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Chris Sale
Popularity: ↓ 31%
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 6" 183LBS | Age: 31

Draft: 2010 | Rd: 1, #13, Chicago White Sox | Florida Gulf Coast
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 6 11 4.40 25 25 0 147.1 218 1.09
10 Seasons 109 73 3.03 312 232 12 1629.2 2007 1.03
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 25 6-11 4.40 147.1 218 1.09
10 Seasons 312 109-73 3.03 1629.2 2007 1.03

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2015 3323 525 21 4.0 85.9 13.1 33.3 .215 .333 .285 .268 .366 27.0 32.1 4.9 3.41 2.80
2016 3431 612 35 5.7 88.7 14.6 33.3 .237 .384 .282 .298 .374 33.2 25.7 5.0 3.34 3.54
2017 3428 492 30 6.1 86.8 15 35.8 .197 .341 .260 .258 .375 30.5 36.2 5.1 2.90 2.68
2018 2525 332 25 7.5 85.6 12.4 31.9 .168 .288 .237 .236 .338 26.8 38.4 5.5 2.11 2.22
2019 2466 344 28 8.1 88.5 12.9 34.9 .215 .385 .294 .287 .411 36.3 35.6 6.0 4.40 3.44
ALL 15173 2305 139 6.0 87.2 13.8 33.9 .208 .348 .272 .271 .373 30.8 33.1 5.2
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Sale relies on 4 pitches.
Slider
(38.4%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(35.8%) ,
Changeup
(15.6%) ,
Sinker
(10.2%) ,


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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # # RHB # LHB % MPH PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Spin Whiff% PutAway%
2019 Slider 947 794 153 38.4 79.0 249 223 44 26 13 1 4 105 119 .197 .170 .318 .285 .263 .245 86.5 17 2492 36.0 28.3
2019 4-Seam Fastball 883 773 110 35.8 93.4 223 207 45 23 9 1 12 103 106 .217 .215 .444 .419 .295 .289 92.3 20 2383 28.5 27.4
2019 Changeup 384 376 8 15.6 85.2 93 86 24 13 6 0 5 7 81 .279 .303 .523 .518 .342 .359 88.1 1 1965 33.3 14.6
2019 Sinker 251 162 89 10.2 92.2 47 40 10 5 2 0 3 3 38 .250 .282 .525 .480 .357 .365 85.2 4 2293 25.3 23.1
2018 4-Seam Fastball 984 791 193 39.0 95.2 262 240 43 25 9 2 7 110 133 .179 .184 .321 .359 .243 .265 87.6 21 2357 29.8 24.8
2018 Slider 872 710 162 34.5 79.7 223 204 23 17 5 0 1 117 88 .113 .106 .152 .162 .161 .164 83.7 11 2496 44.4 31.7
2018 Changeup 428 415 13 17.0 87.0 86 79 18 13 3 1 1 9 70 .228 .206 .329 .266 .275 .248 82.9 4 2045 38.5 16.4
2018 Sinker 240 190 50 9.5 93.2 46 42 18 11 5 0 2 1 41 .429 .308 .690 .543 .496 .397 84.7 6 2218 22.4 5.9
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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 Sinker BOS L 251 92.2 28.3 3.9 16 19.6 4.1 27
2019 Slider BOS L 947 79 49.8 5 11 14 3 27
2019 4-Seamer BOS L 883 93.4 19.7 -3.2 -19 14.8 6.6 80
2019 Changeup BOS L 384 85.2 38.7 5.2 16 19 3.8 25
2018 4-Seamer BOS L 984 95.2 19 -3.2 -20 14.5 5.9 69
2018 Sinker BOS L 240 93.2 28 4 17 19.4 3.9 25
2018 Slider BOS L 871 79.7 49 5 11 14.5 4.5 45
2018 Changeup BOS L 428 87 36.8 3.3 10 19.3 4 26
2017 Slider BOS L 1127 79.8 47.8 4 9 13.1 4.3 48
2017 Sinker BOS L 390 93.6 26.1 4.1 19 18.6 3.1 20
2017 4-Seamer BOS L 1263 94.7 17.8 -3.2 -22 14.8 5.8 64
2017 Changeup BOS L 644 86.8 31 0.7 2 18.5 3.9 27
2016 Sinker CWS L 1828 93.7 20.3 0.1 0 16.9 1.9 12
2016 Slider CWS L 834 79.1 49.6 5.2 12 10.5 2.6 34
2016 Changeup CWS L 646 86.8 29.5 -0.5 -2 18.8 4.4 31
2015 Slider CWS L 640 79.4 46.9 4.3 10 11.1 3.7 50
2015 Sinker CWS L 1674 95.2 18.2 -1.4 -7 17.4 1.5 10
2015 Changeup CWS L 893 86.3 29.3 -1.7 -6 19.6 4.3 28
2015 Splitter CWS L 1 82.1 43.1 6.2 17 9.3 -19.9 -187
2015 4-Seamer CWS L 5 95.7 14 0 0 11 1.2 12
! 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 Sinker -1.2 -3 251 10.2 47 .250 .525 .374 25.3 6.4 23.1 .282 .480 .366 31.6
2019 Changeup -0.1 0 384 15.6 93 .279 .523 .371 33.3 7.5 14.6 .303 .518 .360 33.3
2019 4-Seamer 0.0 0 883 35.8 223 .217 .444 .307 28.5 46.2 27.4 .215 .419 .289 50.9
2019 Slider -0.5 -4 947 38.4 249 .197 .318 .273 36.0 42.2 28.3 .170 .285 .244 26.9
2018 Sinker 0.3 1 240 9.5 46 .429 .690 .499 22.4 2.2 5.9 .308 .543 .397 22.0
2018 Changeup -1.8 -8 428 17.0 86 .228 .329 .289 38.5 10.5 16.4 .206 .266 .249 17.1
2018 Slider -2.3 -20 872 34.5 223 .113 .152 .166 44.4 52.5 31.7 .106 .162 .163 20.5
2018 4-Seamer -1.8 -18 984 39.0 262 .179 .321 .248 29.8 42.0 24.8 .184 .359 .265 37.6
2017 Sinker -0.5 -2 390 11.4 93 .284 .443 .339 18.4 14.0 27.7 .276 .469 .333 38.2
2017 Changeup -0.2 -1 644 18.8 136 .286 .444 .348 37.6 14.0 18.6 .259 .453 .330 25.7
2017 Slider -1.3 -15 1127 32.9 286 .179 .346 .267 39.7 46.9 30.2 .142 .240 .207 23.1
2017 4-Seamer -1.7 -22 1263 36.8 336 .180 .287 .223 27.4 42.3 23.9 .194 .345 .251 35.6
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 875 3347 -28 -18 9 9 -27
2017 886 3587 -6 -45 7 6 -37
2018 666 2802 -29 -32 6 8 -47
2019 599 2446 2 -26 10 7 -8
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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 3323 48.7 67.1 73.5 32.5 55.0 43.3 67.4 49.4 32.7 7.6 73.1
2016 3431 52.8 65.2 80.5 30.9 62.7 43.6 62.2 48.9 24.8 8.7 70.9
2017 3428 52.6 65.4 75.0 32.9 53.1 44.7 66.7 49.9 31.8 8.3 72.3
2018 2525 50.3 63.3 72.6 32.6 49.9 44.0 67.6 48.0 35.0 7.1 69.7
2019 2466 50.1 61.3 75.1 33.1 54.8 41.7 66.0 47.2 32.0 7.5 68.1
ALL 15173 51.0 64.7 75.6 32.3 55.3 43.5 65.8 48.8 31.0 7.9 71.1
MLB 48.4 66.1 82.8 28.2 59.4 42.6 60.6 46.6 24.5 7.2 75.1

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2015 42.9 22.5 27.8 6.9 35.2 39.6 25.1 3.6 33.9 24.2 25.5 6.5 4.0
2016 42.2 24.3 25.5 8.0 37.1 36.4 26.5 1.8 30.4 27.8 26.0 5.4 5.7
2017 39.8 26.2 25.2 8.7 35.2 38.0 26.8 3.5 29.9 29.5 23.2 6.7 6.1
2018 44.9 22.3 22.3 10.5 34.3 36.4 29.2 6.0 37.3 26.2 19.3 2.7 7.5
2019 43.9 24.7 25.0 6.4 39.0 34.9 26.2 3.2 32.3 22.4 25.6 7.6 8.1
ALL 42.5 24.1 25.4 8.0 36.1 37.3 26.6 3.4 32.4 26.3 24.3 5.9 6.0
MLB 45.3 22.0 25.7 7.1 36.6 38.0 25.5 3.2 33.6 24.3 24.6 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 88 85 86 78 92 29 77 94 91 96 90 95 88 84 70
2016 74 69 62 59 80 10 56 43 61 80 90 62 74 64 50
2017 95 93 87 67 99 13 46 59 70 98 94 90 95 75 69
2018 98 99 97 84 99 28 28 97 97 98 89 96 98 78 71
2019 81 83 69 53 89 26 28 53 52 96 80 86 81 52 72
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 21.7 24 17.5 6.5 16 9 10 41.7

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 24 22 19 18 21 15 19 20 15 17 22 21 12 13 14 18 12 18 17 20 11 16 16 17 20 18 18 17 21 18 20
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for 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 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 95.2 93.7 -1.5 94.5 0.8 94.8 0.3 -1.7 undefined
Offspeed Velocity 86.3 86.8 0.5 86.8 0 87 0.2 -1.8 undefined
Breaking Velocity 79.4 79.1 -0.3 79.8 0.7 79.7 -0.1 -0.7 undefined
Exit Velocity 85.9 88.7 2.8 86.8 -1.9 85.6 -1.2 2.9 undefined
Launch Angle 13.1 14.6 1.5 15 0.4 12.4 -2.6 0.5 undefined
Barrel % 4 5.7 1.7 6.1 0.4 7.5 1.4 0.6 undefined
Hard Hit % 27 33.2 6.2 30.5 -2.7 26.8 -3.7 9.5 undefined
Sweet Spot % 33.3 33.3 0 35.8 2.5 31.9 -3.9 3 undefined
xBA .215 .237 0.022 .197 -0.04 .168 -0.029 0.047 undefined
BA .233 .227 -0.006 .208 -0.019 .181 -0.027 0.04 undefined
xwOBA .268 .298 0.03 .258 -0.04 .236 -0.022 0.051 undefined
wOBA .285 .282 -0.003 .26 -0.022 .237 -0.023 0.057 undefined
xSLG .333 .384 0.051 .341 -0.043 .288 -0.053 0.097 undefined
SLG .368 .372 0.004 .349 -0.023 .288 -0.061 0.124 undefined
K% 32.1 25.7 -6.4 36.2 10.5 38.4 2.2 -2.8 undefined
BB% 4.9 5 0.1 5.1 0.1 5.5 0.4 0.5 undefined
Swing % 49.4 48.9 -0.5 49.9 1 48 -1.9 -0.8 undefined
Whiff% 32.7 24.8 -7.9 31.8 7 35 3.2 -3 undefined
In Zone Swing % 48.7 52.8 4.1 52.6 -0.2 50.3 -2.3 -0.2 undefined
Out of Zone Swing % 51.3 47.2 -4.1 47.4 0.2 49.7 2.3 0.2 undefined
First Pitch Swing % 30.8 28.9 -1.9 33.5 4.6 27.7 -5.8 1.9 undefined
First Pitch Strike % 67.4 62.2 -5.2 66.7 4.5 67.6 0.9 -1.6 undefined
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 892 .285 760 19 2.5 132 14 10.6
2017 850 .260 718 7 1.0 132 42 31.8
2018 617 .237 510 10 2.0 107 32 29.9
2019 612 .294 517 0 0.0 95 22 23.2

Pitch Distribution