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Clayton Kershaw
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 4" 225LBS | Age: 33

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 3 1 2.19 4 4 0 24.2 24 0.97
14 Seasons 178 77 2.43 361 358 0 2357.2 2550 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 4 3-1 2.19 24.2 24 0.97
14 Seasons 361 178-77 2.43 2357.2 2550 1.00

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 3392 542 18 3.3 85.6 113.3 8.8 29 .188 .268 .232 .225 .310 24.8 33.8 4.7 2.13 2.15
2016 2062 359 16 4.5 86.9 112.1 9.4 27.9 .193 .298 .204 .220 .311 27.3 31.6 2 1.69 2.09
2017 2521 446 28 6.3 85.3 114.1 10.3 30.5 .207 .354 .258 .256 .343 27.1 29.8 4.4 2.31 2.80
2018 2364 462 25 5.4 88 114.4 9.3 29.9 .236 .366 .272 .281 .348 35.4 23.9 4.5 2.73 3.32
2019 2672 472 31 6.6 88.7 112.5 11.8 30.1 .222 .378 .280 .278 .353 34.1 26.8 5.8 3.03 3.43
2020 888 150 12 8 87.8 111.4 7.9 29.3 .215 .382 .251 .270 .356 34 28.1 3.6 2.16 3.06
2021 352 70 2 2.9 88.1 106.8 8.6 25.7 .218 .323 .236 .244 .310 40 24.5 3.1 2.19 2.15
14251 2501 132 5.3 87 114.4 9.7 29.4 .209 .333 .250 .252 .334 30.3 29.2 4.3
6.4 88.3 122.2 11.9 32.8 .243 .402 .318 .313 .362 35.1 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kershaw relies on 3 pitches.
Slider
(46.6%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(37.2%) ,
Curveball
(16.2%) ,


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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 Ext. Whiff% PutAway%
2021 Slider 164 130 34 46.6 87.7 58 55 13 10 2 1 0 19 36 .236 .199 .309 .285 .261 .233 85.7 1 2670 6.3 39.4 37.3
2021 4-Seam Fastball 131 92 39 37.2 91.0 27 25 6 6 0 0 0 1 25 .240 .267 .240 .354 .214 .266 87.7 13 2584 6.4 25.0 6.7
2021 Curveball 57 49 8 16.2 74.9 13 13 2 1 1 0 0 4 9 .154 .201 .231 .419 .166 .256 79.6 24 2615 6.3 23.5 28.6
2020 4-Seam Fastball 365 266 99 41.1 91.6 69 64 13 6 2 1 4 13 52 .203 .252 .453 .539 .291 .347 90.9 21 2484 6.3 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 .282 .234 .225 86.1 -4 2676 6.2 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 .389 .232 .261 84.6 12 2536 6.1 24.3 20.6
2020 Changeup 2 2 0 0.2 86.9 2178 6.4
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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 4.2 39.7 20.3 25.3 3.5 3.3
2016 51.3 18.1 24.8 5.8 40.4 34.5 25.1 1.9 41.5 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 22.6 4.3 6.3
2018 49.6 18.6 23.6 8.2 42.2 36.8 21 3 36.4 22.3 27.3 4.3 5.4
2019 49.2 20.3 21.8 8.7 47 33.9 19.1 3.6 34.7 21.8 22.7 4.2 6.6
