Dylan Cease
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 200LBS | Age: 28
Draft: 2014 | Rd: 6, #169, Chicago Cubs | Milton (GA) HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 14 8 2.20 32 32 0 184 227 1.11
2023 7 9 4.58 33 33 0 177 214 1.42
2024 5 3 3.05 10 10 0 59 73 0.93
6 Seasons 48 38 3.77 133 133 0 717 865 1.27
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 32 14-8 2.20 184 227 1.11
2023 33 7-9 4.58 177 214 1.42
2024 10 5-3 3.05 59 73 0.93
6 Seasons 133 48-38 3.77 717 865 1.27
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
2019 23 1364 208 16 7.7 4.9 87.9 111.3 12.1 32.7 .242 .422 .353 .323 .385 37.5 24.8 10.7 5.79 4.63
2020 24 1085 171 15 8.8 5.9 89.8 110.6 15.2 36.8 .279 .513 .354 .389 .420 40.9 17.3 13.3 4.01 6.86
2021 25 2957 405 40 9.9 5.6 89.2 115.2 18.5 37.0 .210 .363 .295 .294 .383 38.8 31.9 9.6 3.91 3.63
2022 26 3120 439 27 6.2 3.6 86.8 115.9 15.0 31.4 .184 .292 .263 .257 .313 31.2 30.4 10.4 2.20 2.70
2023 27 3262 481 30 6.2 3.8 90.0 113.0 15.4 36.8 .241 .381 .321 .312 .383 41.6 27.3 10.1 4.58 4.10
2024 28 981 138 16 11.6 6.9 89.1 113.4 17.9 35.5 .199 .377 .241 .285 .373 36.2 31.3 8.6 3.05 3.14
Player 12769 1842 144 7.8 4.7 88.7 115.9 15.8 35.0 .219 .370 .301 .300 .369 37.6 28.3 10.3
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Cease relies on 6 pitches.
Four Seamer
(43.6%) ,
Slider
(40.7%) ,
Knuckle Curve
(8.4%) ,
Sweeper
(4.8%) ,
Cutter
(1.7%) ,
Changeup
(0.8%) ,


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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
2019 45.7 22.1 26.0 6.3 35.6 37.0 27.4 4.3 34.6 20.2 25.5 7.7 7.7 4.9
2020 39.8 24.6 26.9 8.8 42.7 31.6 25.7 3.5 29.8 25.7 24.0 7.6 8.8 5.9
2021 34.6 31.4 24.4 9.6 33.1 37.5 29.4 4.7 25.2 29.9 23.7 6.7 9.9 5.6
2022 39.4 30.3 22.1 8.2 39.4 36.4 24.1 5.0 26.9 33.3 22.1 5.9 6.2 3.6
2023 36.8 27.2 27.9 8.1 41.0 34.9 24.1 2.5 24.7 28.5 31.2 6.9 6.2 3.8
2024 34.1 36.2 21.7 8.0 35.5 42.0 22.5 5.1 26.8 32.6 15.2 8.7 11.6 6.9
Player 38.0 28.7 25.0 8.3 38.0 36.3 25.7 4.1 27.1 29.0 24.9 6.9 7.8 4.7
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.8 7.0 37.0 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
2024 4-Seam Fastball SD R 428 96.8 11.3 1.7 13 2.0 -5.5 -73
2024 Curveball SD R 82 82.5 56.2 6.7 13 3.7 -4.7 -55
2024 Sweeper SD R 47 83.5 50.6 12.2 32 10.8 -2.9 -21
2024 Slider SD R 399 87.5 34.0 0.5 1 2.2 -2.0 -47
2024 Changeup SD R 8 66.1 46.0 -0.1 0 1.0 -0.7 -41
2024 Cutter SD R 17 91.9 26.1 -2.9 -13 3.3 1.1 52
2023 4-Seam Fastball CWS R 1,408 95.6 11.2 2.6 19 3.2 -3.9 -55
2023 Curveball CWS R 494 80.2 58.5 5.8 11 3.6 -4.3 -55
2023 Changeup CWS R 99 74.6 33.3 -4.5 -12 7.0 -3.2 -32
2023 Slider CWS R 1,260 86.3 34.7 -0.4 -1 2.5 -2.0 -45
2022 Changeup CWS R 76 77.9 29.9 -6.2 -17 8.3 -4.8 -37
2022 Curveball CWS R 435 81.1 59.1 6.8 13 3.6 -3.5 -49
2022 4-Seam Fastball CWS R 1,241 96.8 10.3 2.5 19 3.0 -3.9 -56
2022 Slider CWS R 1,338 87.4 35.0 1.7 5 4.0 0.0 -1
