J.P. Howell
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 0" 180LBS | Age: 41
Draft: 2004 | Rd: C-1, #31, Kansas City Royals | Texas
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2015 6 1 1.43 65 0 1 44 39 1.39
2016 1 1 4.09 64 0 0 50.2 44 1.40
2017 1 1 7.36 16 0 0 11 6 1.82
12 Seasons 36 30 3.83 547 33 22 619.2 566 1.34
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2015 65 6-1 1.43 44 39 1.39
2016 64 1-1 4.09 50.2 44 1.40
2017 16 1-1 7.36 11 6 1.82
12 Seasons 547 36-30 3.83 619.2 566 1.34
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
2015 32 756 135 5 3.7 2.6 86.9 112.5 3.5 23.0 .222 .320 .299 .276 .312 22.2 20.5 7.4 1.43 3.10
2016 33 883 158 6 3.8 2.7 86.7 110.2 4.1 32.3 .257 .366 .315 .300 .345 27.2 20.0 6.8 4.09 3.77
2017 34 193 39 3 7.7 5.8 86.5 107.2 4.2 35.9 .284 .487 .396 .373 .373 28.2 11.5 13.5 7.36 6.28
Player 1832 332 14 4.2 3.0 86.8 112.5 3.9 28.9 .246 .361 .318 .299 .336 25.3 19.3 7.8
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

Howell relies on 4 pitches.
Sinker
(62.8%) ,
Knuckle Curve
(28.3%) ,
Changeup
(7.9%) ,
Four Seamer
(1.0%) ,


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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 60.0 12.6 23.7 3.7 37.0 40.0 23.0 2.2 45.2 15.6 23.0 2.2 3.7 2.6
2016 60.1 12.0 25.9 1.9 33.5 38.6 27.8 3.2 47.5 12.0 26.6 3.8 3.8 2.7
2017 59.0 12.8 25.6 2.6 38.5 38.5 23.1 5.1 46.2 12.8 23.1 5.1 7.7 5.8
Player 59.9 12.3 25.0 2.7 35.5 39.2 25.3 3.0 46.4 13.6 24.7 3.3 4.2 3.0
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
2017 Changeup TOR L 15 79.9 39.3 6.3 19 12.1 -1.2 -9
2017 Sinker TOR L 120 85.0 37.0 10.6 40 15.0 0.9 6
2017 4-Seam Fastball TOR L 2 83.6 28.0 -4.2 -18 10.8 0.9 9
2017 Curveball TOR L 54 78.8 52.4 -4.4 -8 12.0 4.7 65
2016 Curveball LAD L 410 78.9 50.1 -5.3 -10 9.1 1.0 12
2016 Sinker LAD L 433 85.9 34.2 6.1 22 17.3 3.3 24
2016 Changeup LAD L 28 82.3 36.2 3.8 12 15.0 2.6 21
2015 Curveball LAD L 243 80.9 48.5 -3.9 -7 7.1 -1.8 -21
2015 Sinker LAD L 409 87.6 33.2 7.9 31 16.6 2.8 21
2015 Changeup LAD L 50 81.3 35.4 2.5 8 13.2 0.6 5
2015 4-Seam Fastball LAD L 1 88.2 23.8 -5.7 -31 13.0 6.1 88
! 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 %
2017 Sinker -0.5 -1 120 62.2 36 .241 .379 .375 14.0 8.3 27.3 .207 .279 .303 23.1
2017 Curveball -9.3 -5 54 28.0 15 .333 .867 .493 29.2 20.0 15.0 .394 .845 .509 33.3
2017 Changeup -2.7 0 15 7.8 -- -- -- 100.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2017 4-Seam Fastball -19.5 0 2 1.0 1 1.000 1.000 .900 0.0 0.0 -- .880 1.143 .909 100.0
! 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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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 415 1,681 22 17 -9 -7 22
2009 275 1,094 3 16 -6 -4 10
2011 133 518 -1 -1 -4 -3 -8
2012 201 816 -1 8 -4 -4 -2
2013 269 1,051 17 18 -10 -5 21
2014 203 812 6 13 -7 -3 9
2015 193 764 2 7 -4 -2 4
2016 218 877 -2 12 -4 -4 1
2017 52 191 -7 4 -2 -1 -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 %
2015 756 41.5 64.0 87.1 26.9 51.3 39.2 58.9 42.3 25.0 6.1 63.0
2016 883 46.2 57.4 87.2 25.7 52.5 38.6 59.1 40.3 23.3 6.2 63.6
2017 193 37.7 56.9 90.2 23.5 64.3 41.4 40.4 35.8 20.3 3.1 66.7
Player 1,832 43.4 59.9 87.4 26.0 53.2 39.1 56.9 40.7 23.8 5.8 63.6
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
2015 3 12 45 5
2016 64 36 71 88 43 91 88 88 93 43 67 51 14 1 5 38 3
2017 1 1 37 5
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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 21.0 4 3.2 1 2 4 1 25.0
2017 25.3 2 1.4 1 1 1 1 50.0
Player 22.1 6 4.7 1 3 5 2 33.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 4 5 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 4 4 3 2 5 1 1 2 5 4 3 5 6 4 4 2 6 4 4 2
2017 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1
Player 6 6 6 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 4 6 6 4 3 7 2 2 3 6 6 5 7 8 6 5 3 8 6 6 3
! 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 87.6 85.9 -1.7 85.0 -0.9
Offspeed Velocity 81.2 82.3 1.1 79.9 -2.4
Breaking Velocity 80.9 78.9 -2.0 78.8 -0.1
Exit Velocity 86.9 86.7 -0.2 86.5 -0.2
Launch Angle 3.5 4.1 0.6 4.2 0.1
Barrel % 3.7 3.8 0.1 7.7 3.9
Hard Hit % 22.2 27.2 5.0 28.2 1.0
LA Sweet-Spot % 23.0 32.3 9.3 35.9 3.6
xBA .222 .257 0.035 .284 0.027
BA .272 .281 0.009 .289 0.008
xwOBA .276 .300 0.024 .373 0.073
wOBA .299 .315 0.016 .396 0.081
xSLG .320 .366 0.046 .487 0.121
SLG .341 .392 0.051 .556 0.164
K% 20.5 20.0 -0.5 11.5 -8.5
BB% 7.4 6.8 -0.6 13.5 6.7
Swing % 42.3 40.3 -2.0 35.8 -4.5
Whiff% 25.0 23.3 -1.7 20.3 -3.0
In Zone % 41.5 46.2 4.7 37.7 -8.5
Out of Zone % 58.5 53.8 -4.7 62.3 8.5
Out of Zone Swing % 26.9 25.7 -1.2 23.5 -2.2
First Pitch Swing % 28.4 20.0 -8.4 13.5 -6.5
First Pitch Strike % 58.9 59.1 0.2 40.4 -18.7
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 214 .312 113 17 15.0 101 28 27.7
2017 Shifts 52 .396 27 4 14.8 25 3 12.0
! 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 %
2011 136 19.0 7.4% 2.2% 107 25.6 0.0% 19.6%
2012 298 19.0 4.7% 3.0% 139 24.8 0.7% 18.7%
2013 267 21.2 3.7% 6.7% 168 25.8 0.6% 23.8%
2014 221 21.3 2.3% 13.6% 136 26.3 1.5% 30.1%
2015 231 20.4 12.1% 6.5% 125 25.6 4.8% 31.2%
2016 293 19.8 17.4% 6.5% 153 25.6 3.9% 22.2%
2017 52 19.9 3.8% 0.0% 47 24.2 2.1% 17.0%
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Pitch Distribution