2020 53.3 21.3 20.7 4.7 44 37.3 18.7 3.3 42.7 20.7 18 6.7 8
2021 52.9 20 17.1 10 42.9 41.4 15.7 10 35.7 20 25.7 5.7 2.9
50.5 18.6 23.2 7.7 41.1 37.3 21.6 3.8 37.4 22 23.9 4.2 5.3
45.2 22 25.6 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.6 33.5 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.4

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 4-Seamer LAD L 131 91 13.5 2 13 1.2 -8 -118
2021 Curveball LAD L 57 74.9 63.5 1.5 2 4.7 -5.1 -52
2021 Slider LAD L 164 87.7 26.2 -6.4 -20 4.2 0.3 7
2020 4-Seamer LAD L 333 91.6 13.2 2.7 17 0.6 -7 -109
2020 Changeup LAD L 2 86.9 19.6 -9.3 -32 11.7 -1.4 -11
2020 Slider LAD L 324 87.9 27.4 -5 -15 4.7 1.2 35
2020 Curveball LAD L 143 74.1 65.7 2.5 4 4.3 -6.1 -59
2019 Slider LAD L 1005 86.9 28.8 -5.3 -16 4.8 1 27
2019 Curveball LAD L 423 73.5 68 3.9 6 3.4 -6.7 -66
2019 4-Seamer LAD L 1130 90.3 14.6 2.4 14 1.2 -7.4 -120
2019 Changeup LAD L 16 85.2 19.9 -10.3 -34 10.6 -2.5 -19
2018 4-Seamer LAD L 993 90.8 14 2.8 17 0.7 -7.2 -112
2018 Changeup LAD L 11 84.8 20.6 -10.4 -33 9.5 -3.6 -27
2018 Curveball LAD L 388 72.9 69.4 4.5 7 2.8 -6.6 -70
2018 Slider LAD L 968 88 24.1 -7.5 -24 4.3 0.7 20
2017 4-Seamer LAD L 1139 92.8 9.3 5 35 0.7 -6.8 -91
2017 Slider LAD L 843 88.6 23.1 -6.5 -22 3.5 0.6 18
2017 Sinker LAD L 28 94.6 10.7 -9 -46 12.3 -2.8 -19
2017 Changeup LAD L 25 85.9 15.4 -12.1 -44 10.9 -2.4 -18
2017 Curveball LAD L 412 73.3 65.9 3.6 6 1 -8.7 -90
2016 Curveball LAD L 319 73.6 67.4 5.3 9 3 -6.2 -67
2016 4-Seamer LAD L 1020 93.6 8.9 4.5 33 0.5 -8.6 -106
2016 Slider LAD L 682 88.4 26.9 -2 -7 5.8 3.6 166
2016 Changeup LAD L 6 87.7 19.8 -7 -26 12.7 -0.7 -5
2016 Sinker LAD L 18 94.6 12.4 -5.5 -31 9.3 -5.5 -37
! 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 Curveball -0.5 0 57 16.2 13 .154 .231 .165 23.5 30.8 28.6 .201 .419 .256 22.2
2021 4-Seamer -0.6 -1 131 37.2 27 .24 .24 .269 25 3.7 6.7 .267 .354 .283 56
2021 Slider -2.9 -5 164 46.6 58 .236 .309 .262 39.4 32.8 37.3 .199 .285 .233 33.3
2020 Curveball -0.1 0 167 18.8 43 .186 .372 .235 24.3 32.6 20.6 .227 .389 .261 20.7
2020 4-Seamer -1.5 -5 365 41.1 69 .203 .453 .307 18.2 18.8 18.3 .252 .539 .347 44.2
2020 Slider -2.4 -9 354 39.9 109 .192 .308 .245 35 32.1 22.7 .187 .282 .225 31.9
2020 Changeup 2 0 2 0.2
2019 Changeup 4.1 1 16 0.6 3 .333 .333 .3 33.3 0 0 .245 .281 .229 33.3
2019 Curveball -0.9 -4 423 15.8 113 .182 .364 .236 34.7 41.6 25.8 .206 .377 .25 34.4
2019 4-Seamer -1.5 -18 1130 42.3 247 .229 .44 .333 17.5 13.8 16.1 .246 .422 .322 27.1
