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Jonathan Papelbon
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 5" 230LBS | Age: 41

Draft: 2003 | Rd: 4, #114, Boston Red Sox | Mississippi State
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2016 2 4 4.37 37 0 19 35.0 31 1.46
12 Seasons 41 36 2.44 689 3 368 725.2 808 1.04
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2016 37 2-4 4.37 35.0 31 1.46
12 Seasons 689 41-36 2.44 725.2 808 1.04

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 35 901 184 7 3.8 88.7 108.9 10.3 23.9 .209 .317 .278 .259 .297 36.4 21.6 4.6 2.13 2.86
2016 36 570 107 7 6.5 91.2 111.1 18 38.3 .257 .434 .321 .321 .377 41.1 20.4 9.2 4.37 4.52
Player 1471 291 14 4.8 89.7 111.1 13.2 29.2 .226 .360 .294 .282 .326 38.1 21.2 6.3
MLB 6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .243 .403 .317 .313 .364 35.4 22 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Papelbon relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(61.8%) ,
Slider
(19.6%) ,
Split Finger
(17.1%) ,
Sinker
(1.6%) ,


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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%
2016 4-Seam Fastball 344 144 200 61.8 91.6 86 78 20 13 5 0 2 15 64 .256 .254 .397 .463 .312 .333 92.4 25 2073 6.5 18.9 16.9
2016 Slider 109 100 9 19.6 80.3 35 34 11 6 4 0 1 11 23 .324 .290 .529 .421 .370 .315 88.6 11 1829 6.1 32.3 24.4
2016 Split Finger 95 6 89 17.1 86.5 25 22 5 4 1 0 0 5 17 .227 .180 .273 .217 .273 .234 88.6 2 1481 6.2 32.4 27.8
2016 Sinker 9 6 3 1.6 93.0 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 .333 .536 .667 1.416 .414 .795 100.5 11 2115 6.6 0.0 0.0
2015 4-Seam Fastball 589 271 318 66.0 92.0 155 137 36 23 7 1 5 33 107 .263 .205 .438 .320 .334 .272 90.3 18 2094 6.6 23.0 22.6
2015 Slider 153 140 13 17.1 80.1 44 43 6 5 1 0 0 11 32 .140 .229 .163 .322 .144 .249 85.4 11 1612 6.2 34.6 20.0
2015 Split Finger 138 16 122 15.5 86.6 55 53 10 7 1 0 2 12 42 .189 .198 .321 .302 .227 .227 87.1 -8 1358 6.4 27.9 20.0
2015 Sinker 13 2 11 1.5 92.7 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 .333 .291 .333 .365 .294 .287 91.2 10 2046 6.7 0.0 0.0
! 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 51.6 20.1 20.1 8.2 32.1 40.8 27.2 4.9 33.7 21.2 23.9 4.3 3.8
2016 35.5 22.4 34.6 7.5 36.4 36.4 27.1 1.9 27.1 30.8 25.2 5.6 6.5
Player 45.7 21 25.4 7.9 33.7 39.2 27.1 3.8 31.3 24.7 24.4 4.8 4.8
MLB 45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.4 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6
! 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
2016 Splitter WSH R 95 86.5 28.8 -0.2 -1 15.6 3.2 25
2016 Sinker WSH R 9 93 18.9 -1.1 -6 19.5 4.7 32
2016 Slider WSH R 107 80.3 39.6 -1 -2 0.3 -5.4 -105
2016 4-Seamer WSH R 343 91.6 15.9 -0.6 -4 15.9 7.5 89
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 296 1149 -11 -14 3 3 -19
2009 287 1200 -12 -15 4 4 -18
2010 282 1145 -5 -6 1 4 -5
2011 254 997 -6 -8 0 4 -9
2012 281 1136 -2 -9 1 5 -5
2013 253 958 2 -15 1 4 -8
2014 257 1012 -12 -11 2 6 -14
2015 257 893 -5 -11 2 3 -11
2016 149 557 4 -10 4 2 1
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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 901 51.2 73.8 77.9 37.7 66.3 42.2 66.4 56.2 25.3 8.9 83.8
2016 570 47.5 67.2 85.2 28.4 57.6 37.9 57.2 46.8 23.6 8.8 80
Player 1471 49.8 71.3 80.5 34 63.3 40.5 63 52.5 24.7 8.8 82.3
MLB 48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 86 82 84 81 86 79 80 30 19 59 94 71 86 40 26
2016 32 14
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92 -0.4 undefined undefined
Offspeed Velocity 86.6 -0.1 undefined undefined
Breaking Velocity 80.1 0.2 undefined undefined
Exit Velocity 88.7 2.5 undefined undefined
Launch Angle 10.3 7.7 undefined undefined
Barrel % 3.8 2.7 undefined undefined
Hard Hit % 36.4 4.7 undefined undefined
Sweet Spot % 23.9 14.4 undefined undefined
xBA .209 0.048 undefined undefined
BA .225 0.045 undefined undefined
xwOBA .259 0.062 undefined undefined
wOBA .278 0.043 undefined undefined
xSLG .317 0.117 undefined undefined
SLG .36 0.056 undefined undefined
K% 21.6 -1.2 undefined undefined
BB% 4.6 4.6 undefined undefined
Swing % 56.2 -9.4 undefined undefined
Whiff% 25.3 -1.7 undefined undefined
In Zone % 51.2 -3.7 undefined undefined
Out of Zone % 48.8 3.7 undefined undefined
Out of Zone Swing % 37.7 -9.3 undefined undefined
First Pitch Swing % 40.2 -10.6 undefined undefined
First Pitch Strike % 66.4 -9.2 undefined undefined
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 145 .321 69 4 5.8 76 14 18.4

Pitch Distribution