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John Lackey
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 6" 235LBS | Age: 42

Draft: 1999 | Rd: 2, #68, Anaheim Angels | Grayson CC
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2017 12 12 4.59 31 30 0 170.2 149 1.28
15 Seasons 188 147 3.92 448 446 0 2840.1 2294 1.29
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2017 31 12-12 4.59 170.2 149 1.28
15 Seasons 448 188-147 3.92 2840.1 2294 1.29

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 3127 664 37 5.6 88.3 112.8 11.6 29.4 .233 .366 .295 .284 .328 32.8 19.5 5.9 2.77 3.43
2016 2853 506 30 5.9 89.7 111.9 14.5 32.6 .238 .395 .280 .305 .368 39.5 24.1 7.1 3.35 4.05
2017 2772 517 35 6.8 88.2 114 14.3 34.8 .263 .456 .332 .337 .390 36 20.4 7.3 4.59 5.03
8752 1687 102 6 88.7 114 13.3 32 .244 .402 .302 .307 .359 35.8 21.2 6.7
6.5 88.3 122.2 11.9 32.8 .243 .402 .318 .313 .362 35.2 21.9 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Lackey relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(39.4%) ,
Cutter
(35.5%) ,
Sinker
(12.9%) ,
Curveball
(7.4%) ,
Changeup
(4.6%) ,


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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%
2017 4-Seam Fastball 1086 600 486 39.4 91.0 241 210 56 31 7 2 16 48 168 .267 .274 .548 .502 .370 .363 89.8 21 2172 6.4 19.5 16.1
2017 Cutter 979 505 474 35.5 82.5 294 270 57 37 11 0 9 84 188 .211 .211 .352 .346 .271 .272 85.6 15 2165 5.9 32.4 22.2
2017 Sinker 356 204 152 12.9 90.7 113 101 34 20 8 0 6 7 96 .337 .347 .594 .577 .410 .416 89.0 6 2131 6.4 8.1 10.1
2017 Curveball 205 58 147 7.4 77.5 39 36 11 5 2 0 4 4 33 .306 .350 .694 .721 .414 .459 91.5 9 2283 5.5 24.0 17.4
2017 Changeup 128 42 86 4.6 83.5 37 34 7 4 2 0 1 6 29 .206 .290 .353 .446 .253 .334 87.7 6 1647 6.5 16.9 12.8
2016 4-Seam Fastball 1020 558 462 37.2 92.4 219 180 44 27 9 0 8 48 137 .244 .242 .428 .414 .342 .342 88.8 19 2270 6.5 20.1 15.9
2016 Cutter 626 453 173 22.8 83.9 200 188 21 19 2 0 0 77 115 .112 .176 .122 .244 .124 .209 88.0 14 2190 6.0 41.4 25.0
2016 Sinker 573 362 211 20.9 92.2 172 160 44 27 7 2 8 29 135 .275 .280 .494 .476 .339 .336 89.7 11 2225 6.6 13.6 17.7
2016 Curveball 371 133 238 13.5 78.9 94 87 25 14 6 0 5 13 75 .287 .338 .529 .612 .366 .420 92.2 11 2329 5.8 22.6 19.7
2016 Changeup 150 46 104 5.5 84.9 30 28 7 5 1 0 1 7 23 .250 .259 .393 .372 .273 .271 86.5 7 1871 6.6 32.8 13.7
! 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 48 18.8 25.6 7.5 32.5 40.1 27.4 3.8 35.4 23.5 22.1 3 5.6
2016 43.5 23.1 27.1 6.3 35.2 36.2 28.7 2.2 29.6 24.9 24.9 6.3 5.9
2017 42.7 22.6 27.1 7.5 36.6 39.3 24.2 3.9 27.9 23.8 27.1 7.9 6.8
45.1 21.3 26.5 7.2 34.6 38.6 26.8 3.3 31.4 24 24.5 5.5 6
45.3 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
2017 Cutter CHC R 979 82.5 38.5 -3.6 -10 4.3 0.7 19
2017 Changeup CHC R 128 83.5 29.7 0.7 2 14.5 1.6 12
2017 Sinker CHC R 356 90.7 25.2 3.1 14 16.5 2 14
2017 Curveball CHC R 205 77.5 49.7 -5.8 -10 7.4 -0.4 -6
2017 4-Seamer CHC R 1086 91 17.3 -1.8 -12 9.2 1.8 25
2016 Sinker CHC R 571 92.2 21.4 1.5 8 16.1 1.5 10
2016 4-Seamer CHC R 1016 92.4 15.1 -0.9 -7 8.1 0.1 1
2016 Curveball CHC R 369 78.9 49.2 -3.8 -7 5.6 -1.2 -17
2016 Cutter CHC R 620 83.9 38.2 -6.6 -21 3.2 1 47
2016 Changeup CHC R 149 84.9 27.5 -0.3 -1 16.4 3.2 25
! 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 %
2017 Changeup -1 -1 128 4.6 37 .206 .353 .257 16.9 16.2 12.8 .29 .446 .334 34.5
2017 Curveball 1.1 2 205 7.4 39 .306 .694 .421 24 10.3 17.4 .35 .721 .46 60.6
2017 Sinker 1.9 7 356 12.8 113 .337 .594 .432 8.1 6.2 10.1 .347 .577 .415 42.7
2017 4-Seamer 0.6 6 1086 39.2 241 .267 .548 .379 19.5 19.9 16.1 .274 .502 .363 37.5
2017 Cutter -1.2 -12 979 35.3 294 .211 .352 .282 32.4 28.6 22.2 .211 .346 .272 27.1
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 707 2509 -5 -25 3 7 -20
2009 827 3070 -18 -26 12 11 -20
2010 926 3584 -1 -25 17 16 7
2011 742 2837 1 3 13 18 35
2013 887 3279 -3 -29 9 9 -14
2014 880 3250 4 -15 6 8 3
2015 875 3073 -16 -27 9 7 -28
2016 774 2978 -5 -34 10 11 -18
2017 741 2824 -1 -20 15 12 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 %
2015 3127 53.9 68.3 85.1 30.2 60.7 41 70.8 50.7 20.1 9.1 78.7
2016 2853 49.5 67.4 82.3 31.7 55.8 42 68 49 25.2 7.4 75.5
2017 2772 49.1 66.9 82.8 28.8 60.9 42.4 65.4 47.5 23 7.6 74.2
8752 50.9 67.6 83.5 30.2 59 41.8 68.3 49.1 22.6 8.1 76.4
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 71 55 58 56 74 3 33 44 58 44 75 28 71 20 35 31
2016 50 58 49 44 60 20 51 19 14 72 61 68 50 15 53 38
2017 21 25 19 18 34 7 33 22 22 39 67 40 21 4 36 28
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90.2 90 -0.2 -2.5 undefined undefined
Offspeed Velocity 84.3 84.9 0.6 -1.4 undefined undefined
Breaking Velocity 78.7 78.9 0.2 -1.4 undefined undefined
Exit Velocity 88.3 89.7 1.4 -1.5 undefined undefined
Launch Angle 11.6 14.5 2.9 -0.2 undefined undefined
Barrel % 5.6 5.9 0.3 0.9 undefined undefined
Hard Hit % 32.8 39.5 6.7 -3.5 undefined undefined
Sweet Spot % 29.4 32.6 3.2 2.2 undefined undefined
xBA .233 .238 0.005 0.025 undefined undefined
BA .256 .218 -0.038 0.034 undefined undefined
xwOBA .284 .305 0.021 0.032 undefined undefined
wOBA .295 .28 -0.015 0.052 undefined undefined
xSLG .366 .395 0.029 0.061 undefined undefined
SLG .376 .364 -0.012 0.105 undefined undefined
K% 19.5 24.1 4.6 -3.7 undefined undefined
BB% 5.9 7.1 1.2 0.2 undefined undefined
Swing % 50.7 49 -1.7 -1.5 undefined undefined
Whiff% 20.1 25.2 5.1 -2.2 undefined undefined
In Zone % 53.9 49.5 -4.4 -0.4 undefined undefined
Out of Zone % 46.1 50.5 4.4 0.4 undefined undefined
Out of Zone Swing % 30.2 31.7 1.5 -2.9 undefined undefined
First Pitch Swing % 37.1 37.7 0.6 -6.1 undefined undefined
First Pitch Strike % 70.8 68 -2.8 -2.6 undefined undefined
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 717 .282 405 7 1.7 312 25 8.0
2017 712 .331 361 0 0.0 351 23 6.6

Pitch Distribution