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Jeff Samardzija
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 233LBS | Age: 36

Draft: 2006 | Rd: 5, #149, Chicago Cubs | Notre Dame
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 2 9.72 4 4 0 16.2 6 1.50
13 Seasons 80 106 4.15 364 241 1 1645.1 1449 1.24
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 4 0-2 9.72 16.2 6 1.50
13 Seasons 364 80-106 4.15 1645.1 1449 1.24

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 3339 686 35 5.1 88.1 112.3 14.5 34.7 .254 .398 .330 .312 .352 33.1 17.9 5.4 4.96 4.19
2016 3190 607 37 6.1 88.7 115.1 10.9 31.1 .246 .413 .303 .305 .357 35.3 20.1 6.5 3.81 4.05
2017 3273 604 38 6.3 87.4 118.4 12.4 36.1 .247 .424 .309 .300 .378 33.6 24.2 3.8 4.42 3.89
2018 805 149 14 9.4 87.3 108.9 20 37.6 .257 .474 .342 .356 .367 32 14.5 12.6 6.25 5.62
2019 3006 545 45 8.3 89.5 117.9 16.9 34.5 .252 .463 .291 .326 .374 37.7 18.9 6.6 3.52 4.83
2020 298 65 7 10.8 89.3 110.9 29.3 33.8 .280 .559 .409 .377 .382 33.8 7.8 5.2 9.72 6.41
13911 2656 176 6.6 88.3 118.4 14.4 34.3 .251 .428 .313 .314 .365 34.6 19.7 5.9
6.5 88.3 122.2 11.9 32.8 .243 .403 .318 .313 .363 35.2 21.9 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Samardzija relies on 6 pitches.
Slider
(23.8%) ,
Cutter
(21.8%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(18.8%) ,
Split Finger
(18.1%) ,
Sinker
(15.8%) ,
Curveball
(1.7%) ,


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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%
2020 Slider 71 38 33 23.8 83.9 17 16 2 2 0 0 0 2 14 .125 .225 .125 .317 .145 .263 77.1 19 2591 6.5 13.2 9.5
2020 Cutter 65 35 30 21.8 87.5 20 20 7 2 1 0 4 3 17 .350 .252 1.000 .682 .546 .378 90.4 33 2611 6.5 13.8 17.6
2020 Four Seamer 56 21 35 18.8 90.3 13 12 6 3 1 0 2 0 12 .500 .403 1.083 .860 .657 .536 94.5 40 2557 6.5 21.4 0.0
2020 Split Finger 54 14 40 18.1 82.5 11 10 3 2 0 0 1 1 9 .300 .320 .600 .522 .404 .388 87.2 35 2196 6.5 15.0 4.8
2020 Sinker 47 35 12 15.8 91.1 13 10 3 2 1 0 0 0 10 .300 .273 .400 .377 .397 .380 91.9 20 2565 6.5 0.0 0.0
2020 Curve 5 3 2 1.7 81.2 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .156 .000 .551 .000 .278 94.9 37 2509 6.7 0.0 0.0
2019 Four Seamer 830 276 554 27.7 91.6 171 149 26 12 3 2 9 38 112 .174 .226 .403 .507 .289 .346 91.9 25 2571 6.1 19.7 14.9
2019 Cutter 746 349 397 24.9 88.8 205 192 38 25 5 3 5 39 157 .198 .243 .333 .416 .237 .293 88.1 21 2607 6.0 16.1 14.8
2019 Sinker 579 435 144 19.3 92.2 181 166 46 29 9 2 6 25 142 .277 .285 .464 .479 .337 .349 90.0 5 2480 6.2 11.7 13.4
2019 Slider 542 264 278 18.1 84.6 133 128 28 17 5 0 6 25 105 .219 .248 .398 .455 .262 .302 87.9 16 2449 6.0 26.5 17.1
2019 Split Finger 230 48 182 7.7 82.3 38 36 11 7 2 1 1 13 23 .306 .264 .500 .488 .389 .370 87.7 19 1451 5.8 41.7 15.9
2019 Curve 74 31 43 2.5 76.3 6 5 2 1 0 1 0 0 5 .400 .384 .800 .620 .520 .472 85.5 35 2498 5.7 17.6 0.0
! 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 40.8 22.6 28.6 8 37.9 35.7 26.4 3.1 29.2 25.7 27.8 4.2 5.1
2016 47.4 21.7 25.4 5.4 38.6 33.4 28 2.5 35.6 23.6 23.7 6.6 6.1
2017 43 24 26.2 6.8 33.8 40.6 25.7 4.6 31.3 27.3 23.7 6 6.3
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
2019 37.4 29.5 25.3 7.7 39.3 38.7 22 2 28.8 29.7 23.3 6.8 8.3
2020 20 35.4 24.6 20 36.9 33.8 29.2 3.1 10.8 44.6 23.1 7.7 10.8
41.1 24.8 26.5 7.6 37 37.2 25.8 3.1 30.4 27.3 24.5 5.8 6.6
45.2 22 25.6 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.6 33.5 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.5

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 Splitter SF R 54 82.5 31.2 -4.1 -12 14.2 3.3 30
2020 Cutter SF R 65 87.5 22.7 5.6 20 2.9 -5.8 -198
2020 4-Seamer SF R 56 90.3 17.9 -1.2 -7 11.9 5.6 87
2020 Curveball SF R 5 81.2 41.3 -9.5 -19 7.8 -16 -195
2020 Slider SF R 71 83.9 30.5 -7.6 -20 1.7 -7.3 -130
2020 Sinker SF R 47 91.1 22.7 0.4 2 17.2 2.9 20
2019 Slider SF R 542 84.6 31.4 -5.4 -15 0.3 -5 -107
2019 Cutter SF R 746 88.8 23.6 3.1 12 2.8 -4.6 -249
2019 Curveball SF R 74 76.3 58.7 -0.3 0 6.3 -3.3 -34
2019 Sinker SF R 579 92.2 23 0.6 3 16.7 2.2 15
2019 Splitter SF R 230 82.3 30.8 -5.2 -14 8 -1.4 -15
2019 4-Seamer SF R 830 91.6 17.5 -0.8 -5 9.7 2.7 39
2018 Splitter SF R 51 82.4 31.7 -5.3 -14 13.2 2.7 26
2018 Slider SF R 150 86.2 27.8 -6.7 -20 2.6 -6.8 -161
2018 4-Seamer SF R 124 91.6 17.5 -0.8 -5 8.8 1.8 26
2018 Cutter SF R 31 89.9 20.7 5.1 20 2.1 -4.1 -204
2018 Curveball SF R 90 76.6 54.3 -4.4 -8 2.4 -6.8 -74
2018 Sinker SF R 355 92.2 18.7 -3.6 -16 14.8 0.3 2
2017 Sinker SF R 1008 94.3 20 0 0 16.3 1.1 8
2017 Splitter SF R 271 86.7 27.1 -3.4 -11 11 -0.9 -7
2017 4-Seamer SF R 609 94.3 14.9 -0.9 -7 8.5 0.2 3
2017 Slider SF R 613 87.8 26.6 -4.5 -15 0.9 -3.9 -128
2017 Curveball SF R 477 80.7 48.6 -2.1 -4 4.7 -2.9 -38
2017 Cutter SF R 284 91.6 19.6 2.6 12 2.3 -4.1 -230
2016 Changeup SF R 12 89.6 20.1 -5.2 -21 17.7 4.3 32
2016 Sinker SF R 604 95 20.2 2.3 13 17.9 3.1 21
2016 Splitter SF R 232 86.1 27.4 -1.8 -6 13.5 1.2 10
2016 Curveball SF R 247 80.8 46.5 -2.9 -6 3.8 -3.1 -45
2016 Slider SF R 539 86.8 29.6 -1.7 -5 1.5 -3.7 -166
2016 Cutter SF R 475 92.8 17.7 2.1 10 4.5 -4.8 -1579
2016 4-Seamer SF R 1033 94.7 16.7 -3.5 -26 12.4 3.5 39
! 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 Curveball -10.3 -1 5 1.7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .156 .551 .278 66.7
2020 Splitter 4.5 2 54 18.1 11 .3 .6 .409 15 9.1 4.8 .32 .522 .388 33.3
2020 Sinker 6.2 3 47 15.8 13 .3 .4 .396 0 0 0 .273 .377 .376 30
2020 4-Seamer 5 3 56 18.8 13 .5 1.083 .665 21.4 0 0 .403 .86 .536 41.7
2020 Slider -2.4 -2 71 23.8 17 .125 .125 .147 13.2 11.8 9.5 .225 .317 .263 14.3
2020 Cutter 8.9 6 65 21.8 20 .35 1 .553 13.8 15 17.6 .252 .682 .378 41.2
2019 Curveball 3.6 3 74 2.5 6 .4 .8 .683 17.6 0 0 .384 .62 .469 40
2019 Splitter 3 7 230 7.7 38 .306 .5 .4 41.7 34.2 15.9 .264 .488 .37 34.8
