Kirby Yates
P | Bats/Throws: L/R | 5' 10" 205LBS | Age: 37
Draft: 2005 | Rd: 26, #798, Boston Red Sox | Kauai HS, HI
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 0 0 5.14 9 0 0 7 6 1.57
2023 7 2 3.28 61 0 5 60.1 80 1.19
2024 3 0 0.98 17 0 7 18.1 22 0.82
10 Seasons 22 19 3.40 378 0 69 368 508 1.15
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 9 0-0 5.14 7 6 1.57
2023 61 7-2 3.28 60.1 80 1.19
2024 17 3-0 0.98 18.1 22 0.82
10 Seasons 378 22-19 3.40 368 508 1.15
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
LA Sweet-
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 28 408 63 10 15.9 10.9 89.4 107.3 18.7 34.9 .266 .577 .421 .387 .477 42.9 22.8 7.6 7.97 6.60
2016 29 800 111 4 3.6 2.2 88.2 109.8 13.8 30.6 .218 .315 .327 .287 .336 28.8 27.2 10.3 5.23 3.43
2017 30 965 122 14 11.5 6.1 87.2 109.6 21.8 37.7 .183 .380 .295 .272 .403 36.1 38.1 8.2 3.97 3.13
2018 31 1047 139 10 7.2 4.0 87.1 109.0 12.6 30.9 .181 .322 .236 .255 .356 39.7 36.0 6.8 2.14 2.70
2019 32 1021 122 5 4.1 2.1 86.9 109.5 11.0 30.3 .172 .262 .228 .226 .342 36.1 41.6 5.3 1.19 2.22
2020 33 101 13 1 7.7 4.0 86.2 108.0 14.9 38.5 .259 .430 .403 .348 .455 30.8 32.0 16.0 12.46 5.27
2022 35 137 22 4 18.2 12.1 90.1 109.8 22.9 22.7 .200 .473 .371 .336 .348 45.5 18.2 15.2 5.14 4.78
2023 36 1058 132 14 10.6 5.5 90.6 113.0 16.8 34.8 .205 .388 .282 .326 .408 40.2 31.5 14.6 3.28 4.51
2024 37 294 39 0 0.0 0.0 88.7 105.8 17.3 23.1 .170 .210 .174 .217 .255 33.3 31.9 11.6 0.98 1.84
Player 5831 763 62 8.1 4.5 88.2 113.0 15.8 32.4 .196 .349 .281 .281 .374 37.0 33.7 9.3
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Yates relies on 3 pitches.
Four Seamer
(55.6%) ,
Split Finger
(43.3%) ,
Slider
(1.0%) ,


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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 30.2 36.5 22.2 11.1 46.0 28.6 25.4 3.2 23.8 27.0 22.2 7.9 15.9 10.9
2016 44.1 20.7 24.3 10.8 36.0 41.4 22.5 2.7 34.2 25.2 28.8 2.7 3.6 2.2
2017 29.5 39.3 21.3 9.8 32.8 36.9 30.3 6.6 18.0 38.5 19.7 4.9 11.5 6.1
2018 43.2 23.0 23.0 10.8 35.3 45.3 19.4 3.6 32.4 28.8 20.1 5.8 7.2 4.0
2019 48.4 27.9 18.0 5.7 40.2 33.6 26.2 3.3 32.8 23.8 28.7 5.7 4.1 2.1
2020 38.5 23.1 30.8 7.7 23.1 53.8 23.1 7.7 23.1 23.1 38.5 0.0 7.7 4.0
2022 36.4 45.5 9.1 9.1 31.8 31.8 36.4 0.0 31.8 36.4 4.5 9.1 18.2 12.1
2023 37.9 31.1 22.0 9.1 37.9 36.4 25.8 5.3 26.5 30.3 20.5 6.8 10.6 5.5
2024 33.3 43.6 20.5 2.6 28.2 38.5 33.3 2.6 28.2 41.0 25.6 2.6 0.0 0.0
