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Chris Sale
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 6" 183LBS | Age: 32

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
2021 5 1 3.16 9 9 0 42.2 52 1.34
11 Seasons 114 74 3.03 321 241 12 1672.1 2059 1.04
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 9 5-1 3.16 42.2 52 1.34
11 Seasons 321 114-74 3.03 1672.1 2059 1.04

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 26 3323 525 21 4 85.9 111 12.9 32.6 .205 .315 .285 .255 .343 27.4 32.1 4.9 3.41 2.77
2016 27 3431 612 35 5.7 88.7 116.4 14.6 33.5 .231 .375 .282 .289 .360 33.7 25.7 5 3.33 3.61
2017 28 3428 492 30 6.1 86.8 112.7 15 35.8 .193 .335 .260 .251 .363 30.5 36.2 5.1 2.90 2.71
2018 29 2525 332 25 7.5 85.6 116.4 12.4 31.9 .166 .284 .237 .232 .330 26.8 38.4 5.5 2.11 2.27
2019 30 2466 344 28 8.1 88.5 111.4 12.9 34.9 .213 .380 .294 .284 .404 36 35.6 6 4.40 3.58
2021 32 736 115 4 3.5 84.6 109.3 5.7 32.2 .230 .344 .326 .287 .363 32.2 28.4 6.6 3.16 3.49
15909 2420 143 5.9 87.1 116.4 13.3 33.7 .205 .339 .275 .264 .359 31 32.9 5.3
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .242 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Sale relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(47.8%) ,
Slider
(31.5%) ,
Changeup
(19.2%) ,
Sinker
(1.5%) ,


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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 Ext. Whiff% PutAway%
2021 4-Seam Fastball 352 300 52 47.8 93.6 79 71 18 12 2 1 3 26 45 .254 .213 .437 .347 .331 .287 89.3 17 2288 6.4 27.5 22.2
2021 Slider 232 196 36 31.5 78.0 63 57 9 7 1 0 1 23 34 .158 .191 .228 .268 .217 .250 81.2 2 2243 6.2 32.0 20.9
2021 Changeup 141 141 0 19.2 86.4 37 36 16 12 2 0 2 3 33 .444 .316 .667 .454 .479 .346 81.0 -3 2018 6.4 23.8 10.7
2021 Sinker 11 2 9 1.5 92.0 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 .667 .362 .667 .392 .586 .347 78.9 -25 2191 6.6 0.0 0.0
2019 Slider 947 794 153 38.4 79.0 249 223 44 26 13 1 4 105 119 .197 .169 .318 .279 .263 .239 86.5 17 2492 5.5 35.7 28.3
2019 4-Seam Fastball 883 773 110 35.8 93.4 223 207 45 23 9 1 12 103 106 .217 .213 .444 .417 .295 .288 92.3 21 2383 6.0 28.5 27.4
2019 Changeup 384 376 8 15.6 85.2 93 86 24 13 6 0 5 7 81 .279 .298 .523 .517 .341 .355 88.1 1 1965 6.0 33.0 14.6
2019 Sinker 251 162 89 10.2 92.2 47 40 10 5 2 0 3 3 38 .250 .278 .525 .464 .357 .355 85.2 4 2293 6.0 25.3 23.1
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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 23.8 25 6.3 4
2016 42.2 24.3 25.5 8 37.1 36.4 26.5 2 30.2 27.9 26 5.4 5.7
2017 39.8 26.2 25.2 8.7 35.2 38 26.8 3.7 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 6.6 37.3 26.2 19.3 2.7 7.5
2019 43.9 24.7 25 6.4 39 34.9 26.2 3.2 32.3 22.4 25.6 7.6 8.1
2021 47 25.2 22.6 5.2 38.3 39.1 22.6 8.7 31.3 21.7 29.6 5.2 3.5
42.7 24.1 25.3 7.9 36.2 37.4 26.4 3.8 32.3 26 24.4 5.8 5.9
45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.5 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

