Chris Sale
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 6" 183LBS | Age: 33

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 % Barrel/PA Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 26 3323 525 21 4 2.5 85.9 111.0 12.9 32.6 .209 .321 .285 .260 .354 26.7 32.1 4.9 3.41 2.74
2016 27 3431 612 35 5.7 3.9 88.7 116.4 14.6 33.5 .235 .382 .282 .294 .368 33.3 25.7 5.0 3.33 3.61
2017 28 3428 492 30 6.1 3.5 86.8 112.7 15.0 35.8 .194 .337 .260 .252 .366 30.5 36.2 5.1 2.90 2.68
2018 29 2525 332 25 7.5 4.1 85.6 116.4 12.4 31.9 .166 .285 .237 .233 .332 26.8 38.4 5.5 2.11 2.26
2019 30 2466 344 28 8.1 4.6 88.5 111.4 12.9 34.9 .213 .380 .294 .284 .404 36.3 35.6 6.0 4.40 3.51
2021 32 736 115 4 3.5 2.2 84.6 109.3 5.7 32.2 .232 .347 .326 .287 .363 32.2 28.4 6.6 3.16 3.45
Player 15909 2420 143 5.9 3.6 87.1 116.4 13.3 33.7 .207 .343 .275 .267 .364 30.8 32.9 5.3
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.2 12.1 32.9 .246 .410 .317 .317 .370 35.7 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

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



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2015 42.9 22.5 27.8 6.9 35.2 39.6 25.1 3.6 33.9 23.8 25.0 6.3 4.0 2.5
2016 42.2 24.3 25.5 8.0 37.1 36.3 26.3 2.0 30.2 27.9 26.0 5.4 5.7 3.9
2017 39.8 26.2 25.2 8.7 35.2 38.0 26.8 3.7 29.9 29.5 23.2 6.7 6.1 3.5
2018 44.9 22.3 22.3 10.5 33.7 35.8 29.2 6.6 37.3 26.2 19.3 2.7 7.5 4.1
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 4.6
2021 47.0 25.2 22.6 5.2 38.3 39.1 22.6 8.7 31.3 21.7 29.6 5.2 3.5 2.2
Player 42.7 24.1 25.3 7.9 36.2 37.2 26.4 3.8 32.3 26.0 24.4 5.8 5.9 3.6
MLB 45.0 22.9 25.1 7.1 36.7 37.8 25.4 3.8 33.1 24.5 24.4 5.7 6.7 4.6
! 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
2021 Slider BOS L 232 78.0 49.6 5.4 12 11.0 -1.9 -15
2021 Changeup BOS L 141 86.4 35.0 2.4 7 18.4 3.4 23
2021 Sinker BOS L 11 92.0 29.4 5.5 23 18.7 3.7 25
2021 4-Seamer BOS L 351 93.6 19.3 -3.5 -22 13.2 4.9 59
2019 Changeup BOS L 384 85.2 38.7 5.3 16 19.0 3.9 26
2019 4-Seamer BOS L 883 93.4 19.7 -3.2 -19 14.8 6.5 79
2019 Sinker BOS L 251 92.2 28.3 4.0 17 19.6 4.2 27
2019 Slider BOS L 947 79.0 49.8 5.0 11 14.0 3.0 27
2018 Changeup BOS L 428 87.0 36.8 3.3 10 19.3 4.0 26
2018 Slider BOS L 871 79.7 49.0 5.1 12 14.5 4.5 46
2018 4-Seamer BOS L 984 95.2 19.0 -3.2 -20 14.5 5.9 69
2018 Sinker BOS L 240 93.2 28.0 4.2 18 19.4 4.0 26
2017 Slider BOS L 1,127 79.8 47.8 4.1 9 13.1 4.3 49
2017 Sinker BOS L 390 93.6 26.1 4.2 19 18.6 3.2 21
2017 Changeup BOS L 644 86.8 31.0 0.8 3 18.5 3.9 27
2017 4-Seamer BOS L 1,262 94.8 17.8 -3.3 -22 14.8 5.8 65
