Clayton Kershaw
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 4" 225LBS | Age: 36
Draft: 2006 | Rd: 1, #7, Los Angeles Dodgers | Highland Park HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 10 8 3.55 22 22 0 121.2 144 1.02
2022 12 3 2.28 22 22 0 126.1 137 0.94
2023 13 5 2.46 24 24 0 131.2 137 1.06
16 Seasons 210 92 2.48 425 422 0 2,712.2 2,944 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 22 10-8 3.55 121.2 144 1.02
2022 22 12-3 2.28 126.1 137 0.94
2023 24 13-5 2.46 131.2 137 1.06
16 Seasons 425 210-92 2.48 2,712.2 2,944 1.00
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 27 3392 542 18 3.3 2.0 85.6 113.3 8.8 29.0 .191 .273 .231 .228 .319 24.4 33.8 4.7 2.13 2.13
2016 28 2062 359 16 4.5 2.9 86.9 112.1 9.4 27.9 .195 .300 .204 .222 .314 27.3 31.6 2.0 1.69 2.05
2017 29 2521 446 28 6.3 4.1 85.3 114.1 10.3 30.5 .213 .364 .258 .263 .358 27.1 29.8 4.4 2.31 2.92
2018 30 2364 462 25 5.4 3.9 88.0 114.4 9.3 29.9 .237 .368 .272 .282 .349 35.4 23.9 4.5 2.73 3.32
2019 31 2672 472 31 6.6 4.4 88.7 112.5 11.8 30.1 .230 .393 .280 .289 .373 34.1 26.8 5.8 3.03 3.64
2020 32 888 150 12 8.0 5.4 87.8 111.4 7.9 29.3 .215 .383 .251 .271 .357 34.0 28.1 3.6 2.16 3.06
2021 33 1806 319 22 6.9 4.5 88.1 115.9 9.8 31.7 .222 .373 .274 .275 .369 37.3 29.5 4.3 3.55 3.15
2022 34 1842 331 14 4.2 2.8 87.1 110.3 11.6 30.5 .212 .307 .245 .248 .318 33.2 27.8 4.7 2.28 2.51
2023 35 2026 343 31 9.0 5.9 89.0 114.1 11.8 34.7 .232 .393 .280 .300 .369 39.1 26.2 7.6 2.46 3.77
Player 19573 3424 197 5.8 3.8 87.3 115.9 10.2 30.3 .215 .345 .255 .262 .346 31.8 28.9 4.7
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .368 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kershaw relies on 7 pitches.
Slider
(43.4%) ,
Four Seamer
(36.9%) ,
Curveball
(17.5%) ,
Changeup
(1.7%) ,
Split Finger
(0.2%) ,
Sinker
(0.2%) ,
Fastball
(0.0%) ,


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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 52.2 15.1 25.1 7.6 37.3 40.4 22.0 4.2 39.7 20.3 25.3 3.5 3.3 2.0
2016 51.3 18.1 24.8 5.8 40.1 34.0 24.8 1.9 41.5 23.7 22.6 3.9 4.5 2.9
2017 48.7 20.4 22.4 8.5 36.8 39.2 23.5 4.9 33.9 23.1 22.6 4.3 6.3 4.1
2018 49.6 18.6 23.6 8.2 42.2 36.8 21.0 3.0 36.4 22.3 27.3 4.3 5.4 3.9
2019 49.2 20.3 21.8 8.7 47.0 33.9 19.1 3.6 34.7 21.8 22.7 4.2 6.6 4.4
2020 53.3 23.3 18.7 4.7 44.0 37.3 18.7 3.3 42.7 20.7 18.0 6.7 8.0 5.4
2021 50.5 22.9 19.4 7.2 46.4 34.5 19.1 6.9 34.2 21.3 24.1 6.3 6.9 4.5
2022 47.7 21.8 22.4 8.2 46.8 33.2 19.9 5.4 34.4 25.4 24.2 5.7 4.2 2.8
2023 47.8 23.3 21.9 7.0 47.5 29.2 23.3 3.2 35.0 23.9 23.3 5.5 9.0 5.9
