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

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 12 3 2.28 22 22 0 126.1 137 0.94
15 Seasons 197 87 2.48 401 398 0 2581.0 2807 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 22 12-3 2.28 126.1 137 0.94
15 Seasons 401 197-87 2.48 2581.0 2807 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 2.0 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 8.0 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 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
Player 17547 3081 166 5.4 3.6 87.1 115.9 10.0 29.8 .214 .340 .252 .258 .344 31.0 29.2 4.4
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.4 12.1 33.0 .245 .405 .316 .315 .368 35.8 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kershaw relies on 5 pitches.
Slider
(42.7%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(39.9%) ,
Curveball
(16.3%) ,
Changeup
(0.6%) ,
Sinker
(0.4%) ,


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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 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 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
Player 50.1 19.5 22.8 7.7 42.1 36.4 21.3 4.2 36.8 22.3 23.9 4.6 5.4 3.6
MLB 44.9 23.1 25.0 7.1 36.8 37.7 25.4 3.8 33.0 24.6 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 Curveball LAD L 301 73.2 66.9 1.8 3 4.9 -6.1 -55
2022 Sinker LAD L 8 90.8 14.5 -8.7 -38 8.0 -6.3 -44
2022 Slider LAD L 786 86.6 29.8 -4.4 -13 5.4 0.6 11
2022 4-Seamer LAD L 735 90.7 14.7 1.7 10 0.5 -6.9 -108
2022 Changeup LAD L 11 83.8 23.3 -7.6 -25 12.5 -1.2 -9
2021 4-Seamer LAD L 664 90.6 14.0 2.2 14 0.5 -7.1 -108
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 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 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
2020 Curveball LAD L 143 74.1 65.7 2.5 4 4.3 -6.1 -59
2019 Changeup LAD L 16 85.2 19.9 -10.3 -34 10.6 -2.5 -19
2019 Slider LAD L 1,005 86.9 28.8 -5.3 -15 4.8 1.0 27
2019 4-Seamer LAD L 1,130 90.3 14.6 2.4 14 1.2 -7.4 -120
2019 Curveball LAD L 423 73.5 68.0 3.9 6 3.4 -6.7 -66
2018 4-Seamer LAD L 961 90.8 13.8 2.9 17 0.7 -7.2 -111
2018 Sinker LAD L 6 91.1 16.2 -6.9 -30 7.5 -6.8 -48
2018 Slider LAD L 994 88.1 23.9 -7.6 -24 4.2 0.7 20
2018 Changeup LAD L 11 84.8 20.6 -10.3 -33 9.5 -3.6 -27
2018 Curveball LAD L 388 72.9 69.4 4.5 7 2.8 -6.6 -70
2017 4-Seamer 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 -2.5 -16
2017 Curveball LAD L 412 73.3 65.9 3.6 6 1.0 -8.7 -90
2017 Slider LAD L 848 88.6 23.1 -6.5 -22 3.5 0.5 18
2017 Changeup LAD L 25 85.9 15.4 -12.1 -44 10.9 -2.4 -18
2016 Curveball LAD L 319 73.6 67.4 5.3 9 3.0 -6.2 -67
2016 Sinker LAD L 11 95.2 12.4 -5.3 -30 11.0 -3.9 -26
2016 Slider LAD L 681 88.4 27.0 -2.0 -7 5.9 3.6 165
2016 Changeup LAD L 6 87.7 19.8 -7.0 -26 12.7 -0.7 -5
2016 4-Seamer LAD L 1,028 93.6 8.9 4.4 33 0.4 -8.6 -105
! 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 -1.3 -10 786 42.7 231 .200 .298 .260 37.3 33.3 25.7 .201 .276 .237 36.4
2022 4-Seamer -1.2 -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 .186 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-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 .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-Seamer -1.5 -6 362 40.8 69 .203 .453 .312 17.7 18.8 18.6 .256 .548 .352 44.2
2020 Slider -2.6 -9 357 40.2 109 .192 .308 .245 35.3 32.1 22.6 .187 .282 .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 .382 .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 Slider -1.8 -18 994 42.0 316 .188 .299 .247 25.2 27.5 22.7 .203 .294 .240 34.6
2018 4-Seamer -0.3 -3 961 40.7 232 .288 .498 .368 16.4 14.7 17.7 .291 .501 .361 41.0
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 --
2018 Sinker 0.5 0 6 0.3 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2017 4-Seamer -1.1 -12 1,136 45.1 311 .252 .439 .327 15.6 19.3 20.9 .257 .458 .317 27.7
2017 Slider -1.8 -15 848 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.
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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 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 732 90.7 87 17.9 11:45 12:00 -15
2022 Slider 776 86.6 43 8.3 1:00 1:30 -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 -31 18 14 -27
2010 837 3,342 -28 -32 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 -11 2 7 -11
2022 514 1,922 -14 -19 6 5 -22
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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 9.5 73.8
2017 2,521 51.9 69.6 78.1 31.8 49.2 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 43.2 67.6 51.3 27.4 7.4 78.4
2020 888 53.3 67.7 79.7 29.4 52.5 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 8.6 78.1
2022 1,842 49.8 68.6 81.9 33.1 45.1 43.8 68.6 50.8 28.9 7.9 78.1
Player 17,547 51.4 69.0 79.0 32.4 48.6 43.5 68.4 51.3 29.4 8.3 76.0
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.3 42.6 60.8 47.1 24.7 7.2 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 99 95 98 97 100 38 86 96 97 98 93 95 85 75 53 53 76
2016 99 95 96 91 99 46 76 86 93 95 100 92 91 64 65 34 76
2017 91 85 74 57 97 17 42 91 92 90 97 84 88 54 75 33 61
2018 79 54 63 71 88 28 70 60 48 59 95 35 60 24 85 47 78
2019 76 66 60 56 86 20 58 47 70 72 83 64 92 15 92 42 57
2020 84 74 56 44 96 13 36 58 66 73 97 56 65 32 91 50 45
2021 85 71 64 57 93 36 62 66 61 85 97 94 90 16 95 61 52
2022 95 79 90 93 95 58 93 80 84 80 93 72 85 15 88 34 57
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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 23.7 11 10.2 1 2 7 4 36.4
Player 22.5 130 115.3 15 56 64 66 50.8

