 1.7 1 37 2.6 11 .182 .364 .227 6.7 9.1 12.5 .132 .203 .145 0.0
2017 Slider -7.9 -2 21 1.5 8 .250 .500 .313 23.1 37.5 18.8 .188 .222 .178 40.0
! 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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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 93 376 3 3 -2 -2 2
2009 412 1,567 9 4 -9 -6 -2
2011 687 2,483 14 6 -2 -3 15
2012 441 1,563 7 11 -8 -3 7
2013 574 1,998 -10 4 -6 -4 -16
2014 832 3,025 -1 3 -5 -5 -7
2015 94 367 -6 2 -1 -1 -6
2016 170 696 2 8 -5 -6 -2
2017 388 1,462 5 12 -4 -6 5
2018 339 1,214 -6 2 -5 -3 -11
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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 %
2015 367 52.6 63.2 78.7 34.5 65.0 49.3 66.0 49.6 25.8 6.8 64.0
2016 701 49.9 64.3 82.7 23.9 69.0 41.1 60.8 44.1 18.4 7.0 79.6
2017 1,447 50.1 65.2 83.7 29.9 70.2 43.8 65.1 47.5 19.1 7.1 70.6
2018 1,215 55.5 67.1 87.2 25.0 62.2 41.6 68.4 48.3 16.7 10.0 68.9
Player 3,730 52.1 65.5 84.3 27.7 67.2 43.1 65.6 47.3 18.9 8.0 70.8
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
2015 72 64 60 49
2016 50 50 48 57
2017 73 38 82 96 57 97 100 92 99 28 73 15 74 53 53 75 29
2018 22 14 10 14 46 39 22 23 37 27 81 3 17 43 25 71 16
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 21.0 2 2.4 0 2 3 1 50.0
2017 22.6 6 3.8 2 4 5 0 0.0
2018 22.7 15 14.1 1 2 9 7 46.7
Player 22.5 23 20.3 3 8 17 8 34.8

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 2 1 2 5 3 1 3 3 1 1 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 1 3 3 3 1 3 4 3 1 2 5 4 2 1
2017 6 5 3 3 4 3 4 6 3 1 4 5 3 3 3 4 2 3 6 4 5 5 6 6 3 1 3 7 6 2 2
2018 15 17 13 13 13 13 16 14 9 12 14 14 15 15 13 16 14 14 16 16 15 15 17 16 13 13 12 15 15 14 12
Player 23 23 18 21 20 17 23 23 13 14 19 23 21 20 17 23 17 18 25 23 23 21 26 26 19 15 17 27 25 18 15
! 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 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 93.7 92.5 -1.2 92.5 0.0 92.0 -0.5
Offspeed Velocity 0.0 0.0 0.0 88.6 0.0 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 81.9 80.6 -1.3 80.6 0.0 81.4 0.8
Exit Velocity 89.9 87.8 -2.1 85.2 -2.6 89.2 4.0
Launch Angle 14.2 14.5 0.3 13.4 -1.1 7.5 -5.9
Barrel % 13.1 2.0 -11.1 1.4 -0.6 7.9 6.5
Hard Hit % 42.6 30.3 -12.3 21.3 -9.0 36.8 15.5
Sweet Spot % 47.5 32.3 -15.2 32.3 0.0 30.8 -1.5
xBA .233 .215 -0.018 .255 0.040 .267 0.012
BA .267 .207 -0.060 .256 0.049 .300 0.044
xwOBA .316 .302 -0.014 .294 -0.008 .333 0.039
wOBA .380 .292 -0.088 .292 0.000 .360 0.068
xSLG .466 .316 -0.150 .350 0.034 .456 0.106
SLG .600 .307 -0.293 .354 0.047 .498 0.144
K% 30.9 25.7 -5.2 18.8 -6.9 19.2 0.4
BB% 4.3 15.2 10.9 7.0 -8.2 6.2 -0.8
Swing % 49.6 44.1 -5.5 47.5 3.4 48.3 0.8
Whiff% 25.8 18.4 -7.4 19.1 0.7 16.7 -2.4
In Zone % 52.6 49.9 -2.7 50.1 0.2 55.5 5.4
Out of Zone % 47.4 50.1 2.7 49.9 -0.2 44.5 -5.4
Out of Zone Swing % 34.5 23.9 -10.6 29.9 6.0 25.0 -4.9
First Pitch Swing % 29.8 27.5 -2.3 28.4 0.9 31.9 3.5
First Pitch Strike % 66.0 60.8 -5.2 65.1 4.3 68.4 3.3
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 164 .288 95 8 8.4 69 15 21.7
2017 Shifts 382 .294 181 16 8.8 201 65 32.3
2018 Shifts 339 .360 185 36 19.5 154 50 32.5
! 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 %
2011 752 15.5 39.8% 0.1% 330 21.0 0.3% 5.8%
2012 493 16.1 24.5% 0.2% 278 23.0 0.0% 5.4%
2013 626 15.5 40.9% 0.3% 278 22.8 0.7% 6.1%
2014 908 16.2 29.1% 0.4% 416 22.6 0.2% 6.7%
2015 139 17.9 25.9% 5.0% 29 26.6 3.4% 20.7%
2016 210 17.3 23.3% 1.4% 111 23.3 0.9% 16.2%
2017 418 17.2 15.3% 0.5% 236 21.7 0.0% 7.6%
2018 357 18.2 6.4% 1.1% 204 21.3 0.0% 4.4%
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Pitch Distribution