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 4 0 1.80 5 5 0 30.0 32 0.73
15 Seasons 189 84 2.48 384 381 0 2484.2 2702 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 5 4-0 1.80 30.0 32 0.73
15 Seasons 384 189-84 2.48 2484.2 2702 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 2.06
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 3.04
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 34 408 73 5 6.8 4.6 87.3 110.3 14.4 27.4 .228 .366 .215 .268 .364 32.9 29.4 2.8 1.80 2.48
Player 16113 2823 157 5.6 3.7 87.1 115.9 9.9 29.7 .214 .344 .252 .260 .348 30.8 29.3 4.3
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.3 169.8 12.0 32.9 .246 .408 .317 .316 .370 35.6 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kershaw relies on 4 pitches.
Slider
(45.3%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(37.3%) ,
Curveball
(15.7%) ,
Changeup
(1.7%) ,


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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%
2022 Slider 185 156 29 45.3 85.7 54 50 8 7 1 0 0 20 30 .160 .203 .180 .277 .192 .242 87.1 10 2576 6.3 34.2 27.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball 152 111 41 37.3 90.5 37 37 7 4 1 0 2 7 30 .189 .224 .378 .472 .246 .289 87.6 21 2418 6.4 11.1 30.4
2022 Curveball 64 53 11 15.7 72.9 17 17 3 2 1 0 0 5 12 .176 .266 .235 .349 .181 .265 87.3 6 2407 6.2 22.2 21.7
2022 Changeup 7 7 0 1.7 83.5 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.000 .974 1.000 1.070 .894 .891 82.2 16 2106 6.2 33.3 0.0
2021 Slider 858 644 214 47.5 87.1 269 256 51 28 14 1 8 107 149 .199 .189 .355 .339 .255 .247 88.8 2 2654 6.3 44.1 34.4
2021 4-Seam Fastball 664 433 231 36.8 90.6 154 139 41 30 6 0 5 13 129 .295 .304 .446 .476 .343 .360 86.1 15 2506 6.3 16.8 14.3
2021 Curveball 273 213 60 15.1 74.2 64 64 11 7 2 0 2 24 40 .172 .172 .297 .282 .198 .194 80.4 14 2535 6.2 32.7 27.9
2021 Changeup 11 10 1 0.6 87.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .529 .000 .580 .000 .483 101.7 3 2163 6.4 0.0 0.0
! 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 % 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 50.7 17.8 19.2 12.3 50.7 28.8 20.5 1.4 34.2 24.7 21.9 8.2 6.8 4.6
Player 50.4 19.2 22.7 7.7 41.8 36.6 21.4 3.9 37.0 22.0 23.8 4.5 5.6 3.7
MLB 45.0 22.8 25.1 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.4 3.8 33.2 24.4 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 Changeup LAD L 7 83.5 23.1 -7.8 -25 13.4 -0.4 -3
2022 4-Seamer LAD L 152 90.5 14.2 2.1 13 0.1 -6.3 -101
2022 Slider LAD L 185 85.7 31.4 -3.9 -11 5.7 0.6 11
2022 Curveball LAD L 64 72.9 68.4 2.4 4 5.3 -6.4 -54
2021 Curveball LAD L 273 74.2 65.3 3.0 5 4.8 -5.2 -52
2021 Changeup LAD L 11 87.0 20.5 -8.4 -29 13.0 -0.7 -5
2021 4-Seamer LAD L 664 90.6 14.0 2.2 14 0.5 -7.0 -108
2021 Slider LAD L 858 87.1 27.9 -5.6 -17 4.7 0.7 17
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 Slider LAD L 327 87.9 27.4 -5.0 -16 4.7 1.2 35
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 4-Seamer LAD L 1,130 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
2019 Curveball LAD L 423 73.5 68.0 3.9 6 3.4 -6.7 -66
2018 Slider LAD L 968 88.0 24.1 -7.5 -24 4.3 0.7 20
2018 Curveball LAD L 388 72.9 69.4 4.5 7 2.8 -6.6 -70
2018 Changeup LAD L 11 84.8 20.6 -10.3 -33 9.5 -3.6 -27
2018 4-Seamer LAD L 993 90.8 14.0 2.8 17 0.7 -7.2 -111
2017 Curveball LAD L 412 73.3 65.9 3.6 6 1.0 -8.7 -90
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 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 -9.0 -46 12.3 -2.8 -18
2016 4-Seamer LAD L 1,020 93.6 8.9 4.5 33 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 67.4 5.3 9 3.0 -6.2 -67
2016 Slider LAD L 682 88.4 26.9 -2.0 -7 5.8 3.6 166
2016 Changeup LAD L 6 87.7 19.8 -7.0 -26 12.7 -0.7 -5
! 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 -2.8 -5 185 45.3 54 .160 .180 .178 34.2 37.0 27.0 .203 .277 .242 36.7
2022 4-Seamer -1.1 -2 152 37.3 37 .189 .378 .239 11.1 18.9 30.4 .224 .472 .289 33.3
2022 Curveball -1.3 -1 64 15.7 17 .176 .235 .191 22.2 29.4 21.7 .266 .348 .265 25.0
2022 Changeup 4.6 0 7 1.7 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 .304 .476 .363 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 .351 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 .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 .514 .368 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 .255 .454 .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 63 72.9 84 20.7 5:15 5:30 -15
2022 4-Seam Fastball 152 90.5 85 18.8 11:45 12:00 -15
2022 Slider 183 85.7 37 8.1 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 109 408 -3 -8 2 1 -7
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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 408 48.3 66.5 84.7 34.6 52.1 41.4 67.9 50.0 25.5 7.8 75.0
Player 16,113 51.6 69.0 78.8 32.4 49.1 43.4 68.3 51.3 29.4 8.4 75.7
MLB 48.5 66.8 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 74 56 97 17 42 91 92 90 97 84 91 54 76 33
2018 79 54 63 72 88 28 70 60 48 59 95 35 79 24 85 48
2019 76 66 60 56 85 20 57 47 70 72 83 64 76 15 92 43
2020 85 74 56 44 96 13 36 58 66 73 97 56 85 32 91 50
2021 85 71 64 58 93 36 62 66 61 85 97 94 85 16 95 61
2022 89 70 77 73 92 39 58 73 77 83 96 48 89 15 90 35
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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 24.8 5.0 11 12 15 50.0
2020 22.7 12 9.7 2.0 6 5 5 41.7
2021 23.5 15 13.6 1.0 12 6 8 53.3
2022 23.9 2 1.9 0.0 0 2 0 0.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 30 25 27 24 27 23 24 27 23 29 28 25 18 22 23 27 21 29 21 28 17 22 21 28 24 29 27 24 30 23 28
2020 12 11 9 10 11 9 0 11 8 9 9 13 8 9 8 10 8 14 9 9 7 8 9 11 9 10 11 8 10 8 11
2021 15 13 20 12 14 12 13 16 12 15 16 13 10 12 12 14 12 16 11 14 11 12 13 16 14 14 15 12 17 12 14
2022 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
! 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 +/-   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 83.5 -3.5
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 82.4 -1.6
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 87.3 -0.8
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 14.4 4.6
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 6.8 -0.1
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 32.9 -4.4
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 27.4 -4.3
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 .181 -0.043
xwOBA .228 .222 -0.006 .263 0.041 .282 0.019 .289 0.007 .271 -0.018 .275 0.004 .268 -0.007
wOBA