2019 Slider -0.7 -7 1006 37.6 315 .216 .355 .278 33.9 32.7 24.8 .229 .381 .281 41
2018 Changeup 0.6 0 11 0.5 1 0 0 0 100 100 0
2018 Curveball -1.6 -6 388 16.4 98 .198 .229 .199 32.4 33.7 23.6 .228 .308 .243 19
2018 4-Seamer 0 0 993 42 233 .302 .526 .381 15.8 14.6 16.9 .299 .512 .367 41.8
2018 Slider -2.1 -21 968 40.9 315 .178 .279 .237 25.8 27.6 23.1 .195 .281 .232 33.8
2017 Changeup -4.3 -1 25 1 6 0 0 0 25 0 .15 .349 .206 33.3
2017 Sinker 1 0 28 1.1 8 .125 .5 .25 15.4 12.5 7.1 .222 .474 .283 14.3
2017 Curveball -1.1 -5 412 16.3 106 .146 .32 .206 34.9 42.5 27.8 .179 .307 .208 28.3
2017 Slider -1.9 -16 843 33.4 224 .213 .295 .262 44.6 38.8 30.1 .177 .27 .226 25.6
2017 4-Seamer -1.1 -13 1139 45.2 313 .25 .436 .32 15.9 19.8 21.3 .254 .451 .312 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 Curveball 135 74.2 80 19.3 5:15 5:30 -15
2020 4-Seam Fastball 310 91.6 89 18.9 11:45 12:00 -15
2020 Slider 308 87.8 49 8.8 1:00 1:15 -15
2021 Curveball 54 75 75 18.6 5:15 5:30 -15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 118 91 82 19.2 11:45 12:15 -30
2021 Slider 153 87.7 47 9.8 12:45 1:00 -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 1786 -14 -12 12 9 -5
2009 703 3090 -28 -30 18 14 -26
2010 837 3342 -27 -32 20 10 -29
2011 908 3454 -19 -39 13 7 -38
2012 895 3449 -26 -31 11 7 -38
2013 997 3805 -37 -37 9 10 -55
2014 773 2832 -14 -26 0 5 -35
2015 924 3522 -36 -32 4 7 -56
2016 642 2443 -24 -26 0 4 -46
2017 783 2943 -24 -38 14 9 -40
2018 764 2803 -10 -35 9 8 -29
2019 708 2680 -17 -24 8 8 -26
2020 335 1318 -9 -21 6 3 -21
2021 98 352 -3 -5 1 1 -6
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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 68.4 75.3 33.1 48.8 43.2 68.3 51.4 32.5 8.2 74.6
2016 2062 54.3 66.8 77.4 34.1 47.5 43.7 69.7 51.7 31 9.7 74.2
2017 2521 52 69.6 78.1 31.7 48.9 42.9 69.5 51.7 29.8 7.1 77.6
2018 2364 52.4 72.2 82.4 28.9 59.1 44.8 70.7 51.6 22.7 8.9 75.8
2019 2672 48.3 69.5 82.2 34.3 49.8 43.3 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 352 51.4 65.7 78.2 28.7 38.8 42.6 61.2 47.7 33.3 11.1 74.4
14251 51.8 69.1 78.9 32.2 50.3 43.4 68.9 51.3 28.9 8.4 75.3
48.4 66.6 82.2 28.4 58.9 42.6 60.6 46.9 24.4 7.2 75.7

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 99 95 98 97 99 38 86 96 98 98 93 95 99 73 53 58
2016 99 94 95 91 99 46 76 86 94 95 100 92 99 64 65 37
2017 93 87 78 62 98 17 42 91 92 90 97 84 93 53 75 38
2018 78 53 62 72 87 28 71 61 47 59 95 35 78 23 85 50
2019 82 72 66 61 91 19 57 47 70 72 83 64 82 15 91 46
2020 85 74 56 43 96 13 36 58 66 73 97 56 85 31 91 54
