Jeff Samardzija
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 4" 233LBS | Age: 39
Draft: 2006 | Rd: 5, #149, Chicago Cubs | Notre Dame
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 1 5 6.25 10 10 0 44.2 30 1.63
2019 11 12 3.52 32 32 0 181.1 140 1.11
2020 0 2 9.72 4 4 0 16.2 6 1.50
13 Seasons 80 106 4.15 364 241 1 1,645.1 1,449 1.24
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 10 1-5 6.25 44.2 30 1.63
2019 32 11-12 3.52 181.1 140 1.11
2020 4 0-2 9.72 16.2 6 1.50
13 Seasons 364 80-106 4.15 1,645.1 1,449 1.24
MLB Percentile Rankings
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
2015 30 3339 686 35 5.1 3.8 88.1 112.3 14.5 34.7 .263 .413 .330 .323 .369 31.8 17.9 5.4 4.96 4.34
2016 31 3190 607 37 6.1 4.5 88.7 115.1 10.9 31.1 .249 .416 .303 .307 .361 35.1 20.1 6.5 3.81 3.96
2017 32 3273 604 38 6.3 4.5 87.4 118.4 12.4 36.1 .247 .425 .309 .301 .379 33.8 24.2 3.8 4.42 3.87
2018 33 805 149 14 9.4 6.8 87.3 108.9 20.0 37.6 .261 .482 .342 .361 .374 32.0 14.5 12.6 6.25 5.73
2019 34 3006 545 45 8.3 6.1 89.5 117.9 16.9 34.5 .253 .465 .289 .326 .376 37.7 18.9 6.6 3.52 4.73
2020 35 298 65 7 10.8 9.1 89.3 110.9 29.3 33.8 .280 .559 .409 .377 .382 33.8 7.8 5.2 9.72 6.36
Player 13911 2656 176 6.6 4.9 88.3 118.4 14.4 34.3 .254 .434 .313 .318 .371 34.3 19.7 5.9
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

Samardzija relies on 6 pitches.
Slider
(23.8%) ,
Cutter
(21.8%) ,
Four Seamer
(18.8%) ,
Split Finger
(18.1%) ,
Sinker
(15.8%) ,
Knuckle Curve
(1.7%) ,


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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
2015 40.8 22.6 28.6 8.0 37.9 35.7 26.4 3.1 29.2 25.7 27.8 4.2 5.1 3.8
2016 47.4 21.7 25.4 5.4 38.1 33.4 27.7 2.5 35.6 23.6 23.7 6.6 6.1 4.5
2017 43.0 24.0 26.2 6.8 33.8 40.7 25.5 4.6 31.3 27.3 23.7 6.0 6.3 4.5
2018 31.5 29.5 27.5 11.4 32.2 40.9 26.8 3.4 25.5 33.6 20.1 5.4 9.4 6.8
2019 37.4 29.5 25.3 7.7 39.3 38.7 22.0 2.0 28.8 29.7 23.3 6.8 8.3 6.1
2020 20.0 38.5 21.5 20.0 36.9 33.8 29.2 3.1 10.8 44.6 23.1 7.7 10.8 9.1
Player 41.1 24.9 26.4 7.6 36.9 37.2 25.7 3.1 30.4 27.3 24.5 5.8 6.6 4.9
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.9 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
2020 Split-Finger SF R 54 82.5 31.2 -4.1 -12 14.2 3.3 31
2020 Cutter SF R 65 87.5 22.7 5.3 19 2.9 -5.7 -201
2020 Sinker SF R 47 91.1 22.7 0.1 0 17.2 2.7 18
2020 Slider SF R 71 83.9 30.5 -7.6 -20 1.7 -6.9 -133
2020 4-Seam Fastball SF R 56 90.3 17.9 -1.2 -7 11.9 5.4 83
2020 Curveball SF R 5 81.2 41.3 -9.6 -19 7.8 -15.9 -196
2019 Split-Finger SF R 229 82.3 30.8 -5.2 -14 8.0 -1.4 -15
2019 Slider SF R 542 84.6 31.4 -5.3 -15 0.3 -4.8 -107
2019 Curveball SF R 74 76.3 58.7 -0.3 -1 6.3 -3.3 -34
2019 Sinker SF R 579 92.2 23.0 0.6 2 16.7 2.1 15
2019 4-Seam Fastball SF R 830 91.6 17.5 -0.8 -5 9.7 2.6 37