2019 Slider -1.3 -7 542 18 133 .219 .398 .27 26.5 18.8 17.1 .248 .455 .302 33.3
2019 4-Seamer -1.4 -12 830 27.6 171 .174 .403 .297 19.7 22.2 14.9 .226 .507 .347 42.9
2019 Sinker 0.3 2 579 19.3 181 .277 .464 .351 11.7 13.8 13.4 .285 .479 .35 39.4
2019 Cutter -1.8 -13 746 24.8 205 .198 .333 .253 16.1 19 14.8 .243 .416 .293 35.7
2018 Cutter -3.8 -1 31 3.9 12 .167 .167 .15 39.1 25 20 .204 .242 .194 11.1
2018 Splitter -1.4 -1 51 6.3 13 .154 .231 .165 38.5 30.8 25 .198 .349 .234 33.3
2018 Curveball 3.5 3 90 11.2 14 .538 .615 .512 20 21.4 20 .402 .561 .414 45.5
2018 4-Seamer 1.5 2 124 15.4 34 .259 .556 .421 13.7 8.8 15 .235 .534 .379 24
2018 Slider 2.1 3 150 18.6 38 .242 .394 .353 17.6 13.2 9.8 .176 .313 .274 25
2018 Sinker -0.3 -1 355 44.1 93 .27 .432 .361 18.8 12.9 14.5 .302 .58 .421 38.5
2018 N/A 1 0.1
2017 Cutter 2 6 284 8.7 76 .264 .569 .366 22.5 30.3 16.5 .233 .459 .31 26.5
2017 Splitter 0 0 271 8.3 79 .228 .43 .278 27.5 20.3 21.3 .269 .415 .29 34.9
2017 Curveball 0 0 477 14.6 90 .244 .372 .264 25 24.4 19.3 .248 .325 .252 31.3
2017 4-Seamer -0.8 -5 609 18.6 141 .208 .308 .263 24.9 27 20.3 .207 .344 .265 30.1
2017 Slider 0.2 1 613 18.7 193 .246 .443 .323 27.9 26.9 23.5 .241 .429 .299 33.8
2017 Sinker -0.1 -1 1008 30.8 265 .296 .52 .365 14.1 20 17.9 .271 .489 .335 37.2
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 Cutter 51 87.7 57 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 -8 3 3 -3
2009 159 603 3 5 1 3 13
2010 99 370 5 -1 3 3 10
2011 372 1505 -18 -9 12 9 -6
2012 720 2756 -9 -12 4 11 -6
2013 898 3419 -11 -16 14 16 4
2014 874 3327 -11 -22 5 11 -16
2015 876 3227 17 -26 11 13 15
2016 829 3200 6 -33 10 9 -7
2017 844 3262 4 -23 12 8 1
2018 204 801 3 -10 9 3 5
2019 734 3001 -22 -33 19 16 -20
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 3339 52.2 69 83.9 31.8 63.5 42.9 62.6 50.9 21.4 8.8 73.6
2016 3190 50.2 67.9 84.5 29.2 64.6 44.7 63.7 48.6 20.5 7.4 75.3
2017 3273 51.1 67.1 82 30.4 65.4 43.7 65.1 49.1 22.4 7.2 77.1
2018 805 45.6 68.9 83.7 24.3 67 41.4 55.1 44.7 20.6 7.1 78.9
2019 3006 48 70.2 83.4 28.2 70.7 42.4 60.9 48.3 19.9 7.4 82.8
2020 298 52 67.7 91.4 20.3 69 40.3 58.4 45 13.4 8.7 80.8
13911 50.2 68.5 83.6 29.3 66 43.2 62.6 48.9 20.9 7.7 77.1
48.4 66.6 82.1 28.4 58.8 42.6 60.5 46.9 24.4 7.2 75.8

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 34 29 33 42 46 4 47 51 54 33 82 40 34 73 97 30
2016 50 45 38 34 69 8 46 44 47 43 72 28 50 75 94 49
2017 64 46 35 31 86 4 42 43 46 65 98 37 64 67 95 40
2018 5 23 6 3 5 56 6 78 75 5 6 20 5 38 94 35
2019 33 37 19 13 55 2 24 25 40 21 74 11 33 21 97 50
2020 8 13 2 1 30 38 13 31 69 0 89 0 8 12 97 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 %
2019 22.9 28 28.7 -1 18 15 17 60.7
2020 24.1 7 7 0 3 6 3 42.9

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 28 34 33 30 32 25 26 31 26 28 38 32 22 23 28 29 22 30 26 28 20 28 26 33 31 30 33 27 31 26 32
2020 7 7 12 7 9 5 7 7 8 7 9 7 4 6 6 8 5 7 7 7 5 6 6 7 7 10 6 7 7 4 9
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.1 94.4 0.3 93.9 -0.5 91.9 -2 90.8 -1.1 89.4 -1.4
Offspeed Velocity 85.8 86.3 0.5 86.7 0.4 82.4 -4.3 82.3 -0.1 82.5 0.2
Breaking Velocity 85.8 84.9 -0.9 84.7 -0.2 82.6 -2.1 83.6 1 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 7.6 16.9 -3.1 29.3 12.4
Barrel % 5.1 6.1 1 6.3 0.2 9.4 3.1 8.3 -1.1 10.8 2.5
Hard Hit % 33.1 35.3 2.2 33.6 -1.7 32 -1.6 37.7 5.7 33.8 -3.9
Sweet Spot % 34.7 31.1 -3.6 36.1 5 37.6 1.5 34.5 -3.1 33.8 -0.7
xBA 0.254 0.246 -0.008 0.247 0.001 0.257 0.01 0.252 -0.005 0.28 0.028
BA 0.273 0.249 -0.024 0.255 0.006 0.27 0.015 0.225 -0.045 0.296 0.071
xwOBA 0.312 0.305 -0.007 0.3 -0.005 0.356 0.056 0.326 -0.03 0.377 0.051
wOBA 0.33 0.303 -0.027 0.309 0.006 0.342 0.033 0.291 -0.051 0.409 0.118
xSLG 0.398 0.413 0.015 0.424 0.011 0.474 0.05 0.463 -0.011 0.559 0.096
SLG 0.446 0.412 -0.034 0.447 0.035 0.425 -0.022 0.411 -0.014 0.634 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 5.2 -1.4
Swing % 50.9 48.6 -2.3 49.1 0.5 44.7 -4.4 48.3 3.6 45 -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 51.1 0.9 45.6 -5.5 48 2.4 52 4
Out of Zone % 47.8 49.8 2 48.9 -0.9 54.4 5.5 52 -2.4 48 -4
Out of Zone Swing % 31.8 29.2 -2.6 30.4 1.2 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 29.7 2.2 24.7 -5
First Pitch Strike % 62.6 63.7 1.1 65.1 1.4 55.1 -10 60.9 5.8 58.4 -2.5
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 812 .305 403 9 2.2 409 50 12.2
2017 843 .305 392 1 0.3 451 20 4.4
2018 206 .342 120 11 9.2 86 23 26.7
2019 736 .291 362 67 18.5 374 197 52.7
2020 77 .409 42 4 9.5 35 29 82.9

Pitch Distribution