Player 39.2 30.3 21.5 9.0 36.4 38.0 25.6 4.1 28.3 29.9 23.1 5.4 8.1 4.5
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.8 7.0 37.0 37.5 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
2024 4-Seam Fastball TEX R 163 93.1 17.8 -0.8 -5 14.8 4.7 47
2024 Split-Finger TEX R 127 86.3 37.5 1.9 5 13.7 1.2 9
2024 Slider TEX R 3 85.2 34.8 -1.9 -5 0.7 -7.1 -111
2023 Slider ATL R 2 83.9 34.2 -3.3 -9 3.9 -2.5 -39
2023 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 569 93.6 17.5 -1.4 -9 13.6 5.0 58
2023 Split-Finger ATL R 471 86.1 37.5 3.0 9 12.5 0.1 1
2023 Sweeper ATL R 14 76.4 49.4 3.6 8 15.3 -1.4 -9
2022 Split-Finger ATL R 67 86.6 35.8 3.6 11 13.0 0.6 5
2022 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 69 93.4 17.3 -1.3 -8 13.4 4.5 51
2020 Split-Finger SD R 36 85.8 36.0 2.4 7 14.1 2.3 19
2020 4-Seam Fastball SD R 65 93.6 16.3 -0.5 -3 13.3 5.3 66
2019 4-Seam Fastball SD R 582 93.5 17.3 -0.4 -2 14.2 5.5 62
2019 Slider SD R 9 85.2 35.7 -1.4 -4 2.1 -3.4 -62
2019 Split-Finger SD R 430 86.3 37.6 3.7 11 13.6 1.8 15
2018 4-Seam Fastball SD R 589 93.9 16.4 -0.1 -1 13.5 5.1 61
2018 Split-Finger SD R 366 87.3 34.4 1.1 3 13.2 1.3 11
2018 Slider SD R 54 86.8 32.5 -2.3 -7 1.2 -5.6 -129
2017 Sinker SD R 85 93.4 21.8 -1.5 -7 20.6 5.1 33
2017 4-Seam Fastball SD R 515 93.9 15.8 -0.2 -2 15.3 6.0 64
2017 Split-Finger SD R 105 86.8 34.7 1.4 4 15.9 2.4 18
2017 Slider SD R 257 86.0 34.0 -0.4 -1 3.1 -6.2 -197
2016 Changeup NYY R 25 84.8 30.1 -2.2 -7 14.9 1.9 15
2016 Slider NYY R 250 85.0 35.7 -0.7 -2 3.3 -1.6 -32
2016 Curveball NYY R 37 78.3 57.1 2.6 5 13.9 3.3 31
2016 4-Seam Fastball NYY R 473 93.8 15.8 1.2 7 12.6 4.4 54
2015 Slider TB R 75 85.1 33.0 -4.1 -11 3.7 -1.8 -33
2015 Changeup TB R 36 84.1 29.9 -4.1 -12 13.3 -0.4 -3
2015 4-Seam Fastball TB R 228 93.0 17.3 0.2 1 12.3 4.2 52
2015 Curveball TB R 69 78.2 56.8 2.2 4 14.5 3.9 36
! 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 %
2024 4-Seam Fastball 4.1 7 163 55.4 43 .132 .158 .178 28.2 32.6 29.8 .180 .231 .222 32.0
2024 Split-Finger 1.1 1 127 43.2 25 .095 .143 .170 42.6 32.0 19.0 .151 .173 .211 35.7
2024 Slider 0.6 0 3 1.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2023 4-Seam Fastball 1.4 8 569 53.8 133 .167 .389 .314 27.7 33.8 27.1 .189 .446 .349 46.9
2023 Split-Finger 1.9 9 471 44.5 116 .160 .220 .243 34.3 29.3 22.2 .222 .327 .295 34.3
2023 Sweeper 0.4 0 14 1.3 2 .000 .000 .350 0.0 50.0 20.0 -- -- .350 --
