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Jon Lester
Trending: ↓ 14%
P | B/T: L/L | 6' 4" 240LBS | Age: 36

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 3 3 5.16 12 12 0 61.0 42 1.33
15 Seasons 193 111 3.60 424 423 0 2598.2 2397 1.27
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 12 3-3 5.16 61.0 42 1.33
15 Seasons 424 193-111 3.60 2598.2 2397 1.27

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2015 3185 566 25 4.4 87.1 9.4 31.1 .229 .352 .289 .283 .350 28.4 25.0 5.7 3.34 3.13
2016 3161 541 22 4.1 87.4 11.7 31.2 .226 .352 .264 .283 .345 29.2 24.7 6.5 2.44 3.17
2017 3131 519 28 5.4 86.3 10.3 34.3 .247 .403 .320 .314 .379 29.5 23.6 7.9 4.33 4.04
2018 3121 542 36 6.6 88.6 13.7 38.7 .270 .454 .319 .347 .399 35.4 19.6 8.4 3.32 5.01
2019 3043 542 40 7.4 88.6 12.2 37.1 .277 .461 .344 .341 .409 34.7 21.6 6.8 4.46 5.02
2020 1008 203 25 12.3 88.9 11.9 34.0 .280 .515 .328 .348 .386 38.9 15.8 6.4 5.16 5.69
ALL 16649 2913 176 6.0 87.7 11.5 34.4 .251 .410 .308 .315 .377 32.0 22.5 7.0
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

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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 Whiff% PutAway%
2020 Cutter 321 275 46 31.8 87.4 103 97 22 13 4 0 5 21 76 .227 .255 .423 .467 .292 .313 87.1 17 2343 17.2 20.0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 280 243 37 27.8 89.4 71 61 18 8 4 1 5 4 58 .295 .344 .639 .764 .418 .463 93.2 23 2220 8.3 6.0
2020 Sinker 142 91 51 14.1 88.6 35 35 9 8 1 0 0 5 30 .257 .226 .286 .320 .234 .239 88.4 -13 2086 17.7 25.0
2020 Changeup 136 126 10 13.5 83.4 38 35 9 6 3 0 0 8 27 .257 .284 .343 .425 .288 .326 84.6 4 1905 31.0 17.4
2020 Curveball 129 112 17 12.8 73.4 18 16 6 4 1 0 1 4 12 .375 .295 .625 .477 .449 .364 85.9 9 2569 30.0 11.1
2019 Cutter 1040 835 205 34.2 87.9 277 251 71 41 18 2 10 65 190 .283 .263 .490 .448 .346 .334 87.8 13 2391 18.7 20.4
2019 4-Seam Fastball 862 679 183 28.3 90.6 218 197 60 40 6 3 11 42 158 .305 .297 .533 .552 .374 .381 90.8 20 2251 15.7 17.3
2019 Curveball 468 391 77 15.4 74.5 88 82 18 13 5 0 0 32 51 .220 .225 .280 .307 .238 .254 84.9 15 2606 40.3 20.3
2019 Changeup 362 306 56 11.9 84.3 99 92 27 22 2 0 3 20 73 .293 .264 .413 .393 .319 .308 86.3 4 1939 23.3 15.6
2019 Sinker 309 147 162 10.2 89.5 82 76 29 23 4 0 2 6 70 .382 .343 .513 .518 .402 .390 91.3 1 2143 17.7 15.8
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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
2020 Curveball CHC L 129 73.4 55.6 -7.6 -12 10.6 -1.1 -9
2020 Cutter CHC L 321 87.4 24.6 4 14 0.4 -2.3 -84
2020 Sinker CHC L 142 88.6 27.4 3.3 14 13.7 -0.1 -1
2020 4-Seamer CHC L 280 89.4 18.6 -1 -6 7.4 0.9 14
2020 Changeup CHC L 136 83.4 32.5 0.2 0 13.5 0.1 1
2019 Sinker CHC L 309 89.5 26.5 2.2 9 13.7 -0.4 -3
2019 Changeup CHC L 362 84.3 31.4 0.1 0 13.5 -0.2 -2
2019 Curveball CHC L 468 74.5 55.3 -6.2 -10 11.5 0.1 1
2019 4-Seamer CHC L 862 90.6 17.8 -0.3 -2 7.3 0.1 2
2019 Cutter CHC L 1040 87.9 25.1 3 11 1.6 -0.4 -20
2018 4-Seamer CHC L 1413 91 17.5 -0.1 -1 7.7 0.3 4
2018 Cutter CHC L 767 88.1 25.1 2.2 8 1.8 -0.3 -12
2018 Changeup CHC L 287 84.9 32.4 0.9 3 14 0.4 3
2018 Curveball CHC L 489 74.8 56 -5.4 -9 11.9 1.2 11
2018 Sinker CHC L 152 90.2 26.6 2.6 11 13.7 -0.7 -5
2017 Curveball CHC L 410 75.6 53.2 -4.1 -7 10.8 0.5 4
2017 Cutter CHC L 887 87.8 24.9 1.8 7 3 1 53
2017 Sinker CHC L 371 90.3 25.4 2.6 11 14 -0.7 -5
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 -0.1 -1 7.6 -0.5 -6
2016 4-Seamer CHC L 1572 92.7 14.8 0.2 1 7.2 -1.6 -18
2016 Curveball CHC L 390 75.1 54.7 -3.4 -6 10.7 0.9 10
2016 Cutter CHC L 575 89.1 24.6 0.2 1 1.9 1.3 224
2016 Changeup CHC L 152 85.4 30 0.7 2 13.1 -0.6 -4
2016 Sinker CHC L 400 91.7 22.5 1.7 8 12.7 -2.1 -14
2015 Curveball CHC L 484 75.6 54 -3.2 -6 11.1 2.1 24
2015 4-Seamer CHC L 1405 92.6 14.8 0.5 3 6.6 -2.2 -25
2015 Cutter CHC L 749 88.5 25.9 -0.5 -2 3.1 2.8 1020
2015 Changeup CHC L 150 85.1 30.7 0.9 3 12.7 -1 -7
2015 Sinker CHC L 343 91.5 23.3 1.5 7 12 -3.1 -20
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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 3185 43.7 64.8 85.5 30.1 58.7 41.9 61.2 45.3 24.5 6.0 77.4
2016 3161 46.4 67.4 85.2 28.6 57.1 42.6 63.1 46.6 24.0 6.2 71.9
2017 3131 43.3 66.5 83.2 28.6 59.7 44.5 58.1 45.0 25.3 5.4 80.4
2018 3121 47.4 67.3 85.6 22.4 62.8 42.0 57.4 43.7 20.5 6.7 80.4
2019 3043 44.0 67.6 85.0 28.0 67.0 43.2 58.9 45.4 21.2 5.1 80.5
2020 1008 44.5 66.8 88.7 25.9 67.6 41.0 58.9 44.1 18.2 6.2 80.6
ALL 16649 45.0 66.7 85.1 27.5 61.3 42.7 59.7 45.1 22.9 5.9 78.1
MLB 48.4 66.1 82.8 28.2 59.4 42.6 60.6 46.6 24.5 7.2 75.1

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2015 50.5 17.0 25.6 6.9 37.8 36.4 25.8 3.7 38.9 21.9 24.2 3.5 4.4
2016 47.5 19.4 25.9 7.2 40.5 32.9 26.6 3.0 36.2 23.7 24.0 4.6 4.1
2017 47.8 20.4 27.0 4.8 34.3 41.0 24.7 4.2 35.5 21.4 26.0 5.6 5.4
2018 40.0 23.2 30.3 6.5 40.0 38.2 21.8 1.5 30.8 25.5 26.4 7.2 6.6
2019 43.9 20.7 29.9 5.5 38.7 37.6 23.6 3.1 31.0 22.5 28.6 5.7 7.4
2020 48.3 23.2 24.1 4.4 35.5 41.4 23.2 4.4 33.0 22.7 22.7 4.9 12.3
ALL 46.1 20.3 27.5 6.1 38.1 37.5 24.4 3.2 34.4 23.0 25.6 5.3 6.0
MLB 45.3 22.0 25.7 7.1 36.6 38.0 25.5 3.2 33.6 24.3 24.6 5.6 6.4

Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 776 .261 599 16 2.7 177 6 3.4
2017 760 .320 590 1 0.2 170 4 2.4
2018 756 .321 600 30 5.0 156 5 3.2
2019 764 .344 588 47 8.0 176 29 16.5
2020 265 .328 232 48 20.7 33 16 48.5

Pitch Distribution