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 18 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 11 9 12 9 11 11 11 7 10 9 13 9 9 9 10 11 11 10 11 10 11 10 10 10 9 12 11 10 9 9 13
Player 130 123 138 103 108 124 96 121 115 111 115 111 89 98 106 128 109 134 93 114 133 105 107 123 121 120 131 109 123 103 134
! 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 94.3 93.6 -0.7 92.9 -0.7 90.8 -2.1 90.3 -0.5 91.6 1.3 90.6 -1 90.7 0.1
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 0.1 83.8 -3.2
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 0.5 82.9 -1.1
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 87.1 -1
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 11.6 1.8
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 4.2 -2.7
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 33.2 -4.1
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 30.5 -1.2
xBA .191 .195 0.004 .213 0.018 .237 0.024 .23 -0.007 .216 -0.014 .222 0.006 .212 -0.01
BA .194 .184 -0.01 .212 0.028 .227 0.015 .222 -0.005 .194 -0.028 .224 0.03 .206 -0.018
xwOBA .228 .222 -0.006 .263 0.041 .282 0.019 .289 0.007 .271 -0.018 .275 0.004 .248 -0.027
wOBA .231 .204 -0.027 .258 0.054 .272 0.014 .28 0.008 .251 -0.029 .274 0.023 .245 -0.029
xSLG .273 .3 0.027 .364 0.064 .368 0.004 .393 0.025 .383 -0.01 .373 -0.01 .307 -0.066
SLG .284 .268 -0.016 .357 0.089 .366 0.009 .394 0.028 .365 -0.029 .374 0.009 .31 -0.064
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 27.8 -1.7
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 4.7 0.4
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 50.8 0.1
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 28.9 -5.7
In Zone % 52.3 54.2 1.9 51.9 -2.3 52.4 0.5 48.3 -4.1 53.3 5 49.9 -3.4 49.8 -0.1
Out of Zone % 47.7 45.8 -1.9 48.1 2.3 47.6 -0.5 51.7 4.1 46.7 -5 50.1 3.4 50.2 0.1
Out of Zone Swing % 33.2 34.1 0.9 31.8 -2.3 28.9 -2.9 34.3 5.4 29.4 -4.9 32.4 3 33.1 0.7
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 39.1 2.8
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 68.6 5.9
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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 493 .245 412 263 63.8 81 60 74.1

Pitch Tempo