2016 Slider CWS L 834 79.1 49.6 5.4 12 10.5 2.7 35
2016 Sinker CWS L 1,829 93.7 20.3 0.1 1 16.9 1.8 12
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 4-Seamer -0.3 -1 352 47.8 79 .254 .437 .335 27.5 32.9 22.2 .216 .355 .289 46.7
2021 Slider -0.7 -2 232 31.5 63 .158 .228 .233 32.0 36.5 20.9 .190 .266 .247 20.6
2021 Changeup 3.5 5 141 19.2 37 .444 .667 .535 23.8 8.1 10.7 .317 .454 .347 24.2
2021 Sinker 2.4 0 11 1.5 3 .667 .667 .600 0.0 0.0 0.0 .385 .422 .358 33.3
2019 Slider 0.0 0 947 38.4 249 .197 .318 .276 35.7 42.2 28.3 .169 .279 .239 26.9
2019 4-Seamer -0.1 -1 883 35.8 223 .217 .444 .307 28.5 46.2 27.4 .213 .415 .288 50.9
2019 Changeup 0.3 1 384 15.6 93 .279 .523 .390 33.0 7.5 14.6 .298 .517 .356 33.3
2019 Sinker -0.9 -2 251 10.2 47 .250 .525 .393 25.3 6.4 23.1 .285 .475 .363 31.6
2018 4-Seamer -1.9 -19 984 39.0 262 .179 .321 .253 29.6 42.0 24.8 .184 .359 .264 37.6
2018 Slider -2.0 -17 872 34.5 223 .113 .152 .166 44.4 52.5 31.7 .102 .154 .158 20.5
2018 Changeup -1.8 -8 428 17.0 86 .228 .329 .289 38.5 10.5 16.4 .204 .262 .246 17.1
2018 Sinker 0.6 2 240 9.5 46 .429 .690 .499 22.4 2.2 5.9 .308 .545 .394 22.0
2017 4-Seamer -1.7 -22 1,262 36.8 336 .180 .287 .225 27.3 42.3 23.9 .190 .338 .245 35.6
2017 Slider -1.2 -13 1,127 32.9 286 .179 .346 .266 39.9 46.9 30.2 .141 .235 .202 23.1
2017 Changeup -0.2 -1 644 18.8 136 .286 .444 .355 37.2 14.0 18.6 .262 .456 .328 25.7
2017 Sinker -0.5 -2 390 11.4 93 .284 .443 .339 18.3 14.0 27.7 .270 .462 .325 38.2
! 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 92.0 94 20.1 9:45 9:15 30
2021 Slider 228 78.1 62 13.5 4:30 4:00 30
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2010 88 372 -3 -4 2 1 -4
2011 285 1,093 -4 -13 2 5 -10
2012 766 2,999 -22 -27 16 8 -25
2013 864 3,243 -12 -28 8 13 -19
2014 683 2,748 -10 -34 8 8 -28
2015 854 3,320 -8 -29 15 10 -12
2016 905 3,423 -27 -19 10 13 -23
2017 894 3,600 -6 -45 6 9 -36
2018 681 2,822 -29 -34 6 12 -45
2019 612 2,465 2 -24 9 11 -2
2021 227 914 5 -9 8 3 7
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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 3,323 48.6 67.2 73.4 32.6 54.9 43.4 67.4 49.4 32.7 7.5 73.6
2016 3,431 52.7 65.5 80.1 31.3 62.1 43.6 62.2 49.3 24.6 8.7 71.5
2017 3,428 52.6 65.6 74.8 32.9 52.8 44.7 66.7 50.1 31.7 8.3 73.0
2018 2,525 50.3 63.4 72.4 32.8 49.5 44.0 67.6 48.2 34.9 7.1 69.7
2019 2,466 50.1 61.6 74.7 33.2 54.5 41.7 66.0 47.4 31.8 7.5 68.1
2021 736 49.2 67.4 77.5 30.2 61.1 44.8 68.1 48.5 27.7 6.5 72.9
Player 15,909 50.9 65.0 75.5 32.4 55.3 43.6 65.9 49.0 30.7 7.8 71.5