2022 Sinker CWS R 30 96.5 10.8 -9.1 -46 7.8 -7.2 -48
2021 Curveball CWS R 449 79.9 61.7 8.6 16 5.3 -2.1 -28
2021 Slider CWS R 906 85.9 38.1 3.1 9 6.9 2.5 57
2021 Changeup CWS R 219 78.1 29.2 -6.1 -17 7.3 -5.5 -43
2021 4-Seam Fastball CWS R 1,383 96.7 10.5 2.3 18 4.4 -2.4 -36
2020 Curveball CWS R 101 79.0 62.7 8.4 16 7.4 -1.2 -14
2020 Changeup CWS R 138 82.9 25.1 -5.4 -18 6.2 -6.4 -51
2020 Slider CWS R 327 85.0 42.0 5.9 16 7.0 2.6 58
2020 4-Seam Fastball CWS R 519 97.5 13.0 -0.2 -2 4.4 -3.0 -41
2019 Sinker CWS R 57 96.3 16.9 -3.0 -15 7.1 -7.8 -53
2019 Changeup CWS R 122 83.1 26.6 -4.5 -15 1.7 -11.2 -87
2019 4-Seam Fastball CWS R 646 96.5 15.1 -1.2 -9 1.8 -5.6 -76
2019 Slider CWS R 286 84.7 43.9 5.9 16 5.3 0.6 14
2019 Curveball CWS R 253 79.5 63.3 9.2 17 6.1 -1.6 -20
! 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 %
2024 4-Seam Fastball 0.7 3 428 43.6 95 .163 .225 .271 21.8 22.1 20.0 .198 .370 .312 39.0
2024 Slider 1.2 5 399 40.7 110 .158 .297 .231 43.5 39.1 27.2 .169 .299 .227 32.8
2024 Curveball 0.0 0 82 8.4 19 .222 .389 .261 40.0 42.1 25.0 .350 .728 .454 36.4
2024 Sweeper -2.9 -1 47 4.8 5 .250 .250 .320 46.2 20.0 7.7 .334 .674 .480 66.7
2024 Cutter -2.5 0 17 1.7 4 .250 1.000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 .185 .606 .327 25.0
2024 Changeup -0.9 0 8 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2023 4-Seam Fastball -0.2 -3 1,408 43.2 330 .273 .436 .370 20.5 20.9 17.9 .250 .399 .341 40.5
2023 Slider 0.8 10 1,260 38.6 331 .216 .339 .286 43.3 36.0 23.1 .217 .324 .275 43.2
2023 Curveball -2.4 -12 495 15.2 111 .298 .538 .386 24.9 20.7 19.8 .292 .514 .362 42.7
2023 Changeup 1.1 1 99 3.0 9 .111 .111 .100 53.8 33.3 12.0 .160 .215 .160 16.7
2022 Slider 2.7 36 1,338 42.9 349 .128 .209 .193 43.3 37.5 27.8 .143 .223 .201 22.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball 0.4 5 1,241 39.8 268 .240 .391 .336 23.2 21.3 16.3 .218 .366 .322 35.5
2022 Curveball -1.2 -5 435 13.9 95 .253 .391 .322 28.3 32.6 23.8 .215 .313 .269 42.9
2022 Changeup -5.6 -4 76 2.4 24 .364 .591 .431 34.5 29.2 25.0 .268 .343 .300 40.0
2022 Sinker 6.9 2 30 1.0 9 .111 .111 .100 6.3 11.1 16.7 .239 .593 .351 62.5
2021 4-Seam Fastball 0.1 1 1,383 46.8 352 .264 .449 .366 23.0 19.3 18.0 .275 .502 .385 46.8
2021 Slider 0.9 8 906 30.6 216 .176 .264 .253 50.1 43.1 28.0 .148 .226 .218 25.7
2021 Curveball -0.1 0 449 15.2 98 .200 .326 .240 40.5 48.0 28.5 .152 .262 .200 38.8
2021 Changeup 1.6 4 219 7.4 42 .205 .308 .239 47.7 42.9 25.4 .156 .244 .195 13.6
2020 4-Seam Fastball -1.7 -9 519 47.8 151 .254 .500 .400 17.2 13.9 13.9 .308 .539 .425 42.2
2020 Slider 1.2 4 327 30.1 62 .182 .400 .294 39.5 25.8 13.0 .195 .413 .304 35.9
2020 Changeup 0.2 0 138 12.7 29 .308 .692 .447 31.5 24.1 20.6 .331 .674 .452 42.1
2020 Curveball 0.1 0 101 9.3 12 .091 .091 .208 17.6 0.0 0.0 .265 .347 .304 45.5
2019 4-Seam Fastball -1.6 -10 646 47.4 160 .356 .637 .472 22.3 21.3 17.9 .300 .513 .394 43.1
2019 Slider 0.9 3 286 21.0 74 .181 .375 .246 34.4 39.2 27.1 .172 .340 .223 27.9
