Brian Johnson
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 3" 250LBS | Age: 33
Draft: 2012 | Rd: 1, #31, Boston Red Sox | Florida
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2017 2 0 4.33 5 5 0 27 21 1.48
2018 4 5 4.17 38 13 0 99.1 87 1.43
2019 1 3 6.02 21 7 0 40.1 31 1.88
4 Seasons 7 9 4.74 65 26 0 171 142 1.55
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2017 5 2-0 4.33 27 21 1.48
2018 38 4-5 4.17 99.1 87 1.43
2019 21 1-3 6.02 40.1 31 1.88
4 Seasons 65 7-9 4.74 171 142 1.55
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
2015 24 87 12 1 8.3 5.3 91.7 109.6 9.5 58.3 .256 .409 .284 .403 .409 41.7 15.8 21.1 8.31 7.35
2017 26 448 92 11 12.0 9.1 86.8 113.5 17.2 39.1 .287 .543 .344 .367 .426 33.7 17.4 6.6 4.33 6.04
2018 27 1710 308 22 7.1 5.1 89.3 119.1 15.8 35.7 .257 .430 .335 .329 .376 36.0 20.0 8.8 4.17 4.63
2019 28 772 139 13 9.4 6.7 89.3 114.9 14.2 33.8 .257 .461 .388 .340 .366 36.7 16.1 11.9 6.03 5.19
Player 3017 551 47 8.5 6.1 88.9 119.1 15.5 36.3 .262 .456 .348 .340 .383 35.9 18.5 9.5
MLB 6.9 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.4 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Johnson relies on 5 pitches.
Four Seamer
(36.5%) ,
Curveball
(34.6%) ,
Slider
(26.7%) ,
Changeup
(1.6%) ,
Sinker
(0.6%) ,


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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 33.3 25.0 41.7 0.0 50.0 33.3 16.7 0.0 33.3 16.7 25.0 16.7 8.3 5.3
2017 38.0 32.6 21.7 7.6 31.5 31.5 37.0 7.6 20.7 32.6 21.7 5.4 12.0 9.1
2018 38.0 27.9 25.3 8.8 40.9 34.7 23.7 1.9 27.6 28.9 26.6 7.1 7.1 5.1
2019 43.2 28.8 22.3 5.8 46.0 38.8 15.1 5.0 25.9 28.8 23.7 6.5 9.4 6.7
Player 39.2 28.9 24.3 7.6 40.8 35.2 23.6 3.6 26.1 29.2 25.0 6.9 8.5 6.1
MLB 44.6 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.8
! 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
2019 Slider BOS L 206 77.6 47.6 2.0 4 13.3 3.8 39
2019 Changeup BOS L 12 84.1 24.9 -5.3 -18 9.1 -3.8 -29
2019 4-Seam Fastball BOS L 282 88.9 18.2 -0.4 -2 7.5 1.7 29
2019 Curveball BOS L 267 74.9 63.6 2.1 3 12.1 2.0 20
2019 Sinker BOS L 5 88.9 23.0 -1.2 -5 12.0 -1.6 -12
2018 Sinker BOS L 24 88.9 21.6 -2.7 -11 13.6 -0.1 -1
2018 4-Seam Fastball BOS L 814 88.5 18.2 -0.2 -1 5.1 -0.2 -3
2018 Changeup BOS L 33 81.5 27.2 -5.5 -17 9.4 -3.3 -26
2018 Curveball BOS L 487 74.7 63.9 1.9 3 10.0 0.6 6
2018 Slider BOS L 352 78.4 45.9 0.4 1 11.6 3.3 40
2017 4-Seam Fastball BOS L 249 87.4 18.3 -0.7 -4 3.4 -1.7 -34
2017 Sinker BOS L 3 87.9 20.3 -2.6 -11 12.8 0.0 0
2017 Curveball BOS L 127 73.3 65.4 3.6 6 9.7 -0.1 -1
2017 Slider BOS L 49 79.8 36.3 -5.6 -13 5.9 -1.0 -14
2017 Changeup BOS L 20 78.5 28.2 -2.9 -9 5.4 -5.8 -52
2015 Changeup BOS L 1 80.5 34.1 1.7 5 14.7 2.2 18
2015 Slider BOS L 14 79.6 43.2 -0.7 -2 6.6 0.1 2
2015 4-Seam Fastball BOS L 36 88.0 17.8 0.4 2 9.5 3.4 55
2015 Curveball BOS L 35 73.0 68.3 3.7 6 5.2 -5.2 -50
! 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 %
2019 4-Seam Fastball -1.0 -3 282 36.5 56 .292 .563 .403 21.1 19.6 13.6 .224 .395 .313 34.2
2019 Curveball -3.9 -11 267 34.6 71 .403 .582 .442 21.9 15.5 14.7 .284 .500 .349 41.1
2019 Slider 1.1 2 206 26.7 60 .216 .451 .336 24.8 15.0 15.5 .241 .438 .338 32.6
2019 Changeup -3.7 0 12 1.6 1 1.000 1.000 .900 0.0 0.0 0.0 .653 .759 .638 0.0
2019 Sinker 4.1 0 5 0.6 2 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 -- .520 1.887 .824 100.0
2018 4-Seam Fastball -0.9 -7 814 47.6 198 .280 .543 .388 18.5 19.2 16.5 .270 .509 .372 43.1