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.3 58.4 42.6 60.7 47.0 24.6 7.2 76.0
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 90 87 87 80 93 29 77 93 94 96 90 96 90 85 70
2016 69 68 60 59 79 10 56 44 60 80 90 61 69 65 51
2017 94 92 86 67 99 13 47 59 70 98 94 90 94 76 69
2018 98 99 95 84 99 28 28 97 97 98 89 97 98 80 73
2019 78 81 66 54 88 26 28 53 52 96 80 87 78 52 73
2021 55 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 22.0 27 23.2 4 14 20 8 29.6
2017 22.6 28 26.5 2 14 12 17 60.7
2018 22.7 12 17.3 -5 6 12 9 75.0
2019 21.8 24 20.3 4 16 14 10 41.7
2021 24.5 8 6.0 2 2 3 4 50.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 27 22 28 20 23 23 22 25 25 22 23 22 16 20 24 28 23 28 17 25 35 12 17 27 22 28 30 20 17 19 33
2017 28 25 36 26 24 26 26 24 30 27 28 24 22 23 28 30 25 28 20 27 33 23 23 28 28 28 26 23 25 26 32
2018 12 21 23 14 19 19 18 20 18 13 16 16 11 18 16 19 19 20 14 18 19 16 16 17 16 21 17 12 17 15 22
2019 24 25 23 17 20 19 20 25 22 16 25 21 16 14 15 20 14 27 18 19 22 17 17 18 24 21 25 17 25 20 28
2021 8 4 8 5 5 7 7 6 7 7 5 7 4 5 5 7 8 6 6 6 8 6 6 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 7
! 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 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 95.2 93.7 -1.5 94.5 0.8 94.8 0.3 -1.7
Offspeed Velocity 86.3 86.8 0.5 86.8 0 87 0.2 -1.8
Breaking Velocity 79.4 79.1 -0.3 79.8 0.7 79.7 -0.1 -0.7
Exit Velocity 85.9 88.7 2.8 86.8 -1.9 85.6 -1.2 2.9
Launch Angle 12.9 14.6 1.7 15 0.4 12.4 -2.6 0.5
Barrel % 4 5.7 1.7 6.1 0.4 7.5 1.4 0.6
Hard Hit % 26.7 33.3 6.6 30.5 -2.8 26.8 -3.7 9.5
Sweet Spot % 32.6 33.5 0.9 35.8 2.3 31.9 -3.9 3
xBA .209 .235 0.026 .194 -0.041 .166 -0.028 0.047
BA .233 .227 -0.006 .208 -0.019 .181 -0.027 0.04
xwOBA .26 .294 0.034 .252 -0.042 .233 -0.019 0.051
wOBA .285 .282 -0.003 .26 -0.022 .237 -0.023 0.057
xSLG .321 .382 0.061 .337 -0.045 .285 -0.052 0.095
SLG .368 .372 0.004 .349 -0.023 .288 -0.061 0.124
K% 32.1 25.7 -6.4 36.2 10.5 38.4 2.2 -2.8
BB% 4.9 5 0.1 5.1 0.1 5.5 0.4 0.5
Swing % 49.4 49.3 -0.1 50.1 0.8 48.2 -1.9 -0.8
Whiff% 32.7 24.6 -8.1 31.7 7.1 34.9 3.2 -3.1
In Zone % 48.6 52.7 4.1 52.6 -0.1 50.3 -2.3 -0.2
Out of Zone % 51.4 47.3 -4.1 47.4 0.1 49.7 2.3 0.2
Out of Zone Swing % 32.6 31.3 -1.3 32.9 1.6 32.8 -0.1 0.4
First Pitch Swing % 30.9 29.4 -1.5 33.8 4.4 28 -5.8 2.1
First Pitch Strike % 67.4 62.2 -5.2 66.7 4.5 67.6 0.9 -1.6
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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 Tempo

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