Clay Buchholz
P | Bats/Throws: L/R | 6' 3" 190LBS | Age: 39
Draft: 2005 | Rd: C-1, #42, Boston Red Sox | Angelina College
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2017 0 1 12.27 2 2 0 7.1 5 2.59
2018 7 2 2.01 16 16 0 98.1 81 1.04
2019 2 5 6.56 12 12 0 59 39 1.49
13 Seasons 90 69 3.98 236 218 0 1,332.1 1,024 1.30
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2017 2 0-1 12.27 7.1 5 2.59
2018 16 7-2 2.01 98.1 81 1.04
2019 12 2-5 6.56 59 39 1.49
13 Seasons 236 90-69 3.98 1,332.1 1,024 1.30
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 30 1716 334 6 1.8 1.3 87.5 110.8 8.7 31.1 .241 .333 .292 .278 .335 32.0 22.8 4.9 3.26 3.17
2016 31 2226 435 29 6.7 4.9 88.2 112.9 16.2 29.9 .251 .421 .321 .328 .348 32.9 15.8 9.4 4.78 4.58
2017 32 144 32 1 3.1 2.5 83.0 105.2 22.2 46.9 .301 .458 .475 .348 .370 15.6 12.5 7.5 12.27 5.34
2018 33 1419 286 18 6.3 4.6 88.4 110.8 13.7 35.0 .248 .401 .269 .303 .357 36.7 20.6 5.6 2.01 3.87
2019 34 963 197 26 13.2 10.2 86.8 112.4 10.7 35.5 .294 .554 .378 .376 .425 36.5 15.4 6.3 6.56 6.57
Player 6468 1284 80 6.2 4.6 87.8 112.9 13.1 32.6 .255 .413 .313 .316 .359 33.6 18.6 6.8
MLB 7.0 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.3 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.5 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Buchholz relies on 5 pitches.
Cutter
(28.2%) ,
Sinker
(20.1%) ,
Changeup
(19.7%) ,
Curveball
(17.4%) ,
Four Seamer
(14.4%) ,


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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 49.1 22.5 24.6 3.9 37.1 38.6 22.5 3.0 38.9 21.3 24.9 5.7 1.8 1.3
2016 42.5 28.5 18.2 10.8 43.2 35.9 20.9 2.1 32.4 30.3 21.6 6.0 6.7 4.9
2017 31.3 21.9 34.4 12.5 43.8 31.3 25.0 6.3 21.9 34.4 28.1 6.3 3.1 2.5
2018 43.4 22.4 26.6 7.7 34.3 40.6 25.2 1.7 32.2 28.7 24.1 5.6 6.3 4.6
2019 45.7 24.4 22.8 7.1 39.1 36.5 24.4 6.1 30.5 21.8 23.9 4.6 13.2 10.2
Player 44.6 24.8 22.8 7.8 39.0 37.6 22.9 3.0 33.5 26.4 23.5 5.6 6.2 4.6
MLB 44.5 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.7 24.8 24.4 5.8 7.0 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
2019 Changeup TOR R 190 76.6 39.2 2.6 7 10.2 -1.9 -16
2019 Cutter TOR R 272 84.4 30.8 0.9 3 2.6 -0.4 -13
2019 4-Seam Fastball TOR R 139 89.7 18.0 -0.4 -2 8.9 2.1 31
2019 Sinker TOR R 194 89.2 22.7 -1.8 -7 14.2 0.2 1
2019 Curveball TOR R 168 75.1 61.1 0.0 0 13.7 3.4 32
2018 4-Seam Fastball AZ R 338 90.2 18.6 -1.1 -6 9.6 2.5 36
2018 Cutter AZ R 350 85.8 28.7 1.0 3 2.3 -0.4 -16
2018 Curveball AZ R 244 75.8 60.7 0.9 1 13.3 3.3 33
2018 Sinker AZ R 246 90.0 23.3 -0.6 -2 14.3 0.1 0
2018 Changeup AZ R 240 77.3 39.3 3.2 9 9.2 -2.9 -24
2017 Cutter PHI R 36 86.1 21.8 6.6 23 3.7 1.5 73
2017 Sinker PHI R 8 90.1 20.9 -1.6 -7 13.6 -1.0 -7
2017 Changeup PHI R 21 77.4 32.1 -2.0 -6 10.0 -1.3 -11
2017 4-Seam Fastball PHI R 50 90.4 13.8 2.2 13 8.7 1.2 16
2017 Curveball PHI R 29 75.6 51.9 -5.2 -9 16.0 6.1 63
2016 Sinker BOS R 500 92.6 20.0 -1.7 -8 12.0 -1.8 -13
2016 Curveball BOS R 419 78.5 55.4 0.0 0 17.0 7.0 70
2016 Cutter BOS R 487 89.2 23.5 2.6 10 2.5 -0.1 -5
2016 Changeup BOS R 385 81.4 34.8 1.4 4 9.4 -2.7 -22
2016 Split-Finger BOS R 23 88.1 27.0 -3.8 -12 7.3 -3.9 -35
2016 4-Seam Fastball BOS R 404 92.8 16.1 0.2 1 6.1 -1.0 -14
2015 Changeup BOS R 288 80.4 34.1 -0.4 -1 9.8 -2.5 -20
2015 Cutter BOS R 402 88.5 26.7 0.4 1 6.7 3.7 121
2015 Split-Finger BOS R 11 87.1 29.1 -1.9 -6 7.7 -4.2 -36
2015 Sinker BOS R 443 92.5 22.5 -0.1 0 11.4 -2.4 -17
2015 Curveball BOS R 248 78.5 56.2 0.8 1 17.4 7.1 70
2015 4-Seam Fastball BOS R 279 92.9 16.8 -0.5 -3 3.2 -3.6 -52
! 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 Cutter 0.1 0 272 28.2 73 .324 .574 .403 24.3 13.7 14.7 .309 .600 .400 36.2
2019 Sinker -3.7 -7 194 20.1 56 .396 .736 .491 10.9 14.3 13.3 .337 .635 .420 46.7
2019 Changeup -0.8 -2 190 19.7 59 .208 .434 .313 24.5 18.6 15.1 .213 .405 .301 16.7
2019 Curveball -2.0 -3 168 17.4 37 .324 .441 .369 15.6 5.4 4.4 .351 .552 .411 30.3
2019 4-Seam Fastball 0.7 1 139 14.4 28 .259 .630 .379 24.0 28.6 29.6 .260 .572 .353 68.4
2018 Cutter 2.5 9 350 24.7 98 .244 .300 .270 31.3 25.5 22.5 .229 .335 .274 27.3
2018 4-Seam Fastball 1.9 6 338 23.8 78 .181 .361 .249 7.4 15.4 14.5 .260 .500 .351 49.2
2018 Sinker 1.6 4 246 17.3 92 .227 .409 .299 8.9 15.2 16.3 .257 .431 .312 47.3
2018 Curveball -1.5 -4 244 17.2 57 .333 .529 .388 15.9 14.0 15.1 .326 .476 .359 24.4
2018 Changeup 2.1 5 240 16.9 67 .129 .194 .211 35.6 32.8 27.5 .185 .282 .239 27.5
2017 4-Seam Fastball -3.3 -2 50 34.7 16 .333 .750 .469 8.0 12.5 12.5 .190 .462 .349 9.1
2017 Cutter -5.5 -2 36 25.0 13 .538 .692 .538 20.8 15.4 16.7 .416 .566 .422 27.3
2017 Curveball -3.9 -1 29 20.1 4 .750 1.000 .763 0.0 0.0 0.0 .292 .330 .274 25.0
2017 Changeup 0.5 0 21 14.6 4 .250 .250 .225 28.6 25.0 14.3 .302 .323 .274 0.0
2017 Sinker -2.4 0 8 5.6 3 .500 .500 .300 25.0 0.0 0.0 .237 .265 .223 0.0
! 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
2008 350 1,353 -2 0 -12 -6 -20
2009 420 1,603 12 10 -11 -7 5
2010 708 2,797 21 32 -14 -11 28
2011 352 1,346 3 16 -7 -5 7
2012 799 2,888 6 14 -21 -12 -12
2013 506 1,963 25 14 -10 -5 24
2014 734 2,734 -3 12 -20 -12 -24
2015 469 1,716 4 12 -5 -4 7
2016 606 2,300 1 23 -20 -10 -5
2017 40 144 -1 -3 -1 0 -5
2018 392 1,418 4 26 -5 -4 20
2019 253 963 -1 4 -10 -4 -11
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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 1,716 52.6 65.9 84.7 31.9 56.0 42.2 65.0 49.8 23.0 7.9 75.7
2016 2,226 50.2 63.9 85.2 27.3 59.4 45.1 62.6 45.7 21.8 6.3 71.6
2017 144 54.2 66.7 88.5 28.8 78.9 53.5 72.5 49.3 14.1 6.9 70.0
2018 1,419 50.7 66.9 85.2 29.8 61.1 43.4 67.7 48.6 21.5 7.3 71.2
2019 963 47.9 65.5 85.4 30.7 66.2 44.2 63.4 47.4 20.4 7.5 69.4
Player 6,468 50.7 65.4 85.2 29.6 60.3 44.0 64.7 47.7 21.7 7.2 72.4
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 61.0 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 79 52 83 94 75 85 99 66 58 67 90 52 74 50 65 88 89
2016 29 44 36 33 33 21 32 61 64 13 27 38 29 46 54 89 66
2017 16 34 76
2018 56 37 44 45 68 44 51 46 37 40 88 28 71 14 26 83 61
2019 3 4 2 2 19 30 1 91 50 6 76 13 68 7 22 76 65
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR

Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.2 91.5 0.3 88.7 -2.8 88.5 -0.2 87.1 -1.4
Offspeed Velocity 80.7 81.8 1.1 77.4 -4.4 77.3 -0.1 76.6 -0.7
Breaking Velocity 78.5 78.5 0.0 75.6 -2.9 75.8 0.2 75.1 -0.7
Exit Velocity 87.5 88.2 0.7 83.0 -5.2 88.4 5.4 86.8 -1.6
Launch Angle 8.7 16.2 7.5 22.2 6.0 13.7 -8.5 10.7 -3.0
Barrel % 1.8 6.7 4.9 3.1 -3.6 6.3 3.2 13.2 6.9
Hard Hit % 32.0 32.9 0.9 15.6 -17.3 36.7 21.1 36.5 -0.2
LA Sweet-Spot % 31.1 29.9 -1.2 46.9 17.0 35.0 -11.9 35.5 0.5
xBA .241 .251 0.010 .301 0.050 .248 -0.053 .294 0.046
BA .260 .250 -0.010 .457 0.207 .220 -0.237 .306 0.086
xwOBA .278 .328 0.050 .348 0.020 .303 -0.045 .376 0.073
wOBA .292 .321 0.029 .475 0.154 .269 -0.206 .378 0.109
xSLG .333 .421 0.088 .458 0.037 .401 -0.057 .554 0.153
SLG .361 .417 0.056 .686 0.269 .353 -0.333 .566 0.213
K% 22.8 15.8 -7.0 12.5 -3.3 20.6 8.1 15.4 -5.2
BB% 4.9 9.4 4.5 7.5 -1.9 5.6 -1.9 6.3 0.7
Swing % 49.8 45.7 -4.1 49.3 3.6 48.6 -0.7 47.4 -1.2
Whiff% 23.0 21.8 -1.2 14.1 -7.7 21.5 7.4 20.4 -1.1
In Zone % 52.6 50.2 -2.4 54.2 4.0 50.7 -3.5 47.9 -2.8
Out of Zone % 47.4 49.8 2.4 45.8 -4.0 49.3 3.5 52.1 2.8
Out of Zone Swing % 31.9 27.3 -4.6 28.8 1.5 29.8 1.0 30.7 0.9
First Pitch Swing % 29.0 29.1 0.1 35.0 5.9 29.5 -5.5 27.2 -2.3
First Pitch Strike % 65.0 62.6 -2.4 72.5 9.9 67.7 -4.8 63.4 -4.3
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 583 .321 292 6 2.1 291 122 41.9
2017 Shifts 39 .464 18 3 16.7 21 6 28.6
2018 Shifts 392 .269 199 37 18.6 193 74 38.3
2019 Shifts 253 .378 114 33 28.9 139 112 80.6
! 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 %
2010 849 19.0 7.9% 4.1% 412 27.0 0.2% 25.5%
2011 423 21.3 1.4% 6.6% 177 27.6 0.0% 34.5%
2012 854 20.0 4.7% 5.0% 400 27.7 0.0% 32.0%
2013 519 18.7 11.0% 3.5% 256 26.8 0.0% 27.7%
2014 784 19.7 4.8% 2.9% 471 27.1 0.0% 28.2%
2015 487 20.5 10.9% 9.2% 242 27.1 5.4% 35.5%
2016 666 21.4 8.7% 10.2% 357 27.5 6.4% 35.0%
2017 28 20.0 0.0% 0.0% 26 24.2 0.0% 3.8%
2018 433 19.4 2.5% 1.2% 199 26.9 0.0% 24.1%
2019 282 20.1 0.4% 0.7% 160 26.6 0.0% 16.3%
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Pitch Distribution