2019 Cutter SF R 746 88.8 23.6 3.0 11 2.8 -4.6 -254
2018 Sinker SF R 355 92.2 18.7 -3.6 -16 14.8 0.3 2
2018 Cutter SF R 31 89.9 20.7 5.1 20 2.1 -4.1 -203
2018 4-Seam Fastball SF R 124 91.6 17.5 -0.8 -5 8.8 1.8 25
2018 Curveball SF R 90 76.6 54.3 -4.4 -8 2.4 -6.8 -74
2018 Split-Finger SF R 51 82.4 31.7 -5.3 -14 13.2 2.8 27
2018 Slider SF R 150 86.2 27.8 -6.7 -19 2.6 -6.8 -163
2017 4-Seam Fastball SF R 609 94.3 14.9 -0.9 -7 8.5 0.2 3
2017 Sinker SF R 1,008 94.3 20.0 0.0 0 16.3 1.2 8
2017 Split-Finger SF R 271 86.7 27.1 -3.5 -11 11.0 -0.6 -5
2017 Curveball SF R 477 80.7 48.6 -2.2 -4 4.7 -2.7 -37
2017 Cutter SF R 284 91.6 19.6 2.7 12 2.3 -4.1 -231
2017 Slider SF R 613 87.8 26.6 -4.4 -14 0.9 -3.8 -128
2016 Changeup SF R 12 89.6 23.9 -4.0 -14 15.6 3.5 29
2016 4-Seam Fastball SF R 1,033 94.7 19.2 -3.9 -26 10.1 2.7 37
2016 Sinker SF R 604 95.0 24.1 3.7 18 16.2 2.2 16
2016 Slider SF R 539 86.8 32.3 -1.3 -4 1.5 -3.1 -68
2016 Split-Finger SF R 232 86.1 31.0 -1.2 -4 11.3 0.6 6
2016 Cutter SF R 475 92.8 20.5 1.4 6 1.5 -4.4 -154
2016 Curveball SF R 247 80.8 50.4 -1.3 -3 7.1 -2.2 -24
2015 Split-Finger CWS R 318 85.8 29.8 -3.8 -11 11.5 0.1 1
2015 Curveball CWS R 132 83.2 45.7 -1.7 -4 4.6 -5.1 -53
2015 4-Seam Fastball CWS R 1,324 94.5 17.9 -2.3 -15 10.8 3.5 47
2015 Cutter CWS R 312 92.1 19.4 2.9 13 2.2 -5.0 -182
2015 Slider CWS R 721 86.2 34.3 -0.4 -1 2.4 -2.3 -48
2015 Sinker CWS R 417 94.5 23.8 2.6 12 16.5 2.4 17
! 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 %
2020 Slider 2.5 2 71 23.8 17 .125 .125 .147 13.2 11.8 9.5 .224 .316 .262 14.3
2020 Cutter -8.9 -6 65 21.8 20 .350 1.000 .553 13.8 15.0 17.6 .252 .682 .378 41.2
2020 4-Seam Fastball -5.0 -3 56 18.8 13 .500 1.083 .665 21.4 0.0 0.0 .403 .860 .536 41.7
2020 Split-Finger -4.4 -2 54 18.1 11 .300 .600 .409 15.0 9.1 4.8 .320 .521 .388 33.3
2020 Sinker -6.2 -3 47 15.8 13 .300 .400 .396 0.0 0.0 0.0 .274 .378 .377 30.0
2020 Curveball 10.3 1 5 1.7 3 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .156 .551 .278 66.7
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1.4 11 830 27.6 171 .174 .403 .302 19.7 22.2 14.9 .226 .510 .349 42.9
2019 Cutter 1.8 14 746 24.8 205 .198 .333 .253 16.1 19.0 14.8 .242 .416 .293 35.7
2019 Sinker -0.2 -1 579 19.3 181 .277 .464 .351 11.7 13.8 13.4 .285 .478 .349 39.4
2019 Slider 1.3 7 542 18.0 133 .219 .398 .272 26.5 18.8 17.1 .250 .459 .305 33.3
2019 Split-Finger -3.0 -7 229 7.6 38 .306 .500 .400 41.7 34.2 16.0 .264 .488 .369 34.8
2019 Curveball -3.6 -3 74 2.5 6 .400 .800 .683 17.6 0.0 0.0 .384 .620 .469 40.0
2018 Sinker 0.4 1 355 44.1 93 .270 .432 .361 18.8 12.9 14.5 .301 .580 .421 38.5
2018 Slider -2.1 -3 150 18.6 38 .242 .394 .338 17.6 13.2 9.8 .182 .323 .282 25.0
2018 4-Seam Fastball -1.5 -2 124 15.4 34 .259 .556 .421 13.7 8.8 15.0 .234 .533 .378 24.0
2018 Curveball -3.5 -3 90 11.2 14 .538 .615 .512 20.0 21.4 20.0 .402 .561 .414 45.5
