Chad Sobotka
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 7" 225LBS | Age: 30
Draft: 2014 | Rd: 4, #133, Atlanta Braves | South Carolina - Upstate
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 1 0 1.88 14 0 0 14.1 21 0.98
2019 0 0 6.21 32 0 0 29 38 1.62
2020 0 0 12.27 4 0 0 3.2 2 2.18
3 Seasons 1 0 5.36 50 0 0 47 61 1.47
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 14 1-0 1.88 14.1 21 0.98
2019 32 0-0 6.21 29 38 1.62
2020 4 0-0 12.27 3.2 2 2.18
3 Seasons 50 1-0 5.36 47 61 1.47
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
2018 24 228 28 4 14.3 6.9 89.1 106.2 16.5 50.0 .200 .408 .216 .310 .453 42.9 36.2 15.5 1.88 4.07
2019 25 564 74 5 6.8 3.7 90.4 110.1 12.3 31.1 .230 .414 .354 .339 .407 33.8 28.4 14.2 6.21 5.16
2020 26 81 16 3 18.8 15.0 95.0 109.8 22.6 62.5 .319 .636 .388 .427 .448 50.0 10.0 10.0 12.27 8.69
Player 873 118 12 10.2 5.7 90.7 110.1 14.6 39.8 .231 .434 .321 .339 .423 38.1 28.8 14.2
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Sobotka relies on 3 pitches.
Four Seamer
(55.0%) ,
Slider
(37.5%) ,
Cutter
(7.5%) ,


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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
2018 32.1 28.6 32.1 7.1 28.6 46.4 25.0 0.0 25.0 28.6 25.0 3.6 14.3 6.9
2019 44.6 24.3 23.0 8.1 29.7 41.9 28.4 1.4 32.4 24.3 29.7 5.4 6.8 3.7
2020 18.8 25.0 50.0 6.3 37.5 50.0 12.5 0.0 12.5 31.3 18.8 12.5 18.8 15.0
Player 38.1 25.4 28.8 7.6 30.5 44.1 25.4 0.8 28.0 26.3 27.1 5.9 10.2 5.7
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
2020 Slider ATL R 30 83.3 43.7 5.1 13 10.4 5.1 96
2020 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 43 94.4 13.4 0.4 3 4.6 -2.0 -31
2020 Cutter ATL R 6 89.2 25.8 -0.3 -1 1.8 -1.2 -39
2019 Slider ATL R 243 84.8 42.7 5.2 14 11.5 6.9 152
2019 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 315 96.1 11.9 2.1 15 5.1 -2.3 -31
2019 Sinker ATL R 3 96.1 14.8 -5.2 -26 12.5 -2.4 -16
2019 Changeup ATL R 2 87.3 32.5 2.4 8 0.1 -13.9 -101
2018 Slider ATL R 83 85.9 40.8 5.6 16 12.2 8.0 187
2018 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 145 96.6 12.4 1.3 10 5.5 -1.7 -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 %
2020 4-Seam Fastball 1.4 1 44 54.3 11 .222 .333 .323 5.3 0.0 0.0 .333 .691 .469 55.6
2020 Slider -10.1 -3 30 37.0 7 .429 .714 .683 27.3 28.6 20.0 .242 .504 .427 40.0
2020 Cutter -2.3 0 6 7.4 2 .500 .500 .450 0.0 0.0 -- .487 .788 .549 50.0
2019 4-Seam Fastball -3.1 -10 315 55.9 75 .350 .650 .492 25.8 17.3 13.3 .298 .589 .434 40.4
2019 Slider 2.0 5 243 43.1 57 .140 .220 .249 50.0 43.9 28.7 .155 .218 .237 24.0
2019 Sinker 8.3 0 3 0.5 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .097 .115 .087 0.0
2019 Changeup 5.8 0 2 0.4 1 .000 .000 .000 50.0 0.0 -- .007 .007 .006 0.0
2018 4-Seam Fastball 1.9 3 145 63.6 32 .185 .444 .318 21.4 18.8 17.6 .336 .683 .462 50.0
2018 Slider 3.9 3 83 36.4 24 .000 .000 .117 51.6 62.5 40.5 .026 .055 .147 16.7
! 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
2020 4-Seam Fastball 41 94.3 89 17.5 12:45 12:30 15
2020 Slider 20 83.4 54 12.7 8:00 8:00 0
! 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
2018 69 282 0 7 -3 -1 4
2019 134 563 -3 4 -2 -4 -5
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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 %
2018 228 47.4 61.1 80.3 29.2 48.6 46.1 50.9 44.3 30.7 9.2 76.2
2019 564 43.2 65.4 74.8 31.6 48.5 40.5 63.4 46.1 35.4 9.2 76.9
2020 81 48.1 64.1 96.0 19.0 62.5 34.6 50.0 40.7 12.1 3.7 66.7
Player 873 44.7 64.1 78.4 29.9 49.3 41.4 58.8 45.1 32.2 8.7 76.3
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
2018 94 87 64
2019 88 95 42
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2018 25.4 3 3.0 0 0 0 3 100.0
2019 23.9 6 6.8 -1 0 5 3 50.0
2020 -- 0 0.1 0 1 0 0 --
Player 24.4 9 9.9 -1 1 5 6 66.7

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2018 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
2019 6 8 6 6 8 8 8 6 7 5 7 7 6 6 7 6 6 5 6 8 6 8 8 7 6 8 7 8 8 8 5
2020 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Player 9 11 9 9 12 11 12 9 10 8 10 10 9 9 10 9 9 8 9 11 9 11 11 10 9 11 10 11 11 11 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 2018 2019 +/-   2020 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 96.6 96.1 -0.5 93.7 -2.4
Offspeed Velocity 0.0 87.3 0.0 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 85.9 84.8 -1.1 83.3 -1.5
Exit Velocity 89.1 90.4 1.3 95.0 4.6
Launch Angle 16.5 12.3 -4.2 22.6 10.3
Barrel % 14.3 6.8 -7.5 18.8 12.0
Hard Hit % 42.9 33.8 -9.1 50.0 16.2
LA Sweet-Spot % 50.0 31.1 -18.9 62.5 31.4
xBA .200 .230 0.030 .319 0.089
BA .104 .250 0.146 .333 0.083
xwOBA .310 .339 0.029 .427 0.088
wOBA .216 .354 0.138 .388 0.034
xSLG .408 .414 0.006 .636 0.222
SLG .250 .446 0.196 .500 0.054
K% 36.2 28.4 -7.8 10.0 -18.4
BB% 15.5 14.2 -1.3 10.0 -4.2
Swing % 44.3 46.1 1.8 40.7 -5.4
Whiff% 30.7 35.4 4.7 12.1 -23.3
In Zone % 47.4 43.2 -4.2 48.1 4.9
Out of Zone % 52.6 56.8 4.2 51.9 -4.9
Out of Zone Swing % 29.2 31.6 2.4 19.0 -12.6
First Pitch Swing % 17.5 29.1 11.6 30.0 0.9
First Pitch Strike % 50.9 63.4 12.5 50.0 -13.4
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2018 Shifts 56 .216 34 1 2.9 22 4 18.2
2019 Shifts 134 .354 84 7 8.3 50 20 40.0
2020 Shifts 20 .388 14 2 14.3 6 2 33.3
! 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 %
2018 60 17.8 10.0% 1.7% 42 19.4 0.0% 4.8%
2019 127 19.0 2.4% 4.7% 110 22.8 0.0% 10.9%
2020 16 16.1 18.8% 0.0% 22 21.1 0.0% 4.5%
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Pitch Distribution