Clay Buchholz
P | B/T: L/R | 6' 3" 190LBS | Age: 38

Draft: 2005 | Rd: C-1, #42, Boston Red Sox | Angelina College
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 5 6.56 12 12 0 59.0 39 1.49
13 Seasons 90 69 3.98 236 218 0 1332.1 1024 1.30
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 12 2-5 6.56 59.0 39 1.49
13 Seasons 236 90-69 3.98 1332.1 1024 1.30

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 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 3.14
2016 31 2226 435 29 6.7 4.9 88.2 112.9 16.2 29.9 .252 .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 .402 .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 .414 .313 .317 .359 33.6 18.6 6.8
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.2 12.1 33.0 .245 .406 .316 .315 .368 35.8 22.0 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%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(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 44.9 23.0 25.0 7.1 36.7 37.7 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
2019 Curveball TOR R 168 75.1 61.1 0.1 0 13.7 3.4 32
2019 4-Seamer TOR R 139 89.7 18.0 -0.4 -2 8.9 2.2 33
2019 Cutter TOR R 272 84.4 30.8 1.3 4 2.6 -0.5 -16
2019 Changeup TOR R 190 76.6 39.2 2.6 7 10.2 -1.9 -16
2019 Sinker TOR R 194 89.2 22.7 -1.8 -7 14.2 0.2 1
2018 Cutter ARI R 350 85.8 28.7 1.0 3 2.3 -0.4 -16
2018 4-Seamer ARI R 338 90.2 18.6 -1.1 -6 9.6 2.6 38
2018 Sinker ARI R 246 90.0 23.3 -0.5 -2 14.3 0.1 1
2018 Curveball ARI R 244 75.8 60.7 0.9 1 13.3 3.3 33
2018 Changeup ARI 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 71
2017 Changeup PHI R 21 77.4 32.1 -2.0 -6 10.0 -1.3 -11
2017 4-Seamer PHI R 50 90.4 13.8 2.1 13 8.7 1.2 16
2017 Curveball PHI R 29 75.6 51.9 -5.2 -9 16.0 6.1 61
2017 Sinker PHI R 8 90.1 20.9 -1.5 -7 13.6 -1.0 -7
2016 Changeup BOS R 385 81.4 31.9 0.9 3 10.8 -1.9 -15
2016 Splitter BOS R 23 88.1 24.2 -3.3 -12 9.1 -3.9 -30
2016 4-Seamer BOS R 404 92.8 14.2 0.1 1 8.0 -0.4 -5
2016 Cutter BOS R 487 89.2 21.2 2.9 12 0.1 -0.7 -121
2016 Curveball BOS R 419 78.5 53.2 0.3 1 14.0 6.2 81
2016 Sinker BOS R 500 92.6 17.5 -1.8 -9 13.4 -1.1 -8
! 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 .601 .400 36.2
2019 Sinker 3.7 7 194 20.1 56 .396 .736 .491 10.9 14.3 13.3 .337 .636 .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-Seamer -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 .230 .336 .275 27.3
2018 4-Seamer -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 .432 .313 47.3
2018 Curveball 1.5 4 244 17.2 57 .333 .529 .388 15.9 14.0 15.1 .326 .476 .360 24.4
2018 Changeup -2.1 -5 240 16.9 67 .129 .194 .211 35.6 32.8 27.5 .185 .283 .239 27.5
2017 4-Seamer 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 -0.4 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.
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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 -13 -10 11 7 -5
2010 708 2,797 -21 -32 14 11 -27
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 -11 20 12 24
2015 469 1,716 -4 -12 5 4 -7
2016 606 2,300 -1 -23 20 10 6
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 42.3 65.0 49.8 23.0 8.0 75.4
2016 2,226 50.2 63.7 85.1 27.5 59.7 45.1 62.6 45.7 21.8 6.4 71.3
2017 144 54.9 67.1 86.8 27.7 83.3 53.5 72.5 49.3 14.1 6.9 70.0
2018 1,419 50.8 67.1 85.1 29.5 61.2 43.4 67.7 48.6 21.5 7.3 71.2
2019 963 47.9 65.5 85.4 30.7 66.2 44.3 63.4 47.4 20.4 7.5 69.4
Player 6,468 50.7 65.4 85.1 29.6 60.5 44.0 64.7 47.7 21.7 7.2 72.2
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.4 42.6 60.7 47.0 24.7 7.3 76.1
! 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 53 83 94 75 85 99 66 58 67 90 52 74 30 75 88 84
2016 29 43 37 33 33 21 32 61 64 13 27 38 33 31 67 90 65
2017 8 49 74
2018 56 37 44 45 67 44 51 46 37 40 88 28 68 6 40 83 59
2019 3 4 2 2 19 30 1 91 50 6 76 13 67 2 34 75 58
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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 22.8 21 23.3 -2 10 9 15 71.4
2017 -- 1 0.9 0 1 1 0 0.0
2018 22.0 9 10.1 -1 9 11 2 22.2
2019 23.5 13 15.2 -2 6 11 6 46.2