2019 Curveball -1.6 -4 253 18.5 41 .257 .371 .335 29.7 22.0 11.7 .233 .361 .316 38.5
2019 Changeup 2.9 4 122 8.9 33 .125 .281 .212 27.0 21.2 20.6 .165 .342 .224 28.0
2019 Sinker -2.9 -2 57 4.2 17 .286 .357 .356 18.5 11.8 12.5 .247 .307 .319 41.7
! 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
2024 Curveball 81 82.5 79 19.0 6:45 6:30 15
2024 Cutter 17 91.9 42 6.7 11:30 11:00 30
2024 4-Seam Fastball 422 96.8 86 17.7 12:15 12:15 0
2024 Slider 389 87.5 26 3.3 9:00 9:15 -15
2024 Sweeper 47 83.5 66 17.9 7:00 7:15 -15
2023 Changeup 99 74.6 89 16.2 12:15 1:00 -45
2023 Curveball 495 80.2 81 19.0 6:45 6:15 30
2023 4-Seam Fastball 1,403 95.6 90 18.6 12:15 12:15 0
2023 Slider 1,247 86.3 26 3.5 9:15 9:30 -15
2022 Changeup 74 77.9 86 16.5 12:15 1:00 -45
2022 Curveball 431 81.1 80 20.5 6:30 6:15 15
2022 4-Seam Fastball 1,240 96.8 92 18.8 12:30 12:15 15
2022 Sinker 30 96.5 91 20.0 12:30 12:45 -15
2022 Slider 1,305 87.4 27 5.1 8:45 9:00 -15
2021 Changeup 213 78.1 87 16.3 12:15 1:00 -45
2021 Curveball 443 79.9 90 22.1 6:30 6:30 0
2021 4-Seam Fastball 1,375 96.7 90 18.9 12:30 12:30 0
2021 Slider 839 85.9 39 8.1 8:15 8:15 0
2020 Changeup 119 82.9 91 15.2 12:15 12:45 -30
2020 Curveball 91 79.1 95 22.9 6:45 6:45 0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 451 97.5 83 16.1 12:30 12:30 0
2020 Slider 300 85.0 51 9.7 7:45 7:45 0
! 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
2019 325 1,364 -3 11 -10 -7 -10
2020 257 1,099 0 13 -9 -7 -4
2021 718 3,001 28 22 -24 -16 11
2022 745 3,120 15 38 -6 -13 34
2023 781 3,262 8 21 -13 -20 -4
2024 233 981 5 9 -3 -5 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 %
2019 1,364 45.6 65.8 80.2 26.5 60.4 41.4 59.4 44.4 26.1 6.8 81.7
2020 1,085 44.5 64.6 80.8 22.9 60.9 40.5 54.9 41.5 25.3 7.6 74.4
2021 2,957 47.1 67.0 73.8 28.8 47.5 40.0 58.3 46.8 34.6 6.8 72.6
2022 3,120 43.7 68.0 76.2 31.3 50.4 41.2 58.2 47.3 33.2 6.7 76.9
2023 3,262 44.9 68.6 81.1 28.2 44.5 38.7 61.1 46.3 31.0 6.9 77.2
2024 981 48.1 65.3 76.6 30.3 46.1 44.1 58.8 47.1 33.3 7.4 76.7
Player 12,769 45.4 67.1 77.7 28.6 49.6 40.4 58.9 46.1 31.6 6.9 76.3
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
2019 38 52 43 40 35 51 34 70 42 61 17 55 20 92 90 65 26
2020 5 14 9 11 3 6 28 24 25 14 11 40 13 97 95 68 21
2021 71 83 70 54 71 7 15 38 48 93 32 94 58 92 97 85 23
2022 90 96 93 85 84 26 70 84 93 88 16 91 69 90 97 78 26
2023 53 54 64 71 39 25 78 23 32 77 25 84 41 77 97 71 37
2024 77 90 63 31 85 3 9 42 66 90 45 93 67 92 98 81 28
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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 22.6 15 13.5 2 4 12 5 33.3
2020 22.8 12 12.6 -1 1 9 6 50.0
2021 23.3 20 20.7 -1 10 18 9 45.0
2022 23.9 16 16.1 0 6 14 5 31.3
2023 23.3 19 18.8 0 11 15 8 42.1
2024 24.4 5 5.3 0 4 2 3 60.0
Player 23.3 87 87.1 0 36 70 36 41.4

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 15 18 14 11 15 12 15 13 12 8 12 14 16 14 12 13 11 11 13 16 14 17 18 15 12 11 13 15 17 13 11