Player 49.9 19.9 22.7 7.6 42.6 35.7 21.5 4.1 36.6 22.5 23.8 4.7 5.8 3.8
MLB 44.6 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! 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
2023 Changeup LAD L 35 84.6 23.1 -7.8 -25 11.5 -2.3 -16
2023 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 747 90.7 15.1 1.7 10 0.1 -6.1 -101
2023 Curveball LAD L 355 73.4 66.9 2.7 4 3.9 -6.3 -62
2023 Slider LAD L 878 86.5 29.8 -4.9 -14 5.4 0.9 21
2023 Split-Finger LAD L 5 84.4 25.8 -8.7 -25 9.6 -1.0 -9
2023 Sinker LAD L 4 90.9 16.0 -7.7 -32 8.7 -6.0 -41
2022 Curveball LAD L 301 73.2 66.9 1.8 3 4.9 -6.1 -55
2022 Slider LAD L 786 86.6 29.8 -4.4 -13 5.4 1.0 22
2022 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 736 90.7 14.7 1.7 10 0.5 -6.9 -108
2022 Sinker LAD L 8 90.8 14.5 -8.8 -38 8.0 -6.4 -44
2022 Changeup LAD L 11 83.8 23.3 -7.5 -24 12.5 -1.3 -9
2021 Slider LAD L 858 87.1 27.9 -5.6 -17 4.7 0.7 18
2021 Changeup LAD L 11 87.0 20.5 -8.4 -29 13.0 -0.8 -6
2021 Curveball LAD L 273 74.2 65.3 3.0 5 4.8 -5.2 -52
2021 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 664 90.6 14.0 2.2 14 0.5 -7.1 -108
2020 Slider LAD L 327 87.9 27.4 -5.1 -16 4.7 1.2 35
2020 Curveball LAD L 143 74.1 65.7 2.5 4 4.3 -6.2 -59
2020 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 330 91.6 13.2 2.7 17 0.5 -7.0 -108
2020 Changeup LAD L 2 86.9 19.6 -9.1 -32 11.7 -1.5 -11
2019 Changeup LAD L 16 85.2 19.9 -10.2 -34 10.6 -2.5 -19
2019 Curveball LAD L 423 73.5 68.0 3.8 6 3.4 -6.8 -66
2019 Slider LAD L 1,005 86.9 28.8 -5.3 -15 4.8 1.0 28
2019 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 1,130 90.3 14.6 2.4 14 1.2 -7.4 -120
2018 Slider LAD L 994 88.1 23.9 -7.5 -24 4.2 0.8 22
2018 Curveball LAD L 388 72.9 69.4 4.5 7 2.8 -6.6 -70
2018 Sinker LAD L 6 91.1 16.2 -6.9 -30 7.5 -6.8 -48
2018 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 961 90.8 13.8 2.9 18 0.7 -7.2 -111
2018 Changeup LAD L 11 84.8 20.6 -10.3 -33 9.5 -3.6 -28
2017 Curveball LAD L 412 73.3 65.9 3.9 6 1.0 -8.7 -90
2017 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 1,136 92.8 9.2 5.0 35 0.7 -6.7 -91
2017 Sinker LAD L 26 94.6 10.6 -9.0 -46 12.6 -2.4 -16
2017 Slider LAD L 848 88.6 23.1 -6.4 -22 3.5 0.6 20
2017 Changeup LAD L 25 85.9 15.4 -12.1 -44 10.9 -2.5 -19
2016 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 1,028 93.6 10.6 4.8 31 0.4 -6.4 -94
2016 Changeup LAD L 6 87.7 19.9 -8.6 -30 14.6 2.3 18
2016 Slider LAD L 681 88.4 28.4 -2.9 -9 5.4 0.6 14
2016 Curveball LAD L 319 73.6 68.8 4.8 7 1.9 -9.1 -83
2016 Sinker LAD L 11 95.2 13.9 -6.3 -31 11.9 -1.9 -14
2015 Changeup LAD L 10 88.4 20.1 -8.4 -29 10.3 -1.9 -16
2015 Sinker LAD L 4 94.2 12.3 -8.4 -41 9.4 -4.2 -31
2015 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 1,771 94.3 12.4 2.7 18 0.7 -5.9 -89
2015 Curveball LAD L 601 74.0 68.9 5.2 8 2.5 -7.8 -76
2015 Slider LAD L 928 88.6 30.1 -1.5 -5 4.9 0.2 3
! 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 %
2023 Slider 2.0 18 879 43.4 254 .167 .338 .265 36.2 31.1 25.6 .216 .376 .282 46.8
2023 4-Seam Fastball 0.3 2 747 36.9 176 .281 .451 .365 9.7 14.2 16.9 .280 .471 .367 34.4
2023 Curveball 1.0 4 355 17.5 81 .212 .338 .254 33.8 38.3 20.8 .193 .318 .222 30.6
2023 Changeup -5.6 -2 35 1.7 5 .200 .200 .360 60.0 20.0 12.5 .192 .204 .174 0.0
2023 Split-Finger 11.0 1 5 0.2 4 .000 .000 .000 0.0 25.0 33.3 .093 .097 .087 0.0
2023 Sinker 9.4 0 4 0.2 3 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .401 .542 .406 66.7
2022 Slider 1.3 10 786 42.7 231 .200 .298 .260 37.3 33.3 25.7 .201 .275 .237 36.4
2022 4-Seam Fastball 1.1 8 736 40.0 182 .212 .329 .265 9.9 15.4 19.0 .228 .367 .282 34.3
2022 Curveball 2.0 6 301 16.3 76 .184 .237 .187 43.8 42.1 29.9 .190 .233 .185 18.2
2022 Changeup -15.5 -2 11 0.6 3 .667 1.667 .967 20.0 0.0 0.0 .487 .881 .596 33.3
2022 Sinker -9.6 -1 8 0.4 1 1.000 1.000 .900 0.0 0.0 0.0 .626 .714 .589 100.0
2021 Slider 1.7 15 858 47.5 269 .199 .355 .274 44.1 39.8 34.4 .189 .339 .252 42.3
2021 4-Seam Fastball -0.6 -4 664 36.8 154 .295 .446 .356 16.8 8.4 14.3 .303 .475 .362 35.7
2021 Curveball 0.1 0 273 15.1 64 .172 .297 .228 32.7 37.5 27.9 .172 .282 .194 22.5
2021 Changeup -0.2 0 11 0.6 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .529 .580 .483 100.0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 1.5 6 362 40.8 69 .203 .453 .312 17.7 18.8 18.6 .255 .547 .351 44.2
2020 Slider 2.6 9 357 40.2 109 .192 .308 .245 35.3 32.1 22.6 .186 .281 .224 31.9
2020 Curveball 0.1 0 167 18.8 43 .186 .372 .235 24.3 32.6 20.6 .227 .389 .261 20.7
2020 Changeup -2.0 0 2 0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1.6 18 1,130 42.3 247 .229 .440 .331 17.5 13.8 16.1 .248 .425 .324 27.1
2019 Slider 0.7 7 1,006 37.6 315 .216 .355 .279 33.9 32.7 24.8 .230 .382 .282 41.0
2019 Curveball 1.0 4 423 15.8 113 .182 .364 .238 34.7 41.6 25.8 .207 .380 .251 34.4
2019 Changeup -4.0 -1 16 0.6 3 .333 .333 .300 33.3 0.0 0.0 .245 .281 .229 33.3
2018 Slider 1.8 18 994 42.0 316 .188 .299 .247 25.2 27.5 22.7 .202 .294 .240 34.6
2018 4-Seam Fastball 0.3 3 961 40.7 232 .288 .498 .368 16.4 14.7 17.7 .291 .500 .361 41.0
2018 Curveball 1.6 6 388 16.4 98 .198 .229 .199 32.4 33.7 23.6 .228 .308 .243 19.0
2018 Changeup -0.6 0 11 0.5 1 .000 .000 .000 -- 100.0 100.0 -- -- .000 --
