Joey Lucchesi
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 5" 225LBS | Age: 30
Draft: 2016 | Rd: 4, #114, San Diego Padres | Southeast Missouri State
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 1 7.94 3 2 0 5.2 5 2.65
2021 1 4 4.46 11 8 0 38.1 41 1.17
2023 4 0 2.89 9 9 0 46.2 32 1.31
5 Seasons 23 24 4.07 79 75 0 384.1 381 1.27
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 3 0-1 7.94 5.2 5 2.65
2021 11 1-4 4.46 38.1 41 1.17
2023 9 4-0 2.89 46.2 32 1.31
5 Seasons 79 23-24 4.07 384.1 381 1.27
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
2018 25 2158 355 31 8.7 5.7 89.4 113.7 8.7 34.6 .243 .431 .328 .321 .410 40.5 26.5 7.8 4.08 4.39
2019 26 2643 470 34 7.2 5.0 88.3 113.0 11.4 30.9 .227 .391 .298 .297 .349 36.4 23.0 8.2 4.18 3.86
2020 27 123 24 0 0.0 0.0 80.3 106.5 12.8 45.8 .361 .434 .447 .375 .411 20.8 15.6 6.3 7.94 6.28
2021 28 646 102 9 8.8 5.7 90.5 112.7 16.5 34.3 .222 .382 .310 .295 .364 40.2 26.1 7.0 4.46 3.65
2023 30 696 144 15 10.4 7.7 88.8 111.1 12.3 34.0 .273 .469 .316 .355 .389 38.2 16.4 8.7 2.89 5.45
Player 6266 1095 89 8.1 5.5 88.7 113.7 11.2 33.2 .240 .414 .314 .313 .376 37.9 23.5 8.0
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .405 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Lucchesi relies on 4 pitches.
Sinker
(51.7%) ,
Curveball
(24.7%) ,
Cutter
(22.8%) ,
Changeup
(0.7%) ,


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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
2018 46.8 21.7 26.5 5.1 31.8 41.7 26.2 3.4 32.7 19.7 24.2 5.6 8.7 5.7
2019 48.7 25.3 20.0 6.0 31.3 43.2 25.5 4.0 36.2 23.6 21.3 6.6 7.2 5.0
2020 37.5 20.8 37.5 4.2 12.5 45.8 41.7 4.2 25.0 20.8 45.8 4.2 0.0 0.0
2021 42.2 29.4 20.6 7.8 30.4 43.1 26.5 5.9 29.4 27.5 19.6 8.8 8.8 5.7
2023 47.9 22.2 22.2 7.6 27.1 44.4 28.5 6.9 34.0 20.8 22.9 4.9 10.4 7.7
Player 47.1 24.0 22.8 6.0 30.4 42.9 26.6 4.4 33.9 22.3 22.8 6.2 8.1 5.5
MLB 44.7 23.4 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 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
2023 Sinker NYM L 359 90.0 23.3 -1.5 -6 14.3 -0.4 -3
2023 Curveball NYM L 172 77.9 46.6 -9.9 -17 2.5 -5.1 -68
2023 Cutter NYM L 159 90.4 18.8 6.4 25 4.2 -6.6 -277
2023 Changeup NYM L 5 81.8 33.2 0.4 1 2.9 -10.5 -79
2021 Cutter NYM L 21 90.8 17.3 6.8 28 7.0 -9.1 -427
2021 Changeup NYM L 1 81.5 32.8 2.4 8 12.4 -0.2 -1
2021 Curveball NYM L 236 78.7 45.5 -9.7 -18 2.9 -4.6 -61
2021 Sinker NYM L 388 91.0 19.0 -3.7 -16 14.0 -0.5 -4
2020 Curveball SD L 42 77.5 47.0 -9.7 -17 4.8 -4.4 -48
2020 Changeup SD L 1 81.5 35.9 5.5 18 6.1 -5.8 -49
2020 Sinker SD L 61 89.9 23.2 -0.4 -2 14.1 -0.2 -2
2020 Cutter SD L 19 90.0 22.0 2.8 11 7.2 -9.7 -382
2019 Sinker SD L 1,356 90.1 20.7 -2.4 -10 11.8 -2.1 -15
2019 Cutter SD L 358 90.5 18.0 5.8 24 2.7 -4.5 -259
2019 Curveball SD L 927 78.9 45.2 -9.4 -17 1.7 -4.6 -73
2018 Cutter SD L 13 89.9 20.8 3.4 14 3.3 -5.7 -241
2018 Sinker SD L 1,307 90.4 21.4 -1.3 -6 11.4 -2.4 -17
2018 Curveball SD L 736 79.2 45.4 -9.3 -17 1.9 -4.9 -72
! 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 %
2023 Sinker 1.3 5 360 51.7 105 .295 .474 .365 14.8 11.4 18.8 .306 .555 .400 44.6
2023 Curveball -0.5 -1 172 24.7 42 .289 .421 .337 30.0 28.6 18.8 .260 .452 .333 33.3
2023 Cutter 1.7 3 159 22.8 48 .119 .190 .222 11.1 16.7 18.6 .209 .291 .275 26.5
2023 Changeup -0.7 0 5 0.7 -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2021 Sinker -0.1 0 388 60.1 100 .247 .471 .357 18.4 21.0 20.8 .228 .414 .324 40.3
2021 Curveball 0.6 1 236 36.5 52 .204 .224 .207 33.3 38.5 21.1 .180 .236 .207 33.3
2021 Cutter -12.3 -3 21 3.3 5 .600 1.400 .830 20.0 0.0 0.0 .530 1.282 .745 80.0
2021 Changeup -2.1 0 1 0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2020 Sinker 1.2 1 61 49.6 16 .308 .462 .400 26.7 12.5 12.5 .299 .396 .378 36.4
2020 Curveball -4.5 -2 42 34.1 10 .333 .333 .270 47.4 30.0 20.0 .263 .286 .224 0.0
2020 Cutter -13.7 -3 19 15.4 6 1.000 1.000 .900 12.5 0.0 0.0 .644 .740 .612 16.7
2020 Changeup -3.3 0 1 0.8 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2019 Sinker 0.8 11 1,356 51.3 355 .252 .430 .339 17.5 21.7 21.5 .231 .392 .306 37.3
2019 Curveball 0.7 6 927 35.1 234 .183 .324 .263 38.4 28.6 19.5 .194 .353 .267 30.3
2019 Cutter -0.5 -2 358 13.5 97 .291 .523 .371 18.2 14.4 14.7 .300 .479 .362 45.9
2018 Sinker -0.1 -1 1,307 60.6 336 .266 .472 .354 15.6 18.5 18.5 .270 .473 .350 43.0
2018 Curveball 0.0 0 736 34.1 186 .228 .380 .295 42.3 41.9 27.8 .205 .370 .280 34.7
2018 Cutter -3.2 0 13 0.6 2 .500 1.500 .800 20.0 0.0 0.0 .140 .416 .233 0.0
! 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
2023 Curveball 166 77.8 28 5.1 5:30 4:45 45
2023 Cutter 153 90.4 81 14.5 11:00 11:30 -30
2023 Sinker 296 90.0 79 18.0 11:00 10:00 60
2021 Curveball 235 78.7 31 5.7 5:30 4:45 45
2021 Cutter 21 90.8 85 16.9 11:15 11:15 0
2021 Sinker 373 91.1 88 19.8 11:15 10:30 45
2020 Curveball 38 77.7 42 6.5 5:15 4:15 60
2020 Cutter 14 90.0 84 12.7 10:45 10:45 0
2020 Sinker 25 90.0 85 16.5 10:45 10:15 30
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2018 524 2,056 1 17 -10 -9 -2
2019 686 2,641 13 32 -16 -13 16
2020 32 123 -2 0 -2 -1 -4
2021 157 646 2 3 -4 -3 -1
2023 195 696 10 3 -4 -2 6
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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 %
2018 2,158 49.7 63.7 82.6 25.4 49.4 44.2 59.0 44.2 25.5 8.5 74.7
2019 2,643 45.1 67.3 83.1 27.3 54.0 41.9 62.5 45.3 25.3 6.0 81.8
2020 123 50.4 56.5 74.3 36.1 59.1 41.5 53.1 46.3 31.6 4.1 60.0
2021 646 50.3 68.6 81.6 22.1 54.9 38.2 66.2 45.5 23.8 8.5 85.5
2023 696 45.8 64.3 87.8 26.5 70.0 42.8 62.6 43.8 17.4 7.2 72.0
Player 6,266 47.4 65.6 83.1 26.3 54.7 42.4 61.5 44.8 24.5 7.2 78.1