2020 12 13 11 13 13 12 15 11 13 11 11 13 12 13 11 12 12 12 12 14 13 12 15 13 12 12 14 15 13 14 12
2021 20 27 16 23 22 20 23 23 19 13 18 26 20 12 23 23 18 20 22 22 18 22 27 25 19 16 24 21 21 18 21
2022 16 13 13 18 16 16 17 15 9 12 13 17 16 18 14 19 16 16 19 16 19 16 21 20 16 12 18 20 18 15 15
2023 19 17 14 20 19 18 21 18 18 14 18 20 19 14 20 22 23 16 20 22 16 20 28 23 17 14 21 20 21 18 13
2024 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 7 5 5 5 7 6 5 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 6 5 5 5 5 7 5 4
Player 87 92 73 90 90 83 96 87 76 63 77 97 89 76 86 94 85 80 91 95 85 92 116 102 81 70 95 96 97 83 76
! 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 2019 2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 96.5 97.5 1.0 96.7 -0.8 96.8 0.1 95.6 -1.2 96.6 1.0
Offspeed Velocity 83.1 82.9 -0.2 78.1 -4.8 77.9 -0.2 74.6 -3.3 66.1 -8.5
Breaking Velocity 82.2 83.6 1.4 83.9 0.3 85.9 2.0 84.6 -1.3 86.4 1.8
Exit Velocity 87.9 89.8 1.9 89.2 -0.6 86.8 -2.4 90.0 3.2 89.1 -0.9
Launch Angle 12.1 15.2 3.1 18.5 3.3 15.0 -3.5 15.4 0.4 17.9 2.5
Barrel % 7.7 8.8 1.1 9.9 1.1 6.2 -3.7 6.2 0.0 11.6 5.4
Hard Hit % 37.5 40.9 3.4 38.8 -2.1 31.2 -7.6 41.6 10.4 36.2 -5.4
LA Sweet-Spot % 32.7 36.8 4.1 37.0 0.2 31.4 -5.6 36.8 5.4 35.5 -1.3
xBA .242 .279 0.037 .210 -0.069 .184 -0.026 .241 0.057 .199 -0.042
BA .271 .234 -0.037 .223 -0.011 .190 -0.033 .250 0.060 .169 -0.081
xwOBA .323 .389 0.066 .294 -0.095 .257 -0.037 .312 0.055 .285 -0.027
wOBA .353 .354 0.001 .295 -0.059 .263 -0.032 .321 0.058 .241 -0.080
xSLG .422 .513 0.091 .363 -0.150 .292 -0.071 .381 0.089 .377 -0.004
SLG .486 .477 -0.009 .364 -0.113 .306 -0.058 .405 0.099 .290 -0.115
K% 24.8 17.3 -7.5 31.9 14.6 30.4 -1.5 27.3 -3.1 31.3 4.0
BB% 10.7 13.3 2.6 9.6 -3.7 10.4 0.8 10.1 -0.3 8.6 -1.5
Swing % 44.4 41.5 -2.9 46.8 5.3 47.3 0.5 46.3 -1.0 47.1 0.8
Whiff% 26.1 25.3 -0.8 34.6 9.3 33.2 -1.4 31.0 -2.2 33.3 2.3
In Zone % 45.6 44.5 -1.1 47.1 2.6 43.7 -3.4 44.9 1.2 48.1 3.2
Out of Zone % 54.4 55.5 1.1 52.9 -2.6 56.3 3.4 55.1 -1.2 51.9 -3.2
Out of Zone Swing % 26.5 22.9 -3.6 28.8 5.9 31.3 2.5 28.2 -3.1 30.3 2.1
First Pitch Swing % 28.9 24.3 -4.6 29.1 4.8 32.1 3.0 31.8 -0.3 30.0 -1.8
First Pitch Strike % 59.4 54.9 -4.5 58.3 3.4 58.2 -0.1 61.1 2.9 58.8 -2.3
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2019 Shifts 325 .353 162 6 3.7 163 65 39.9
2020 Shifts 253 .352 101 10 9.9 152 79 52.0
2021 Shifts 708 .295 359 25 7.0 349 190 54.4
2022 Shifts 745 .263 379 73 19.3 366 260 71.0
2023 Shades 781 .321 387 21 5.4 394 69 17.5
2024 Shades 233 .241 123 11 8.9 110 36 32.7
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2019 420 15.8 37.9% 1.9% 231 24.9 0.0% 12.6%
2020 351 17.1 23.6% 0.3% 199 23.3 0.0% 6.0%
2021 878 19.0 9.5% 2.2% 436 24.5 0.2% 12.2%
2022 954 18.4 10.3% 2.4% 417 24.3 0.0% 12.9%
2023 883 15.6 39.9% 0.3% 495 20.1 1.0% 0.8%
2024 308 15.4 41.9% 0.0% 106 18.9 4.7% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution