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Justin Verlander
Popularity: ↑ 2%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 5" 235LBS | Age: 37

Draft: 2004 | Rd: 1, #2, Detroit Tigers | Old Dominion
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 1 0 3.00 1 1 0 6.0 7 0.67
16 Seasons 226 129 3.33 454 454 0 2988.0 3013 1.13
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 1 1-0 3.00 6.0 7 0.67
16 Seasons 454 226-129 3.33 2988.0 3013 1.13

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2015 2150 387 16 4.1 87.1 20.1 32.0 .221 .326 .276 .268 .310 27.6 21.1 6.0 3.38 2.80
2016 3668 584 44 7.5 87.9 19.3 30.0 .211 .370 .272 .282 .360 32.9 28.1 6.3 3.04 3.15
2017 3531 554 40 7.2 87.6 16.4 37.4 .241 .425 .285 .319 .397 35.6 25.8 8.5 3.36 4.18
2018 3427 498 31 6.2 88.5 22.1 31.1 .187 .315 .260 .243 .345 32.7 34.8 4.4 2.52 2.35
2019 3448 498 36 7.2 87.3 18.2 30.5 .188 .350 .243 .250 .362 33.3 35.4 5.0 2.58 2.60
2020 73 13 2 15.4 90.4 10.1 7.7 .163 .418 .259 .250 .352 53.8 33.3 4.8 3.00 2.81
ALL 16297 2534 169 6.7 87.7 19.1 32.1 .208 .360 .266 .273 .358 32.8 29.7 6.0
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Verlander relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(54.8%) ,
Slider
(37%) ,
Changeup
(6.8%) ,
Curveball
(1.4%) ,


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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 Whiff% PutAway%
2020 4-Seam Fastball 40 9 31 54.8 94.9 15 14 3 1 0 0 2 3 11 .214 .221 .643 .584 .363 .339 93.1 14 2524 4.5 18.8
2020 Slider 27 14 13 37.0 87.0 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 2545 80.0 57.1
2020 Changeup 5 1 4 6.8 87.2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .086 .000 .093 .000 .090 75.7 -14 1920 0.0 0.0
2020 Curveball 1 1 0 1.4 78.9 2819
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1617 719 898 49.9 94.6 328 301 69 26 13 6 24 104 198 .229 .233 .551 .528 .342 .339 92.2 28 2577 31.1 26.3
2019 Slider 929 535 394 28.7 87.5 309 295 35 20 7 1 7 127 168 .119 .146 .220 .227 .162 .181 82.5 13 2612 40.0 27.4
2019 Curveball 560 221 339 17.3 79.4 125 116 22 16 5 0 1 38 79 .190 .221 .259 .306 .221 .255 87.0 7 2821 26.2 18.7
2019 Changeup 136 34 102 4.2 86.9 37 37 4 1 2 0 1 11 26 .108 .156 .243 .253 .142 .172 82.1 14 1866 33.8 20.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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 1 78.9 59.9 4.6 8 9.1 2.3 35
2020 4-Seamer HOU R 40 94.9 11.4 1.8 14 12.9 6.4 98
2020 Changeup HOU R 5 87.2 24.9 -2.3 -9 13.2 0.6 5
2020 Slider HOU R 27 87 29.4 -4.1 -12 4.8 1.1 28
2019 4-Seamer HOU R 1617 94.6 10.7 3 22 10.1 3.2 46
2019 Curveball HOU R 560 79.4 57.4 1.9 3 7.6 1.5 25
2019 Changeup HOU R 136 86.9 26.5 -2 -7 16.3 3.4 26
2019 Slider HOU R 929 87.5 30.2 -2.3 -7 4.1 0.3 7
2018 Cutter HOU R 20 91.5 20.2 4.2 17 2.6 -4.6 -229
2018 Slider HOU R 761 86.5 34.6 0 0 3.6 -0.5 -13
2018 4-Seamer HOU R 2092 95 11 2.9 21 11 3.9 54
2018 Curveball HOU R 495 79.5 58.7 2.7 5 9.3 2 27
2018 Changeup HOU R 51 87.4 27.7 -0.6 -2 17 3.9 30
2017 Slider HOU R 757 88.2 29.5 -1.1 -4 1.3 -1.8 -59
2017 4-Seamer HOU R 2036 95.3 13.5 -0.6 -5 13.6 5.6 69
2017 Sinker HOU R 12 95.7 18.1 0 0 21.6 6.6 45
2017 Curveball HOU R 565 80.4 53.9 1.2 2 9 2.1 30
2017 Changeup HOU R 146 87.6 28.6 2 8 16.5 3.2 24
2017 Cutter HOU R 13 91.8 20.3 1.2 5 1.3 -3.3 -169
2016 Changeup DET R 308 85.9 28.9 1.5 5 18.7 5.7 44
2016 Curveball DET R 583 79.2 54.2 1.3 2 8.3 1.7 26
2016 4-Seamer DET R 2113 94.1 12.4 0.6 4 14.2 5.9 71
2016 Slider DET R 647 88.5 25 -3.7 -13 0.4 -2.8 -117
2015 Changeup DET R 197 84.8 25.5 -2.1 -8 17.1 4.1 31
2015 Curveball DET R 324 79.9 49.9 -1.6 -3 6.6 -0.1 -1
2015 4-Seamer DET R 1258 93.4 12.2 1 8 13.1 5.2 66
2015 Slider DET R 366 86.3 28.2 -3.6 -11 0.7 -3.5 -125
! 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 Changeup -6.1 0 5 6.8 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .086 .093 .090 0.0
2020 Slider -1.4 0 27 37.0 4 .000 .000 .000 80.0 100.0 57.1 .000
2020 4-Seamer -0.7 0 40 54.8 15 .214 .643 .373 4.5 20.0 18.8 .221 .584 .339 63.6
2020 Curveball -3.9 0 1 1.4
2019 Changeup -1.6 -2 136 3.9 37 .108 .243 .146 33.8 29.7 20.0 .156 .253 .172 11.5
2019 Curveball -0.9 -5 560 16.2 125 .190 .259 .240 26.2 30.4 18.7 .221 .306 .254 26.6
2019 Slider -2.9 -27 929 26.9 309 .119 .220 .172 40.0 41.1 27.4 .146 .227 .183 20.8
2019 4-Seamer -1.0 -16 1617 46.9 328 .229 .551 .357 31.1 31.7 26.3 .233 .528 .339 49.5
2018 Cutter 7.7 2 20 0.6 7 .571 1.000 .671 8.3 14.3 12.5 .338 .471 .352 16.7
2018 Changeup 3.4 2 51 1.5 21 .333 .619 .402 26.5 19.0 16.0 .247 .419 .288 29.4
2018 Curveball -1.7 -8 495 14.4 128 .137 .194 .158 34.4 51.6 28.3 .117 .170 .139 18.6
2018 Slider -0.2 -2 762 22.2 220 .184 .335 .249 39.2 40.0 24.6 .170 .248 .215 26.1
2018 4-Seamer -1.7 -35 2092 61.0 457 .213 .397 .280 29.4 28.7 22.9 .210 .383 .282 38.7
2017 Cutter -6.0 -1 14 0.4 5 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .280 .600 .377 40.0
2017 Sinker 1.8 0 12 0.3 5 .200 .400 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 .268 .330 .262 40.0
2017 Changeup 0.8 1 146 4.1 45 .341 .614 .412 21.1 11.1 12.8 .364 .696 .448 35.9
2017 Curveball 0.4 2 565 16.0 133 .234 .379 .283 24.6 28.6 16.2 .232 .385 .294 27.6
2017 Slider -0.1 -1 757 21.4 220 .222 .430 .305 32.9 33.2 22.1 .197 .347 .259 26.9
2017 4-Seamer -1.5 -32 2036 57.7 437 .206 .311 .278 20.2 23.6 17.7 .252 .448 .345 41.9
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Observed Spin-Based Gap Observed Spin-Based
2020 4-Seam Fastball 40 94.9 99 23.1 1:15 1:00 -15
2020 Slider 27 87.0 33 7.9 10:30 12:00 90
! 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
2016 889 3632 -25 -43 17 9 -41
2017 975 4053 -18 -48 15 11 -39
2018 893 3694 -28 -39 16 8 -43
2019 939 3828 -19 -50 13 6 -50
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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 2150 50.7 67.2 82.7 28.9 64.7 42.3 63.9 48.3 22.6 7.5 74.7
2016 3668 49.4 67.8 80.1 32.5 58.9 44.8 64.3 49.9 26.9 7.4 74.6
2017 3531 50.9 68.6 82.8 28.9 60.5 43.8 61.7 49.1 23.6 7.4 78.1
2018 3427 54.4 67.7 74.1 30.9 52.7 45.4 68.9 50.9 31.8 9.1 77.6
2019 3448 51.3 67.8 73.2 35.1 52.2 43.6 64.3 51.8 33.7 7.7 77.6
2020 73 53.4 66.7 84.6 26.5 44.4 41.1 61.9 47.9 25.7 4.1 100.0
ALL 16297 51.4 67.9 78.3 31.4 57.1 44.1 64.7 50.1 28.2 7.8 76.7
MLB 48.4 66.1 82.8 28.2 59.4 42.6 60.6 46.6 24.5 7.2 75.1

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2015 36.7 27.6 20.9 14.7 37.0 36.4 26.6 1.3 28.7 38.5 23.5 2.6 4.1
2016 35.4 28.1 23.5 13.0 37.5 36.3 26.2 2.4 26.4 34.8 22.8 4.5 7.5
2017 34.1 27.1 28.7 10.1 34.5 41.2 24.4 4.5 26.9 30.1 24.7 5.8 7.2
2018 30.7 31.7 24.3 13.3 35.1 34.9 29.9 2.2 22.3 39.8 21.3 6.6 6.2
2019 36.1 30.5 22.9 10.4 40.8 38.0 21.1 3.0 25.7 32.9 21.3 6.4 7.2
2020 61.5 30.8 7.7 0.0 46.2 38.5 15.4 0.0 46.2 23.1 15.4 0.0 15.4
ALL 34.7 29.0 24.2 12.1 37.0 37.5 25.5 2.8 26.0 34.9 22.7 5.2 6.7
MLB 45.3 22.0 25.7 7.1 36.6 38.0 25.5 3.2 33.6 24.3 24.6 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 88 81 87 87 89 45 74 78 90 55 73 47 88 61 99 78
2016 86 89 72 48 94 2 17 67 64 88 75 77 86 71 99 89
2017 51 61 40 28 66 3 26 39 29 74 46 45 51 84 98 90
2018 98 96 91 77 100 16 55 44 72 96 96 87 98 80 99 95
2019 98 95 86 60 99 10 45 81 75 96 93 90 98 75 97 90
2020
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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 22.6 44 31.4 12.6 13 23 14 31.8
2020 20.1 2 1.7 0.3 0 1 1 50.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 44 34 40 34 39 27 31 34 36 35 39 30 22 29 28 36 21 33 28 35 20 28 28 32 30 37 31 29 31 28 38
2020 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 2
! 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 93.4 94.1 0.7 95.3 1.2 95 -0.3 94.6 -0.4 94.9 0.3
Offspeed Velocity 84.8 85.9 1.1 87.6 1.7 87.4 -0.2 86.9 -0.5 87.2 0.3
Breaking Velocity 83.3 84.1 0.8 84.9 0.8 83.8 -1.1 84.5 0.7 86.7 2.2
Exit Velocity 87.1 87.9 0.8 87.6 -0.3 88.5 0.9 87.3 -1.2 90.4 3.1
Launch Angle 20.1 19.3 -0.8 16.4 -2.9 22.1 5.7 18.2 -3.9 10.1 -8.1
Barrel % 4.1 7.5 3.4 7.2 -0.3 6.2 -1 7.2 1 15.4 8.2
Hard Hit % 27.6 32.9 5.3 35.6 2.7 32.7 -2.9 33.3 0.6 53.8 20.5
Sweet Spot % 32 30 -2 37.4 7.4 31.1 -6.3 30.5 -0.6 7.7 -22.8
xBA .221 .211 -0.01 .241 0.03 .187 -0.054 .188 0.001 .163 -0.025
BA .229 .207 -0.022 .221 0.014 .2 -0.021 .172 -0.028 .15 -0.022
xwOBA .268 .282 0.014 .319 0.037 .243 -0.076 .25 0.007 .25 0
wOBA .276 .272 -0.004 .285 0.013 .26 -0.025 .243 -0.017 .259 0.016
xSLG .326 .37 0.044 .425 0.055 .315 -0.11 .35 0.035 .418 0.068
SLG .357 .368 0.011 .37 0.002 .36 -0.01 .361 0.001 .45 0.089
K% 21.1 28.1 7 25.8 -2.3 34.8 9 35.4 0.6 33.3 -2.1
BB% 6 6.3 0.3 8.5 2.2 4.4 -4.1 5 0.6 4.8 -0.2
Swing % 48.3 49.9 1.6 49.1 -0.8 50.9 1.8 51.8 0.9 47.9 -3.9
Whiff% 22.6 26.9 4.3 23.6 -3.3 31.8 8.2 33.7 1.9 25.7 -8
In Zone Swing % 50.7 49.4 -1.3 50.9 1.5 54.4 3.5 51.3 -3.1 53.4 2.1
Out of Zone Swing % 49.3 50.6 1.3 49.1 -1.5 45.6 -3.5 48.7 3.1 46.6 -2.1
First Pitch Swing % 31.6 28.9 -2.7 28 -0.9 34 6 32.2 -1.8 38.1 5.9
First Pitch Strike % 63.9 64.3 0.4 61.7 -2.6 68.9 7.2 64.3 -4.6 61.9 -2.4
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 882 .269 444 3 0.7 438 97 22.1
2017 845 .285 443 11 2.5 402 131 32.6
2018 832 .260 451 11 2.4 381 290 76.1
2019 822 .240 393 30 7.6 429 360 83.9
2020 21 .259 7 0 0.0 14 12 85.7

Pitch Distribution