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Clayton Kershaw
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 4" 225LBS | Age: 32

Draft: 2006 | Rd: 1, #7, Los Angeles Dodgers | Highland Park HS
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 6 2 2.16 10 10 0 58.1 62 0.84
13 Seasons 175 76 2.43 357 354 0 2333.0 2526 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 10 6-2 2.16 58.1 62 0.84
13 Seasons 357 175-76 2.43 2333.0 2526 1.00

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 3392 542 18 3.3 85.6 8.9 29.0 .195 .281 .231 .235 .332 24.4 33.8 4.7 2.13 2.15
2016 2062 359 16 4.5 86.9 9.3 27.9 .196 .302 .204 .226 .321 27.3 31.6 2.0 1.69 2.02
2017 2521 446 28 6.3 85.3 10.3 30.3 .216 .371 .258 .270 .368 27.2 29.7 4.4 2.31 2.93
2018 2364 462 25 5.4 88 9.3 29.9 .240 .372 .272 .285 .355 35.4 23.8 4.5 2.73 3.26
2019 2672 472 32 6.8 88.7 11.6 31.1 .235 .405 .281 .296 .381 34.1 26.8 5.8 3.03 3.68
2020 888 150 12 8.0 87.8 7.9 29.3 .217 .387 .247 .263 .347 34.0 28.1 3.6 2.16 3.11
ALL 13899 2431 131 5.4 86.9 9.8 29.7 .216 .347 .250 .262 .352 29.9 29.3 4.4
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kershaw relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(41.1%) ,
Slider
(39.9%) ,
Curveball
(18.8%) ,
Changeup
(0.2%) ,


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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%
2020 4-Seam Fastball 365 266 99 41.1 91.6 69 64 13 6 2 1 4 13 52 .203 .257 .453 .553 .286 .336 90.9 21 2484 18.2 18.3
2020 Slider 354 276 78 39.9 87.8 109 104 20 12 6 0 2 35 69 .192 .187 .308 .285 .230 .222 86.1 -4 2676 35.0 22.7
2020 Curveball 167 148 19 18.8 74.1 43 43 8 4 2 0 2 14 29 .186 .227 .372 .391 .228 .254 84.6 12 2536 24.7 20.6
2020 Changeup 2 2 0 0.2 86.9 2178
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1130 858 272 43.9 90.3 247 218 50 27 11 1 11 34 188 .229 .256 .440 .441 .314 .331 86.8 21 2477 17.8 16.1
2019 Slider 1006 815 191 39.1 86.9 315 296 64 46 6 1 11 103 195 .216 .233 .355 .390 .262 .286 91.0 6 2668 34.1 24.8
2019 Curveball 423 339 84 16.4 73.5 113 110 20 11 3 1 5 47 64 .182 .216 .364 .395 .229 .265 87.0 6 2463 35.1 25.8
2019 Changeup 16 16 0 0.6 85.2 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .333 .236 .333 .264 .290 .229 83.3 24 2210 33.3 0.0
! 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
2020 Curveball LAD L 143 74.1 65.7 2.4 4 4.3 -6.2 -59
2020 Slider LAD L 324 87.9 27.4 -4.9 -15 4.7 1.2 35
2020 Changeup LAD L 2 86.9 19.6 -9.3 -32 11.7 -1.5 -11
2020 4-Seamer LAD L 333 91.6 13.2 2.7 17 0.6 -6.9 -109
2019 Changeup LAD L 16 85.2 19.9 -10.3 -34 10.6 -2.5 -19
2019 4-Seamer LAD L 1130 90.3 14.6 2.4 14 1.2 -7.3 -120
2019 Slider LAD L 1005 86.9 28.8 -5.3 -16 4.8 1 27
2019 Curveball LAD L 423 73.5 68 3.7 6 3.4 -6.8 -66
2018 4-Seamer LAD L 993 90.8 14 2.9 17 0.7 -7.2 -112
2018 Changeup LAD L 11 84.8 20.6 -10.4 -34 9.5 -3.5 -27
2018 Curveball LAD L 388 72.9 69.4 4.4 7 2.8 -6.6 -70
2018 Slider LAD L 968 88 24.1 -7.6 -24 4.3 0.7 20
2017 Curveball LAD L 412 73.3 65.9 3.5 6 1 -8.7 -90
2017 Sinker LAD L 28 94.6 10.7 -9 -46 12.3 -2.8 -19
2017 Changeup LAD L 25 86 15.4 -12.1 -44 10.9 -2.4 -18
2017 4-Seamer LAD L 1139 92.8 9.3 5 35 0.7 -6.7 -91
2017 Slider LAD L 836 88.6 23.1 -6.5 -22 3.5 0.6 19
2016 4-Seamer LAD L 1020 93.6 8.9 4.5 34 0.5 -8.6 -106
2016 Sinker LAD L 18 94.6 12.4 -5.5 -31 9.3 -5.5 -37
2016 Curveball LAD L 319 73.6 67.2 5 8 3 -6.3 -68
2016 Changeup LAD L 6 87.7 19.8 -7 -26 12.7 -0.7 -5
2016 Slider LAD L 682 88.5 26.9 -2 -7 5.8 3.6 164
2015 Slider LAD L 911 88.6 27.7 -1.7 -6 5.3 3 128
2015 4-Seamer LAD L 1674 94.2 9.9 3.3 25 0.4 -8.5 -104
2015 Curveball LAD L 601 74 66.2 5 8 3.3 -5.1 -61
2015 Changeup LAD L 7 88.3 15.8 -9.9 -38 8.7 -4.5 -34
2015 Sinker LAD L 106 93.7 11.9 -6.6 -36 5.8 -8.7 -60
! 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 %
2020 Curveball -0.1 0 167 18.8 43 .186 .372 .235 24.7 32.6 20.6 .227 .391 .254 20.7
2020 4-Seamer -1.5 -5 365 41.1 69 .203 .453 .312 18.2 18.8 18.3 .257 .553 .336 44.2
2020 Slider -2.4 -9 354 39.9 109 .192 .308 .245 35.0 32.1 22.7 .187 .285 .223 31.9
2020 Changeup 2.1 0 2 0.2
2019 Changeup 4.3 1 16 0.6 3 .333 .333 .450 33.3 0.0 0.0 .236 .264 .229 33.3
2019 Curveball -0.8 -3 423 15.8 113 .182 .364 .238 35.1 41.6 25.8 .216 .395 .266 34.4
2019 4-Seamer -1.5 -17 1130 42.3 247 .229 .440 .331 17.8 13.8 16.1 .256 .441 .335 27.1
2019 Slider -0.6 -6 1006 37.6 315 .216 .355 .276 34.1 32.7 24.8 .233 .390 .287 41.0
2018 Changeup 0.7 0 11 0.5 1 .000 .000 .000 100.0 100.0 .000
2018 Curveball -1.5 -6 388 16.4 98 .198 .229 .199 32.7 33.7 23.6 .226 .312 .243 19.0
2018 4-Seamer 0.1 1 993 42.0 234 .302 .526 .386 16.0 14.5 16.9 .304 .521 .376 41.8
2018 Slider -2.0 -19 968 40.9 315 .178 .279 .233 25.9 27.6 23.1 .198 .286 .236 33.8
2017 Changeup -4.4 -1 25 1.0 6 .000 .000 .000 25.0 0.0 .148 .373 .215 33.3
2017 Sinker 1.1 0 28 1.1 8 .125 .500 .250 15.4 12.5 7.1 .229 .519 .311 14.3
2017 Curveball -1.1 -4 412 16.3 106 .146 .320 .206 35.3 42.5 27.8 .179 .315 .215 28.3
2017 Slider -1.7 -14 836 33.2 223 .215 .298 .268 44.9 39.0 30.6 .185 .280 .239 26.1
2017 4-Seamer -1.1 -12 1139 45.2 313 .250 .436 .322 16.0 19.8 21.3 .257 .459 .319 27.7
! 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
2020 4-Seam Fastball 317 91.6 89 18.9 11:45 12:00 -15
2020 Slider 317 87.8 48 8.8 1:00 1:15 -15
2020 Curveball 141 74.1 80 19.4 5:15 5:30 -15
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 639 2430 -20 -28 0 4 -44
2017 783 2931 -25 -37 15 10 -37
2018 763 2789 -10 -33 10 8 -25
2019 704 2661 -17 -23 8 8 -25
2020 334 1314 -9 -21 6 4 -20
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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 3392 52.5 67.5 75.8 32.9 48.0 43.2 68.3 51.1 32.7 8.2 74.5
2016 2062 54.1 66.1 77.8 34.0 48.0 43.9 69.7 51.4 31.3 9.6 73.1
2017 2521 52.0 69.0 78.7 31.5 49.2 42.9 69.4 51.3 30.0 7.1 77.6
2018 2364 52.4 71.6 83.2 28.6 59.9 44.8 70.6 51.1 22.9 9.0 75.5
2019 2672 48.3 68.6 83.3 34.0 50.2 43.3 67.6 50.7 27.7 7.4 75.8
2020 888 53.6 67.2 80.0 29.4 52.1 41.3 69.7 49.7 27.7 10.2 68.1
ALL 13899 51.9 68.4 79.5 32.1 50.7 43.4 69.1 51.0 29.1 8.3 74.6
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 52.2 15.1 25.1 7.6 37.5 40.4 22.1 3.7 39.5 20.3 25.1 3.5 3.3
2016 51.3 18.1 24.8 5.8 40.4 34.5 25.1 1.7 41.8 23.7 22.6 3.9 4.5
2017 48.7 20.4 22.4 8.5 37.2 39.2 23.5 4.9 33.9 23.1 22.4 4.3 6.3
2018 49.6 18.6 23.6 8.2 42.2 36.8 21.0 2.6 36.4 22.3 27.3 4.3 5.4
2019 49.2 20.3 21.8 8.7 47.0 33.9 19.1 2.3 37.1 23.3 23.3 4.2 6.8
2020 53.3 21.3 20.0 5.3 44.0 37.3 18.7 3.3 42.7 20.7 18.0 6.7 8.0
ALL 50.4 18.6 23.3 7.7 41.0 37.2 21.8 3.1 37.9 22.3 23.9 4.2 5.4
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 99 96 97 97 100 38 86 96 97 98 93 95 99 73 53 57
2016 99 95 96 91 99 46 76 86 93 95 100 92 99 63 65 36
2017 91 85 74 60 98 17 42 91 91 90 97 84 91 53 74 38
2018 81 55 66 73 89 28 70 59 48 59 95 35 81 23 84 50
2019 76 65 58 53 87 18 53 47 70 72 83 65 76 15 91 46
2020 83 74 55 43 96 13 36 58 66 73 97 56 83 31 91 53
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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 22.3 30 24.6 5.4 11 12 15 50.0
2020 22.7 12 9.2 2.8 6 3 7 58.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 30 25 27 24 27 23 23 27 26 28 27 25 18 21 24 27 20 27 20 25 19 22 23 28 24 28 26 24 29 23 27
2020 12 12 9 10 10 10 8 11 8 10 9 10 7 8 8 9 8 12 10 9 8 8 8 11 8 9 11 8 10 8 10
! 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 94.2 93.6 -0.6 92.9 -0.7 90.8 -2.1 90.3 -0.5 91.6 1.3
Offspeed Velocity 88.3 87.8 -0.5 86 -1.8 84.8 -1.2 85.2 0.4 86.9 1.7
Breaking Velocity 82.8 83.7 0.9 83.6 -0.1 83.7 0.1 82.9 -0.8 83.5 0.6
Exit Velocity 85.6 86.9 1.3 85.3 -1.6 88 2.7 88.7 0.7 87.8 -0.9
Launch Angle 8.9 9.3 0.4 10.3 1 9.3 -1 11.6 2.3 7.9 -3.7
Barrel % 3.3 4.5 1.2 6.3 1.8 5.4 -0.9 6.8 1.4 8 1.2
Hard Hit % 24.4 27.3 2.9 27.2 -0.1 35.4 8.2 34.1 -1.3 34 -0.1
Sweet Spot % 29 27.9 -1.1 30.3 2.4 29.9 -0.4 31.1 1.2 29.3 -1.8
xBA .195 .196 0.001 .216 0.02 .24 0.024 .235 -0.005 .217 -0.018
BA .194 .184 -0.01 .212 0.028 .227 0.015 .222 -0.005 .194 -0.028
xwOBA .235 .226 -0.009 .27 0.044 .285 0.015 .296 0.011 .263 -0.033
wOBA .231 .204 -0.027 .258 0.054 .272 0.014 .281 0.009 .247 -0.034
xSLG .281 .302 0.021 .371 0.069 .372 0.001 .405 0.033 .387 -0.018
SLG .284 .268 -0.016 .357 0.089 .366 0.009 .394 0.028 .365 -0.029
K% 33.8 31.6 -2.2 29.7 -1.9 23.8 -5.9 26.8 3 28.1 1.3
BB% 4.7 2 -2.7 4.4 2.4 4.5 0.1 5.8 1.3 3.6 -2.2
Swing % 51.1 51.4 0.3 51.3 -0.1 51.1 -0.2 50.7 -0.4 49.7 -1
Whiff% 32.7 31.3 -1.4 30 -1.3 22.9 -7.1 27.7 4.8 27.7 0
In Zone Swing % 52.5 54.1 1.6 52 -2.1 52.4 0.4 48.3 -4.1 53.6 5.3
Out of Zone Swing % 47.5 45.9 -1.6 48 2.1 47.6 -0.4 51.7 4.1 46.4 -5.3
First Pitch Swing % 40.8 36.8 -4 38.9 2.1 38.2 -0.7 35.1 -3.1 31.2 -3.9
First Pitch Strike % 68.3 69.7 1.4 69.4 -0.3 70.6 1.2 67.6 -3 69.7 2.1
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 533 .204 393 13 3.3 140 30 21.4
2017 658 .264 523 15 2.9 135 12 8.9
2018 648 .272 505 60 11.9 143 34 23.8
2019 706 .281 549 363 66.1 157 79 50.3
2020 221 .247 168 146 86.9 53 44 83.0

Pitch Distribution