2018 Sinker -0.5 0 6 0.3 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2017 4-Seam Fastball 1.1 12 1,136 45.1 311 .252 .439 .327 15.6 19.3 20.9 .257 .458 .316 27.7
2017 Slider 1.8 16 848 33.6 226 .211 .292 .262 44.8 39.4 30.4 .177 .269 .226 25.6
2017 Curveball 1.2 5 412 16.3 106 .146 .320 .206 34.9 42.5 27.8 .179 .307 .208 28.3
2017 Sinker -0.8 0 26 1.0 8 .125 .500 .250 15.4 12.5 7.1 .222 .474 .283 14.3
2017 Changeup 4.5 1 25 1.0 6 .000 .000 .000 25.0 0.0 -- .150 .349 .206 33.3
! 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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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Changeup 34 84.5 96 18.5 11:15 10:45 30
2023 Curveball 344 73.4 84 19.5 5:30 5:30 0
2023 4-Seam Fastball 730 90.7 86 17.5 11:45 12:00 -15
2023 Slider 857 86.5 43 8.5 1:15 1:30 -15
2022 Changeup 11 83.8 99 19.6 10:45 10:30 15
2022 Curveball 296 73.2 84 19.5 5:15 5:30 -15
2022 4-Seam Fastball 733 90.7 87 17.9 11:45 12:00 -15
2022 Slider 776 86.6 43 8.3 1:00 1:30 -30
2021 Changeup 11 87.0 99 20.0 10:45 10:30 15
2021 Curveball 269 74.2 78 19.3 5:15 5:30 -15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 650 90.6 84 18.9 12:00 12:00 0
2021 Slider 846 87.1 46 9.0 1:00 1:15 -15
2020 Curveball 135 74.2 80 19.3 5:15 5:30 -15
2020 4-Seam Fastball 307 91.6 89 19.0 11:45 12:00 -15
2020 Slider 311 87.9 49 8.9 1:00 1:15 -15
! 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
2008 457 1,786 16 10 -12 -9 5
2009 703 3,091 28 31 -18 -14 27
2010 837 3,342 27 32 -19 -11 30
2011 908 3,454 20 39 -13 -7 39
2012 894 3,448 25 31 -11 -7 38
2013 997 3,805 37 37 -9 -10 55
2014 773 2,832 13 26 0 -5 35
2015 940 3,592 38 30 -4 -7 57
2016 645 2,453 23 27 0 -4 46
2017 783 2,943 24 38 -14 -9 39
2018 765 2,803 11 35 -9 -8 29
2019 708 2,680 18 24 -8 -8 26
2020 335 1,318 9 22 -6 -3 22
2021 488 1,806 9 11 -2 -7 11
2022 514 1,922 14 18 -6 -5 21
2023 531 2,061 17 15 -9 -7 16
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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 3,392 52.4 68.0 75.2 33.3 47.9 43.3 68.3 51.4 32.5 8.2 75.2
2016 2,062 54.1 66.6 77.3 34.3 47.5 43.9 69.7 51.7 31.0 9.5 73.5
2017 2,521 51.9 69.6 78.0 31.8 49.3 43.0 69.5 51.7 29.8 7.1 77.6
2018 2,364 52.3 72.2 82.4 28.9 59.1 44.7 70.7 51.6 22.7 8.9 75.8
2019 2,672 48.3 69.5 82.2 34.3 49.9 43.2 67.6 51.3 27.4 7.4 78.4
2020 888 53.5 67.6 79.8 29.3 52.1 41.3 69.7 49.8 27.6 10.2 68.1
2021 1,806 49.8 69.1 76.7 32.5 39.8 43.6 62.7 50.7 34.6 8.5 77.9
2022 1,842 49.8 68.5 81.9 33.1 45.1 43.8 68.6 50.8 28.9 7.9 78.1
2023 2,026 48.7 69.3 81.9 30.7 49.8 41.3 68.3 49.6 28.0 7.0 73.9
Player 19,573 51.1 69.0 79.2 32.3 48.8 43.3 68.4 51.1 29.3 8.2 75.7
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 60.9 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 99 95 98 97 100 38 86 96 97 98 93 95 85 72 53 53 75
2016 99 95 96 91 99 46 76 86 93 95 100 92 92 62 66 34 75
2017 91 85 74 57 97 17 42 91 92 90 97 84 88 50 77 33 59
2018 79 54 63 72 88 28 70 59 48 60 95 35 60 21 86 47 78
2019 76 66 60 56 86 20 58 47 70 72 83 64 92 12 93 42 55
2020 84 74 56 44 96 13 36 58 66 73 97 56 65 24 93 49 45
2021 85 71 64 57 93 36 62 66 61 85 97 94 90 11 96 61 52
2022 95 78 90 93 95 58 93 80 84 80 93 72 85 10 90 34 56
2023 66 66 57 49 76 22 29 49 50 73 62 64 73 9 74 23 55
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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 21.8 10 11.4 -1 14 6 6 60.0
2017 22.0 31 26.5 5 9 11 17 54.8
2018 22.1 21 16.7 4 11 13 7 33.3
2019 22.3 30 24.1 6 10 14 12 40.0
2020 22.7 12 10.3 2 4 5 7 58.3
2021 23.5 15 14.4 1 10 9 8 53.3
2022 23.7 11 9.3 2 1 7 4 36.4
2023 22.6 20 18.8 1 6 15 7 35.0
Player 22.5 150 131.5 19 65 80 68 45.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 10 12 9 10 11 9 13 9 11 9 11 16 12 9 10 12 7 9 13 12 10 12 14 15 9 10 11 21 13 13 9
2017 31 28 24 25 26 26 28 24 21 25 26 30 27 27 25 28 25 24 28 25 28 27 30 30 27 26 24 32 30 28 22
2018 21 21 11 14 19 13 20 14 14 11 13 21 18 16 16 19 16 17 17 20 17 19 20 21 12 16 15 18 22 18 14
2019 30 26 22 26 25 23 26 24 20 19 22 25 28 22 24 24 21 22 26 26 25 26 28 27 21 23 23 28 29 23 18
2020 12 12 10 10 10 15 9 13 9 7 8 9 11 9 8 10 11 12 10 10 13 9 15 11 8 8 10 10 14 9 8
2021 15 16 16 13 14 13 16 14 12 10 11 19 17 11 13 17 12 13 16 13 16 17 16 17 13 13 15 16 16 14 13
2022 11 6 8 12 10 10 10 9 9 8 9 10 8 8 10 10 9 10 9 10 8 9 12 10 8 9 11 10 9 9 10
2023 20 12 13 15 20 20 21 16 19 17 20 21 19 17 22 19 22 16 21 23 20 19 25 22 13 18 19 20 21 19 16
Player 150 133 113 125 135 129 143 123 115 106 120 151 140 119 128 139 123 123 140 139 137 138 160 153 111 123 128 155 154 133 110
! 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 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.3 93.6 -0.7 92.9 -0.7 90.8 -2.1 90.3 -0.5 91.6 1.3 90.6 -1.0 90.7 0.1 90.7 0.0
Offspeed Velocity 88.3 87.8 -0.5 85.9 -1.9 84.8 -1.1 85.2 0.4 86.9 1.7 87.0 0.1 83.8 -3.2 84.1 0.3
Breaking Velocity 82.9 83.7 0.8 83.6 -0.1 83.8 0.2 82.9 -0.9 83.5 0.6 84.0 0.5 82.9 -1.1 82.7 -0.2
Exit Velocity 85.6 86.9 1.3 85.3 -1.6 88.0 2.7 88.7 0.7 87.8 -0.9 88.1 0.3 87.1 -1.0 89.0 1.9
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