2018 Curveball 0.3 1 487 28.5 141 .233 .368 .299 23.9 22.0 19.4 .232 .367 .283 36.3
2018 Slider -0.8 -3 352 20.6 86 .291 .380 .330 24.1 19.8 19.3 .255 .337 .292 19.4
2018 Changeup 1.7 1 33 1.9 5 .200 .200 .180 11.1 0.0 0.0 .584 .988 .673 60.0
2018 Sinker 1.4 0 24 1.4 4 .000 .000 .175 30.0 25.0 25.0 .049 .117 .229 0.0
2017 4-Seam Fastball 1.1 3 249 55.6 67 .270 .492 .346 17.9 23.9 18.8 .289 .549 .372 38.3
2017 Curveball -1.5 -2 127 28.3 32 .300 .533 .375 17.5 9.4 7.9 .281 .500 .350 25.9
2017 Slider -0.3 0 49 10.9 17 .250 .313 .274 12.9 11.8 12.5 .198 .320 .248 21.4
2017 Changeup -1.4 0 20 4.5 4 .500 .750 .538 14.3 0.0 -- .649 1.662 .946 75.0
2017 Sinker 0.5 0 3 0.7 -- -- -- 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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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2017 120 448 -2 5 -2 -1 0
2018 434 1,710 6 4 -13 -5 -8
2019 190 772 -8 7 -5 -5 -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 87 37.9 51.5 82.4 27.8 73.3 46.0 47.4 36.8 18.8 5.7 60.0
2017 448 47.3 64.6 88.3 34.7 72.0 41.7 62.0 48.9 16.9 7.6 79.4
2018 1,710 48.0 62.0 88.8 27.8 57.1 40.6 59.2 44.2 21.5 8.0 66.9
2019 772 45.3 64.6 83.2 20.6 58.6 36.4 55.3 40.5 22.4 7.3 71.4
Player 3,017 46.9 62.8 87.2 26.9 60.8 39.9 58.4 43.7 20.8 7.7 69.7
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
2017 3 21 42 81
2018 26 25 24 27 35 33 37 21 43 35 40 28 47 4 40 57 84
2019 4 61 75 85
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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 22.3 5 7.0 -2 2 9 1 20.0
2018 23.0 16 16.7 -1 10 12 8 50.0
2019 23.4 6 7.1 -1 0 6 3 50.0
Player 23.0 27 30.9 -4 12 27 12 44.4

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 5 7 6 5 7 5 10 6 4 4 7 7 9 10 9 9 5 5 7 6 10 7 10 8 7 7 5 9 10 7 3
2018 16 19 14 20 19 14 20 16 16 12 14 22 17 14 16 20 14 14 16 22 16 19 23 20 13 12 16 19 17 16 11
2019 6 9 6 8 8 8 9 6 6 5 6 7 7 7 7 8 7 6 7 6 6 7 8 7 8 8 7 9 8 8 5
Player 27 35 26 33 34 27 39 28 26 21 27 36 33 31 32 37 26 25 30 34 32 33 41 35 28 27 28 37 35 31 19
! 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 87.4 88.5 1.1 88.9 0.4
Offspeed Velocity 78.5 81.5 3.0 84.1 2.6
Breaking Velocity 75.1 76.2 1.1 76.1 -0.1
Exit Velocity 86.8 89.3 2.5 89.3 0.0
Launch Angle 17.2 15.8 -1.4 14.2 -1.6
Barrel % 12.0 7.1 -4.9 9.4 2.3
Hard Hit % 33.7 36.0 2.3 36.7 0.7
LA Sweet-Spot % 39.1 35.7 -3.4 33.8 -1.9
xBA .287 .257 -0.030 .257 0.000
BA .283 .263 -0.020 .315 0.052
xwOBA .367 .329 -0.038 .340 0.011
wOBA .344 .335 -0.009 .388 0.053
xSLG .543 .430 -0.113 .461 0.031
SLG .487 .443 -0.044 .536 0.093
K% 17.4 20.0 2.6 16.1 -3.9
BB% 6.6 8.8 2.2 11.9 3.1
Swing % 48.9 44.2 -4.7 40.5 -3.7
Whiff% 16.9 21.5 4.6 22.4 0.9
In Zone % 47.3 48.0 0.7 45.3 -2.7
Out of Zone % 52.7 52.0 -0.7 54.7 2.7
Out of Zone Swing % 34.7 27.8 -6.9 20.6 -7.2
First Pitch Swing % 29.8 26.3 -3.5 23.2 -3.1
First Pitch Strike % 62.0 59.2 -2.8 55.3 -3.9
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2017 Shifts 120 .344 107 14 13.1 13 8 61.5
2018 Shifts 433 .335 322 32 9.9 111 33 29.7
2019 Shifts 190 .388 128 6 4.7 62 32 51.6
! 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 %
2015 34 14.6 58.8% 0.0% 13 22.1 0.0% 15.4%
2017 128 14.6 53.9% 0.0% 74 19.7 0.0% 4.1%
2018 554 14.5 53.8% 1.3% 268 19.5 6.0% 5.2%
2019 245 16.9 24.5% 0.8% 133 21.0 2.3% 5.3%
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Pitch Distribution