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 21 20 30 20 23 23 23 24 24 20 25 23 20 23 23 24 24 23 23 25 29 19 22 24 22 25 25 21 22 22 27
2017 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1
2018 9 12 15 8 7 11 8 16 10 8 9 9 3 8 8 12 11 16 7 10 11 7 8 12 12 13 15 5 11 6 15
2019 13 17 18 15 14 15 15 18 19 12 16 14 12 14 13 18 16 16 11 16 18 14 13 16 15 17 15 12 16 13 18
! 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 91.2 91.5 0.3 88.7 -2.8 88.5 -0.2 -1.4
Offspeed Velocity 80.7 81.8 1.1 77.4 -4.4 77.3 -0.1 -0.7
Breaking Velocity 78.5 78.5 0 75.6 -2.9 75.8 0.2 -0.7
Exit Velocity 87.5 88.2 0.7 83 -5.2 88.4 5.4 -1.6
Launch Angle 8.7 16.2 7.5 22.2 6 13.7 -8.5 -3
Barrel % 1.8 6.7 4.9 3.1 -3.6 6.3 3.2 6.9
Hard Hit % 32 32.9 0.9 15.6 -17.3 36.7 21.1 -0.2
Sweet Spot % 31.1 29.9 -1.2 46.9 17 35 -11.9 0.5
xBA .241 .252 0.011 .301 0.049 .248 -0.053 0.046
BA .26 .25 -0.01 .457 0.207 .22 -0.237 0.086
xwOBA .278 .328 0.05 .348 0.02 .303 -0.045 0.073
wOBA .292 .321 0.029 .475 0.154 .269 -0.206 0.109
xSLG .333 .421 0.088 .458 0.037 .402 -0.056 0.152
SLG .361 .417 0.056 .686 0.269 .353 -0.333 0.213
K% 22.8 15.8 -7 12.5 -3.3 20.6 8.1 -5.2
BB% 4.9 9.4 4.5 7.5 -1.9 5.6 -1.9 0.7
Swing % 49.8 45.7 -4.1 49.3 3.6 48.6 -0.7 -1.2
Whiff% 23 21.8 -1.2 14.1 -7.7 21.5 7.4 -1.1
In Zone % 52.6 50.2 -2.4 54.9 4.7 50.8 -4.1 -2.9
Out of Zone % 47.4 49.8 2.4 45.1 -4.7 49.2 4.1 2.9
Out of Zone Swing % 31.9 27.5 -4.4 27.7 0.2 29.5 1.8 1.2
First Pitch Swing % 29 29.1 0.1 35 5.9 29.5 -5.5 -2.3
First Pitch Strike % 65 62.6 -2.4 72.5 9.9 67.7 -4.8 -4.3
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 583 .321 292 3 1.0 291 112 38.5
2017 39 .464 18 3 16.7 21 6 28.6
2018 392 .269 199 37 18.6 193 74 38.3
2019 253 .378 114 33 28.9 139 107 77.0

Pitch Tempo