2018 Split-Finger 1.4 1 51 6.3 13 .154 .231 .165 38.5 30.8 25.0 .198 .349 .234 33.3
2018 Cutter 4.0 1 31 3.9 12 .167 .167 .150 39.1 25.0 20.0 .204 .242 .194 11.1
2017 Sinker 0.0 0 1,008 30.8 265 .296 .520 .370 14.1 20.0 17.9 .272 .496 .338 37.7
2017 Slider -0.1 -1 613 18.7 193 .246 .443 .323 27.9 26.9 23.5 .240 .428 .299 33.8
2017 4-Seam Fastball 0.9 5 609 18.6 141 .208 .308 .263 24.9 27.0 20.3 .207 .344 .264 30.1
2017 Curveball 0.0 0 477 14.6 90 .244 .372 .264 25.0 24.4 19.3 .248 .325 .252 31.3
2017 Cutter -1.9 -6 284 8.7 76 .264 .569 .366 22.5 30.3 16.5 .233 .459 .310 26.5
2017 Split-Finger 0.1 0 271 8.3 79 .228 .430 .278 27.5 20.3 21.3 .269 .414 .290 34.9
! 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
2020 Cutter 50 87.7 56 12.8 1:00 12:30 30
2020 4-Seam Fastball 49 90.4 83 19.3 1:15 1:15 0
2020 Splitter 47 82.6 86 16.8 1:30 2:00 -30
2020 Sinker 45 91.1 88 20.2 1:15 2:00 -45
2020 Slider 56 84.1 42 7.7 12:30 12:30 0
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 118 471 1 7 -3 -3 2
2009 159 603 -3 -5 -1 -3 -12
2010 99 370 -5 2 -4 -3 -10
2011 372 1,505 18 9 -11 -9 7
2012 720 2,756 8 12 -4 -11 6
2013 898 3,419 12 14 -15 -16 -4
2014 874 3,327 13 19 -5 -11 16
2015 910 3,336 -14 23 -11 -14 -17
2016 838 3,221 -7 34 -10 -9 7
2017 844 3,262 -4 24 -12 -8 -1
2018 204 801 -3 11 -9 -3 -5
2019 734 3,001 23 33 -19 -16 21
2020 77 298 2 -8 -4 -2 -12
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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 3,339 52.2 68.6 84.1 31.6 64.1 42.9 62.6 50.9 21.4 8.8 73.4
2016 3,190 50.2 68.0 84.5 29.1 64.6 44.6 63.7 48.6 20.5 7.5 76.1
2017 3,273 51.0 67.2 81.9 30.4 65.4 43.6 65.1 49.1 22.4 7.2 77.4
2018 805 45.6 68.9 83.7 24.3 67.0 41.4 55.1 44.7 20.6 7.1 78.9
2019 3,006 48.0 70.2 83.4 28.2 70.7 42.4 61.0 48.3 19.9 7.3 82.7
2020 298 52.0 67.7 91.4 20.3 69.0 40.3 58.4 45.0 13.4 8.7 80.8
Player 13,911 50.2 68.5 83.7 29.3 66.2 43.2 62.6 48.9 20.9 7.7 77.3
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
2015 27 23 30 41 41 4 47 50 60 33 82 40 70 74 97 25 57
2016 54 48 40 36 72 8 46 44 45 43 72 28 51 77 93 46 49
2017 64 48 36 32 86 4 42 43 45 65 98 37 76 70 95 36 41
2018 4 21 4 3 4 56 6 76 76 5 6 20 12 37 96 32 35
2019 35 39 22 13 57 3 25 25 40 21 74 11 40 29 97 47 53
2020 8 13 3 1 32 38 13 31 69 1 89 1 5 16 97 62
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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 22.0 24 29.9 -6 16 25 10 41.7
2017 21.8 30 27.7 2 17 23 9 30.0
2018 23.8 6 7.3 -1 6 5 3 50.0
2019 22.9 28 29.2 -1 20 15 17 60.7
2020 24.1 7 8.1 -1 4 5 4 57.1
Player 22.5 95 102.3 -7 63 73 43 45.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 24 33 22 35 30 26 31 31 21 25 28 40 30 28 29 34 21 26 31 34 31 23 38 37 33 29 30 43 31 30 18
