Jharel Cotton
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 5' 11" 200LBS | Age: 32
Draft: 2012 | Rd: 20, #626, Los Angeles Dodgers | East Carolina
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2017 9 10 5.58 24 24 0 129 105 1.44
2021 2 0 3.52 23 0 0 30.2 30 1.40
2022 4 2 3.56 30 0 0 43 39 1.26
4 Seasons 17 12 4.50 82 29 0 232 197 1.32
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2017 24 9-10 5.58 129 105 1.44
2021 23 2-0 3.52 30.2 30 1.40
2022 30 4-2 3.56 43 39 1.26
4 Seasons 82 17-12 4.50 232 197 1.32
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
2016 24 441 85 6 7.1 5.4 88.2 109.8 21.4 29.4 .221 .369 .232 .267 .319 29.4 20.5 3.6 2.15 2.95
2017 25 2173 402 24 6.0 4.3 86.7 115.0 17.4 31.6 .241 .428 .352 .322 .354 30.9 18.6 9.4 5.58 4.48
2021 29 541 90 5 5.6 3.6 85.8 106.2 26.0 27.8 .186 .318 .296 .272 .283 23.3 21.9 10.9 3.52 3.08
2022 30 741 120 9 7.5 5.0 88.6 111.8 23.9 34.2 .219 .376 .313 .304 .332 30.8 21.5 11.0 3.56 3.83
Player 3896 697 44 6.3 4.4 87.1 115.0 20.1 31.3 .227 .397 .323 .305 .337 29.7 19.8 9.3
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

Cotton relies on 4 pitches.
Four Seamer
(44.7%) ,
Changeup
(40.4%) ,
Slider
(10.4%) ,
Curveball
(4.6%) ,


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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
2016 36.5 16.5 24.7 22.4 40.0 30.6 29.4 1.2 28.2 38.8 21.2 2.4 7.1 5.4
2017 38.3 27.9 20.6 13.2 33.8 40.0 26.1 5.7 24.9 33.8 21.9 6.2 6.0 4.3
2021 32.2 33.3 15.6 18.9 34.4 35.6 30.0 5.6 23.3 42.2 17.8 5.6 5.6 3.6
2022 30.0 36.7 22.5 10.8 37.5 32.5 30.0 0.8 21.7 36.7 24.2 8.3 7.5 5.0
Player 35.9 28.7 20.8 14.6 35.3 37.0 27.7 4.3 24.5 36.0 21.7 6.0 6.3 4.4
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
2022 Changeup SF R 299 79.7 36.8 1.9 5 13.5 0.1 1
2022 Curveball SF R 34 76.2 62.8 3.9 7 3.5 -5.3 -60
2022 4-Seam Fastball SF R 331 92.7 13.0 2.1 14 8.3 1.3 19
2022 Slider SF R 77 79.5 46.3 3.0 7 12.7 4.5 55
2021 Slider TEX R 75 81.8 40.6 0.5 1 9.3 3.3 55
2021 4-Seam Fastball TEX R 250 93.2 11.3 4.4 28 7.1 0.6 9
2021 Curveball TEX R 45 76.7 59.9 4.0 7 3.3 -3.1 -49
2021 Cutter TEX R 7 86.5 25.8 2.8 10 0.4 -2.4 -121
2021 Changeup TEX R 164 80.0 34.5 0.4 1 13.1 -0.3 -2
2017 4-Seam Fastball OAK R 730 93.2 13.3 1.6 11 9.9 1.5 18
2017 Curveball OAK R 185 77.2 56.6 -2.4 -4 3.2 -4.9 -60
2017 Slider OAK R 487 88.5 26.0 -5.9 -18 0.2 -2.3 -92
2017 Sinker OAK R 290 92.7 18.5 -2.7 -13 15.8 0.0 0
2017 Changeup OAK R 467 77.9 38.6 5.7 18 13.5 0.4 3
2016 Sinker OAK R 61 92.3 17.8 -4.0 -18 12.0 -2.7 -18
2016 Changeup OAK R 122 77.7 40.8 7.4 22 10.2 -0.5 -5
2016 Slider OAK R 70 89.4 26.9 -6.1 -18 2.9 -1.1 -27
2016 4-Seam Fastball OAK R 144 93.0 14.4 1.8 11 5.8 -2.4 -29
2016 Curveball OAK R 34 78.3 55.4 -1.3 -2 4.0 -3.5 -46
! 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 %
2022 4-Seam Fastball 1.7 6 331 44.7 64 .231 .442 .341 20.8 7.8 7.8 .256 .496 .369 30.6
2022 Changeup -0.7 -2 299 40.4 102 .198 .385 .306 32.9 32.4 19.8 .191 .306 .267 31.0
2022 Slider -0.1 0 77 10.4 9 .125 .125 .278 5.9 0.0 0.0 .298 .482 .378 37.5
2022 Curveball -2.3 -1 34 4.6 6 .600 .800 .508 0.0 16.7 20.0 .213 .231 .163 20.0
2021 4-Seam Fastball 1.6 4 250 46.2 53 .214 .381 .346 24.4 13.2 13.5 .235 .469 .381 28.6
2021 Changeup 2.3 4 164 30.3 57 .180 .240 .222 29.9 29.8 18.9 .128 .200 .188 20.0
2021 Slider -1.5 -1 75 13.9 14 .286 .286 .257 37.5 28.6 22.2 .192 .238 .187 10.0
2021 Curveball -3.9 -2 45 8.3 11 .400 .400 .391 9.1 18.2 28.6 .149 .169 .188 25.0
2021 Cutter -13.6 -1 7 1.3 2 1.000 1.500 1.075 0.0 0.0 -- .750 1.374 .889 50.0
2017 4-Seam Fastball -1.4 -10 731 33.6 192 .287 .585 .409 17.3 16.1 14.4 .258 .503 .355 37.3
2017 Slider -1.8 -9 487 22.4 144 .289 .508 .382 27.4 13.9 18.3 .263 .452 .337 35.1
2017 Changeup -0.5 -2 467 21.5 138 .216 .432 .303 29.8 32.6 21.4 .186 .330 .253 18.3
2017 Sinker 0.2 0 290 13.3 58 .261 .304 .343 13.3 5.2 10.0 .272 .378 .361 31.8
2017 Curveball -1.7 -3 186 8.6 27 .280 .440 .346 17.6 22.2 10.9 .216 .362 .265 15.0
! 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
2022 Changeup 299 79.7 76 15.0 2:30 2:30 0
2022 Curveball 34 76.2 72 18.9 6:45 6:15 30
2022 4-Seam Fastball 331 92.7 99 20.3 12:45 12:45 0
2022 Slider 77 79.5 37 14.4 7:30 8:15 -45
2021 Changeup 163 80.0 77 15.4 2:15 2:15 0
2021 Curveball 45 76.7 68 16.6 6:45 6:30 15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 250 93.2 99 21.1 12:45 12:45 0
2021 Slider 75 81.8 30 10.4 8:00 8:45 -45
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 112 440 4 4 -1 -1 6
2017 560 2,164 -1 6 -19 -11 -25
2021 137 541 5 7 -4 -4 4
2022 181 741 3 9 -4 -5 3
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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 %
2016 441 51.0 69.3 80.1 33.8 63.0 43.5 66.1 51.9 24.9 5.4 75.0
2017 2,173 51.1 68.7 80.5 25.3 67.2 42.2 59.6 47.5 21.9 8.5 75.7
2021 541 48.6 73.4 78.2 25.5 59.2 41.8 62.8 48.8 26.9 6.8 83.8
2022 741 50.5 72.2 78.1 28.3 63.5 43.3 58.0 50.5 25.4 7.2 79.2
Player 3,896 50.6 70.1 79.7 26.9 64.7 42.5 60.5 48.8 23.6 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
2016 47 45 1
2017 39 55 34 22 50 26 49 63 69 26 31 33 24 53 46 42 1
2021 44 67 1
2022 30 60 1
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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 23.9 4 3.6 0 2 4 0 0.0
2017 23.6 28 28.7 -1 7 19 13 46.4
2021 24.0 2 2.1 0 2 1 1 50.0
2022 24.2 7 7.1 0 2 6 2 28.6
Player 23.8 41 41.5 -1 13 30 16 39.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 4 4 2 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 3 2 4 4 3 4 3 3 4 3 5 5 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 3
2017 28 28 28 28 32 29 31 26 26 25 30 34 30 31 27 30 27 27 29 29 30 27 32 30 26 26 28 31 32 30 23
