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James Shields
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 210LBS | Age: 39

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 % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 34 3336 554 31 5.6 89.1 113.6 10.9 31.2 .230 .377 .335 .305 .366 38 25.1 9.4 3.91 4.02
2016 35 3133 595 50 8.4 88.7 115.8 12.8 34.6 .275 .476 .377 .357 .389 33.3 16.4 10 5.85 5.76
2017 36 2016 357 32 9 87.7 112.9 15 35.9 .265 .492 .348 .356 .408 37 20 10.3 5.23 5.75
2018 37 3306 630 53 8.4 88.6 113.4 16.6 36 .261 .465 .326 .349 .387 35.4 17.7 9 4.53 5.37
11791 2136 166 7.8 88.6 115.8 13.8 34.4 .257 .448 .346 .340 .386 35.8 19.8 9.6
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .242 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

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

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%
2018 4-Seam Fastball 845 502 343 25.6 89.5 202 162 46 25 9 1 11 11 154 .284 .326 .556 .687 .412 .472 92.3 24 2271 6.8 11.8 9.5
2018 Cutter 765 514 251 23.2 86.4 200 177 51 35 8 0 8 28 151 .288 .294 .469 .520 .358 .388 89.3 15 2342 6.6 20.8 17.3
2018 Curveball 629 337 292 19.1 78.2 165 162 40 21 10 0 9 49 114 .247 .222 .475 .389 .309 .266 88.4 17 2478 6.4 33.7 22.3
2018 Changeup 581 94 487 17.6 83.4 168 149 33 21 10 1 1 30 120 .221 .236 .322 .333 .280 .301 84.8 12 1665 6.7 28.8 16.5
2018 Sinker 366 117 249 11.1 89.0 90 81 15 9 3 0 3 13 69 .185 .265 .333 .463 .259 .342 87.7 10 2178 6.7 21.3 18.6
2018 Eephus 114 58 56 3.5 68.5 46 44 5 2 1 0 2 23 22 .114 .107 .273 .153 .169 .123 82.4 23 2478 6.4 36.6 23.5
2017 4-Seam Fastball 529 299 230 26.3 90.2 121 97 28 14 6 1 7 15 82 .289 .286 .588 .572 .428 .424 92.9 20 2295 6.8 13.5 15.3
2017 Cutter 509 314 195 25.3 85.9 128 112 31 17 6 1 7 16 97 .277 .306 .536 .538 .379 .394 87.4 10 2393 6.5 22.4 14.7
2017 Curveball 402 213 189 20.0 78.1 110 107 20 12 6 0 2 40 67 .187 .186 .299 .302 .218 .220 83.7 17 2507 6.5 39.9 23.3
2017 Sinker 259 116 143 12.9 89.8 64 58 18 11 1 1 5 3 55 .310 .386 .621 .716 .414 .483 91.7 11 2242 6.9 8.5 8.1
2017 Changeup 219 49 170 10.9 82.6 58 54 16 9 1 0 6 12 42 .296 .266 .648 .557 .410 .365 81.8 15 1675 6.8 31.9 19.4
2017 Eephus 93 43 50 4.6 69.1 29 28 2 0 2 0 0 17 11 .071 .110 .143 .215 .110 .156 79.1 23 2464 6.4 31.0 19.1
! 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 46.6 21.5 26.7 5.2 41 35.9 23.1 3.1 34.8 24 26.5 4 5.6
2016 41.7 25.2 27.2 5.9 39.2 36.1 24.2 2.9 31.9 26.2 23.7 5.9 8.4
2017 39.8 30.8 23.2 6.2 39.2 40.1 20.7 4.5 25.8 26.9 26.6 6.2 9
2018 36.8 27.8 26.5 8.9 44.8 34.3 21 2.5 26.7 30.6 24 6.7 8.4
41.2 25.9 26.2 6.6 41.3 36.2 22.4 3.1 30.1 27.1 25 5.7 7.8
45.1 22.5 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
2018 Changeup CWS R 581 83.4 32.4 0.5 1 14.5 0.9 7
2018 Cutter CWS R 765 86.4 29.3 -0.7 -2 4.5 1.8 69
2018 Sinker CWS R 366 89 29.8 3.1 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 -2 -11 8 1.3 19
2017 4-Seamer CWS R 529 90.2 17.5 -0.9 -5 8.4 0.8 10
2017 Changeup CWS R 219 82.6 32.8 0.9 3 16 2.5 19
2017 Sinker CWS R 259 89.8 23.5 -0.4 -2 12.8 -2.2 -15
2017 Cutter CWS R 509 85.9 30 -1.1 -4 2.8 0.8 40
2017 Curveball CWS R 402 78.1 49.2 -2.7 -5 5 -4.2 -46
2016 Changeup CWS R 661 84.3 27.4 -1.1 -4 14.4 1.1 8
2016 Curveball CWS R 511 77.6 52 -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 Cutter CWS R 600 86.8 27.9 -1 -4 3.6 1.9 116
2016 4-Seamer CWS R 774 91.1 14.9 0.4 3 8 -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 Sinker 0.3 1 366 11.1 90 .185 .333 .271 21.3 14.4 18.6 .265 .463 .342 34.8
2018 Curveball 0.8 5 629 19 165 .247 .475 .32 33.7 29.7 22.3 .222 .389 .271 32.5
2018 Changeup -0.3 -2 581 17.6 168 .221 .322 .289 28.8 17.9 16.5 .236 .333 .302 23.3
2018 Cutter 1.1 9 765 23.1 200 .288 .469 .361 20.8 14 17.3 .294 .52 .389 41.1
2018 4-Seamer 0 0 845 25.6 202 .284 .556 .414 11.8 5.4 9.5 .326 .687 .473 44.2
2018 N/A 4 0.1 0
2017 Changeup 2.9 6 219 10.9 58 .296 .648 .416 31.9 20.7 19.4 .266 .557 .366 31
2017 Sinker 0.8 2 259 12.8 64 .31 .621 .421 8.5 4.7 8.1 .386 .716 .483 43.6
2017 Curveball -1.1 -4 402 19.9 110 .187 .299 .222 39.9 36.4 23.3 .186 .302 .22 26.9
2017 4-Seamer 0.8 4 529 26.2 121 .289 .588 .434 13.5 12.4 15.3 .286 .572 .425 53.7
2017 Cutter 0.6 3 509 25.2 128 .277 .536 .399 22.4 12.5 14.7 .306 .538 .395 32
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 944 3388 -14 -15 8 11 -10
2009 923 3294 1 -22 12 10 1
2010 915 3403 9 -9 17 10 26
2011 999 3675 -18 -27 11 9 -25
2012 941 3606 4 -35 11 13 -7
2013 946 3655 -23 -27 19 16 -15
2014 1055 4078 -12 -30 22 14 -5
2015 845 3249 0 -21 8 15 2
2016 816 3108 10 -20 24 14 27
2017 510 2013 -8 -8 16 11 10
2018 871 3302 -14 -14 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 3336 41.3 66.6 81.5 31.8 54.1 40.9 60.6 45.8 28.5 5.1 73.2
2016 3133 41.9 67.1 86.9 27.3 58.2 40.4 54.8 44 22.2 6.2 72.8
2017 2016 47.1 67.5 81.4 23.7 59.5 39.4 57.9 44.4 24.6 7 76.4
2018 3306 45.8 67.5 83 26.7 58.2 40.4 56.8 45.4 24.3 7.9 77.9
11791 43.7 67.2 83.3 27.9 57 40.3 57.5 45 25 6.5 75.3
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 42 60 49 40 36 8 33 20 13 79 15 86 42 18 64 76
2016 5 8 7 8 4 0 8 44 64 17 20 42 5 12 61 68
2017 9 24 7 4 17 11 4 36 15 37 20 53 9 6 72 58
2018 10 18 8 6 18 0 17 42 47 19 37 47 10 5 61 54
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90 89.7 -0.3 88.4 -1.3 -0.2 undefined undefined
Offspeed Velocity 84.9 84.3 -0.6 82.6 -1.7 0.8 undefined undefined
Breaking Velocity 78.7 77.6 -1.1 76.4 -1.2 0.3 undefined undefined
Exit Velocity 89.1 88.7 -0.4 87.7 -1 0.9 undefined undefined
Launch Angle 10.9 12.8 1.9 15 2.2 1.6 undefined undefined
Barrel % 5.6 8.4 2.8 9 0.6 -0.6 undefined undefined
Hard Hit % 38 33.3 -4.7 37 3.7 -1.6 undefined undefined
Sweet Spot % 31.2 34.6 3.4 35.9 1.3 0.1 undefined undefined
xBA .23 .275 0.045 .265 -0.01 -0.004 undefined undefined
BA .248 .288 0.04 .253 -0.035 -0.008 undefined undefined
xwOBA .305 .357 0.052 .356 -0.001 -0.007 undefined undefined
wOBA .335 .377 0.042 .348 -0.029 -0.022 undefined undefined
xSLG .377 .476 0.099 .492 0.016 -0.027 undefined undefined
SLG .45 .527 0.077 .49 -0.037 -0.055 undefined undefined
K% 25.1 16.4 -8.7 20 3.6 -2.3 undefined undefined
BB% 9.4 10 0.6 10.3 0.3 -1.3 undefined undefined
Swing % 45.8 44 -1.8 44.4 0.4 1 undefined undefined
Whiff% 28.5 22.2 -6.3 24.6 2.4 -0.3 undefined undefined
In Zone % 41.3 41.9 0.6 47.1 5.2 -1.3 undefined undefined
Out of Zone % 58.7 58.1 -0.6 52.9 -5.2 1.3 undefined undefined
Out of Zone Swing % 31.8 27.3 -4.5 23.7 -3.6 3 undefined undefined
First Pitch Swing % 30.9 27 -3.9 25.6 -1.4 1.7 undefined undefined
First Pitch Strike % 60.6 54.8 -5.8 57.9 3.1 -1.1 undefined undefined
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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 Distribution