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José Álvarez
P | B/T: L/L | 5' 11" 195LBS | Age: 32

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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 5 2 2.37 67 1 0 64.2 42 1.11
9 Seasons 20 24 3.40 426 8 3 405.1 345 1.30
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 67 5-2 2.37 64.2 42 1.11
9 Seasons 426 20-24 3.40 405.1 345 1.30

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 26 1015 196 6 3.1 85.5 112.1 8.3 33.2 .227 .331 .281 .281 .315 27.8 20.8 8.1 3.49 3.38
2016 27 930 189 6 3.2 86.4 110.9 9.6 38.1 .250 .356 .318 .282 .332 22.6 19.9 5.9 3.45 3.43
2017 28 760 146 9 6.2 86.4 111.6 12.9 34.9 .255 .436 .304 .306 .382 32.9 22.2 5.9 3.88 4.09
2018 29 1021 178 13 7.3 86.8 113.3 10.4 34.3 .224 .372 .270 .293 .342 30.3 22.6 8.4 2.71 3.65
2019 30 984 185 9 4.9 86.1 112.7 7.7 33.5 .266 .413 .319 .312 .367 32.4 20 7.1 3.36 4.38
2020 31 129 18 1 5.6 86.3 105.5 2.8 27.8 .299 .364 .333 .337 .388 38.9 22.2 11.1 1.42 4.93
2021 32 970 204 5 2.5 86.4 110.1 8.3 29.9 .248 .337 .245 .286 .309 32.8 15.8 7.1 2.37 3.47
5809 1116 49 4.4 86.3 113.3 9.2 33.8 .245 .371 .289 .293 .340 29.9 20.2 7.2
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .242 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Alvarez relies on 5 pitches.
Sinker
(45.7%) ,
Changeup
(28%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(12.3%) ,
Slider
(10.2%) ,
Cutter
(3.8%) ,


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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 Sinker 443 226 217 45.7 91.2 129 116 22 18 2 1 1 19 98 .190 .253 .250 .329 .232 .294 86.8 -2 2127 6.5 14.3 15.4
2021 Changeup 272 207 65 28.0 81.2 69 65 14 12 2 0 0 13 53 .215 .221 .246 .298 .219 .248 84.5 16 1541 6.5 29.8 14.3
2021 4-Seam Fastball 119 57 62 12.3 91.3 32 29 5 3 1 0 1 5 24 .172 .204 .310 .363 .249 .283 85.6 13 2302 6.4 20.8 12.5
2021 Slider 99 25 74 10.2 81.4 32 31 10 9 0 1 0 5 26 .323 .317 .387 .418 .318 .332 85.5 27 2238 6.5 22.6 20.8
2021 Cutter 37 29 8 3.8 85.8 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 .667 .358 .667 .403 .586 .333 89.1 -9 2304 6.5 25.0 0.0
2020 Sinker 51 26 25 39.5 91.4 10 8 2 2 0 0 0 2 6 .250 .273 .250 .305 .316 .346 87.4 5 2344 6.5 21.4 20.0
2020 Changeup 29 24 5 22.5 81.7 7 7 3 3 0 0 0 3 4 .429 .366 .429 .423 .378 .347 93.4 10 1766 6.5 35.7 20.0
2020 Slider 22 7 15 17.1 83.4 4 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 2 .333 .393 .667 .433 .484 .448 71.7 14 2350 6.5 37.5 14.3
2020 4-Seam Fastball 18 10 8 14.0 92.2 4 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 .250 .228 .500 .416 .310 .274 88.7 -2 2348 6.5 11.1 0.0
2020 Cutter 9 9 0 7.0 86.6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .168 .000 .186 .000 .157 79.3 -19 2448 6.6 20.0 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 51.5 17.3 27.6 3.6 35.2 41.3 23.5 5.1 39.8 21.4 23.5 6.1 3.1
2016 46 23.3 28 2.6 31.7 40.2 27.5 3.2 33.3 23.8 30.2 2.6 3.2
2017 39 21.2 30.8 8.9 30.8 39 30.1 4.8 30.1 24.7 26 6.2 6.2
2018 47.8 20.2 25.8 6.2 34.3 38.8 26.4 3.9 36 23.6 22.5 4.5 7.3
2019 50.3 20.5 24.3 4.9 32.4 40 27.6 4.9 40 17.3 27.6 5.4 4.9
2020 50 0 38.9 11.1 16.7 55.6 27.8 0 38.9 5.6 44.4 0 5.6
2021 51 16.2 23.5 9.3 41.7 35.8 22.5 6.4 37.3 23 26.5 4.4 2.5
48 19.4 26.7 5.9 34.3 39.4 26.1 4.7 36.4 22 26.3 4.7 4.4
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 SF L 36 85.9 27 2.9 10 2 -0.7 -26
2021 Slider SF L 98 81.5 36.7 -4.1 -10 4.9 -4.6 -48
2021 Sinker SF L 430 91.2 23 0 0 16.8 2.2 15
2021 4-Seamer SF L 119 91.3 17.2 -1 -6 10.6 3.5 50
2021 Changeup SF L 269 81.2 37.2 2.4 7 14.4 0.5 4
2020 Changeup PHI L 29 81.7 37.6 3.5 10 16.6 2.8 21
2020 4-Seamer PHI L 18 92.2 17.2 -1.2 -7 12.8 5.5 76
2020 Cutter PHI L 9 86.6 27.2 2.3 8 2.4 -0.3 -10
2020 Sinker PHI L 51 91.4 22 -1.2 -5 17.8 3 20
2020 Slider PHI L 22 83.4 32.5 -6.6 -17 5 -1.7 -26
2019 Sinker PHI L 379 91.4 21.4 -1.7 -7 16.6 2.2 15
2019 Changeup PHI L 217 82 35.7 2.3 7 15.2 1.4 10
2019 4-Seamer PHI L 133 91.4 16.8 0 0 10 2.8 39
2019 Cutter PHI L 72 87 26.9 1.9 7 1.9 -0.3 -14
2019 Curveball PHI L 75 81.6 40 -10.1 -20 7.1 -2.7 -27
2019 Slider PHI L 107 83.3 34.1 -4.4 -11 4.6 -1.9 -30
2018 4-Seamer LAA L 374 91.7 15.8 0.8 5 8 0.9 13
2018 Cutter LAA L 43 87.3 26.6 1.3 5 2.7 0.3 13
2018 Slider LAA L 127 83.7 34.9 -3.1 -8 4.8 -0.7 -13
2018 Curveball LAA L 122 80.9 42 -8.5 -17 6 -3.1 -34
2018 Changeup LAA L 148 81.3 34.4 0.8 2 14.2 0.8 6
2018 Sinker LAA L 207 91.3 21.5 -1.5 -7 16.2 1.7 12
2017 Sinker LAA L 161 91 21.7 0 0 16 1.4 10
2017 Changeup LAA L 130 81.5 33.2 1.8 6 13.1 0.4 3
2017 Curveball LAA L 143 79.2 44.4 -6.8 -13 6.8 -2.4 -26
2017 Slider LAA L 37 84 33.7 -2.4 -7 4.3 -0.3 -7
2017 4-Seamer LAA L 263 91.5 15.8 -0.5 -4 7.9 0.5 7
2017 Cutter LAA L 25 87.1 27.8 -0.9 -3 1.1 -0.8 -42
2016 4-Seamer LAA L 224 91.5 16.6 -1.5 -10 10.7 2.5 30
2016 Curveball LAA L 55 77.6 47 -6.9 -13 5.9 -2.9 -33
2016 Sinker LAA L 193 90.8 22.2 1 5 16.5 1.9 13
2016 Changeup LAA L 175 80.5 34.3 2 6 14.3 1.4 11
2016 Slider LAA L 255 85.9 30 -2.1 -7 0.6 -1.8 -74
! 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 Cutter 3.5 1 37 3.8 3 .667 .667 .6 25 0 0 .358 .403 .333 33.3
2021 Slider 2.1 2 99 10.2 32 .323 .387 .353 22.6 15.6 20.8 .317 .418 .333 30.8
2021 4-Seamer -0.1 0 119 12.3 32 .172 .31 .28 20.8 15.6 12.5 .204 .363 .284 41.7
2021 Changeup -0.7 -2 272 28 69 .215 .246 .236 29.8 18.8 14.3 .221 .298 .248 18.9
2021 Sinker -2.9 -13 443 45.7 129 .19 .25 .24 14.3 14.7 15.4 .253 .329 .298 38.8
2020 Cutter -6 -1 9 7 2 0 0 0 20 0 0 .168 .185 .157 50
2020 4-Seamer -2.7 0 18 14 4 .25 .5 .313 11.1 0 0 .228 .416 .274 50
2020 Slider 2.6 1 22 17.1 4 .333 .667 .488 37.5 25 14.3 .393 .433 .449 0
2020 Changeup 0.1 0 29 22.5 7 .429 .429 .386 35.7 42.9 20 .366 .423 .347 50
2020 Sinker -2.1 -1 51 39.5 10 .25 .25 .32 21.4 20 20 .273 .305 .346 33.3
2019 Cutter 4.4 3 72 7.3 14 .357 .857 .568 19.5 14.3 8.7 .248 .417 .284 16.7
2019 Curveball 4.4 3 75 7.6 17 .5 1.125 .679 23.5 11.8 8.3 .346 .688 .45 42.9
2019 Slider 2.4 3 107 10.9 24 .348 .609 .419 27.5 25 18.8 .254 .541 .342 29.4
2019 4-Seamer -1.7 -2 133 13.5 37 .226 .323 .276 17.7 27 19.2 .28 .419 .33 39.1
2019 Changeup -1 -2 217 22.1 55 .278 .333 .294 34.5 29.1 19.3 .265 .345 .273 34.2
2019 Sinker -2.3 -9 380 38.6 104 .245 .298 .29 16.6 14.4 13.6 .254 .372 .301 30.9
2018 Cutter 0 0 43 4.2 17 .313 .375 .326 20.8 35.3 25 .251 .349 .288 20
2018 Curveball -5.2 -6 122 11.9 34 .091 .152 .121 20.8 17.6 18.8 .213 .322 .243 14.8
2018 Slider -3.1 -4 127 12.4 35 .206 .235 .21 35.8 22.9 21.1 .204 .269 .22 30.8
2018 Changeup 1.1 2 148 14.5 43 .243 .27 .301 36 23.3 23.3 .145 .166 .224 7.1
2018 Sinker -2.1 -4 207 20.3 51 .227 .386 .314 18.1 15.7 20 .231 .465 .344 43.2
2018 4-Seamer -0.4 -1 374 36.6 79 .239 .423 .335 16.9 26.6 16 .271 .5 .364 44
2017 Cutter 5.6 1 25 3.3 6 .4 .6 .475 16.7 16.7 11.1 .289 .377 .356 50
2017 Slider 2.1 1 37 4.9 13 .308 .538 .431 43.5 38.5 27.8 .214 .426 .267 37.5
2017 Curveball 0.4 1 143 18.8 35 .143 .457 .243 36.4 22.9 20.5 .199 .427 .259 22.2
2017 Changeup -0.6 -1 130 17.1 35 .333 .333 .323 29.4 25.7 23.1 .25 .289 .261 8.3
2017 Sinker -1 -2 161 21.2 37 .324 .559 .394 8.9 10.8 9.3 .311 .598 .4 45.2
2017 4-Seamer -1.3 -4 263 34.6 72 .243 .357 .272 20.7 25 18.8 .263 .437 .307 40.4
! 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 28 81.7 90 17.6 10:00 9:15 45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 17 92.2 96 19.7 10:30 10:30 0
2020 Sinker 48 91.4 97 21.2 10:30 10:00 30
2020 Slider 21 83.4 38 7.7 12:30 1:30 -60
2021 Changeup 258 81.2 89 15.9 9:45 9:15 30
2021 Cutter 32 85.9 51 9.2 11:30 12:30 -60
2021 4-Seam Fastball 114 91.3 94 18.6 10:30 10:45 -15
2021 Sinker 392 91.3 94 19.6 10:30 10:00 30
2021 Slider 94 81.4 34 6.4 12:45 2:00 -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
2013 181 730 -2 -2 4 3 3
2015 275 983 -3 0 2 5 3
2016 248 905 -2 -4 4 4 2
2017 198 759 -1 -9 4 3 -3
2018 259 1021 -9 -15 5 5 -14
2019 251 983 -9 -4 5 4 -4
2020 27 129 0 -3 1 1 -1
2021 266 973 -11 -12 6 5 -12
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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 1015 48.2 64.9 83.4 31.9 59.4 38.3 68.6 47.7 24.6 8 73.8
2016 930 48 68.2 82.5 34.9 68.3 40.5 63.7 51.1 22.1 6.4 74.6
2017 760 46.9 72.2 82.9 31.3 62.7 41.6 60.1 50.5 23.7 7.2 83.6
2018 1021 48.4 68.4 82.5 31.3 63.6 43.3 62.1 49.3 23.3 5.3 75.9
2019 984 48.4 73.3 82.2 32 63.6 39.9 64.7 52 22.7 9.1 86.5
2020 129 38 67.3 84.8 38.8 64.5 34.1 55.6 49.6 25 8.5 63.6