2021 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 2 2 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
2022 7 6 6 8 8 7 8 7 6 6 6 7 8 7 8 8 7 7 8 7 8 6 8 8 5 6 8 7 8 7 8
Player 41 40 38 41 46 41 45 39 36 36 41 47 44 44 40 44 39 39 43 41 45 40 46 45 36 38 41 45 46 43 36
! 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 2016 2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.8 -- 0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- 93.0 -- 92.7 -0.3
Offspeed Velocity 77.6 -- 0.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- 80.0 -- 79.7 -0.3
Breaking Velocity 85.8 -- -0.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 79.9 -- 78.5 -1.4
Exit Velocity 88.2 -- -1.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 85.8 -- 88.6 2.8
Launch Angle 21.4 -- -4.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 26.0 -- 23.9 -2.1
Barrel % 7.1 -- -1.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.6 -- 7.5 1.9
Hard Hit % 29.4 -- 1.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 23.3 -- 30.8 7.5
Sweet Spot % 29.4 -- 2.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 27.8 -- 34.2 6.4
xBA .221 -- 0.020 -- -- -- -- -- -- .186 -- .219 0.033
BA .185 -- 0.082 -- -- -- -- -- -- .237 -- .218 -0.019
xwOBA .267 -- 0.055 -- -- -- -- -- -- .272 -- .304 0.032
wOBA .232 -- 0.120 -- -- -- -- -- -- .296 -- .313 0.017
xSLG .369 -- 0.059 -- -- -- -- -- -- .318 -- .376 0.058
SLG .324 -- 0.170 -- -- -- -- -- -- .331 -- .404 0.073
K% 20.5 -- -1.9 -- -- -- -- -- -- 21.9 -- 21.5 -0.4
BB% 3.6 -- 5.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- 10.9 -- 11.0 0.1
Swing % 51.9 -- -4.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 48.8 -- 50.5 1.7
Whiff% 24.9 -- -3.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- 26.9 -- 25.4 -1.5
In Zone % 51.0 -- 0.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 48.6 -- 50.5 1.9
Out of Zone % 49.0 -- -0.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- 51.4 -- 49.5 -1.9
Out of Zone Swing % 33.8 -- -8.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 25.5 -- 28.3 2.8
First Pitch Swing % 32.1 -- -2.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- 35.8 -- 30.9 -4.9
First Pitch Strike % 66.1 -- -6.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 62.8 -- 58.0 -4.8
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 111 .234 60 0 0.0 51 10 19.6
2017 Shifts 560 .351 311 7 2.3 249 59 23.7
2021 Shifts 137 .296 82 6 7.3 55 47 85.5
2022 Shifts 181 .313 103 28 27.2 78 59 75.6
! 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 %
2016 142 19.9 16.2% 5.6% 45 25.4 2.2% 20.0%
2017 655 18.5 12.1% 2.6% 292 23.8 0.0% 13.0%
2021 128 18.1 13.3% 3.9% 104 20.5 1.9% 10.6%
2022 175 16.7 30.9% 0.6% 129 19.7 3.9% 6.2%
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Pitch Distribution