2017 30 26 25 32 29 25 33 26 18 22 26 37 29 28 25 31 24 23 30 29 27 29 34 32 27 25 24 38 31 27 18
2018 6 11 6 10 7 5 8 8 6 4 6 10 8 6 5 7 6 6 9 10 7 7 11 8 7 5 8 9 9 6 5
2019 28 35 26 33 28 26 31 34 22 23 24 33 35 29 27 28 28 26 32 28 32 34 37 36 26 26 25 28 36 25 24
2020 7 9 9 9 8 8 11 7 7 6 7 12 7 7 8 7 8 8 8 10 8 8 10 7 7 7 8 11 8 7 7
Player 95 114 88 119 102 90 114 106 74 80 91 132 109 98 94 107 87 89 110 111 105 101 130 120 100 92 95 129 115 95 72
! 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.1 94.4 0.3 93.9 -0.5 91.9 -2.0 90.8 -1.1 89.4 -1.4
Offspeed Velocity 85.7 86.3 0.6 86.7 0.4 82.4 -4.3 82.3 -0.1 82.5 0.2
Breaking Velocity 85.7 84.9 -0.8 84.7 -0.2 82.6 -2.1 83.6 1.0 83.8 0.2
Exit Velocity 88.1 88.7 0.6 87.4 -1.3 87.3 -0.1 89.5 2.2 89.3 -0.2
Launch Angle 14.5 10.9 -3.6 12.4 1.5 20.0 7.6 16.9 -3.1 29.3 12.4
Barrel % 5.1 6.1 1.0 6.3 0.2 9.4 3.1 8.3 -1.1 10.8 2.5
Hard Hit % 31.8 35.1 3.3 33.8 -1.3 32.0 -1.8 37.7 5.7 33.8 -3.9
Sweet Spot % 34.7 31.1 -3.6 36.1 5.0 37.6 1.5 34.5 -3.1 33.8 -0.7
xBA .263 .249 -0.014 .247 -0.002 .261 0.014 .253 -0.008 .280 0.027
BA .273 .249 -0.024 .255 0.006 .270 0.015 .225 -0.045 .296 0.071
xwOBA .323 .307 -0.016 .301 -0.006 .361 0.060 .326 -0.035 .377 0.051
wOBA .330 .303 -0.027 .309 0.006 .342 0.033 .289 -0.053 .409 0.120
xSLG .413 .416 0.003 .425 0.009 .482 0.057 .465 -0.017 .559 0.094
SLG .446 .412 -0.034 .447 0.035 .425 -0.022 .411 -0.014 .634 0.223
K% 17.9 20.1 2.2 24.2 4.1 14.5 -9.7 18.9 4.4 7.8 -11.1
BB% 5.4 6.5 1.1 3.8 -2.7 12.6 8.8 6.6 -6.0 5.2 -1.4
Swing % 50.9 48.6 -2.3 49.1 0.5 44.7 -4.4 48.3 3.6 45.0 -3.3
Whiff% 21.4 20.5 -0.9 22.4 1.9 20.6 -1.8 19.9 -0.7 13.4 -6.5
In Zone % 52.2 50.2 -2.0 51.0 0.8 45.6 -5.4 48.0 2.4 52.0 4.0
Out of Zone % 47.8 49.8 2.0 49.0 -0.8 54.4 5.4 52.0 -2.4 48.0 -4.0
Out of Zone Swing % 31.6 29.1 -2.5 30.4 1.3 24.3 -6.1 28.2 3.9 20.3 -7.9
First Pitch Swing % 31.4 28.2 -3.2 29.8 1.6 27.5 -2.3 29.8 2.3 24.7 -5.1
First Pitch Strike % 62.6 63.7 1.1 65.1 1.4 55.1 -10.0 61.0 5.9 58.4 -2.6
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 812 .305 403 18 4.5 409 100 24.4
2017 Shifts 842 .305 392 7 1.8 450 68 15.1
2018 Shifts 206 .342 120 12 10.0 86 26 30.2
2019 Shifts 736 .289 362 75 20.7 374 210 56.1
2020 Shifts 77 .409 42 8 19.0 35 31 88.6
! 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 122 16.0 38.5% 3.3% 64 20.1 1.6% 4.7%
2011 394 18.6 4.8% 1.0% 270 22.0 0.0% 6.3%
2012 778 16.0 35.7% 0.6% 396 22.4 0.8% 8.6%
2013 1002 17.5 16.7% 1.2% 500 23.1 0.0% 9.2%
2014 1048 19.0 3.9% 1.0% 443 23.9 1.1% 7.9%
2015 990 19.0 14.3% 3.8% 453 24.2 4.2% 19.6%
2016 1011 20.0 10.3% 6.0% 451 26.4 2.7% 28.6%
2017 1050 17.6 15.8% 1.4% 468 23.7 0.4% 7.3%
2018 235 17.3 17.0% 1.3% 138 24.0 0.0% 7.2%
2019 966 19.0 6.2% 1.4% 424 23.9 0.0% 8.3%
2020 106 19.4 0.9% 0.9% 46 24.9 0.0% 4.3%
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Pitch Distribution