Jason Vargas
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 0" 215LBS | Age: 41
Draft: 2004 | Rd: 2, #68, Florida Marlins | California St U (CA)
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2017 18 11 4.16 32 32 0 179.2 134 1.33
2018 7 9 5.77 20 20 0 92 84 1.41
2019 7 9 4.51 30 29 0 149.2 124 1.36
14 Seasons 99 99 4.29 298 277 0 1,643 1,147 1.32
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2017 32 18-11 4.16 179.2 134 1.33
2018 20 7-9 5.77 92 84 1.41
2019 30 7-9 4.51 149.2 124 1.36
14 Seasons 298 99-99 4.29 1,643 1,147 1.32
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 32 687 143 6 4.2 3.3 87.4 113.1 13.2 33.6 .261 .437 .323 .329 .360 35.0 14.8 6.6 3.98 4.55
2016 33 209 33 2 6.1 4.3 87.6 109.4 17.2 33.3 .201 .322 .241 .251 .295 27.3 23.4 6.4 2.25 2.61
2017 34 2925 559 31 5.5 4.1 87.1 111.0 14.9 33.8 .256 .435 .326 .325 .362 32.7 17.7 7.7 4.16 4.57
2018 35 1553 285 23 8.1 5.7 86.9 116.9 14.2 34.4 .259 .440 .351 .332 .389 30.4 20.8 7.4 5.77 4.73
2019 36 2505 456 36 7.9 5.5 87.6 111.3 16.7 33.3 .243 .443 .318 .326 .361 33.8 19.1 9.7 4.51 4.73
Player 7879 1476 98 6.6 4.8 87.3 116.9 15.2 33.7 .252 .436 .326 .325 .365 32.7 18.6 8.1
MLB 7.0 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.3 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.5 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Vargas relies on 4 pitches.
Changeup
(35.1%) ,
Four Seamer
(27.6%) ,
Sinker
(22.2%) ,
Knuckle Curve
(15.2%) ,


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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 41.3 27.3 23.8 7.7 44.1 39.2 16.8 4.2 30.1 28.0 23.1 7.0 4.2 3.3
2016 36.4 30.3 24.2 9.1 42.4 42.4 15.2 0.0 30.3 36.4 21.2 6.1 6.1 4.3
2017 40.8 22.4 27.5 9.3 43.3 37.4 19.3 3.9 30.8 27.9 23.6 7.2 5.5 4.1
2018 42.1 27.7 24.9 5.3 41.4 37.5 18.6 4.6 27.0 28.1 23.5 3.9 8.1 5.7
2019 40.1 26.3 24.6 9.0 44.1 36.0 20.0 3.1 29.2 29.6 20.8 7.5 7.9 5.5
Player 40.8 25.3 25.7 8.3 43.2 37.3 19.0 3.7 29.5 28.7 22.6 6.6 6.6 4.8
MLB 44.5 23.7 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.7 24.8 24.4 5.8 7.0 4.8
! 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
2019 Curveball PHI L 380 70.6 65.7 1.1 2 12.8 -0.5 -4
2019 Changeup PHI L 879 78.7 35.6 -0.4 -1 17.6 3.2 22
2019 Sinker PHI L 555 84.2 28.6 0.2 1 16.1 0.9 6
2019 4-Seam Fastball PHI L 691 84.2 23.2 -0.1 0 11.4 1.9 20
2018 Sinker NYM L 659 86.3 24.3 -2.6 -10 14.8 0.2 1
2018 Curveball NYM L 249 73.5 62.2 -0.3 -1 10.7 -1.2 -10
2018 Changeup NYM L 453 80.6 31.7 -2.7 -8 16.8 3.2 24
2018 4-Seam Fastball NYM L 179 86.5 19.8 0.8 4 9.2 1.1 14
2017 4-Seam Fastball KC L 75 85.7 20.8 -0.1 0 2.1 -6.4 -75
2017 Sinker KC L 1,304 85.6 23.2 -2.2 -9 10.2 -2.5 -20
2017 Changeup KC L 947 79.5 31.8 -1.1 -3 12.4 -0.4 -3
2017 Curveball KC L 593 72.1 65.3 2.4 4 13.8 1.9 16
2016 4-Seam Fastball KC L 84 86.9 18.2 2.4 12 10.7 4.0 59
2016 Curveball KC L 30 71.8 62.8 -1.8 -3 8.1 -3.6 -31
2016 Cutter KC L 1 84.0 15.3 18.0 54 5.0 -8.9 -228
2016 Sinker KC L 23 86.7 22.5 -4.1 -16 14.7 1.4 10
2016 Changeup KC L 71 79.5 30.5 -3.8 -11 16.5 4.6 39
2015 Curveball KC L 98 75.2 56.6 -2.9 -5 4.4 -5.7 -56
2015 Changeup KC L 197 81.8 27.1 -5.5 -17 16.8 4.1 32
2015 Sinker KC L 93 88.4 20.0 -5.7 -22 16.5 2.3 16
2015 4-Seam Fastball KC L 284 88.2 16.5 2.4 12 9.6 2.6 37
2015 Cutter KC L 3 86.5 18.6 10.4 36 1.2 -4.1 -144
! 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 %
2019 Changeup 0.5 4 879 35.1 243 .220 .327 .294 36.3 23.9 20.3 .223 .372 .282 26.3
2019 4-Seam Fastball -0.5 -4 691 27.6 157 .256 .488 .386 14.9 19.7 20.0 .224 .446 .346 38.0
2019 Sinker -0.4 -2 555 22.2 152 .302 .543 .408 8.2 9.9 14.4 .306 .571 .399 40.3
2019 Curveball 0.3 1 380 15.2 95 .236 .404 .303 24.0 21.1 18.7 .226 .427 .300 34.3
2018 Sinker -2.0 -13 659 42.4 173 .322 .559 .418 14.9 14.5 15.6 .300 .533 .390 40.0
2018 Changeup -0.7 -3 453 29.2 131 .254 .451 .322 37.9 23.7 20.3 .249 .416 .308 19.6
2018 Curveball 0.9 2 249 16.0 62 .224 .276 .270 36.8 37.1 28.0 .218 .329 .265 31.4
2018 4-Seam Fastball 0.9 2 179 11.5 32 .160 .440 .318 16.4 15.6 13.9 .151 .249 .246 17.4
2017 Sinker -1.2 -15 1,304 44.6 302 .333 .607 .429 10.5 12.3 12.8 .300 .554 .390 43.8
2017 Changeup 1.9 18 947 32.4 296 .184 .283 .246 36.3 23.3 21.0 .206 .317 .260 19.7
2017 Curveball 1.1 7 593 20.3 138 .256 .364 .282 23.2 18.8 16.0 .262 .393 .304 30.2
2017 4-Seam Fastball -3.4 -3 75 2.6 16 .533 1.067 .675 14.3 12.5 13.3 .330 .836 .492 53.8
! 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
2009 379 1,458 -9 17 -10 -7 -9
2010 804 2,998 8 27 -16 -7 13
2011 853 3,234 7 12 -17 -7 -6
2012 864 3,266 12 20 -14 -8 10
2013 642 2,376 1 20 -13 -8 -1
2014 847 3,226 14 10 -11 -10 3
2015 183 687 3 0 -5 -2 -4
2016 47 209 2 2 -1 0 2
2017 752 2,919 7 34 -23 -11 6
2018 398 1,540 -7 8 -7 -7 -13
2019 647 2,505 12 24 -24 -13 -1
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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 687 44.0 60.3 88.5 29.1 67.0 46.4 65.0 42.8 19.7 4.4 86.7
2016 209 45.9 59.4 80.7 30.1 67.6 48.3 63.8 43.5 24.2 5.7 50.0
2017 2,925 50.0 60.5 80.6 26.2 65.7 45.5 65.9 43.4 23.5 7.0 70.2
2018 1,553 47.0 60.1 80.5 29.9 59.0 45.5 63.6 44.2 26.3 5.5 64.7
2019 2,505 42.2 65.0 80.7 27.9 65.0 41.0 58.2 43.6 24.0 5.1 66.9
Player 7,879 46.3 61.7 81.2 27.8 64.3 44.2 62.9 43.5 23.9 5.8 68.8
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 61.0 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 5 72 40 37
2016 2 51 48
2017 36 36 31 31 48 11 58 52 55 22 61 45 34 1 46 51 55
2018 23 23 19 20 35 32 20 85 86 42 63 60 72 1 53 54 40
2019 35 50 32 22 41 10 31 75 72 22 25 40 36 1 43 38 36
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR

Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 88.2 86.8 -1.4 85.6 -1.2 86.4 0.8 84.2 -2.2
Offspeed Velocity 81.8 79.5 -2.3 79.5 0.0 80.6 1.1 78.7 -1.9
Breaking Velocity 75.2 71.8 -3.4 72.1 0.3 73.5 1.4 70.6 -2.9
Exit Velocity 87.4 87.6 0.2 87.1 -0.5 86.9 -0.2 87.6 0.7
Launch Angle 13.2 17.2 4.0 14.9 -2.3 14.2 -0.7 16.7 2.5
Barrel % 4.2 6.1 1.9 5.5 -0.6 8.1 2.6 7.9 -0.2
Hard Hit % 35.0 27.3 -7.7 32.7 5.4 30.4 -2.3 33.8 3.4
LA Sweet-Spot % 33.6 33.3 -0.3 33.8 0.5 34.4 0.6 33.3 -1.1
xBA .261 .201 -0.060 .256 0.055 .259 0.003 .243 -0.016
BA .271 .182 -0.089 .264 0.082 .276 0.012 .249 -0.027
xwOBA .329 .251 -0.078 .325 0.074 .332 0.007 .326 -0.006
wOBA .323 .241 -0.082 .326 0.085 .351 0.025 .318 -0.033
xSLG .437 .322 -0.115 .435 0.113 .440 0.005 .443 0.003
SLG .418 .318 -0.100 .442 0.124 .481 0.039 .424 -0.057
K% 14.8 23.4 8.6 17.7 -5.7 20.8 3.1 19.1 -1.7
BB% 6.6 6.4 -0.2 7.7 1.3 7.4 -0.3 9.7 2.3
Swing % 42.8 43.5 0.7 43.4 -0.1 44.2 0.8 43.6 -0.6
Whiff% 19.7 24.2 4.5 23.5 -0.7 26.3 2.8 24.0 -2.3
In Zone % 44.0 45.9 1.9 50.0 4.1 47.0 -3.0 42.2 -4.8
Out of Zone % 56.0 54.1 -1.9 50.0 -4.1 53.0 3.0 57.8 4.8
Out of Zone Swing % 29.1 30.1 1.0 26.2 -3.9 29.9 3.7 27.9 -2.0
First Pitch Swing % 24.6 12.8 -11.8 24.1 11.3 27.7 3.6 27.5 -0.2
First Pitch Strike % 65.0 63.8 -1.2 65.9 2.1 63.6 -2.3 58.2 -5.4
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 47 .241 41 4 9.8 6 0 0.0
2017 Shifts 753 .325 605 51 8.4 148 34 23.0
2018 Shifts 381 .351 289 24 8.3 92 27 29.3
2019 Shifts 647 .318 506 50 9.9 141 57 40.4
! 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 %
2010 926 13.6 67.6% 0.4% 503 20.0 3.6% 5.4%
2011 970 14.4 58.9% 0.4% 570 21.3 2.8% 4.9%
2012 1065 14.7 56.1% 0.5% 516 21.2 0.8% 6.4%
2013 726 16.0 34.3% 1.0% 406 22.9 0.7% 8.4%
2014 925 15.9 36.5% 0.9% 518 22.2 0.0% 5.0%
2015 225 17.2 26.7% 1.8% 125 23.7 4.0% 16.0%
2016 85 15.2 48.2% 3.5% 22 22.8 4.5% 4.5%
2017 945 15.2 45.7% 0.8% 493 19.8 0.8% 3.4%
2018 480 15.8 35.2% 1.3% 237 21.8 0.4% 8.0%
2019 765 16.3 26.0% 0.8% 443 23.9 0.0% 13.1%
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Pitch Distribution