2023 Slider -34.4 -1 2 0.2 1 1.000 2.000 1.250 0.0 0.0 -- .366 .560 .393 0.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball -1.0 -1 69 50.4 17 .308 .846 .485 14.8 11.8 14.3 .219 .656 .406 50.0
2022 Split-Finger -1.0 -1 67 48.9 15 .154 .308 .320 44.8 26.7 23.5 .182 .309 .270 44.4
2022 Slider 9.9 0 1 0.7 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -- .209 .232 .197 0.0
2020 4-Seam Fastball -0.2 0 65 64.4 15 .273 .273 .320 41.4 26.7 21.1 .242 .290 .312 12.5
2020 Split-Finger -8.8 -3 36 35.6 10 .444 .778 .610 41.2 40.0 30.8 .278 .600 .473 60.0
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1.3 8 582 57.0 114 .216 .343 .294 34.4 43.9 28.2 .177 .307 .249 35.2
2019 Split-Finger 3.5 15 430 42.1 127 .153 .178 .200 34.4 40.2 30.0 .168 .224 .208 37.3
2019 Slider -11.6 -1 9 0.9 1 1.000 2.000 1.250 0.0 0.0 -- .047 .083 .042 0.0
2018 4-Seam Fastball 2.0 12 589 56.3 118 .184 .330 .276 26.4 27.1 20.6 .210 .408 .309 50.7
2018 Split-Finger 2.2 8 366 35.0 116 .164 .227 .200 43.8 47.4 30.6 .162 .259 .203 28.6
2018 Slider 0.8 0 54 5.2 7 .429 .429 .386 43.5 0.0 0.0 .146 .174 .146 14.3
2017 4-Seam Fastball 1.0 5 515 53.4 111 .220 .420 .308 29.3 27.9 20.1 .198 .444 .308 39.1
2017 Slider -1.6 -4 257 26.6 68 .297 .656 .405 40.0 35.3 30.0 .227 .466 .303 31.7
2017 Split-Finger 4.3 4 105 10.9 35 .029 .029 .046 55.4 80.0 40.0 .042 .066 .065 16.7
2017 Sinker -1.4 -1 85 8.8 14 .200 .200 .393 50.0 28.6 22.2 .251 .309 .374 50.0
! 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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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2024 4-Seam Fastball 163 93.1 98 20.3 1:45 1:45 0
2024 Split-Finger 125 86.3 97 14.8 2:45 3:15 -30
2023 4-Seam Fastball 564 93.6 97 19.3 1:45 1:30 15
2023 Split-Finger 464 86.1 95 13.6 2:45 3:15 -30
2023 Sweeper 14 76.4 66 16.9 7:45 8:30 -45
2022 4-Seam Fastball 69 93.4 94 19.3 1:45 1:30 15
2022 Split-Finger 67 86.6 96 13.9 2:45 3:15 -30
2020 4-Seam Fastball 64 93.6 99 19.8 1:30 1:30 0
2020 Split-Finger 34 85.8 97 14.7 2:30 3:00 -30
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2014 153 677 1 10 -5 -3 4
2015 92 408 -3 -5 -3 -1 -12
2016 183 796 5 5 -5 -5 -1
2017 228 962 4 7 -3 -3 4
2018 241 1,009 6 18 0 -4 20
2019 242 1,021 10 20 -4 -5 21
2020 25 101 0 -1 -1 -2 -3
2022 33 137 1 0 -1 -1 -1
2023 257 1,081 14 14 -4 -7 17
2024 68 293 5 5 -2 0 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 %
2015 408 47.8 66.7 83.1 26.8 63.2 42.6 65.2 45.8 23.0 6.9 85.7
2016 800 48.9 66.2 74.9 26.2 65.4 41.3 63.6 45.8 27.3 7.6 77.0
