Clayton Kershaw
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 4" 225LBS | Age: 34

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 5 1 2.00 8 8 0 45.0 47 0.91
15 Seasons 190 85 2.48 387 384 0 2499.2 2717 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 8 5-1 2.00 45.0 47 0.91
15 Seasons 387 190-85 2.48 2499.2 2717 1.00

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 27 3392 542 18 3.3 2 85.6 113.3 8.8 29.0 .191 .273 .231 .228 .319 24.4 33.8 4.7 2.13 2.11
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 .350 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 .374 34.1 26.8 5.8 3.03 3.64
2020 32 888 150 12 8 5.4 87.8 111.4 7.9 29.3 .216 .383 .251 .271 .358 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 34 640 117 5 4.3 2.9 87.4 110.3 12.1 28.2 .228 .344 .241 .264 .342 33.3 27.3 4.1 2.00 2.51
Player 16345 2867 157 5.5 3.6 87.1 115.9 9.9 29.7 .214 .344 .252 .260 .347 30.8 29.3 4.3
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.2 12.1 32.9 .246 .410 .317 .317 .370 35.7 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kershaw relies on 4 pitches.
Slider
(44.2%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(39.2%) ,
Curveball
(15.3%) ,
Changeup
(1.3%) ,


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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 37.2 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 50.4 21.4 19.7 8.5 48.7 31.6 19.7 3.4 30.8 27.4 26.5 6.0 4.3 2.9
Player 50.4 19.3 22.7 7.6 41.9 36.6 21.3 4.0 36.8 22.1 24.0 4.5 5.5 3.6
MLB 45.0 22.9 25.1 7.1 36.7 37.8 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
2022 Slider LAD L 283 86.1 30.6 -4.2 -12 5.5 0.5 10
2022 4-Seamer LAD L 251 90.5 14.2 2.1 13 0.3 -6.5 -106
2022 Curveball LAD L 98 73.1 68.1 2.5 4 5.4 -6.0 -53
2022 Changeup LAD L 8 83.6 23.3 -7.5 -24 13.0 -0.6 -4
2021 Changeup LAD L 11 87.0 20.5 -8.4 -29 13.0 -0.8 -6
2021 Slider LAD L 858 87.1 27.9 -5.6 -17 4.7 0.7 17
2021 4-Seamer LAD L 664 90.6 14.0 2.2 14 0.5 -7.0 -108
2021 Curveball LAD L 273 74.2 65.3 3.0 5 4.8 -5.2 -52
2020 Slider LAD L 327 87.9 27.4 -5.0 -16 4.7 1.2 35
2020 Curveball LAD L 143 74.1 65.7 2.5 4 4.3 -6.1 -59
2020 4-Seamer LAD L 330 91.6 13.2 2.7 17 0.5 -7.0 -108
2020 Changeup LAD L 2 86.9 19.6 -9.2 -32 11.7 -1.4 -11
2019 Slider LAD L 1,005 86.9 28.8 -5.3 -15 4.8 1.0 27
2019 Changeup LAD L 16 85.2 19.9 -10.3 -34 10.6 -2.5 -19
2019 Curveball LAD L 423 73.5 68.0 3.9 6 3.4 -6.7 -66
2019 4-Seamer LAD L 1,130 90.3 14.6 2.4 14 1.2 -7.4 -120
2018 4-Seamer LAD L 993 90.8 14.0 2.8 17 0.7 -7.2 -111
2018 Curveball LAD L 388 72.9 69.4 4.5 7 2.8 -6.6 -70
2018 Slider LAD L 968 88.0 24.1 -7.5 -24 4.3 0.7 20
2018 Changeup LAD L 11 84.8 20.6 -10.3 -33 9.5 -3.6 -27
2017 Slider LAD L 843 88.6 23.1 -6.5 -22 3.5 0.5 18
2017 Sinker LAD L 28 94.6 10.7 -9.0 -46 12.3 -2.8 -18
2017 Changeup LAD L 25 85.9 15.4 -12.1 -44 10.9 -2.4 -18
2017 4-Seamer LAD L 1,139 92.8 9.3 5.0 35 0.7 -6.7 -91
2017 Curveball LAD L 412 73.3 65.9 3.6 6 1.0 -8.7 -90
2016 Changeup LAD L 6 87.7 19.8 -7.0 -26 12.7 -0.7 -5
2016 4-Seamer LAD L 1,020 93.6 8.9 4.5 33 0.5 -8.6 -106
2016 Slider LAD L 682 88.4 26.9 -2.0 -7 5.8 3.6 166
2016 Curveball LAD L 319 73.6 67.4 5.3 9 3.0 -6.2 -67
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 %
