Hirokazu Sawamura
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 0" 212LBS | Age: 35
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 5 1 3.06 55 0 0 53 61 1.45
2022 1 1 3.73 49 0 0 50.2 40 1.42
2 Seasons 6 2 3.39 104 0 0 103.2 101 1.44
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 55 5-1 3.06 53 61 1.45
2022 49 1-1 3.73 50.2 40 1.42
2 Seasons 104 6-2 3.39 103.2 101 1.44
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Pitch Distribution

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
2021 33 945 138 15 10.9 6.5 89.5 111.3 11.3 29.0 .220 .400 .324 .316 .382 42.8 26.3 13.4 3.06 4.24
2022 34 838 154 11 7.1 5.0 88.9 111.6 8.8 32.5 .252 .392 .294 .321 .345 44.8 18.1 12.2 3.73 4.31
Player 1783 292 26 8.9 5.7 89.2 111.6 10.0 30.8 .236 .396 .309 .319 .362 43.8 22.3 12.8
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Sawamura relies on 3 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(48.8%) ,
Split Finger
(37.5%) ,
Slider
(13.7%) ,


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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
2021 51.4 22.5 18.8 7.2 41.3 37.0 21.7 5.1 38.4 21.7 20.3 3.6 10.9 6.5
2022 50.6 18.2 24.0 7.1 44.8 34.4 20.8 5.8 33.8 20.8 26.6 5.8 7.1 5.0
Player 51.0 20.2 21.6 7.2 43.2 35.6 21.2 5.5 36.0 21.2 23.6 4.8 8.9 5.7
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 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
2022 4-Seamer BOS R 409 95.9 14.0 0.1 1 8.8 0.7 8
2022 Splitter BOS R 314 92.0 29.0 0.0 0 8.6 -2.1 -20
2022 Slider BOS R 115 85.8 32.3 -3.2 -9 7.0 1.9 38
2021 4-Seamer BOS R 429 96.0 13.2 0.7 5 8.3 0.4 5
2021 Splitter BOS R 371 91.6 28.6 0.3 1 7.3 -2.1 -22
2021 Slider BOS R 144 86.3 30.8 -3.5 -10 4.2 -0.6 -12
! 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 4-Seamer -0.2 -1 409 48.8 112 .298 .447 .400 12.0 6.3 12.1 .344 .547 .430 58.0
2022 Splitter -0.8 -2 314 37.5 83 .192 .219 .263 36.3 33.7 21.7 .174 .236 .219 33.3
2022 Slider 1.0 1 115 13.7 23 .136 .273 .165 38.9 21.7 19.2 .122 .242 .154 11.1
2021 4-Seamer 0.4 2 429 45.4 106 .247 .584 .403 19.3 16.0 20.5 .269 .556 .401 47.9
2021 Splitter 0.6 2 371 39.3 103 .202 .245 .276 46.7 40.8 30.0 .154 .199 .203 34.6
2021 Slider -0.7 -1 144 15.2 16 .267 .667 .463 45.6 12.5 12.5 .345 .733 .469 46.2
! 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
2022 4-Seam Fastball 404 95.9 95 17.8 1:00 1:00 0
2022 Splitter 261 92.0 71 9.1 1:15 2:30 -75
2022 Slider 113 85.8 24 9.0 9:15 10:00 -45
2021 4-Seam Fastball 427 96.1 97 18.0 1:00 1:00 0
2021 Splitter 340 91.6 66 8.2 1:15 2:15 -60
2021 Slider 141 86.4 24 7.3 10:00 10:30 -30
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2021 236 989 4 17 -12 -8 2
2022 218 838 3 6 -8 -3 -2
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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 %
2021 945 38.7 73.2 79.0 30.4 43.8 41.7 49.3 46.9 35.0 5.2 87.8
2022 838 45.3 72.1 79.9 28.6 60.3 41.9 54.3 48.3 25.2 6.9 87.9
Player 1,783 41.8 72.6 79.5 29.6 50.8 41.8 51.8 47.6 30.3 6.0 87.9
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 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
2021 44 73 47 31 27 57 9 33 19 68 5 95 73 87 26 54
2022 30 32 41 53 13 72 52 39 8 20 5 48 41 82 21 46
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2021 22.9 9 7.7 1 3 5 4 44.4
2022 23.2 4 5.4 -1 1 4 2 50.0
Player 23.0 13 13.1 0 4 9 6 46.2

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2021 9 8 8 8 7 8 9 8 6 5 5 8 9 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 7 10 8 6 7 10 10 8 7 6
2022 4 3 4 5 6 6 6 3 5 5 6 6 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 6 5 6 5 5 5 6 7 6 6 5
Player 13 11 12 13 13 14 15 11 11 10 11 14 14 13 13 14 13 13 13 14 15 12 16 13 11 12 16 17 14 13 11
! 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 2021 2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 96.0 95.9 -0.1
Offspeed Velocity 91.6 92.0 0.4
Breaking Velocity 86.3 85.8 -0.5
Exit Velocity 89.5 88.9 -0.6
Launch Angle 11.3 8.8 -2.5
Barrel % 10.9 7.1 -3.8
Hard Hit % 42.8 44.8 2.0
Sweet Spot % 29.0 32.5 3.5
xBA .220 .252 0.032
BA .227 .238 0.011
xwOBA .316 .321 0.005
wOBA .324 .294 -0.030
xSLG .400 .392 -0.008
SLG .429 .339 -0.090
K% 26.3 18.1 -8.2
BB% 13.4 12.2 -1.2
Swing % 46.9 48.3 1.4
Whiff% 35.0 25.2 -9.8
In Zone % 38.7 45.3 6.6
Out of Zone % 61.3 54.7 -6.6
Out of Zone Swing % 30.4 28.6 -1.8
First Pitch Swing % 28.8 30.6 1.8
First Pitch Strike % 49.3 54.3 5.0
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2021 Shifts 224 .323 160 23 14.4 64 49 76.6
2022 Shifts 219 .294 137 32 23.4 82 50 61.0
! 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 %
2021 219 22.6 0.9% 9.6% 194 31.7 0.0% 60.3%
2022 178 20.1 7.9% 3.9% 183 28.0 0.5% 34.4%
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Pitch Distribution