2017 965 50.4 70.9 70.6 31.7 47.0 43.5 63.3 51.5 36.4 7.6 79.5
2018 1,047 45.9 73.9 69.0 37.0 56.9 44.1 60.4 53.2 34.3 7.1 90.3
2019 1,021 47.3 70.4 70.0 31.0 54.5 46.2 61.6 49.7 34.3 6.3 78.1
2020 101 47.5 68.8 66.7 24.5 38.5 41.6 68.0 45.5 41.3 3.0 100.0
2022 137 43.8 63.3 86.8 24.7 36.8 38.7 54.5 41.6 29.8 2.2 66.7
2023 1,058 44.1 67.7 78.8 27.9 50.3 41.4 57.5 45.5 30.8 5.5 77.6
2024 294 47.6 65.0 72.5 31.2 50.0 43.5 63.2 47.3 34.5 7.8 91.3
Player 5,831 47.2 69.3 73.4 30.4 54.0 43.2 61.4 48.7 32.5 6.6 81.8
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 60.9 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! 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 53 74 47 30
2016 65 82 20
2017 87 97 66 17 95 51 1 49 23 98 53 99 87 63 76 21
2018 95 96 88 61 98 72 35 81 14 97 74 94 100 66 74 15
2019 100 99 100 99 98 97 93 88 53 99 90 92 70 53 64 10
2020 54 56 19
2022 41 75 25
2023 36 91 61 28 23 62 12 11 42 94 2 82 38 42 71 19
2024 98 97 99 99 89 98 98 52 81 93 18 94 76 35 78 14
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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 24.2 5 3.4 2 1 3 1 20.0
2017 23.7 12 10.1 2 7 4 6 50.0
2018 22.3 6 6.2 0 3 2 5 83.3
2019 22.5 2 4.4 -2 4 4 1 50.0
2020 -- 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 100.0
2022 23.8 2 3.0 -1 0 3 1 50.0
2023 23.9 9 10.1 -1 2 8 4 44.4
Player 23.5 37 38.2 -1 17 24 19 51.4

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 5 5 4 3 4 3 4 3 3 2 3 3 3 4 4 3 1 2 5 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 2 4 5 4 1
2017 12 10 10 11 11 10 10 10 9 8 9 14 11 10 9 10 10 9 9 9 11 10 11 10 12 10 9 12 12 10 6
2018 6 7 6 8 7 5 7 6 5 5 5 7 7 6 6 7 6 5 6 7 7 6 7 7 5 5 6 7 7 6 5
2019 2 6 3 5 4 4 4 5 4 3 3 4 8 4 4 5 4 4 4 5 4 4 5 6 5 4 3 6 7 3 3
2020 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
2022 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 2 2 2 4 3 3 3 4 3 3 2 3 4 3 3 4 3 2 2 3 4 3 4 3
2023 9 8 7 11 10 9 12 9 10 9 10 11 10 8 11 12 11 10 10 11 8 10 14 11 10 8 11 11 11 11 8
Player 37 39 33 41 41 36 42 36 34 30 35 43 43 36 39 41 36 33 38 40 39 38 46 42 39 33 35 45 46 39 27
! 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 +/-   2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 93.0 93.8 0.8 93.8 0.0 93.9 0.1 93.5 -0.4 -- 0.1 -- -- 93.4 -- 93.6 0.2 93.1 -0.5
Offspeed Velocity 84.1 84.6 0.5 86.8 2.2 87.3 0.5 86.3 -1.0 -- -0.5 -- -- 86.6 -- 86.1 -0.5 86.3 0.2
Breaking Velocity 81.8 84.1 2.3 86.0 1.9 86.8 0.8 85.2 -1.6 -- 0.0 -- -- 84.2 -- 77.4 -6.8 85.2 7.8
Exit Velocity 89.4 88.2 -1.2 87.2 -1.0 87.1 -0.1 86.9 -0.2 -- -0.7 -- -- 90.1 -- 90.6 0.5 88.7 -1.9
Launch Angle 18.7 13.8 -4.9 21.8 8.0 12.6 -9.2 11.0 -1.6 -- 3.9 -- -- 22.9 -- 16.8 -6.1 17.3 0.5
Barrel % 15.9 3.6 -12.3 11.5 7.9 7.2 -4.3 4.1 -3.1 -- 3.6 -- -- 18.2 -- 10.6 -7.6 0.0 -10.6
Hard Hit % 42.9 28.8 -14.1 36.1 7.3 39.7 3.6 36.1 -3.6 -- -5.3 -- -- 45.5 -- 40.2 -5.3 33.3 -6.9
LA Sweet-Spot % 34.9 30.6 -4.3 37.7 7.1 30.9 -6.8 30.3 -0.6 -- 8.2 -- -- 22.7 -- 34.8 12.1 23.1 -11.7
xBA .266 .218 -0.048 .183 -0.035 .181 -0.002 .172 -0.009 -- 0.087 -- -- .200 -- .205 0.005 .170 -0.035
BA .274 .258 -0.016 .211 -0.047 .181 -0.030 .186 0.005 -- 0.164 -- -- .222 -- .167 -0.055 .119 -0.048
xwOBA .387 .287 -0.100 .272 -0.015 .255 -0.017 .226 -0.029 -- 0.122 -- -- .336 -- .326 -0.010 .217 -0.109
wOBA .421 .327 -0.094 .295 -0.032 .236 -0.059 .228 -0.008 -- 0.175 -- -- .371 -- .282 -0.089 .174 -0.108
xSLG .577 .315 -0.262 .380 0.065 .322 -0.058 .262 -0.060 -- 0.168 -- -- .473 -- .388 -0.085 .210 -0.178
SLG .667 .396 -0.271 .416 0.020 .279 -0.137 .262 -0.017 -- 0.238 -- -- .556 -- .314 -0.242 .153 -0.161
K% 22.8 27.2 4.4 38.1 10.9 36.0 -2.1 41.6 5.6 -- -9.6 -- -- 18.2 -- 31.5 13.3 31.9 0.4
BB% 7.6 10.3 2.7 8.2 -2.1 6.8 -1.4 5.3 -1.5 -- 10.7 -- -- 15.2 -- 14.6 -0.6 11.6 -3.0
Swing % 45.8 45.8 0.0 51.5 5.7 53.2 1.7 49.7 -3.5 -- -4.2 -- -- 41.6 -- 45.5 3.9 47.3 1.8
Whiff% 23.0 27.3 4.3 36.4 9.1 34.3 -2.1 34.3 0.0 -- 7.0 -- -- 29.8 -- 30.8 1.0 34.5 3.7
In Zone % 47.8 48.9 1.1 50.4 1.5 45.9 -4.5 47.3 1.4 -- 0.2 -- -- 43.8 -- 44.1 0.3 47.6 3.5
Out of Zone % 52.2 51.1 -1.1 49.6 -1.5 54.1 4.5 52.7 -1.4 -- -0.2 -- -- 56.2 -- 55.9 -0.3 52.4 -3.5
Out of Zone Swing % 26.8 26.2 -0.6 31.7 5.5 37.0 5.3 31.0 -6.0 -- -6.5 -- -- 24.7 -- 27.9 3.2 31.2 3.3
First Pitch Swing % 26.1 27.7 1.6 31.9 4.2 34.0 2.1 31.0 -3.0 -- 9.0 -- -- 21.2 -- 27.2 6.0 25.0 -2.2
First Pitch Strike % 65.2 63.6 -1.6 63.3 -0.3 60.4 -2.9 61.6 1.2 -- 6.4 -- -- 54.5 -- 57.5 3.0 63.2 5.7
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 179 .314 119 8 6.7 60 27 45.0
2017 Shifts 228 .296 131 5 3.8 97 33 34.0
2018 Shifts 241 .233 132 3 2.3 109 25 22.9
2019 Shifts 242 .228 111 12 10.8 131 53 40.5
2020 Shifts 25 .403 10 0 0.0 15 7 46.7
2022 Shifts 33 .371 21 7 33.3 12 6 50.0
2023 Shades 252 .281 134 43 32.1 118 51 43.2
2024 Shades 68 .174 38 0 0.0 30 23 76.7
! 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