2022 Slider -1.4 -4 283 44.2 79 .230 .311 .257 36.3 34.2 27.3 .231 .313 .263 42.6
2022 4-Seamer -2.4 -6 251 39.2 66 .161 .290 .226 9.7 15.2 21.7 .212 .386 .269 28.3
2022 Curveball -1.5 -1 98 15.3 26 .231 .269 .230 37.2 38.5 27.8 .229 .299 .228 25.0
2022 Changeup 4.2 0 8 1.3 1 1.000 1.000 .900 33.3 0.0 0.0 .974 1.070 .891 0.0
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-Seamer 0.7 4 664 36.8 154 .295 .446 .356 16.8 8.4 14.3 .303 .476 .362 35.7
2021 Curveball -0.1 0 273 15.1 64 .172 .297 .228 32.7 37.5 27.9 .173 .283 .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-Seamer -1.5 -6 362 40.8 69 .203 .453 .312 17.7 18.8 18.6 .256 .548 .351 44.2
2020 Slider -2.6 -9 357 40.2 109 .192 .308 .245 35.3 32.1 22.6 .187 .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-Seamer -1.6 -18 1,130 42.3 247 .229 .440 .331 17.5 13.8 16.1 .248 .425 .325 27.1
2019 Slider -0.7 -7 1,006 37.6 315 .216 .355 .279 33.9 32.7 24.8 .230 .383 .282 41.0
2019 Curveball -1.0 -4 423 15.8 113 .182 .364 .238 34.7 41.6 25.8 .207 .380 .252 34.4
2019 Changeup 4.1 1 16 0.6 3 .333 .333 .300 33.3 0.0 0.0 .245 .281 .229 33.3
2018 4-Seamer 0.0 0 993 42.0 233 .302 .526 .383 15.8 14.6 16.9 .300 .515 .369 41.8
2018 Slider -2.1 -20 968 40.9 315 .178 .279 .236 25.8 27.6 23.1 .196 .283 .234 33.8
2018 Curveball -1.7 -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 --
2017 4-Seamer -1.1 -12 1,139 45.2 313 .250 .436 .325 15.9 19.8 21.3 .256 .455 .314 27.7
2017 Slider -1.8 -15 843 33.4 224 .213 .295 .265 44.6 38.8 30.1 .179 .272 .228 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 1.0 0 28 1.1 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.
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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 307 91.6 89 19.0 11:45 12:00 -15
2020 Slider 311 87.9 49 8.9 1:00 1:15 -15
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
2022 Curveball 97 73.1 84 20.6 5:15 5:30 -15
2022 4-Seam Fastball 251 90.5 86 18.7 11:45 12:00 -15
2022 Slider 281 86.1 40 8.3 1:15 1:45 -30
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 457 1,786 -15 -11 12 9 -5
2009 703 3,091 -28 -30 18 14 -27
2010 837 3,342 -28 -31 19 10 -30
2011 908 3,454 -19 -39 13 7 -38
2012 895 3,449 -24 -32 11 7 -38
2013 997 3,805 -37 -37 9 10 -55
2014 773 2,832 -13 -27 0 5 -35
2015 940 3,592 -36 -32 4 7 -57
2016 645 2,453 -23 -26 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 -23 8 8 -26
2020 335 1,318 -9 -22 6 3 -22
2021 488 1,806 -9 -12 3 7 -11
2022 172 640 -4 -11 2 2 -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 3,392 52.3 68.1 75.2 33.2 47.9 43.1 68.3 51.4 32.5 8.2 75.1
2016 2,062 54.2 66.6 77.3 34.1 47.2 43.7 69.7 51.7 31.0 9.7 73.9
2017 2,521 52.0 69.6 78.1 31.7 48.9 42.9 69.5 51.7 29.8 7.1 77.6
2018 2,364 52.4 72.2 82.4 28.9 59.1 44.8 70.7 51.6 22.7 8.9 75.8
2019 2,672 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 1,806 49.9 69.1 76.7 32.4 39.6 43.7 62.7 50.7 34.6 8.7 77.7
2022 640 48.8 65.4 82.8 35.1 49.6 42.8 65.1 49.8 27.0 8.3 71.7
Player 16,345 51.6 68.9 78.8 32.4 49.1 43.4 68.2 51.3 29.4 8.4 75.5
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.3 58.4 42.6 60.7 47.0 24.6 7.2 76.0
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