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
2018 33 46 24 15 49 16 13 18 9 73 57 55 21 17 52 5 81
2019 69 71 61 56 74 13 45 58 51 52 48 50 27 11 41 7 72
2020 11 21 73
2021 16 44 8 69
2023 7 33 7 48
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2018 23.2 23 19.2 4 12 9 12 52.2
2019 23.5 23 21.5 2 11 14 11 47.8
2020 -- 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 --
2021 21.4 4 6.0 -2 1 4 3 75.0
2023 22.4 4 4.4 0 6 3 2 50.0
Player 23.2 54 51.1 3 31 30 28 51.9

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2018 23 26 16 19 17 16 19 18 13 14 19 23 24 19 17 20 18 18 20 24 21 21 25 21 15 15 17 20 24 21 17
2019 23 25 19 21 23 22 23 22 17 16 19 22 25 22 18 19 18 18 22 25 24 26 29 26 18 17 18 26 28 20 16
2020 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 4 6 6 7 6 6 7 7 4 4 5 7 7 5 6 7 6 6 6 7 6 6 7 7 6 4 7 7 6 4 4
2023 4 3 3 8 4 4 4 3 5 3 4 5 6 4 6 5 5 2 5 6 3 3 9 5 4 2 5 4 5 4 2
Player 54 60 44 56 50 48 53 50 39 37 47 57 62 50 47 51 47 44 53 62 54 56 70 59 43 38 47 57 63 49 39
! 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 2018 2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90.4 90.2 -0.2 89.9 -0.3 91.0 1.1
Offspeed Velocity 0.0 0.0 0.0 81.5 0.0 81.5 0.0
Breaking Velocity 79.2 78.9 -0.3 77.5 -1.4 78.7 1.2
Exit Velocity 89.4 88.3 -1.1 80.3 -8.0 90.5 10.2
Launch Angle 8.7 11.4 2.7 12.8 1.4 16.5 3.7
Barrel % 8.7 7.2 -1.5 0.0 -7.2 8.8 8.8
Hard Hit % 40.5 36.4 -4.1 20.8 -15.6 40.2 19.4
Sweet Spot % 34.6 30.9 -3.7 45.8 14.9 34.3 -11.5
xBA .243 .227 -0.016 .361 0.134 .222 -0.139
BA .254 .233 -0.021 .464 0.231 .245 -0.219
xwOBA .321 .297 -0.024 .375 0.078 .295 -0.080
wOBA .328 .298 -0.030 .447 0.149 .310 -0.137
xSLG .431 .391 -0.040 .434 0.043 .382 -0.052
SLG .450 .405 -0.045 .536 0.131 .417 -0.119
K% 26.5 23.0 -3.5 15.6 -7.4 26.1 10.5
BB% 7.8 8.2 0.4 6.3 -1.9 7.0 0.7
Swing % 44.2 45.3 1.1 46.3 1.0 45.5 -0.8
Whiff% 25.5 25.3 -0.2 31.6 6.3 23.8 -7.8
In Zone % 49.7 45.1 -4.6 50.4 5.3 50.3 -0.1
Out of Zone % 50.3 54.9 4.6 49.6 -5.3 49.7 0.1
Out of Zone Swing % 25.4 27.3 1.9 36.1 8.8 22.1 -14.0
First Pitch Swing % 26.1 32.8 6.7 21.9 -10.9 36.9 15.0
First Pitch Strike % 59.0 62.5 3.5 53.1 -9.4 66.2 13.1
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2018 Shifts 524 .324 412 13 3.2 112 19 17.0
2019 Shifts 686 .298 528 23 4.4 158 58 36.7
2020 Shifts 32 .447 21 0 0.0 11 5 45.5
2021 Shifts 157 .310 123 57 46.3 34 20 58.8
2023 Shades 195 .316 172 0 0.0 23 10 43.5
! 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 %
2018 684 21.4 0.0% 5.0% 312 23.6 0.0% 11.9%
2019 840 22.2 0.0% 7.1% 345 25.7 0.0% 17.4%
2020 17 23.2 0.0% 11.8% 33 24.7 0.0% 6.1%
2021 234 22.3 0.0% 9.4% 70 25.7 0.0% 20.0%
2023 198 17.0 13.6% 2.0% 77 19.1 0.0% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution