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Jon Lester
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 4" 249LBS | Age: 37

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 6 6 4.67 25 25 0 125.1 79 1.52
16 Seasons 199 117 3.65 449 448 0 2724.0 2476 1.28
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 25 6-6 4.67 125.1 79 1.52
16 Seasons 449 199-117 3.65 2724.0 2476 1.28

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % 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 87.1 115 9.5 31.3 .222 .337 .289 .272 .333 28.6 25 5.7 3.34 3.16
2016 32 3161 541 22 4.1 87.4 112.6 11.6 31.2 .214 .331 .264 .265 .317 29.8 24.7 6.5 2.44 3.01
2017 33 3131 519 28 5.4 86.3 111.1 10.3 34.1 .238 .387 .320 .301 .359 29.5 23.6 7.9 4.33 3.95
2018 34 3121 542 37 6.8 88.7 113.1 13.7 39.3 .267 .450 .319 .342 .393 35.4 19.6 8.4 3.32 5.13
2019 35 3043 542 40 7.4 88.6 112.2 12.2 37.1 .273 .454 .344 .335 .400 34.7 21.6 6.8 4.46 5.13
2020 36 1008 203 25 12.3 88.9 112.5 11.9 34 .280 .518 .333 .363 .405 38.9 15.8 6.4 5.16 5.85
2021 37 2119 426 32 7.5 88.7 116 10 32.6 .268 .438 .352 .338 .362 37.8 14.2 8.6 4.67 5.01
18768 3339 209 6.3 87.9 116 11.3 34.3 .247 .403 .313 .310 .363 32.9 21.5 7.2
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .243 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Lester relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(30.3%) ,
Cutter
(26.9%) ,
Changeup
(17.3%) ,
Sinker
(16.9%) ,
Curveball
(8.5%) ,


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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 643 515 128 30.3 88.7 151 131 47 29 12 0 6 19 116 0.359 0.320 0.588 0.509 0.429 0.392 88.5 13 2176 6.5 15.1 12.3
2021 Cutter 571 371 200 26.9 86.5 151 134 38 23 6 0 9 32 104 0.284 0.243 0.530 0.438 0.372 0.334 87.1 16 2304 6.4 16.5 16.5
2021 Changeup 366 354 12 17.3 81.3 100 92 20 15 3 0 2 11 82 0.217 0.278 0.315 0.435 0.258 0.336 88.4 12 1742 6.4 29.2 11.2
2021 Sinker 358 276 82 16.9 87.5 114 104 30 20 7 0 3 9 97 0.288 0.249 0.442 0.372 0.335 0.301 88.5 -7 2045 6.5 14.3 15.3
2021 Curveball 181 136 45 8.5 72.6 35 35 7 3 2 0 2 8 27 0.200 0.204 0.429 0.376 0.261 0.246 83.2 14 2438 6.2 35.5 12.7
2020 Cutter 321 275 46 31.8 87.4 103 97 22 13 4 0 5 21 76 0.227 0.257 0.423 0.477 0.297 0.332 87.1 17 2350 6.5 17.2 20.0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 280 243 37 27.8 89.4 71 61 18 8 4 1 5 4 58 0.295 0.344 0.639 0.768 0.425 0.490 93.2 23 2214 6.6 8.2 6.0
2020 Sinker 142 91 51 14.1 88.6 35 35 9 8 1 0 0 5 30 0.257 0.222 0.286 0.316 0.237 0.233 88.4 -13 2080 6.6 17.7 25.0
2020 Changeup 136 126 10 13.5 83.4 38 35 9 6 3 0 0 8 27 0.257 0.280 0.343 0.416 0.292 0.330 84.6 4 1905 6.5 31.0 17.4
