Chris Heston
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 3" 195LBS | Age: 36
Draft: 2009 | Rd: 12, #357, San Francisco Giants | East Carolina
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2015 12 11 3.95 31 31 0 177.2 141 1.31
2016 1 1 10.80 4 0 0 5 3 3.00
2017 0 1 16.50 3 1 0 6 3 3.33
4 Seasons 13 13 4.55 41 33 0 194 151 1.43
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2015 31 12-11 3.95 177.2 141 1.31
2016 4 1-1 10.80 5 3 3.00
2017 3 0-1 16.50 6 3 3.33
4 Seasons 41 13-13 4.55 194 151 1.43
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 27 2792 528 26 4.9 3.5 88.5 115.0 5.9 29.4 .248 .393 .320 .321 .355 36.6 18.9 8.6 3.95 4.31
2016 28 110 20 2 10.0 6.9 88.6 108.1 9.5 35.0 .279 .513 .479 .389 .387 30.0 10.3 20.7 10.80 6.83
2017 29 138 30 3 10.0 7.9 88.4 112.0 11.0 50.0 .369 .688 .551 .474 .484 36.7 7.9 13.2 16.50 11.71
Player 3040 578 31 5.4 3.8 88.5 115.0 6.3 30.6 .255 .410 .336 .330 .363 36.3 18.1 9.2
MLB 6.9 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.4 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Heston relies on 5 pitches.
Sinker
(58.7%) ,
Slider
(18.1%) ,
Four Seamer
(9.4%) ,
Curveball
(7.2%) ,
Changeup
(6.5%) ,


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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
2015 53.6 15.9 25.4 5.1 39.2 38.8 22.0 3.0 43.6 17.6 25.0 4.2 4.9 3.5
2016 50.0 20.0 20.0 10.0 25.0 45.0 30.0 0.0 40.0 20.0 15.0 10.0 10.0 6.9
2017 33.3 30.0 33.3 3.3 50.0 23.3 23.3 6.7 23.3 16.7 30.0 13.3 10.0 7.9
Player 52.4 16.8 25.6 5.2 39.3 38.2 22.3 3.1 42.4 17.6 24.9 4.8 5.4 3.8
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
2017 Changeup MIN R 9 80.2 36.9 2.3 7 14.6 0.7 5
2017 Curveball MIN R 10 71.9 60.3 -3.0 -5 16.7 3.9 31
2017 4-Seam Fastball MIN R 13 87.7 21.0 -0.7 -3 10.2 0.9 10
2017 Slider MIN R 25 75.8 42.0 -1.9 -4 12.9 0.7 6
2017 Sinker MIN R 81 87.1 28.6 2.2 8 15.8 1.0 7
2016 Slider SF R 20 76.2 47.9 0.2 0 15.9 4.1 35
2016 Changeup SF R 12 81.7 36.6 1.8 5 8.3 -4.3 -34
2016 Curveball SF R 20 72.4 60.2 -3.6 -6 15.4 3.0 25
2016 Sinker SF R 34 87.9 28.1 2.0 8 11.4 -2.7 -19
2016 4-Seam Fastball SF R 16 88.3 23.3 -3.2 -16 5.7 -1.8 -24
2015 Sinker SF R 1,591 89.5 29.2 3.8 15 14.7 0.5 3
2015 4-Seam Fastball SF R 62 90.1 21.7 -3.5 -19 6.1 -1.1 -15
2015 Curveball SF R 387 74.6 59.9 -0.5 -1 16.8 5.6 50
2015 Changeup SF R 324 82.7 38.0 4.4 13 13.7 0.7 5
2015 Slider SF R 357 77.0 45.6 -1.6 -3 15.4 4.5 41
! 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 %
2017 Sinker -6.1 -5 81 58.7 23 .474 .737 .591 3.7 0.0 0.0 .444 .763 .540 42.1
2017 Slider -5.9 -1 25 18.1 5 .600 1.400 .830 12.5 0.0 0.0 .312 .607 .381 40.0
2017 4-Seam Fastball 2.8 0 13 9.4 5 .000 .000 .140 25.0 40.0 25.0 .058 .066 .183 0.0
2017 Curveball -14.9 -1 10 7.2 2 1.000 1.000 .900 0.0 0.0 0.0 .446 .506 .404 0.0
2017 Changeup -16.7 -2 9 6.5 3 .333 1.333 .667 50.0 33.3 25.0 .357 1.303 .661 50.0
! 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
2014 24 103 1 1 -1 0 0
2015 742 2,776 5 21 -14 -16 -3
2016 27 103 -2 -2 -1 -1 -5
2017 38 138 -1 -4 -3 -1 -9
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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 2,792 44.5 58.8 84.9 27.8 61.5 40.7 56.6 41.6 22.5 6.9 62.2
2016 110 42.7 61.7 82.8 23.8 40.0 45.5 48.3 40.0 31.8 6.4 57.1
2017 138 39.1 59.3 100.0 22.6 68.4 39.9 47.4 37.0 11.8 8.0 54.5
Player 3,040 44.2 58.9 85.5 27.4 61.1 40.8 55.8 41.3 22.4 6.9 61.6
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
2015 29 42 44 45 24 17 52 35 17 39 26 48 30 11 21 54 75
2016 4 14 75
2017 2 15 61
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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 -- 0 0.3 0 0 1 0 --
2017 22.5 3 2.7 0 0 1 2 66.7
Player 22.5 3 3.0 0 0 2 2 66.7

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0
2017 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 3
Player 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 3 4 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 4 3
! 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 89.5 88.0 -1.5 87.2 -0.8
Offspeed Velocity 82.6 81.7 -0.9 80.2 -1.5
Breaking Velocity 75.8 74.3 -1.5 74.7 0.4
Exit Velocity 88.5 88.6 0.1 88.4 -0.2
Launch Angle 5.9 9.5 3.6 11.0 1.5
Barrel % 4.9 10.0 5.1 10.0 0.0
Hard Hit % 36.6 30.0 -6.6 36.7 6.7
LA Sweet-Spot % 29.4 35.0 5.6 50.0 15.0
xBA .248 .279 0.031 .369 0.090
BA .253 .409 0.156 .455 0.046
xwOBA .321 .389 0.068 .474 0.085
wOBA .320 .479 0.159 .551 0.072
xSLG .393 .513 0.120 .688 0.175
SLG .397 .636 0.239 .818 0.182
K% 18.9 10.3 -8.6 7.9 -2.4
BB% 8.6 20.7 12.1 13.2 -7.5
Swing % 41.6 40.0 -1.6 37.0 -3.0
Whiff% 22.5 31.8 9.3 11.8 -20.0
In Zone % 44.5 42.7 -1.8 39.1 -3.6
Out of Zone % 55.5 57.3 1.8 60.9 3.6
Out of Zone Swing % 27.8 23.8 -4.0 22.6 -1.2
First Pitch Swing % 24.3 20.7 -3.6 21.1 0.4
First Pitch Strike % 56.6 48.3 -8.3 47.4 -0.9
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 27 .479 17 1 5.9 10 3 30.0
2017 Shifts 38 .551 22 1 4.5 16 7 43.8
! 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 %
2014 26 13.8 69.2% 0.0% 27 23.0 0.0% 3.7%
2015 965 15.4 46.8% 2.2% 428 24.7 5.1% 22.4%
2016 23 15.3 43.5% 4.3% 26 20.8 15.4% 11.5%
2017 36 13.5 69.4% 0.0% 36 20.9 2.8% 5.6%
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Pitch Distribution