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 97 100 38 86 96 97 98 93 95 99 74 54 53
2016 99 95 96 91 99 46 76 86 93 95 100 92 99 64 65 34
2017 91 85 75 57 97 17 42 91 92 90 97 84 91 54 76 33
2018 79 54 63 71 88 28 70 60 48 59 95 35 79 24 85 48
2019 76 66 60 56 85 20 58 47 70 72 83 64 76 15 92 42
2020 84 74 56 44 96 13 36 58 66 73 97 56 84 32 91 50
2021 85 71 64 57 93 36 62 66 61 85 97 94 85 16 95 61
2022 93 72 87 88 94 66 86 77 82 78 94 61 93 14 91 37
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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 12.0 -2 12 9 5 50.0
2017 22.0 31 26.0 5 11 7 20 64.5
2018 22.1 21 17.7 3 8 14 7 33.3
2019 22.3 30 24.6 5 9 12 15 50.0
2020 22.7 12 10.2 2 3 6 7 58.3
2021 23.5 15 14.7 0 11 9 8 53.3
2022 23.5 3 2.7 0 1 2 1 33.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 10 11 17 9 10 13 9 12 12 13 11 10 9 11 13 14 11 13 9 14 21 7 10 13 11 14 15 11 11 10 15
2017 31 27 30 27 25 28 25 26 25 25 26 26 22 22 26 27 23 30 21 27 30 25 24 27 27 24 28 26 28 26 28
2018 21 19 23 15 17 20 14 21 20 14 15 16 12 14 14 22 17 22 14 18 18 17 17 19 20 21 22 16 20 14 21
2019 30 28 26 23 24 24 24 27 24 25 26 25 17 21 23 27 22 29 19 23 28 22 21 27 25 27 28 24 29 22 27
2020 12 12 9 8 8 10 0 12 10 10 11 12 8 9 8 10 9 14 7 9 9 11 12 11 13 9 10 8 9 8 14
2021 15 17 21 12 13 19 13 16 14 15 13 13 12 12 12 17 16 16 12 13 16 13 13 16 16 13 17 14 17 14 16
2022 3 2 4 2 3 3 3 1 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3
! 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 94.2 93.6 -0.6 92.9 -0.7 90.8 -2.1 90.3 -0.5 91.6 1.3 90.6 -1 90.5 -0.1
Offspeed Velocity 88.2 87.8 -0.4 85.9 -1.9 84.8 -1.1 85.2 0.4 86.9 1.7 87 0.1 83.6 -3.4
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 0.5 82.7 -1.3
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 87.4 -0.7
Launch Angle 8.8 9.4 0.6 10.3 0.9 9.3 -1 11.8 2.5 7.9 -3.9 9.8 1.9 12.1 2.3
Barrel % 3.3 4.5 1.2 6.3 1.8 5.4 -0.9 6.6 1.2 8 1.4 6.9 -1.1 4.3 -2.6
Hard Hit % 24.4 27.3 2.9 27.1 -0.2 35.4 8.3 34.1 -1.3 34 -0.1 37.3 3.3 33.3 -4
Sweet Spot % 29 27.9 -1.1 30.5 2.6 29.9 -0.6 30.1 0.2 29.3 -0.8 31.7 2.4 28.2 -3.5
xBA .191 .195 0.004 .213 0.018 .237 0.024 .23 -0.007 .216 -0.014 .222 0.006 .228 0.006
BA .194 .184 -0.01 .212 0.028 .227 0.015 .222 -0.005 .194 -0.028 .224 0.03 .209 -0.015
xwOBA .228 .222 -0.006 .263 0.041 .282 0.019 .289 0.007 .271 -0.018 .275 0.004 .264 -0.011
wOBA .231 .204 -0.027 .258 0.054 .272 0.014 .28 0.008 .251 -0.029 .274 0.023 .241 -0.033
xSLG .273 .3 0.027 .364 0.064 .368 0.004 .393 0.025 .383 -0.01 .373 -0.01 .344 -0.029
SLG .284 .268 -0.016 .357 0.089 .366 0.009 .394 0.028 .365 -0.029 .374 0.009 .301 -0.073
K% 33.8 31.6 -2.2 29.8 -1.8 23.9 -5.9 26.8 2.9 28.1 1.3 29.5 1.4 27.3 -2.2
BB% 4.7 2 -2.7 4.4 2.4 4.5 0.1 5.8 1.3 3.6 -2.2 4.3 0.7 4.1 -0.2
Swing % 51.4 51.7 0.3 51.7 0 51.6 -0.1 51.3 -0.3 49.8 -1.5 50.7 0.9 49.8 -0.9
Whiff% 32.5 31 -1.5 29.8 -1.2 22.7 -7.1 27.4 4.7 27.6 0.2 34.6 7 27 -7.6
In Zone % 52.3 54.2 1.9 52 -2.2 52.4 0.4 48.3 -4.1 53.5 5.2 49.9 -3.6 48.8 -1.1
Out of Zone % 47.7 45.8 -1.9 48 2.2 47.6 -0.4 51.7 4.1 46.5 -5.2 50.1 3.6 51.2 1.1
Out of Zone Swing % 33.2 34.1 0.9 31.7 -2.4 28.9 -2.8 34.3 5.4 29.3 -5 32.4 3.1 35.1 2.7
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 36.3 5.1 36.6 0.3
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 62.7 -7 65.1 2.4
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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 488 .274 353 240 68.0 135 89 65.9
2022 172 .241 143 105 73.4 29 24 82.8

Pitch Tempo