2021 88 70 76 78 90 39 80 62 47 53 89 80 88 21 92 68
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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 24.7 5 11 12 15 50
2020 22.7 12 9.2 3 6 3 7 58.3
2021 0 0.4 0 4 0 0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 30 26 27 24 27 23 23 27 26 29 28 25 18 21 24 27 20 27 20 25 19 22 23 28 24 29 26 24 28 23 27
2020 12 12 9 10 10 9 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
2021 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 2 0 0
! 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.2 93.6 -0.6 92.9 -0.7 90.8 -2.1 90.3 -0.5 91.6 1.3 91 -0.6
Offspeed Velocity 88.3 87.7 -0.6 85.9 -1.8 84.8 -1.1 85.2 0.4 86.9 1.7 0 0
Breaking Velocity 82.8 83.7 0.9 83.6 -0.1 83.7 0.1 82.9 -0.8 83.5 0.6 84.4 0.9
Exit Velocity 85.6 86.9 1.3 85.3 -1.6 88 2.7 88.7 0.7 87.8 -0.9 88.1 0.3
Launch Angle 8.8 9.4 0.6 10.3 0.9 9.3 -1 11.8 2.5 7.9 -3.9 8.6 0.7
Barrel % 3.3 4.5 1.2 6.3 1.8 5.4 -0.9 6.6 1.2 8 1.4 2.9 -5.1
Hard Hit % 24.8 27.3 2.5 27.1 -0.2 35.4 8.3 34.1 -1.3 34 -0.1 40 6
Sweet Spot % 29 27.9 -1.1 30.5 2.6 29.9 -0.6 30.1 0.2 29.3 -0.8 25.7 -3.6
xBA .188 .193 0.005 .207 0.014 .236 0.029 .222 -0.014 .215 -0.007 .218 0.003
BA .194 .184 -0.01 .212 0.028 .227 0.015 .222 -0.005 .194 -0.028 .226 0.032
xwOBA .225 .22 -0.005 .256 0.036 .281 0.025 .278 -0.003 .27 -0.008 .244 -0.026
wOBA .232 .204 -0.028 .258 0.054 .272 0.014 .28 0.008 .251 -0.029 .236 -0.015
xSLG .268 .298 0.03 .354 0.056 .366 0.012 .378 0.012 .382 0.004 .323 -0.059
SLG .284 .268 -0.016 .357 0.089 .366 0.009 .394 0.028 .365 -0.029 .28 -0.085
K% 33.8 31.6 -2.2 29.8 -1.8 23.9 -5.9 26.8 2.9 28.1 1.3 24.5 -3.6
BB% 4.7 2 -2.7 4.4 2.4 4.5 0.1 5.8 1.3 3.6 -2.2 3.1 -0.5
Swing % 51.4 51.7 0.3 51.7 0 51.6 -0.1 51.3 -0.3 49.8 -1.5 47.7 -2.1
Whiff% 32.5 31 -1.5 29.8 -1.2 22.7 -7.1 27.4 4.7 27.6 0.2 33.3 5.7
In Zone % 52 54.3 2.3 52 -2.3 52.4 0.4 48.3 -4.1 53.5 5.2 51.4 -2.1
Out of Zone % 48 45.7 -2.3 48 2.3 47.6 -0.4 51.7 4.1 46.5 -5.2 48.6 2.1
Out of Zone Swing % 33.1 34.1 1 31.7 -2.4 28.9 -2.8 34.3 5.4 29.3 -5 28.7 -0.6
First Pitch Swing % 41.5 37.3 -4.2 39.4 2.1 39.3 -0.1 36.5 -2.8 31.2 -5.3 29.6 -1.6
First Pitch Strike % 68.3 69.7 1.4 69.5 -0.2 70.7 1.2 67.6 -3.1 69.7 2.1 61.2 -8.5
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 532 .203 392 13 3.3 140 30 21.4
2017 657 .264 522 15 2.9 135 12 8.9
2018 649 .272 506 60 11.9 143 34 23.8
2019 706 .280 549 363 66.1 157 79 50.3
2020 221 .251 168 146 86.9 53 44 83.0
2021 98 .236 76 61 80.3 22 16 72.7

Pitch Distribution