2020 Curveball 129 112 17 12.8 73.4 18 16 6 4 1 0 1 4 12 0.375 0.296 0.625 0.474 0.456 0.375 85.9 9 2569 6.3 30.0 11.1
! 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 50.5 17 25.6 6.9 37.3 36 25.6 4.2 38.7 21.9 24.2 3.5 4.4
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
2017 47.8 20.6 26.8 4.8 34.3 41 24.7 4.4 35.5 21.4 25.8 5.6 5.4
2018 40 23.2 30.3 6.5 39.9 37.8 21.8 2.2 30.3 25.1 26.4 7.2 6.8
2019 43.9 20.7 29.9 5.5 38.7 37.6 23.6 3.3 31 22.5 28.6 5.7 7.4
2020 48.3 23.2 23.6 4.9 35.5 41.4 23.2 4.4 33 22.7 22.7 4.9 12.3
2021 44.8 25.4 24.4 5.4 35.4 40.1 24.4 4.9 35.2 23.7 22.5 6.1 7.5
46 21 27 6 37.7 37.7 24.3 3.8 34.4 23 25.2 5.4 6.3
45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.5 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

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 Cutter STL L 571 86.5 25.8 3.6 12 1.8 -1.1 -37
2021 Curveball STL L 181 72.6 57.8 -6.6 -10 10.3 -1.6 -14
2021 Sinker STL L 358 87.5 29.1 4.3 18 12.2 -1.5 -11
2021 4-Seamer STL L 643 88.7 20 -2.3 -13 5 -1.4 -22
2021 Changeup STL L 365 81.3 34.4 1.1 3 10.7 -2.7 -20
2020 Changeup CHC L 136 83.4 32.5 0.3 1 13.5 0.2 1
2020 Cutter CHC L 321 87.4 24.6 3.9 14 0.4 -2.2 -84
2020 4-Seamer CHC L 279 89.4 18.6 -1.1 -6 7.4 0.9 14
2020 Sinker CHC L 141 88.6 27.5 3.3 13 13.6 -0.2 -2
2020 Curveball CHC L 129 73.4 55.6 -7.5 -12 10.6 -1.1 -9
2019 Cutter CHC L 1040 87.9 25.1 2.9 10 1.6 -0.4 -20
2019 Sinker CHC L 309 89.5 26.5 2.3 9 13.7 -0.4 -3
2019 4-Seamer CHC L 862 90.6 17.8 -0.4 -2 7.3 0.1 2
2019 Curveball CHC L 468 74.5 55.3 -6.2 -10 11.5 0.1 1
2019 Changeup CHC L 362 84.3 31.4 0.2 1 13.5 -0.2 -2
2018 Changeup CHC L 287 84.9 32.4 0.9 3 14 0.4 3
2018 Cutter CHC L 767 88.1 25.1 2.2 8 1.8 -0.2 -11
2018 4-Seamer CHC L 1413 91 17.5 -0.2 -1 7.7 0.4 6
2018 Curveball CHC L 489 74.8 56 -5.3 -9 11.9 1.2 11
2018 Sinker CHC L 152 90.2 26.6 2.7 11 13.7 -0.7 -5
2017 Cutter CHC L 887 87.8 24.9 1.8 7 3 1.1 56
2017 Changeup CHC L 266 84.6 30.9 1.1 4 13 -0.5 -4
2017 4-Seamer CHC L 1189 91.4 16.1 -0.3 -2 7.6 -0.3 -4
2017 Curveball CHC L 410 75.6 53.2 -4 -7 10.8 0.5 5
2017 Sinker CHC L 371 90.3 25.4 2.7 12 14 -0.7 -5
2016 4-Seamer CHC L 1571 92.7 14.8 0.2 1 7.2 -1.6 -18
2016 Curveball CHC L 389 75.1 54.8 -3.2 -5 10.7 1 10
2016 Cutter CHC L 576 89 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 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 Curveball 0.7 1 181 8.5 35 0.2 0.429 0.314 35.5 22.9 12.7 0.204 0.376 0.246 33.3
2021 Changeup -0.9 -3 366 17.3 100 0.217 0.315 0.289 29.2 11 11.2 0.278 0.435 0.337 35.4
2021 Sinker 1.1 4 358 16.9 114 0.288 0.442 0.347 14.3 7.9 15.3 0.249 0.372 0.301 37.1
2021 Cutter 1 6 571 26.9 151 0.284 0.53 0.381 16.5 21.2 16.5 0.243 0.438 0.334 36.5
2021 4-Seamer 1.5 9 643 30.3 151 0.359 0.588 0.441 15.1 12.6 12.3 0.32 0.509 0.393 42.2
2020 Curveball 1.4 2 129 12.8 18 0.375 0.625 0.458 30 22.2 11.1 0.296 0.474 0.372 33.3
2020 Sinker -1.8 -3 142 14.1 35 0.257 0.286 0.293 17.7 14.3 25 0.222 0.316 0.233 40
2020 Changeup -0.2 0 136 13.5 38 0.257 0.343 0.343 31 21.1 17.4 0.28 0.416 0.33 25.9
2020 4-Seamer 1.6 4 280 27.8 71 0.295 0.639 0.43 8.2 5.6 6 0.344 0.768 0.49 48.3
2020 Cutter -0.3 -1 321 31.8 103 0.227 0.423 0.3 17.2 20.4 20 0.257 0.477 0.332 36.8
2019 Sinker 2.1 7 309 10.2 82 0.382 0.513 0.446 17.7 7.3 15.8 0.339 0.513 0.384 47.1
2019 Curveball -0.6 -3 468 15.4 88 0.22 0.28 0.264 39.9 36.4 20.3 0.222 0.303 0.248 15.7
2019 Changeup 1 4 362 11.9 99 0.293 0.413 0.346 23.3 20.2 15.6 0.26 0.39 0.305 26
2019 4-Seamer 0.5 5 862 28.3 218 0.305 0.533 0.394 15.4 19.3 17.3 0.29 0.54 0.374 38
2019 Cutter -0.1 -1 1040 34.2 277 0.283 0.49 0.366 18.6 23.5 20.4 0.26 0.442 0.331 35.8
2018 Sinker 3.3 5 152 4.9 39 0.405 0.622 0.455 14.3 5.1 9.1 0.33 0.523 0.384 28.6
2018 Curveball -0.2 -1 489 15.7 90 0.2 0.271 0.235 38.4 27.8 16.7 0.227 0.348 0.28 32.8
2018 Changeup -2 -6 287 9.2 92 0.193 0.261 0.24 22.8 20.7 15.7 0.225 0.336 0.262 27.5
2018 Cutter -0.3 -2 767 24.6 220 0.271 0.414 0.328 19.4 20.5 19.2 0.262 0.412 0.318 31.3
2018 4-Seamer -0.3 -4 1413 45.3 312 0.267 0.481 0.369 15.9 18.3 13.9 0.294 0.549 0.403 42.9
2017 Changeup -0.2 0 266 8.5 79 0.239 0.408 0.32 32.4 22.8 18.4 0.224 0.342 0.287 17
2017 Curveball 1.5 6 410 13.1 87 0.159 0.39 0.264 50.6 51.7 24.9 0.158 0.337 0.234 27
2017 Sinker 1.3 5 371 11.8 90 0.305 0.427 0.352 18.8 6.7 10.2 0.261 0.372 0.307 27.6
2017 Cutter -1 -9 887 28.3 232 0.241 0.394 0.303 22.9 22.4 21.7 0.219 0.325 0.258 26.2
2017 4-Seamer 0.4 5 1189 38 271 0.297 0.481 0.376 18.4 21.8 17 0.281 0.481 0.363 37.5
! 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 124 83.3 80 15 10:45 9:45 60
2020 Curveball 122 73.4 63 13.4 4:00 4:00 0
2020 Cutter 276 87.4 59 10 11:15 12:00 -45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 255 89.4 84 16.6 10:45 11:00 -15
2020 Sinker 126 88.6 82 15.5 10:45 9:45 60
2021 Changeup 363 81.3 71 12.5 11:00 9:45 75
2021 Curveball 181 72.6 66 13.7 4:00 4:15 -15
2021 Cutter 568 86.5 55 9.9 11:15 12:30 -75
2021 4-Seam Fastball 639 88.7 76 14.8 11:00 11:15 -15
2021 Sinker 354 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 3570 -21 -30 6 10 -35
2009 863 3477 -12 -42 18 11 -26
2010 859 3350 -14 -39 17 16 -20
2011 796 3174 -13 -27 17 15 -8
2012 874 3415 0 -17 18 14 15
2013 1036 4082 -17 -27 25 14 -5
2014 916 3602 -14 -31 13 11 -21
2015 871 3350 -7 -32 10 12 -17
2016 917 3601 -33 -43 14 15 -47
2017 814 3367 9 -38 15 16 2
2018 776 3194 -9 -39 23 16 -10
2019 764 3042 14 -38 22 13 11
2020 265 1008 -1 -11 8 7 2
2021 551 2119 -2 -17 25 11 17
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing %