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Gerrit Cole
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 220LBS | Age: 31

Draft: 2011 | Rd: 1, #1, Pittsburgh Pirates | UCLA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 15 7 2.75 27 27 0 163.2 224 1.00
9 Seasons 116 62 3.14 231 231 0 1431.2 1654 1.11
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 27 15-7 2.75 163.2 224 1.00
9 Seasons 231 116-62 3.14 1431.2 1654 1.11

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 25 3238 576 25 4.3 88.2 114.8 8.7 34.7 .239 .367 .274 .291 .357 35 24.3 5.3 2.60 3.63
2016 26 1938 366 11 3 87.8 110.8 8 36.1 .263 .371 .326 .304 .344 31.3 19.4 7.1 3.88 4.04
2017 27 3298 594 45 7.6 86.3 111.7 11.1 34 .254 .423 .315 .314 .381 34.4 23.1 6.5 4.26 4.33
2018 28 3257 452 28 6.2 89.1 110.8 15.8 35.8 .197 .335 .265 .270 .369 39.8 34.5 8 2.88 3.08
2019 29 3362 440 26 5.9 87.6 115.2 14 33.2 .180 .315 .246 .237 .360 35.5 39.9 5.9 2.50 2.48
2020 30 1203 175 16 9.1 90.4 114 16.4 32 .196 .377 .279 .271 .370 44.6 32.6 5.9 2.84 3.08
2021 31 2675 386 35 9.1 88.5 114.1 12.9 31.6 .199 .341 .259 .260 .369 37.6 34.6 5.7 2.75 2.87
18971 2989 186 6.2 88 115.2 12 34.1 .219 .360 .279 .278 .365 36.1 29.9 6.4
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .242 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Cole relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(47.3%) ,
Slider
(21.6%) ,
Curveball
(16.1%) ,
Changeup
(14.1%) ,
Sinker
(1%) ,


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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 4-Seam Fastball 1264 653 611 47.3 97.7 276 254 52 34 8 0 10 98 161 .205 .201 .354 .366 .260 .269 90.7 20 2455 6.6 28.7 24.9
2021 Slider 577 494 83 21.6 88.4 158 147 24 14 8 0 2 67 81 .163 .160 .259 .268 .210 .223 87.5 8 2601 6.4 41.1 28.6
2021 Curveball 430 199 231 16.1 83.4 84 81 24 17 2 1 4 20 61 .296 .287 .494 .493 .346 .347 90.9 11 2799 6.3 30.1 17.2
2021 Changeup 376 117 259 14.1 89.8 121 113 23 18 3 0 2 37 76 .204 .180 .283 .257 .240 .225 82.2 5 1718 6.7 35.6 26.6
2021 Sinker 28 12 16 1.0 97.7 9 9 4 3 0 0 1 2 7 .444 .236 .778 .514 .516 .316 91.8 3 2362 6.6 26.3 22.2
2020 4-Seam Fastball 635 322 313 52.8 96.7 157 146 33 16 8 0 9 35 111 .226 .225 .466 .470 .315 .318 92.2 23 2505 6.6 25.9 19.9
2020 Slider 294 243 51 24.4 88.7 76 68 9 4 3 0 2 31 37 .132 .143 .265 .194 .222 .205 84.9 8 2580 6.4 43.3 22.8
2020 Curveball 207 105 102 17.2 83.4 43 43 9 5 2 0 2 23 20 .209 .175 .395 .340 .252 .218 89.3 4 2803 6.4 48.0 31.5
2020 Changeup 67 12 55 5.6 88.3 12 12 2 0 1 0 1 5 7 .167 .222 .500 .427 .268 .274 84.9 4 1750 6.7 36.7 26.3
! 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 49 19.3 27.6 4.2 32.8 41.5 25.3 3.3 39.2 19.8 25.7 5.4 4.3
2016 47.8 17.5 29.2 5.5 32.5 39.9 27.6 3 35.2 21.3 29.8 4.9 3
2017 46.6 20.7 25.1 7.6 35.2 35.2 29.3 5.7 30.8 22.4 27.1 4 7.6
2018 37.6 26.5 26.5 9.3 29.4 42.7 27.2 3.1 28.3 28.8 23.5 9.3 6.2
2019 40.7 26.8 24.3 8.2 31.4 39.5 29.1 3 31.8 27.7 22 8.9 5.9
2020 37.7 29.1 26.3 6.9 40 34.9 25.1 3.4 29.1 29.1 15.4 12 9.1
2021 42 28.2 22.3 7.5 30.8 42.5 26.7 3.9 30.1 27.7 24.9 4.1 9.1
43.9 23.3 25.9 7 32.7 39.7 27.4 3.7 32.6 24.6 24.9 6.4 6.2
45.1 22.4 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.5 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

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 Sinker NYY R 28 97.7 14.5 -3.9 -21 16.7 1.5 10
2021 Changeup NYY R 375 89.8 23.9 -4.1 -15 15.7 1.2 8
2021 4-Seamer NYY R 1262 97.7 10.9 2.1 16 12 3.6 43
2021 Curveball NYY R 430 83.4 51.7 3.5 7 10.4 2.1 25
2021 Slider NYY R 577 88.4 34.2 2.4 7 5.3 1.4 37
2020 Changeup NYY R 67 88.3 24.5 -4.8 -16 15.5 1.8 13
2020 Slider NYY R 294 88.7 31 -0.7 -2 5.1 1.5 41
2020 4-Seamer NYY R 635 96.7 11.5 2.1 16 12.2 4.2 53
2020 Curveball NYY R 207 83.4 50.8 3 6 9.5 1.2 15
2019 Curveball HOU R 519 82.6 55.6 5.6 11 11.7 3.9 51
2019 Sinker HOU R 80 97.1 13.8 -5.8 -29 15.1 0.1 1
2019 Slider HOU R 778 89.2 31.8 0.5 2 4.9 1.7 53
2019 Changeup HOU R 250 88.6 22.9 -5.3 -19 15.3 1 7
2019 4-Seamer HOU R 1733 97.1 10.9 2.9 21 11.4 3.6 45
2018 Sinker HOU R 197 96.3 16.3 -3.6 -18 15.6 0.5 3
2018 Slider HOU R 649 88.7 31.5 -0.6 -2 5.2 1.3 33
2018 4-Seamer HOU R 1639 96.5 12.5 2 14 11.1 3.1 39
2018 Changeup HOU R 145 87.7 24.5 -5.5 -18 14.5 0.2 1
2018 Curveball HOU R 626 82.5 52.8 3.5 7 12.4 3.6 41
2017 4-Seamer PIT R 1543 95.9 14 -0.3 -2 13.4 4.4 49
2017 Slider PIT R 569 88.1 32.1 0.6 2 2.6 -0.2 -9
2017 Changeup PIT R 338 88.5 26.2 -1.8 -6 16.5 1.9 13
2017 Sinker PIT R 429 95.6 19.8 -0.1 0 17.8 2.3 15
2017 Curveball PIT R 397 80.4 50.2 0.1 0 11.7 2.5 27
2016 Changeup PIT R 106 88.8 22.4 -5 -18 14.4 0.4 3
2016 4-Seamer PIT R 907 95.9 13.7 -0.4 -3 11.4 2 22
2016 Sinker PIT R 366 96 16.9 -0.9 -5 15.6 0.4 3
2016 Slider PIT R 345 88.2 31.7 2.3 8 3.2 1.5 93
2016 Curveball PIT R 188 81.7 49 1.5 3 13.1 5.6 75
! 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 Sinker 6.5 2 28 1 9 .444 .778 .522 26.3 22.2 22.2 .236 .514 .316 28.6
2021 Curveball -0.1 -1 430 16.1 84 .296 .494 .351 30.1 23.8 17.2 .287 .493 .347 41
2021 Changeup -1 -4 376 14.1 121 .204 .283 .252 35.6 30.6 26.6 .18 .257 .225 21.1
2021 Slider -1.8 -10 577 21.6 158 .163 .259 .213 41.1 42.4 28.6 .16 .268 .224 33.3
2021 4-Seamer -1.8 -23 1264 47.3 276 .205 .354 .266 28.7 35.5 24.9 .201 .366 .269 46.6
2020 Changeup -1.4 -1 67 5.6 12 .167 .5 .271 36.7 41.7 26.3 .222 .427 .274 42.9
2020 Curveball -0.5 -1 207 17.2 43 .209 .395 .277 48 53.5 31.5 .175 .34 .218 45
2020 Slider -1.2 -3 294 24.4 76 .132 .265 .235 43.3 40.8 22.8 .143 .194 .204 35.1
2020 4-Seamer -0.7 -4 635 52.8 157 .226 .466 .319 25.9 22.3 19.9 .225 .47 .318 47.7
2019 Sinker -1.6 -1 80 2.4 19 .294 .353 .308 14.3 10.5 7.7 .282 .375 .308 43.8
2019 Changeup 0 0 250 7.4 46 .238 .381 .291 41.2 28.3 16.5 .211 .298 .239 29
2019 Curveball -0.1 -1 519 15.4 114 .218 .364 .273 31.9 36.8 25.6 .204 .343 .246 38.2
2019 Slider -1.3 -10 778 23.1 236 .187 .317 .232 39.9 38.1 27.4 .182 .302 .217 28.6
2019 4-Seamer -2.1 -36 1733 51.5 401 .166 .348 .265 37.5 44.4 32.8 .164 .314 .244 40
2018 Changeup -1.5 -2 145 4.5 28 .16 .32 .255 31.3 17.9 15.2 .236 .509 .355 55
2018 Sinker -3 -6 197 6 59 .176 .216 .236 16.8 18.6 18.6 .171 .254 .247 34.1
2018 Curveball 0.2 1 626 19.2 153 .229 .368 .288 33.6 41.2 29.2 .196 .293 .247 40.2
2018 Slider -0.8 -5 649 19.9 192 .209 .311 .267 35.8 37.5 24.7 .188 .271 .236 35.8
2018 4-Seamer -1.3 -22 1639 50.3 366 .185 .348 .275 29.6 33.9 25 .204 .388 .298 41.4
2017 Curveball 1.6 6 397 12 91 .253 .402 .3 25.4 30.8 22.6 .198 .307 .237 23.7
2017 Changeup -0.6 -2 338 10.2 96 .232 .432 .285 20.2 16.7 19.3 .27 .459 .309 29.1
2017 Sinker -0.5 -2 429 13 139 .264 .416 .353 9.9 9.4 12.3 .283 .422 .341 32.1
2017 Slider 0.3 2 569 17.3 155 .235 .396 .291 34.3 32.9 21.6 .214 .339 .246 35
2017 4-Seamer -0.6 -9 1543 46.8 362 .269 .474 .359 19.6 24 20 .275 .489 .358 39.6
2017 N/A 3 0.1 0
! 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 Changeup 67 88.3 99 18.8 2:00 2:00 0
2020 Curveball 205 83.4 70 16.9 7:30 7:15 15
2020 4-Seam Fastball 633 96.7 98 21.6 1:15 1:15 0
2020 Slider 294 88.7 31 6.5 11:00 9:45 75
2021 Changeup 373 89.8 99 18.8 2:00 2:00 0
2021 Curveball 430 83.4 74 18.3 7:15 7:15 0
2021 4-Seam Fastball 1261 97.7 98 21.5 1:15 1:15 0
2021 Sinker 28 97.7 99 22.2 1:15 1:45 -30
2021 Slider 574 88.4 26 6.2 10:00 8:45 75
! 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
2013 507 1882 -5 -15 4 6 -10
2014 570 2192 -4 -14 8 5 -4
2015 846 3285 -15 -25 4 10 -26
2016 500 1915 -8 -11 9 6 -4
2017 843 3276 -8 -21 14 10 -5
2018 850 3444 -16 -43 14 10 -35
2019 954 3911 -34 -48 14 9 -59
2020 361 1499 -5 -18 4 6 -13
2021 648 2675 -23 -35 12 10 -35
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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 3238 50.2 66.3 85.2 30.4 55.3 42 61.7 48.3 22.8 8.1 81.5
2016 1938 50.9 66.1 88.4 29.5 62.7 42.8 60.3 48.2 18.8 7.3 80
2017 3298 51.2 66.5 82.6 25.5 64.7 41.8 63.5 46.5 21.7 8.4 79.3
2018 3257 53.5 67.5 74.8 29.2 52.3 43.7 63.6 49.6 30.8 8.3 79.9
2019 3362 52.2 66 71.4 32.3 43.1 43.6 64.3 49.9 37.2 9.1 78.4
2020 1203 48.5 67.1 75.3 33.1 47.3 43.1 63.5 49.6 34.2 7.6 78
2021 2675 48.6 66.3 75.5 32 51.1 42.9 66.8 48.7 32.6 8.1 77.5
18971 51.1 66.5 78.8 30 53.4 42.8 63.4 48.7 28.3 8.2 79.3
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 62 47 57 62 66 19 70 47 36 74 83 51 62 93 39 79
2016 52 23 63 87 33 65 93 68 76 38 61 17 52 89 37 79
2017 46 36 35 39 63 2 18 71 39 61 81 31 46 90 32 81
2018 87 90 82 62 90 23 55 27 12 95 53 82 87 94 81 93
2019 98 96 94 83 99 30 70 75 59 99 81 98 98 96 95 94
2020 84 85 58 35 95 4 25 16 14 89 82 87 84 94 94 84
2021 92 88 77 59 98 8 29 56 58 96 85 88 92 97 91 87
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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 22.1 33 24.1 9 14 18 12 36.4
2020 22.9 18 15.9 2 5 12 6 33.3
2021 24 19 17.6 1 6 16 6 31.6

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 33 27 32 29 29 22 22 29 27 23 30 22 16 19 23 29 14 24 22 27 12 23 19 23 23 31 24 22 27 22 32
2020 18 18 17 16 19 14 17 19 16 14 19 17 12 11 13 16 11 16 14 17 12 16 17 16 17 18 18 16 17 15 18
2021 19 21 20 18 22 16 17 20 19 15 20 20 13 15 17 20 11 17 17 18 12 18 17 17 17 20 20 15 19 16 22
! 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 96.3 95.9 -0.4 95.8 -0.1 96.5 0.7 97.1 0.6 96.7 -0.4 97.7 1
Offspeed Velocity 88.8 88.8 0 88.5 -0.3 87.7 -0.8 88.6 0.9 88.3 -0.3 89.8 1.5
Breaking Velocity 86.2 85.9 -0.3 84.9 -1 85.7 0.8 86.6 0.9 86.5 -0.1 86.3 -0.2
Exit Velocity 88.2 87.8 -0.4 86.3 -1.5 89.1 2.8 87.6 -1.5 90.4 2.8 88.5 -1.9
Launch Angle 8.7 8 -0.7 11.1 3.1 15.8 4.7 14 -1.8 16.4 2.4 12.9 -3.5
Barrel % 4.3 3 -1.3 7.6 4.6 6.2 -1.4 5.9 -0.3 9.1 3.2 9.1 0
Hard Hit % 35 31.3 -3.7 34.4 3.1 39.8 5.4 35.5 -4.3 44.6 9.1 37.6 -7
Sweet Spot % 34.7 36.1 1.4 34 -2.1 35.8 1.8 33.2 -2.6 32 -1.2 31.6 -0.4
xBA .239 .263 0.024 .254 -0.009 .197 -0.057 .18 -0.017 .196 0.016 .199 0.003
BA .239 .289 0.05 .254 -0.035 .198 -0.056 .186 -0.012 .197 0.011 .21 0.013
xwOBA .291 .304 0.013 .314 0.01 .27 -0.044 .237 -0.033 .271 0.034 .26 -0.011
wOBA .274 .326 0.052 .315 -0.011 .265 -0.05 .246 -0.019 .279 0.033 .259 -0.02
xSLG .367 .371 0.004 .423 0.052 .335 -0.088 .315 -0.02 .377 0.062 .341 -0.036
SLG .336 .41 0.074 .434 0.024 .332 -0.102 .343 0.011 .405 0.062 .343 -0.062
K% 24.3 19.4 -4.9 23.1 3.7 34.5 11.4 39.9 5.4 32.6 -7.3 34.6 2
BB% 5.3 7.1 1.8 6.5 -0.6 8 1.5 5.9 -2.1 5.9 0 5.7 -0.2
Swing % 48.3 48.2 -0.1 46.5 -1.7 49.6 3.1 49.9 0.3 49.6 -0.3 48.7 -0.9
Whiff% 22.8 18.8 -4 21.7 2.9 30.8 9.1 37.2 6.4 34.2 -3 32.6 -1.6
In Zone % 50.2 50.9 0.7 51.2 0.3 53.5 2.3 52.2 -1.3 48.5 -3.7 48.6 0.1
Out of Zone % 49.8 49.1 -0.7 48.8 -0.3 46.5 -2.3 47.8 1.3 51.5 3.7 51.4 -0.1
Out of Zone Swing % 30.4 29.5 -0.9 25.5 -4 29.2 3.7 32.3 3.1 33.1 0.8 32 -1.1
First Pitch Swing % 29.8 28.5 -1.3 28.6 0.1 31.2 2.6 32.7 1.5 31.6 -1.1 33.6 2
First Pitch Strike % 61.7 60.3 -1.4 63.5 3.2 63.6 0.1 64.3 0.7 63.5 -0.8 66.8 3.3
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 496 .320 263 12 4.6 233 34 14.6
2017 846 .314 442 25 5.7 404 87 21.5
2018 799 .265 410 149 36.3 389 242 62.2
2019 817 .246 400 104 26.0 417 360 86.3
2020 287 .280 166 37 22.3 121 65 53.7
2021 638 .259 351 41 11.7 287 139 48.4

Pitch Distribution