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Josh James
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 234LBS | Age: 28

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 1 0 7.27 13 2 0 17.1 21 1.85
3 Seasons 8 1 4.60 68 6 1 101.2 150 1.33
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 13 1-0 7.27 17.1 21 1.85
3 Seasons 68 8-1 4.60 101.2 150 1.33

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
2018 25 349 53 4 7.5 87.3 108.9 16.3 30.2 .187 .334 .268 .269 .343 28.3 31.9 7.7 2.35 3.05
2019 26 1142 127 6 4.7 89.7 110.4 16.9 33.9 .169 .281 .304 .263 .339 39.2 37.6 13.2 4.70 3.06
2020 27 340 43 7 16.3 85.4 107.1 16.4 46.5 .253 .508 .390 .407 .475 30.2 25.3 20.5 7.27 7.74
1831 223 17 7.6 88.3 110.4 16.7 35.4 .187 .332 .313 .292 .366 34.8 34.1 13.4
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.8 .243 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.4 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

James relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(57.6%) ,
Slider
(23.5%) ,
Changeup
(13.8%) ,
Curveball
(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%
2020 4-Seam Fastball 196 114 82 57.6 96.3 56 40 12 6 3 0 3 12 28 .300 .263 .600 .533 .467 .439 87.2 16 2307 6.4 19.4 32.4
2020 Slider 80 75 5 23.5 85.6 10 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 8 .111 .334 .111 .595 .158 .423 81.4 23 2575 6.2 44.0 4.8
2020 Changeup 47 18 29 13.8 88.8 16 14 2 0 1 0 1 7 7 .143 .190 .429 .414 .290 .308 83.1 9 1546 6.3 45.5 35.0
2020 Curveball 17 3 14 5.0 82.3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 2696 6.3 100.0 20.0
2019 4-Seam Fastball 717 382 335 63.3 97.1 170 140 33 21 6 1 5 51 89 .236 .196 .400 .312 .339 .299 91.1 20 2414 6.2 29.5 23.8
2019 Slider 232 152 80 20.5 84.5 59 55 9 4 1 0 4 33 22 .164 .147 .400 .297 .259 .217 88.7 15 2537 5.6 54.9 32.7
2019 Changeup 165 62 103 14.6 89.0 34 29 4 3 0 0 1 15 14 .138 .100 .241 .134 .235 .188 82.6 0 1870 6.1 50.7 28.3
2019 Curveball 18 0 18 1.6 81.6 2560 5.5 25.0
! 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 %
2018 41.5 24.5 20.8 13.2 37.7 32.1 30.2 0 32.1 35.8 24.5 0 7.5
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
2020 32.6 16.3 41.9 9.3 23.3 34.9 41.9 7 20.9 30.2 23.3 2.3 16.3
36.3 29.1 26 8.5 33.2 35 31.8 2.2 29.1 32.3 21.5 6.3 7.6
45.2 22.3 25.5 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.7 33.3 24.3 24.5 5.6 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
2020 Curveball HOU R 17 82.3 54.7 5.5 11 5.5 -2.5 -31
2020 4-Seamer HOU R 196 96.3 13.9 -0.2 -2 8.1 0.4 6
2020 Changeup HOU R 47 88.8 31.8 2.4 8 15.4 1.3 9
2020 Slider HOU R 80 85.6 39.6 4.1 11 9.3 4.6 99
2019 Slider HOU R 232 84.5 43.1 5.4 14 13 7.3 130
2019 Changeup HOU R 165 89 32.8 4 14 16.5 1.7 11
2019 Curveball HOU R 18 81.6 55 3.6 7 6.6 -1.1 -15
2019 4-Seamer HOU R 717 97.1 13.2 0.6 4 8.4 0.5 7
2018 4-Seamer HOU R 209 97.1 15.8 -1.5 -10 13.2 4.9 60
2018 Changeup HOU R 81 88.5 33.7 2.7 9 17.2 2.4 16
2018 Slider HOU R 53 85.6 38.7 2.1 6 9.1 4 79
2018 Curveball HOU R 6 81.5 51.6 0.6 1 3.6 -4.9 -57
! 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 %
2020 Curveball 0.4 0 17 5 1 0 0 0 100 100 20 0
2020 Slider -0.5 0 80 23.5 10 .111 .111 .16 44 10 4.8 .334 .595 .423 25
2020 Changeup 3.9 2 47 13.8 16 .143 .429 .291 45.5 43.8 35 .19 .414 .307 14.3
2020 4-Seamer 2.1 4 196 57.6 56 .3 .6 .471 19.4 21.4 32.4 .263 .533 .439 35.7
2019 Changeup 0.7 1 165 14.4 34 .138 .241 .241 50.7 44.1 28.3 .1 .134 .19 7.1
2019 Slider 0.1 0 232 20.3 59 .164 .4 .265 54.9 55.9 32.7 .147 .297 .217 40.9
2019 4-Seamer -0.7 -5 717 62.8 170 .236 .4 .347 29.5 30 23.8 .196 .312 .3 43.8
2019 Curveball -1 0 18 1.6 25 0
2018 Curveball 10.6 1 6 1.7 1 1 2 1.25 0 0 .74 1.765 1.036 100
2018 Slider 0 0 53 15.2 11 .1 .4 .245 62.5 63.6 35 .118 .349 .241 33.3
2018 Changeup -1.7 -1 81 23.2 20 .158 .211 .188 42.9 30 20 .193 .226 .21 7.7
2018 4-Seamer -1.7 -4 209 59.9 59 .192 .346 .285 21.2 27.1 28.1 .188 .343 .282 33.3
! 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
! 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 1291 -10 -8 10 5 -3
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 80.4 34.7 47.5 52.1 65.9 46.7 30.7 8 75
2019 1142 48.2 68.1 72 24.4 39.2 41.1 57.9 45.4 36.4 6.2 82.9
2020 340 44.7 55.9 80 19.1 44.4 42.1 57.8 35.6 30.6 5.6 57.9
1831 47.8 64.2 74.8 25.3 42.1 43.4 59.5 43.9 34.4 6.4 76.9
48.5 66.7 82.1 28.3 58.6 42.6 60.6 46.9 24.5 7.2 75.9

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2018 96 79 54
2019 91 99 98 95 74 95 89 21 26 98 6 96 91 96 84 59
2020 2 34 10 5 0 38 0 92 87 60 1 76 2 90 56 71
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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 23.6 12 7.6 4 5 6 3 25
2020 23.3 6 5.4 1 3 3 3 50

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 12 6 13 6 9 6 8 9 9 8 10 9 3 8 7 10 5 6 6 8 6 8 8 9 6 10 7 7 7 5 10
2020 6 7 6 6 7 5 5 7 7 3 7 5 3 5 5 6 3 6 5 5 3 5 5 6 5 6 6 5 7 5 7
! 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 97.1 97.1 0 96.3 -0.8 undefined
Offspeed Velocity 88.5 89 0.5 88.8 -0.2 undefined
Breaking Velocity 85.2 84.3 -0.9 85 0.7 undefined
Exit Velocity 87.3 89.7 2.4 85.4 -4.3 undefined
Launch Angle 16.3 16.9 0.6 16.4 -0.5 undefined
Barrel % 7.5 4.7 -2.8 16.3 11.6 undefined
Hard Hit % 28.3 39.2 10.9 30.2 -9 undefined
Sweet Spot % 30.2 33.9 3.7 46.5 12.6 undefined
xBA .187 .169 -0.018 .253 0.084 undefined
BA .183 .203 0.02 .234 0.031 undefined
xwOBA .269 .263 -0.006 .407 0.144 undefined
wOBA .268 .304 0.036 .39 0.086 undefined
xSLG .334 .281 -0.053 .508 0.227 undefined
SLG .341 .374 0.033 .484 0.11 undefined
K% 31.9 37.6 5.7 25.3 -12.3 undefined
BB% 7.7 13.2 5.5 20.5 7.3 undefined
Swing % 46.7 45.4 -1.3 35.6 -9.8 undefined
Whiff% 30.7 36.4 5.7 30.6 -5.8 undefined
In Zone % 49.6 48.2 -1.4 44.7 -3.5 undefined
Out of Zone % 50.4 51.8 1.4 55.3 3.5 undefined
Out of Zone Swing % 34.7 24.4 -10.3 19.1 -5.3 undefined
First Pitch Swing % 30.8 31.2 0.4 16.9 -14.3 undefined
First Pitch Strike % 65.9 57.9 -8 57.8 -0.1 undefined
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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

Pitch Distribution