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
2021 Slider BOS L 232 78 49.6 5.3 12 11 -1.9 -15
2021 4-Seamer BOS L 350 93.6 19.3 -3.5 -22 13.2 4.9 59
2021 Sinker BOS L 11 92 29.4 5.5 23 18.7 3.7 24
2021 Changeup BOS L 139 86.4 35.1 2.4 7 18.4 3.4 22
2019 Changeup BOS L 384 85.2 38.7 5.3 16 19 3.9 26
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 5.1 11 14 3 27
2019 4-Seamer BOS L 883 93.4 19.7 -3.2 -19 14.8 6.5 79
2018 Sinker BOS L 240 93.2 28 4.1 17 19.4 3.9 25
2018 Changeup BOS L 428 87 36.8 3.3 10 19.3 4 26
2018 4-Seamer BOS L 984 95.2 19 -3.2 -20 14.5 5.9 69
2018 Slider BOS L 871 79.7 49 5.1 12 14.5 4.5 46
2017 Sinker BOS L 390 93.6 26.1 4.2 19 18.6 3.1 20
2017 4-Seamer BOS L 1262 94.8 17.8 -3.3 -23 14.8 5.8 65
2017 Changeup BOS L 644 86.8 31 0.8 3 18.5 3.9 27
2017 Slider BOS L 1127 79.8 47.8 4.1 9 13.1 4.3 49
2016 Sinker CWS L 1829 93.7 20.3 0.1 0 16.9 1.9 12
2016 Slider CWS L 834 79.1 49.6 5.4 12 10.5 2.7 35
2016 Changeup CWS L 646 86.8 29.5 -0.5 -2 18.8 4.4 31
! 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 %
2021 Sinker 2.7 0 11 1.5 3 .667 .667 .6 0 0 0 .362 .392 .347 33.3
2021 Changeup 3.6 5 141 19.2 37 .444 .667 .535 23.8 8.1 10.7 .316 .454 .346 24.2
2021 Slider -0.6 -1 232 31.5 63 .158 .228 .233 32 36.5 20.9 .191 .268 .249 20.6
2021 4-Seamer -0.2 -1 352 47.8 79 .254 .437 .335 27.5 32.9 22.2 .213 .347 .287 46.7
2019 Sinker -1.1 -3 251 10.2 47 .25 .525 .366 25.3 6.4 23.1 .278 .464 .356 31.6
2019 Changeup -0.2 -1 384 15.6 93 .279 .523 .371 33 7.5 14.6 .298 .517 .356 33.3
2019 4-Seamer -0.1 -1 883 35.8 223 .217 .444 .307 28.5 46.2 27.4 .213 .417 .288 50
2019 Slider -0.1 -1 947 38.4 249 .197 .318 .273 35.7 42.2 28.3 .169 .279 .239 26.9
2018 Sinker 0.7 2 240 9.5 46 .429 .69 .499 22.4 2.2 5.9 .309 .546 .394 22
2018 Changeup -1.7 -7 428 17 86 .228 .329 .289 38.5 10.5 16.4 .204 .262 .246 17.1
2018 Slider -1.9 -17 872 34.5 223 .113 .152 .166 44.4 52.5 31.7 .102 .154 .158 20.5
2018 4-Seamer -2 -20 984 39 262 .179 .321 .249 29.6 42 24.8 .183 .356 .262 37.6
2017 Sinker -0.9 -3 390 11.4 93 .284 .443 .329 18.3 14 27.7 .27 .462 .325 38.2
2017 Changeup -0.3 -2 644 18.8 136 .286 .444 .348 37.2 14 18.6 .262 .455 .328 25.7
2017 Slider -1.2 -13 1127 32.9 286 .179 .346 .264 39.9 46.9 30.2 .14 .233 .201 23.1
2017 4-Seamer -1.8 -22 1262 36.8 336 .18 .287 .225 27.3 42.3 23.9 .189 .337 .244 35.6
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2021 Changeup 130 86.5 99 19.2 9:15 9:00 15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 343 93.6 92 17.8 10:00 10:15 -15
2021 Sinker 11 92 94 20.1 9:45 9:15 30
2021 Slider 228 78.1 62 13.5 4:30 4:00 30
! 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
2010 88 372 -3 -3 2 1 -3
2011 285 1093 -4 -13 2 5 -10
2012 766 2999 -21 -26 16 8 -23
2013 864 3243 -11 -27 8 13 -18
2014 683 2748 -10 -35 8 8 -29
2015 830 3238 -8 -28 15 10 -11
2016 895 3381 -26 -19 10 13 -21
2017 894 3600 -7 -46 6 9 -38
2018 681 2822 -30 -33 6 12 -45
2019 612 2465 2 -27 9 11 -5
2021 227 914 5 -8 8 3 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 48.3 67.1 73.9 32.4 54.9 43.5 67.4 49.4 32.7 7.3 73.3
2016 3431 52.8 65.5 80.1 31.4 61.9 43.8 62.2 49.3 24.6 8.6 71.1
2017 3428 52.6 65.6 74.8 32.9 52.8 44.7 66.7 50.1 31.7 8.3 73
2018 2525 50.3 63.4 72.4 32.8 49.5 44 67.6 48.2 34.9 7.1 69.7
2019 2466 50.1 61.6 74.7 33.2 54.5 41.7 66 47.4 31.8 7.5 68.1
2021 736 49.2 67.4 77.5 30.2 61.1 44.8 67.8 48.5 27.7 6.5 72.9
15909 50.8 65 75.5 32.4 55.2 43.7 65.9 49 30.7 7.8 71.4
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 89 86 85 79 92 29 76 94 94 96 90 96 89 84 70
2016 71 68 61 59 78 10 56 44 60 80 90 61 71 64 50
2017 94 92 86 66 98 13 47 59 70 98 94 90 94 76 69
2018 98 99 95 83 99 28 29 97 97 98 89 97 98 79 72
2019 77 79 65 50 85 26 28 53 54 96 80 87 77 53 73
2021 53 60
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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 18.1 6 16 9 10 41.7
2021 24.5 8 5.4 3 5 1 4 50

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 24 23 21 19 24 15 19 21 17 17 23 21 13 13 14 18 12 19 18 20 12 16 16 17 21 20 18 17 20 18 21
2021 8 4 7 5 7 5 5 5 6 7 7 5 4 5 5 6 5 6 6 7 4 4 5 5 5 6 5 5 5 4 6
! 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 95.2 93.7 -1.5 94.5 0.8 94.8 0.3 -1.7 undefined undefined
Offspeed Velocity 86.3 86.8 0.5 86.8 0 87 0.2 -1.8 undefined undefined
Breaking Velocity 79.4 79.1 -0.3 79.8 0.7 79.7 -0.1 -0.7 undefined undefined
Exit Velocity 85.9 88.7 2.8 86.8 -1.9 85.6 -1.2 2.9 undefined undefined
Launch Angle 12.9 14.6 1.7 15 0.4 12.4 -2.6 0.5 undefined undefined
Barrel % 4 5.7 1.7 6.1 0.4 7.5 1.4 0.6 undefined undefined
Hard Hit % 27.4 33.7 6.3 30.5 -3.2 26.8 -3.7 9.2 undefined undefined
Sweet Spot % 32.6 33.5 0.9 35.8 2.3 31.9 -3.9 3 undefined undefined
xBA .205 .231 0.026 .193 -0.038 .166 -0.027 0.047 undefined undefined
BA .233 .227 -0.006 .208 -0.019 .181 -0.027 0.04 undefined undefined
xwOBA .255 .289 0.034 .251 -0.038 .232 -0.019 0.052 undefined undefined
wOBA .285 .282 -0.003 .26 -0.022 .237 -0.023 0.057 undefined undefined
xSLG .315 .375 0.06 .335 -0.04 .284 -0.051 0.096 undefined undefined
SLG .368 .372 0.004 .349 -0.023 .288 -0.061 0.124 undefined undefined
K% 32.1 25.7 -6.4 36.2 10.5 38.4 2.2 -2.8 undefined undefined
BB% 4.9 5 0.1 5.1 0.1 5.5 0.4 0.5 undefined undefined
Swing % 49.4 49.3 -0.1 50.1 0.8 48.2 -1.9 -0.8 undefined undefined
Whiff% 32.7 24.6 -8.1 31.7 7.1 34.9 3.2 -3.1 undefined undefined
In Zone % 48.3 52.8 4.5 52.6 -0.2 50.3 -2.3 -0.2 undefined undefined
Out of Zone % 51.7 47.2 -4.5 47.4 0.2 49.7 2.3 0.2 undefined undefined
Out of Zone Swing % 32.4 31.4 -1 32.9 1.5 32.8 -0.1 0.4 undefined undefined
First Pitch Swing % 30.9 29.4 -1.5 33.8 4.4 28 -5.8 2.1 undefined undefined
First Pitch Strike % 67.4 62.2 -5.2 66.7 4.5 67.6 0.9 -1.6 undefined undefined
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 889 .283 758 18 2.4 131 14 10.7
2017 849 .261 717 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
2021 182 .326 156 6 3.8 26 10 38.5

Pitch Distribution