Josh James
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 234LBS | Age: 29

Draft: 2014 | Rd: 34, #1006, Houston Astros | Western Oklahoma State College
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 0 0 5.40 5 0 0 5.0 8 1.20
4 Seasons 8 1 4.64 73 6 1 106.2 158 1.32
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 5 0-0 5.40 5.0 8 1.20
4 Seasons 73 8-1 4.64 106.2 158 1.32

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
2018 25 349 53 4 7.5 4.4 87.3 108.9 16.3 30.2 .187 .334 .268 .269 .343 28.3 31.9 7.7 2.35 3.01
2019 26 1142 127 6 4.7 2.3 89.7 110.4 16.9 33.9 .170 .283 .304 .265 .343 39.2 37.6 13.2 4.70 3.04
2020 27 340 43 7 16.3 8.4 85.4 107.1 16.4 46.5 .253 .508 .390 .407 .475 30.2 25.3 20.5 7.27 7.68
2021 28 69 11 1 9.1 4.8 89.5 115.2 3.8 18.2 .158 .355 .322 .260 .371 45.5 38.1 9.5 5.40 2.81
Player 1900 234 18 7.7 3.9 88.3 115.2 16.1 34.6 .187 .334 .313 .291 .369 35.3 34.3 13.2
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.2 12.1 33.0 .245 .406 .316 .315 .368 35.7 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