2021 970 51.5 66.2 84.3 27.2 64.8 40.6 69.2 47.3 20.7 10.4 72.3
5809 48.4 68.7 83 31.6 63.8 40.5 64.8 49.6 22.9 7.8 77.3
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 73 64 79 84 49 84 90 96 92 53 39 65 73 33 59 15
2016 78 41 73 89 68 91 92 91 100 41 80 41 78 25 65 20
2017 56 34 28 26 71 72 44 69 52 55 87 47 56 27 71 48
2018 64 66 57 50 64 60 32 87 87 53 46 40 64 29 65 30
2019 47 20 48 70 41 80 87 97 81 26 65 29 47 22 72 35
2020
2021 76 33 81 96 63 97 99 91 89 5 69 13 76 17 34
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 23.3 8 6.9 1 3 4 3 37.5
2020 0 0 0 1 0 0
2021 25.3 2 2.8 -1 1 3 1 50

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 8 8 8 6 8 7 6 7 8 7 9 8 4 6 6 7 7 7 6 8 5 5 6 7 7 8 7 7 7 6 9
2020 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 2 3 4 3 4 2 3 4 3 3 2 2 1 3 3 4 2 3 3 3 1 2 1 4 3 4 3 3 4 1 4
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.4 91.2 -0.2 91.1 -0.1 91.3 0.2 90.9 -0.4 91 0.1 90.9 -0.1
Offspeed Velocity 79.4 80.5 1.1 81.5 1 81.3 -0.2 82 0.7 81.7 -0.3 81.2 -0.5
Breaking Velocity 82.6 84.4 1.8 80.2 -4.2 82.3 2.1 82.6 0.3 83.4 0.8 81.4 -2
Exit Velocity 85.5 86.4 0.9 86.4 0 86.8 0.4 86.1 -0.7 86.3 0.2 86.4 0.1
Launch Angle 8.3 9.6 1.3 12.9 3.3 10.4 -2.5 7.7 -2.7 2.8 -4.9 8.3 5.5
Barrel % 3.1 3.2 0.1 6.2 3 7.3 1.1 4.9 -2.4 5.6 0.7 2.5 -3.1
Hard Hit % 27.8 22.6 -5.2 32.9 10.3 30.3 -2.6 32.4 2.1 38.9 6.5 32.8 -6.1
Sweet Spot % 33.2 38.1 4.9 34.9 -3.2 34.3 -0.6 33.5 -0.8 27.8 -5.7 29.9 2.1
xBA .227 .25 0.023 .255 0.005 .224 -0.031 .266 0.042 .299 0.033 .248 -0.051
BA .228 .298 0.07 .263 -0.035 .217 -0.046 .284 0.067 .292 0.008 .217 -0.075
xwOBA .281 .282 0.001 .306 0.024 .293 -0.013 .312 0.019 .337 0.025 .286 -0.051
wOBA .281 .318 0.037 .304 -0.014 .27 -0.034 .319 0.049 .333 0.014 .245 -0.088
xSLG .331 .356 0.025 .436 0.08 .372 -0.064 .413 0.041 .364 -0.049 .337 -0.027
SLG .339 .403 0.064 .426 0.023 .323 -0.103 .431 0.108 .375 -0.056 .279 -0.096
K% 20.8 19.9 -0.9 22.2 2.3 22.6 0.4 20 -2.6 22.2 2.2 15.8 -6.4
BB% 8.1 5.9 -2.2 5.9 0 8.4 2.5 7.1 -1.3 11.1 4 7.1 -4
Swing % 47.7 51.1 3.4 50.5 -0.6 49.3 -1.2 52 2.7 49.6 -2.4 47.3 -2.3
Whiff% 24.6 22.1 -2.5 23.7 1.6 23.3 -0.4 22.7 -0.6 25 2.3 20.7 -4.3
In Zone % 48.2 48 -0.2 46.9 -1.1 48.4 1.5 48.4 0 38 -10.4 51.5 13.5
Out of Zone % 51.8 52 0.2 53.1 1.1 51.6 -1.5 51.6 0 62 10.4 48.5 -13.5
Out of Zone Swing % 31.9 34.9 3 31.3 -3.6 31.3 0 32 0.7 38.8 6.8 27.2 -11.6
First Pitch Swing % 31.8 35.2 3.4 35 -0.2 33.3 -1.7 38.4 5.1 40.7 2.3 33.1 -7.6
First Pitch Strike % 68.6 63.7 -4.9 60.1 -3.6 62.1 2 64.7 2.6 55.6 -9.1 69.2 13.6
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 237 .321 122 16 13.1 115 37 32.2
2017 198 .304 91 1 1.1 107 7 6.5
2018 257 .272 112 0 0.0 145 4 2.8
2019 251 .319 131 6 4.6 120 30 25.0
2020 27 .333 17 5 29.4 10 6 60.0
2021 265 .245 139 7 5.0 126 56 44.4

Pitch Distribution