James Shields
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 210LBS | Age: 40

Draft: 2000 | Rd: 16, #466, Tampa Bay Devil Rays | Hart HS (Newhall, CA)
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 7 16 4.53 34 33 0 204.2 154 1.31
13 Seasons 145 139 4.01 407 405 0 2616.0 2234 1.27
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 34 7-16 4.53 204.2 154 1.31
13 Seasons 407 145-139 4.01 2616.0 2234 1.27

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 33 3336 554 31 5.6 3.6 89.1 113.6 10.9 31.2 .232 .381 .335 .308 .371 37.7 25.1 9.4 3.91 3.91
2016 34 3133 595 50 8.4 6.1 88.7 115.8 12.9 34.6 .277 .481 .377 .359 .392 33.3 16.4 10.0 5.85 5.63
2017 35 2016 357 31 8.7 6 87.7 112.9 15.0 35.6 .265 .487 .348 .354 .407 37.6 20.0 10.3 5.23 5.55
2018 36 3306 630 52 8.3 6 88.6 113.4 16.6 35.9 .262 .466 .326 .350 .388 35.6 17.7 9.0 4.53 5.33
Player 11791 2136 164 7.7 5.3 88.6 115.8 13.8 34.3 .258 .449 .346 .342 .388 35.8 19.8 9.6
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 169.8 12.0 32.9 .246 .409 .317 .316 .370 35.6 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Shields relies on 6 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(25.6%) ,
Cutter
(23.2%) ,
Curveball
(19.1%) ,
Changeup
(17.6%) ,
Sinker
(11.1%) ,
Eephus
(3.5%) ,


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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 46.6 21.5 26.7 5.2 41.0 35.9 23.1 3.1 34.8 24.0 26.5 4.0 5.6 3.6
2016 41.7 25.2 27.2 5.9 39.2 36.1 24.0 2.9 31.8 26.2 23.7 5.9 8.4 6.1
2017 39.8 30.8 23.2 6.2 39.2 40.1 20.7 4.5 25.8 26.9 26.6 6.4 8.7 6.0
2018 36.8 27.8 26.5 8.9 44.8 34.3 21.0 2.5 26.7 30.6 24.0 6.8 8.3 6.0
Player 41.2 25.9 26.2 6.6 41.3 36.2 22.3 3.1 30.1 27.1 25.0 5.8 7.7 5.3
MLB 45.0 22.8 25.1 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.4 3.8 33.2 24.4 24.5 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
2018 Cutter CWS R 765 86.4 29.3 -0.7 -2 4.5 1.8 69
2018 Sinker CWS R 366 89.0 29.8 3.2 12 13.9 -0.7 -5
2018 Curveball CWS R 629 78.2 49.5 -4.9 -9 6.3 -3.2 -34
2018 4-Seamer CWS R 845 89.5 20.4 -1.9 -10 8.0 1.3 19
2018 Changeup CWS R 581 83.4 32.4 0.5 1 14.5 0.9 7
2017 Cutter CWS R 509 85.9 30.0 -1.1 -4 2.8 0.8 40
2017 Curveball CWS R 402 78.1 49.2 -2.7 -5 5.0 -4.2 -45
2017 4-Seamer CWS R 529 90.2 17.5 -0.8 -5 8.4 0.7 9
2017 Changeup CWS R 219 82.6 32.8 0.9 3 16.0 2.5 19
2017 Sinker CWS R 259 89.8 23.5 -0.4 -1 12.8 -2.1 -14
2016 Cutter CWS R 599 86.8 27.9 -1.0 -4 3.6 1.9 117
2016 Changeup CWS R 662 84.3 27.4 -1.1 -4 14.4 1.1 8
2016 Curveball CWS R 511 77.6 52.0 -1.8 -3 6.8 -1.4 -17
2016 Sinker CWS R 559 90.9 17.7 -2.6 -13 13.6 -0.9 -6
2016 4-Seamer CWS R 774 91.1 14.9 0.4 3 8.0 -0.2 -3
! 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 %
2018 4-Seamer 0.0 0 845 25.6 202 .284 .556 .414 11.8 5.4 9.5 .326 .688 .473 44.2
2018 Cutter 1.1 8 765 23.1 200 .288 .469 .360 20.8 14.0 17.3 .295 .516 .388 41.7
2018 Curveball 0.7 5 629 19.0 165 .247 .475 .312 33.7 29.7 22.3 .225 .394 .274 32.5
2018 Changeup -0.1 0 581 17.6 168 .221 .322 .294 28.8 17.9 16.5 .236 .333 .302 23.3
2018 Sinker 0.3 1 366 11.1 90 .185 .333 .263 21.3 14.4 18.6 .268 .469 .346 34.8
2017 4-Seamer 0.8 4 529 26.2 121 .289 .588 .434 13.5 12.4 15.3 .279 .544 .414 54.9
2017 Cutter 0.6 3 509 25.2 128 .277 .536 .399 22.4 12.5 14.7 .306 .538 .395 32.0
2017 Curveball -1.1 -5 402 19.9 110 .187 .299 .222 39.9 36.4 23.3 .185 .294 .217 28.4
2017 Sinker 1.3 3 259 12.8 64 .310 .621 .435 8.5 4.7 8.1 .386 .716 .483 43.6
2017 Changeup 2.8 6 219 10.9 58 .296 .648 .416 31.9 20.7 19.4 .266 .557 .366 31.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 944 3,388 -15 -15 8 11 -11
2009 923 3,295 1 -23 13 10 1
2010 915 3,403 9 -10 16 10 25
2011 999 3,675 -19 -28 10 9 -27
2012 941 3,606 4 -36 13 13 -6
2013 946 3,655 -24 -28 18 16 -17
2014 1055 4,078 -13 -27 22 14 -4
2015 855 3,315 -1 -23 7 16 -1
2016 818 3,119 10 -20 23 14 27
2017 510 2,013 -7 -9 16 11 11
2018 871 3,302 -13 -15 23 20 14
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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 3,336 41.2 66.1 81.4 31.6 53.8 40.8 60.6 45.8 28.5 5.1 72.5
2016 3,133 42.0 67.1 86.5 27.3 58.1 40.4 54.8 44.0 22.2 6.2 72.8
2017 2,016 47.1 67.5 81.4 23.7 59.5 39.4 57.9 44.4 24.6 7.0 76.4
2018 3,306 45.8 67.5 83.0 26.7 58.2 40.4 56.8 45.4 24.3 7.9 77.9
Player 11,791 43.7 67.0 83.2 27.8 56.9 40.4 57.5 45.0 25.0 6.5 75.1
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 48 63 53 41 42 8 33 20 10 79 15 86 48 18 65 73
2016 7 10 8 10 6 1 8 44 60 17 20 42 7 13 61 64
2017 12 25 9 6 18 11 6 36 12 37 20 53 12 7 73 56
2018 9 20 9 7 20 1 19 41 47 19 37 47 9 5 62 51
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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 22.2 40 40.9 -1 14 28 18 45.0
2017 22.0 27 21.1 6 11 16 10 37.0
2018 22.5 34 32.9 1 21 21 15 44.1

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 40 38 47 38 40 40 37 42 43 37 49 41 35 37 39 43 41 43 36 44 54 30 40 43 39 43 45 39 35 37 53
2017 27 23 23 22 18 26 18 18 23 19 25 24 15 15 18 25 19 28 13 19 29 19 15 24 25 19 25 17 17 22 29
2018 34 39 39 26 30 35 31 43 32 26 35 31 27 29 30 32 32 42 27 32 36 29 29 37 36 34 42 27 35 25 40
! 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 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90 89.7 -0.3 88.4 -1.3 -0.2
Offspeed Velocity 84.9 84.3 -0.6 82.6 -1.7 0.8
Breaking Velocity 78.7 77.6 -1.1 76.4 -1.2 0.3
Exit Velocity 89.1 88.7 -0.4 87.7 -1 0.9
Launch Angle 10.9 12.9 2 15 2.1 1.6
Barrel % 5.6 8.4 2.8 8.7 0.3 -0.4
Hard Hit % 37.7 33.3 -4.4 37.6 4.3 -2
Sweet Spot % 31.2 34.6 3.4 35.6 1 0.3
xBA .232 .277 0.045 .265 -0.012 -0.003
BA .248 .288 0.04 .253 -0.035 -0.008
xwOBA .308 .359 0.051 .354 -0.005 -0.004
wOBA .335 .377 0.042 .348 -0.029 -0.022
xSLG .381 .481 0.1 .487 0.006 -0.021
SLG .45 .527 0.077 .49 -0.037 -0.055
K% 25.1 16.4 -8.7 20 3.6 -2.3
BB% 9.4 10 0.6 10.3 0.3 -1.3
Swing % 45.8 44 -1.8 44.4 0.4 1
Whiff% 28.5 22.2 -6.3 24.6 2.4 -0.3
In Zone % 41.2 42 0.8 47.1 5.1 -1.3
Out of Zone % 58.8 58 -0.8 52.9 -5.1 1.3
Out of Zone Swing % 31.6 27.3 -4.3 23.7 -3.6 3
First Pitch Swing % 30.9 27 -3.9 25.6 -1.4 1.7
First Pitch Strike % 60.6 54.8 -5.8 57.9 3.1 -1.1
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 807 .378 412 21 5.1 395 111 28.1
2017 511 .349 258 41 15.9 253 94 37.2
2018 871 .326 424 263 62.0 447 335 74.9

Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2010 944 15.0 44.7% 4.0% 570 22.0 1.9% 13.2%
2011 1125 15.2 48.4% 1.0% 443 22.7 1.1% 12.4%
2012 1085 15.3 45.8% 1.8% 533 23.0 0.9% 13.7%
2013 1066 16.2 34.0% 2.5% 625 22.9 2.1% 14.4%
2014 1098 16.7 29.6% 1.5% 601 23.0 1.3% 14.3%
2015 998 18.6 20.7% 6.9% 521 25.3 4.4% 28.0%
2016 920 18.0 26.1% 5.7% 546 25.1 5.9% 24.9%
2017 653 18.2 15.0% 3.2% 326 26.0 0.0% 19.6%
2018 1035 17.7 18.6% 2.4% 509 26.1 0.2% 23.6%

Pitch Distribution