Jon Lester
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 4" 249LBS | Age: 38

Draft: 2002 | Rd: 2, #57, Boston Red Sox | Bellarmine Prep HS (Puyallup, WA)
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 3 5 5.02 16 16 0 75.1 51 1.59
16 Seasons 200 117 3.66 452 451 0 2740.0 2488 1.28
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 16 3-5 5.02 75.1 51 1.59
16 Seasons 452 200-117 3.66 2740.0 2488 1.28

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 31 3185 566 25 4.4 3 87.1 115.0 9.5 31.3 .225 .343 .289 .277 .340 28.4 25.0 5.7 3.34 3.12
2016 32 3161 541 22 4.1 2.8 87.4 112.6 11.6 31.2 .220 .340 .264 .272 .328 29.2 24.7 6.5 2.44 3.09
2017 33 3131 519 28 5.4 3.7 86.4 111.1 10.3 34.1 .241 .392 .320 .304 .365 29.5 23.6 7.9 4.33 3.95
2018 34 3121 542 36 6.6 4.7 88.7 113.1 13.7 38.9 .268 .449 .319 .343 .393 35.4 19.6 8.4 3.32 5.09
2019 35 3043 542 40 7.4 5.2 88.6 112.2 12.2 37.1 .274 .456 .344 .337 .403 34.7 21.6 6.8 4.46 5.09
2020 36 1008 203 25 12.3 9.4 88.9 112.5 11.9 34.0 .279 .517 .333 .363 .405 38.9 15.8 6.4 5.16 5.77
2021 37 2380 478 37 7.7 5.9 88.3 116.0 10.4 33.5 .274 .453 .352 .344 .371 37.2 14.5 8.8 4.71 5.12
Player 19029 3391 213 6.3 4.4 87.8 116.0 11.3 34.3 .251 .409 .314 .314 .369 32.7 21.5 7.2
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.3 169.8 12.0 32.9 .246 .408 .317 .316 .369 35.6 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Lester relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(31.1%) ,
Cutter
(25.6%) ,
Changeup
(18.2%) ,
Sinker
(16.7%) ,
Curveball
(8.4%) ,


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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%
2021 4-Seam Fastball 740 608 132 31.1 88.7 176 151 51 32 12 0 7 25 132 .338 .311 .556 .523 .411 .391 87.4 15 2172 6.5 16.3 13.8
2021 Cutter 609 398 211 25.6 86.4 157 140 41 25 7 0 9 31 111 .293 .253 .536 .450 .377 .340 87.1 16 2305 6.4 16.7 15.6
2021 Changeup 432 418 14 18.2 81.3 120 110 23 17 4 0 2 14 97 .209 .281 .300 .426 .251 .333 87.1 11 1737 6.4 28.0 12.2
2021 Sinker 398 312 86 16.7 87.6 130 118 35 23 7 0 5 12 108 .297 .267 .483 .421 .356 .325 88.8 -6 2042 6.5 14.6 17.6
2021 Curveball 201 153 48 8.4 72.6 39 39 9 4 3 0 2 9 30 .231 .206 .462 .373 .289 .245 81.7 12 2437 6.2 35.3 13.0
2020 Cutter 307 265 42 30.5 87.4 98 93 20 11 4 0 5 20 73 .215 .258 .419 .485 .287 .332 86.8 16 2343 6.5 16.9 19.8
2020 4-Seam Fastball 293 252 41 29.1 89.4 76 65 20 10 4 1 5 5 61 .308 .335 .631 .739 .430 .478 93.2 23 2223 6.6 9.3 7.0
2020 Sinker 153 102 51 15.2 88.4 36 35 9 8 1 0 0 5 30 .257 .222 .286 .316 .250 .246 88.4 -13 2063 6.5 16.9 20.0
2020 Curveball 129 112 17 12.8 73.4 18 16 6 4 1 0 1 4 12 .375 .296 .625 .474 .456 .375 85.9 9 2569 6.3 30.0 11.1
2020 Changeup 126 116 10 12.5 83.3 37 35 9 6 3 0 0 8 27 .257 .280 .343 .416 .281 .320 84.6 4 1913 6.5 32.4 19.5
! 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 % Barrel/PA
2015 50.5 17.0 25.6 6.9 37.3 36.0 25.6 4.2 38.7 21.9 24.2 3.5 4.4 3.0
2016 47.5 19.4 25.9 7.2 40.7 32.9 26.4 3.5 36.4 23.7 23.8 4.6 4.1 2.8
2017 47.8 20.6 26.8 4.8 34.5 40.8 24.7 4.2 35.5 21.4 25.8 5.6 5.4 3.7
2018 40.0 23.2 30.3 6.5 40.0 37.6 21.8 2.2 30.3 25.3 26.2 7.2 6.6 4.7
2019 43.9 20.7 29.9 5.5 38.7 37.6 23.6 3.3 31.0 22.5 28.6 5.7 7.4 5.2
2020 48.3 29.1 17.7 4.9 35.5 41.4 23.2 4.4 33.0 22.7 22.7 4.9 12.3 9.4
2021 44.8 25.5 24.3 5.4 35.8 41.2 23.0 5.4 34.5 23.4 22.8 6.1 7.7 5.9
Player 45.9 21.4 26.6 6.0 37.7 37.8 24.2 3.8 34.3 23.0 25.1 5.4 6.3 4.4
MLB 45.0 22.8 25.1 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.4 3.8 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.7 4.6
! 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
2021 4-Seamer STL L 740 88.7 20.0 -2.2 -12 5.0 -1.5 -23
2021 Curveball STL L 201 72.6 57.8 -6.5 -10 10.3 -1.7 -14
2021 Sinker STL L 398 87.6 29.1 4.4 18 12.3 -1.5 -11
2021 Cutter STL L 609 86.4 25.8 3.7 12 1.8 -1.1 -37
2021 Changeup STL L 431 81.3 34.4 1.1 3 10.9 -2.6 -19
2020 4-Seamer CHC L 293 89.4 18.8 -1.2 -7 7.1 0.6 9
2020 Cutter CHC L 307 87.4 24.6 4.0 14 0.5 -2.1 -80
2020 Changeup CHC L 126 83.3 32.5 0.3 1 13.5 0.2 2
2020 Curveball CHC L 129 73.4 55.6 -7.6 -12 10.6 -1.1 -9
2020 Sinker CHC L 153 88.4 27.7 3.4 14 13.6 -0.2 -1
2019 Cutter CHC L 1,040 87.9 25.1 2.9 10 1.6 -0.4 -19
2019 Curveball CHC L 468 74.5 55.3 -6.2 -10 11.5 0.1 1
2019 Sinker CHC L 309 89.5 26.5 2.2 9 13.7 -0.4 -3
2019 4-Seamer CHC L 862 90.6 17.8 -0.4 -2 7.3 0.1 1
2019 Changeup CHC L 362 84.3 31.4 0.2 1 13.5 -0.2 -2
2018 Sinker CHC L 152 90.2 26.6 2.7 11 13.7 -0.7 -5
2018 Curveball CHC L 489 74.8 56.0 -5.3 -9 11.9 1.2 11
2018 Cutter CHC L 767 88.1 25.1 2.2 8 1.8 -0.2 -12
2018 4-Seamer CHC L 1,413 91.0 17.5 -0.2 -1 7.7 0.4 5
2018 Changeup CHC L 287 84.9 32.4 0.9 3 14.0 0.4 3
2017 Cutter CHC L 887 87.8 24.9 1.8 7 3.0 1.1 56
2017 Sinker CHC L 371 90.3 25.4 2.7 12 14.0 -0.7 -5
2017 4-Seamer CHC L 1,189 91.4 16.1 -0.3 -2 7.6 -0.3 -4
2017 Curveball CHC L 410 75.6 53.2 -4.0 -7 10.8 0.5 5
2017 Changeup CHC L 266 84.6 30.9 1.1 4 13.0 -0.5 -4
2016 Cutter CHC L 576 89.0 24.5 0.2 1 1.9 1.3 232
2016 Changeup CHC L 152 85.4 29.8 0.5 2 13.1 -0.6 -4
2016 Curveball CHC L 390 75.1 54.7 -3.3 -6 10.7 0.9 10
2016 4-Seamer CHC L 1,570 92.7 14.8 0.2 1 7.2 -1.6 -18
2016 Sinker CHC L 400 91.7 22.5 1.7 8 12.7 -2.1 -14
! 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 %
2021 4-Seamer 1.3 10 740 31.1 176 .338 .556 .421 16.3 14.2 13.8 .311 .523 .392 42.4
2021 Cutter 1.1 6 609 25.6 157 .293 .536 .386 16.7 19.7 15.6 .253 .450 .340 35.1
2021 Changeup -1.2 -5 432 18.2 120 .209 .300 .278 28.0 11.7 12.2 .281 .426 .334 33.0
2021 Sinker 1.2 5 398 16.7 130 .297 .483 .367 14.6 9.2 17.6 .267 .421 .326 38.9
2021 Curveball 0.8 2 201 8.4 39 .231 .462 .337 35.3 23.1 13.0 .206 .373 .245 30.0
2020 Cutter -0.7 -2 307 30.5 98 .215 .419 .290 16.9 20.4 19.8 .258 .485 .332 37.0
2020 4-Seamer 1.8 5 293 29.1 76 .308 .631 .435 9.3 6.6 7.0 .335 .739 .478 47.5
2020 Sinker -1.7 -3 153 15.2 36 .257 .286 .304 16.9 13.9 20.0 .222 .316 .246 40.0
2020 Curveball 1.4 2 129 12.8 18 .375 .625 .458 30.0 22.2 11.1 .296 .474 .372 33.3
2020 Changeup -0.6 -1 126 12.5 37 .257 .343 .334 32.4 21.6 19.5 .280 .416 .320 25.9
2019 Cutter 0.0 0 1,040 34.2 277 .283 .490 .371 18.6 23.5 20.4 .262 .444 .333 35.8
2019 4-Seamer 0.5 4 862 28.3 218 .305 .533 .389 15.4 19.3 17.3 .293 .545 .377 38.0
2019 Curveball -0.6 -3 468 15.4 88 .220 .280 .264 39.9 36.4 20.3 .222 .303 .248 15.7
2019 Changeup 1.2 4 362 11.9 99 .293 .413 .356 23.3 20.2 15.6 .260 .390 .305 26.0
2019 Sinker 2.4 7 309 10.2 82 .382 .513 .457 17.7 7.3 15.8 .339 .513 .384 47.1
2018 4-Seamer -0.3 -4 1,413 45.3 312 .267 .481 .369 15.9 18.3 13.9 .294 .549 .403 42.9
2018 Cutter -0.4 -3 767 24.6 220 .271 .414 .328 19.4 20.5 19.2 .262 .412 .318 31.3
2018 Curveball -0.1 0 489 15.7 90 .200 .271 .248 38.4 27.8 16.7 .220 .316 .266 32.8
2018 Changeup -2.1 -6 287 9.2 92 .193 .261 .240 22.8 20.7 15.7 .225 .336 .262 27.5
2018 Sinker 3.2 5 152 4.9 39 .405 .622 .455 14.3 5.1 9.1 .330 .523 .384 28.6
2017 4-Seamer 0.4 5 1,189 38.0 271 .297 .481 .375 18.4 21.8 17.0 .286 .489 .369 37.5
2017 Cutter -0.8 -7 887 28.3 232 .241 .394 .309 22.9 22.4 21.7 .220 .326 .260 26.2
2017 Curveball 1.4 6 410 13.1 87 .159 .390 .264 50.6 51.7 24.9 .158 .337 .234 27.0
2017 Sinker 1.2 5 371 11.8 90 .305 .427 .356 18.8 6.7 10.2 .264 .377 .311 27.6
2017 Changeup -0.3 -1 266 8.5 79 .239 .408 .324 32.4 22.8 18.4 .225 .345 .290 17.0
! 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 Changeup 114 83.2 80 15.1 10:45 9:45 60
2020 Curveball 122 73.4 63 13.4 4:00 4:00 0
2020 Cutter 262 87.4 59 10.0 11:15 12:15 -60
2020 4-Seam Fastball 269 89.3 82 16.3 10:45 11:00 -15
2020 Sinker 137 88.4 82 15.4 10:45 9:45 60
2021 Changeup 429 81.3 71 12.7 11:00 9:45 75
2021 Curveball 201 72.6 66 13.7 4:00 4:15 -15
2021 Cutter 606 86.4 55 9.9 11:15 12:30 -75
2021 4-Seam Fastball 736 88.7 76 14.9 11:00 11:15 -15
2021 Sinker 394 87.6 73 13.8 11:00 9:45 75
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 937 3,570 -20 -31 6 10 -35
2009 863 3,477 -11 -43 17 11 -26
2010 859 3,350 -14 -38 16 16 -21
2011 795 3,170 -11 -28 17 16 -7
2012 874 3,415 0 -18 18 14