James relies on 3 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(58%) ,
Slider
(26.1%) ,
Changeup
(15.9%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2018 41.5 24.5 20.8 13.2 37.7 32.1 30.2 0.0 32.1 35.8 24.5 0.0 7.5 4.4
2019 35.4 35.4 22.8 6.3 34.6 36.2 29.1 1.6 30.7 31.5 19.7 10.2 4.7 2.3
2020 32.6 34.9 23.3 9.3 23.3 34.9 41.9 7.0 20.9 30.2 23.3 2.3 16.3 8.4
2021 54.5 27.3 9.1 9.1 36.4 27.3 36.4 0.0 54.5 27.3 0.0 9.1 9.1 4.8
Player 37.2 32.5 21.8 8.5 33.3 34.6 32.1 2.1 30.3 32.1 20.5 6.4 7.7 3.9
MLB 44.9 23.0 25.0 7.1 36.7 37.7 25.4 3.8 33.1 24.5 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 Changeup HOU R 11 87.6 30.9 1.0 3 15.7 1.4 10
2021 Slider HOU R 18 85.2 38.6 2.8 8 8.4 3.0 55
2021 4-Seamer HOU R 40 94.7 14.9 -0.6 -4 11.6 4.2 57
2020 4-Seamer HOU R 196 96.3 13.9 -0.2 -2 8.1 0.4 5
2020 Slider HOU R 80 85.6 39.6 4.0 11 9.3 4.6 99
2020 Curveball HOU R 17 82.3 54.7 5.5 11 5.5 -2.5 -31
2020 Changeup HOU R 47 88.8 31.8 2.4 8 15.4 1.2 9
2019 Slider HOU R 232 84.5 43.1 5.4 14 13.0 7.3 130
2019 Curveball HOU R 18 81.6 55.0 3.6 7 6.6 -1.1 -15
2019 Changeup HOU R 165 89.0 32.8 4.0 14 16.5 1.7 11
2019 4-Seamer HOU R 717 97.1 13.2 0.6 5 8.4 0.5 7
2018 Slider HOU R 53 85.6 38.7 2.1 6 9.1 4.0 79
2018 Changeup HOU R 81 88.5 33.7 2.7 9 17.2 2.4 16
2018 Curveball HOU R 6 81.5 51.6 0.6 1 3.6 -4.9 -57
2018 4-Seamer HOU R 209 97.1 15.8 -1.5 -10 13.2 4.9 60
! 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 4.0 2 40 58.0 12 .300 .700 .463 42.9 41.7 55.6 .212 .580 .388 80.0
2021 Slider -6.6 -1 18 26.1 6 .167 .333 .208 25.0 33.3 50.0 .105 .115 .097 0.0
2021 Changeup -6.5 -1 11 15.9 3 .000 .000 .000 28.6 33.3 50.0 .083 .088 .084 50.0
2020 4-Seamer 2.0 4 196 57.6 56 .300 .600 .471 19.4 21.4 32.4 .263 .533 .439 35.7
2020 Slider -0.5 0 80 23.5 10 .111 .111 .160 44.0 10.0 4.8 .334 .595 .423 25.0
2020 Changeup 3.8 2 47 13.8 16 .143 .429 .291 45.5 43.8 35.0 .189 .414 .306 14.3
2020 Curveball 0.4 0 17 5.0 1 .000 .000 .000 100.0 100.0 20.0 -- -- .000 --
2019 4-Seamer -0.8 -6 717 62.8 170 .236 .400 .347 29.5 30.0 23.8 .195 .312 .300 43.8
2019 Slider 0.8 2 232 20.3 59 .164 .400 .281 54.9 55.9 32.7 .147 .295 .215 40.9
2019 Changeup 0.7 1 165 14.4 34 .138 .241 .241 50.7 44.1 28.3 .100 .134 .190 7.1
2019 Curveball -1.0 0 18 1.6 -- -- -- 25.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2018 4-Seamer -1.7 -4 209 59.9 59 .192 .346 .285 21.2 27.1 28.1 .188 .343 .282 33.3
2018 Changeup -1.8 -1 81 23.2 20 .158 .211 .188 42.9 30.0 20.0 .193 .226 .210 7.7
2018 Slider 0.0 0 53 15.2 11 .100 .400 .245 62.5 63.6 35.0 .118 .349 .241 33.3
2018 Curveball 10.6 1 6 1.7 1 1.000 2.000 1.250 0.0 0.0 -- .740 1.765 1.036 100.0
! 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 44 88.9 97 16.7 2:15 2:45 -30
2020 Curveball 14 82.6 75 17.8 7:00 6:30 30
2020 4-Seam Fastball 160 96.5 89 17.4 1:15 1:00 15
2020 Slider 73 85.6 39 11.1 7:15 8:15 -60
2021 Changeup 11 87.6 98 17.3 2:15 2:30 -15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 37 94.8 96 19.5 1:30 1:15 15
2021 Slider 18 85.2 38 9.8 7:15 8:30 -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
2018 112 426 0 -8 2 2 -4
2019 298 1,291 -10 -7 10 5 -2
2020 99 405 0 0 4 4 8
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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 %
2018 349 49.6 59.0 80.4 34.7 47.5 52.1 65.9 46.7 30.7 8.0 75.0
2019 1,142 48.2 68.1 72.0 24.4 39.2 41.1 57.9 45.4 36.4 6.2 82.9
2020 340 44.7 55.9 80.0 19.1 44.4 42.1 57.8 35.6 30.6 5.6 57.9
2021 69 58.0 55.0 72.7 24.1 28.6 42.0 81.0 42.0 34.5 4.3 66.7
Player 1,900 48.2 63.8 74.7 25.2 41.7 43.3 60.5 43.8 34.4 6.3 76.7
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.4 42.6 60.7 47.0 24.6 7.3 76.0
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2018 96 80 45
2019 91 99 99 95 76 94 89 21 26 98 6 96 7 96 84 56
2020 2 35 10 5 1 38 1 92 87 60 1 76 3 91 59 56
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2018 22.7 4 3.8 0 1 2 3 75.0
2019 23.6 12 8.5 4 3 8 3 25.0
2020 23.3 6 5.6 0 1 4 3 50.0
2021 27.5 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 100.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2018 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 3 3 5 4 3 3 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 3 3 3 6
2019 12 7 13 6 9 9 10 9 10 8 10 10 4 7 7 10 8 8 7 8 11 8 8 8 9 10 9 7 7 7 11
2020 6 6 5 5 5 5 0 7 6 5 6 5 4 5 5 6 6 6 5 5 6 6 5 7 6 6 6 4 7 5 6
2021 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and 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 +/-   2022 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 97.1 97.1 0 96.3 -0.8 94.7 -1.6
Offspeed Velocity 88.5 89 0.5 88.8 -0.2 87.6 -1.2
Breaking Velocity 85.2 84.3 -0.9 85 0.7 85.2 0.2
Exit Velocity 87.3 89.7 2.4 85.4 -4.3 89.5 4.1
Launch Angle 16.3 16.9 0.6 16.4 -0.5 3.8 -12.6
Barrel % 7.5 4.7 -2.8 16.3 11.6 9.1 -7.2
Hard Hit % 28.3 39.2 10.9 30.2 -9 45.5 15.3
Sweet Spot % 30.2 33.9 3.7 46.5 12.6 18.2 -28.3
xBA .187 .17 -0.017 .253 0.083 .158 -0.095
BA .183 .203 0.02 .234 0.031 .211 -0.023
xwOBA .269 .265 -0.004 .407 0.142 .26 -0.147
wOBA .268 .304 0.036 .39 0.086 .322 -0.068
xSLG .334 .283 -0.051 .508 0.225 .355 -0.153
SLG .341 .374 0.033 .484 0.11 .474 -0.01
K% 31.9 37.6 5.7 25.3 -12.3 38.1 12.8
BB% 7.7 13.2 5.5 20.5 7.3 9.5 -11
Swing % 46.7 45.4 -1.3 35.6 -9.8 42 6.4
Whiff% 30.7 36.4 5.7 30.6 -5.8 34.5 3.9
In Zone % 49.6 48.2 -1.4 44.7 -3.5 58 13.3
Out of Zone % 50.4 51.8 1.4 55.3 3.5 42 -13.3
Out of Zone Swing % 34.7 24.4 -10.3 19.1 -5.3 24.1 5
First Pitch Swing % 30.8 31.2 0.4 16.9 -14.3 28.6 11.7
First Pitch Strike % 65.9 57.9 -8 57.8 -0.1 81 23.2
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2018 91 .268 44 5 11.4 47 22 46.8
2019 263 .307 133 30 22.6 130 91 70.0
2020 83 .390 47 7 14.9 36 22 61.1
2021 21 .322 10 1 10.0 11 6 54.5

Pitch Tempo

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