Junichi Tazawa
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 5' 11" 200LBS | Age: 37
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2016 3 2 4.17 53 0 0 49.2 54 1.23
2017 3 5 5.69 55 0 0 55.1 38 1.39
2018 1 1 7.07 31 0 0 28 28 1.82
9 Seasons 21 26 4.12 388 4 4 395.1 374 1.32
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2016 53 3-2 4.17 49.2 54 1.23
2017 55 3-5 5.69 55.1 38 1.39
2018 31 1-1 7.07 28 28 1.82
9 Seasons 388 21-26 4.12 395.1 374 1.32
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

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
2015 29 954 177 12 6.8 4.9 88.5 116.5 15.5 32.8 .241 .418 .323 .305 .374 34.5 22.7 5.3 4.14 3.83
2016 30 838 139 11 7.9 5.3 90.3 110.7 16.9 36.7 .247 .440 .312 .317 .403 39.6 26.0 6.7 4.17 4.25
2017 31 962 176 7 4.0 2.9 88.1 108.9 15.5 36.4 .253 .404 .324 .315 .340 34.1 16.0 9.2 5.69 4.27
2018 32 501 90 8 8.9 6.0 91.9 114.5 20.2 42.2 .286 .538 .402 .380 .454 48.9 20.9 11.9 7.07 6.48
Player 3255 582 38 6.5 4.6 89.3 116.5 16.5 36.3 .253 .438 .333 .323 .383 37.8 21.3 7.9
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Tazawa relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(57.7%) ,
Curveball
(21.2%) ,
Forkball
(16.8%) ,
Slider
(4.4%) ,


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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
2015 41.8 26.6 22.0 9.6 31.6 38.4 29.9 4.0 30.5 27.1 25.4 4.5 6.8 4.9
2016 40.3 27.3 23.7 8.6 36.0 37.4 26.6 0.0 31.7 28.1 23.7 7.9 7.9 5.3
2017 38.1 25.0 29.5 7.4 36.9 39.8 23.3 3.4 28.4 29.5 27.3 6.3 4.0 2.9
2018 27.8 32.2 31.1 8.9 46.7 30.0 23.3 2.2 15.6 32.2 27.8 12.2 8.9 6.0
Player 38.1 27.1 26.1 8.6 36.6 37.3 26.1 2.6 27.8 28.9 25.9 7.0 6.5 4.6
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! 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
2018 Slider LAA R 22 78.6 59.5 13.7 30 6.7 -2.2 -25
2018 4-Seamer LAA R 289 91.5 17.6 -0.3 -2 8.3 0.5 6
2018 Forkball LAA R 84 86.3 29.5 -- 13.8 --
2018 Curveball LAA R 105 74.5 67.2 4.6 7 10.1 0.2 2
2017 Curveball MIA R 169 76.5 62.6 4.6 8 11.2 2.2 24
2017 4-Seamer MIA R 544 92.8 14.9 0.4 3 7.3 -1.4 -16
2017 Forkball MIA R 247 87.2 26.8 -- 12.2 --
2017 Slider MIA R 1 81.7 44.7 4.3 11 10.5 4.6 79
2016 Curveball BOS R 113 76.1 65.1 7.3 13 11.9 2.1 21
2016 Slider BOS R 95 80.7 55.3 12.9 30 12.2 4.8 64
2016 Sinker BOS R 3 92.3 17.3 -3.1 -15 11.1 -3.2 -23
2016 4-Seamer BOS R 411 93.4 13.7 0.6 4 5.5 -2.3 -29
2016 Forkball BOS R 208 87.6 27.9 -- 10.5 --
2015 Forkball BOS R 196 87.4 -- -- 9.6 --
2015 Sinker BOS R 1 92.5 -- -- 10.1 -4.4 -30
2015 Changeup BOS R 4 89.4 -- -- 9.4 -3.1 -25
2015 Curveball BOS R 95 75.5 -- -- 13.5 3.5 35
2015 Slider BOS R 78 82.0 -- -- 10.7 4.5 72
2015 4-Seamer BOS R 569 94.2 -- -- 5.3 -2.3 -30
! 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 %
2018 4-Seamer -1.7 -5 289 57.7 91 .325 .637 .431 8.3 12.1 13.1 .316 .570 .404 49.3
2018 Curveball -1.1 -1 106 21.2 14 .250 .333 .318 20.6 28.6 16.7 .193 .256 .266 25.0
2018 Forkball -4.5 -4 84 16.8 22 .250 .550 .407 42.9 54.5 30.0 .218 .603 .373 62.5
2018 Slider -3.6 -1 22 4.4 4 .250 .500 .313 25.0 25.0 11.1 .290 .408 .305 66.7
2017 4-Seamer 0.6 3 544 56.5 136 .254 .459 .333 12.4 14.0 10.7 .244 .406 .313 34.9
2017 Forkball -1.0 -2 247 25.7 67 .258 .339 .307 32.6 23.9 14.4 .215 .311 .258 28.3
2017 Curveball -1.8 -3 169 17.6 30 .308 .538 .405 21.3 10.0 9.4 .391 .628 .466 43.5
2017 Slider 8.9 0 1 0.1 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .027 .052 .031 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2009 127 493 -2 -2 -2 -4 -10
2012 172 656 8 3 -4 -3 4
2013 310 1,162 8 13 -5 -3 12
2014 260 986 2 3 -3 -3 -2
2015 246 950 7 1 -8 -2 -2
2016 207 834 0 5 -3 -3 -1
2017 234 962 -1 9 -6 -4 -2
2018 131 501 -7 4 -4 -4 -11
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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 954 48.7 69.7 83.3 30.7 56.0 39.2 64.0 49.7 25.1 7.5 81.9
2016 838 46.7 68.0 79.3 32.9 57.1 41.6 62.5 49.3 28.1 7.5 81.0
2017 962 47.9 70.5 87.4 28.9 66.9 42.0 63.2 48.9 18.9 8.2 81.0
2018 501 51.3 68.5 88.1 24.6 66.7 40.3 59.1 47.1 16.5 7.8 87.2
Player 3,255 48.4 69.3 84.3 29.9 60.8 40.8 62.6 48.9 22.8 7.8 82.2
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! 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
2015 52 52 26 12 78 55 14 35 36 66 83 70 63 70 69 92 16
2016 43 49 26 14 70 65 12 6 11 81 68 83 86 57 44 81 4
2017 47 41 48 57 34 85 86 26 42 14 34 14 64 48 63 77 5
2018 29 57 64 4
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 23.9 9 9.4 0 0 5 6 66.7
2017 21.8 8 8.9 -1 6 5 4 50.0
2018 24.3 7 6.6 0 2 5 3 42.9
Player 23.4 24 24.9 -1 8 15 13 54.2

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 9 11 7 11 10 9 10 11 8 7 10 8 10 8 10 10 7 10 9 10 9 8 11 11 11 9 8 11 10 10 8
2017 8 10 8 10 9 10 10 8 8 7 8 13 7 8 8 9 8 8 9 9 9 7 12 10 9 7 8 13 10 8 7
2018 7 8 6 4 7 7 8 6 6 4 8 9 6 5 7 8 7 6 7 7 7 8 7 7 4 6 7 7 7 7 6
Player 24 29 21 25 26 26 28 25 22 18 26 30 23 21 25 27 22 24 25 26 25 23 30 28 24 22 23 31 27 25 21
! 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.2 93.4 -0.8 92.8 -0.6 91.5 -1.3
Offspeed Velocity 87.5 87.6 0.1 87.2 -0.4 86.3 -0.9
Breaking Velocity 78.6 78.2 -0.4 76.6 -1.6 75.2 -1.4
Exit Velocity 88.5 90.3 1.8 88.1 -2.2 91.9 3.8
Launch Angle 15.5 16.9 1.4 15.5 -1.4 20.2 4.7
Barrel % 6.8 7.9 1.1 4.0 -3.9 8.9 4.9
Hard Hit % 34.5 39.6 5.1 34.1 -5.5 48.9 14.8
Sweet Spot % 32.8 36.7 3.9 36.4 -0.3 42.2 5.8
xBA .241 .247 0.006 .253 0.006 .286 0.033
BA .280 .245 -0.035 .261 0.016 .302 0.041
xwOBA .305 .317 0.012 .315 -0.002 .380 0.065
wOBA .323 .312 -0.011 .324 0.012 .402 0.078
xSLG .418 .440 0.022 .404 -0.036 .538 0.134
SLG .431 .432 0.001 .431 -0.001 .586 0.155
K% 22.7 26.0 3.3 16.0 -10.0 20.9 4.9
BB% 5.3 6.7 1.4 9.2 2.5 11.9 2.7
Swing % 49.7 49.3 -0.4 48.9 -0.4 47.1 -1.8
Whiff% 25.1 28.1 3.0 18.9 -9.2 16.5 -2.4
In Zone % 48.7 46.7 -2.0 47.9 1.2 51.3 3.4
Out of Zone % 51.3 53.3 2.0 52.1 -1.2 48.7 -3.4
Out of Zone Swing % 30.7 32.9 2.2 28.9 -4.0 24.6 -4.3
First Pitch Swing % 34.8 31.7 -3.1 30.3 -1.4 31.8 1.5
First Pitch Strike % 64.0 62.5 -1.5 63.2 0.7 59.1 -4.1
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 204 .316 114 2 1.8 90 39 43.3
2017 Shifts 233 .326 117 2 1.7 116 19 16.4
2018 Shifts 131 .402 79 5 6.3 52 15 28.8
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2011 18 19.0 5.6% 5.6% 8 24.3 0.0% 12.5%
2012 155 23.2 0.0% 7.7% 92 26.4 0.0% 19.6%
2013 239 25.2 0.0% 17.2% 185 28.7 0.0% 33.5%
2014 259 26.3 0.0% 25.9% 171 29.4 0.0% 45.6%
2015 218 26.3 3.2% 33.5% 182 27.8 7.1% 34.6%
2016 244 24.8 4.1% 23.8% 126 28.8 2.4% 44.4%
2017 268 22.8 0.0% 7.8% 161 26.3 0.0% 21.7%
2018 115 22.9 0.0% 7.0% 109 26.7 0.0% 15.6%
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Pitch Distribution