Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF | Bats/Throws: L/R | 6' 3" 225LBS | Age: 36
Draft: 2008 | Rd: 3, #100, New York Mets | Azusa Pacific
PA AB R H HR SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2015 141 128 21 25 4 2 .195 .270 .375 .645
2016 392 335 38 70 13 8 .209 .324 .385 .709
2017 31 26 3 3 1 0 .115 .258 .269 .527
6 Seasons 1,116 978 128 216 31 20 .221 .311 .384 .695
AVG HR SB OPS
2015 .195 4 2 .645
2016 .209 13 8 .709
2017 .115 1 0 .527
6 Seasons .221 31 20 .695
MLB Percentile Rankings
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Statcast Batting 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%
2015 27 587 79 6 7.6 4.3 90.7 109.1 9.1 34.2 .197 .365 .283 .283 .392 41.8 34.8 7.1
2016 28 1657 202 20 9.9 5.1 90.3 111.2 9.7 28.7 .203 .384 .313 .312 .414 37.1 33.9 14.3
2017 29 142 11 4 36.4 12.9 95.7 108.1 12.2 36.4 .180 .495 .245 .342 .646 54.5 48.4 12.9
Player 2386 292 30 10.3 5.3 90.6 111.2 9.6 30.5 .200 .385 .301 .306 .417 39.0 34.9 12.4
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.




Fastball: 4 Seam, 2 Seam, Cutter, Sinker. Offspeed: Split, Change, Fork, Screw. Breaking: Slider, Curve, Knuckle, Sweeper, Slurve, Other
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Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2015 43.0 21.5 30.4 5.1 40.5 38.0 21.5 1.3 36.7 20.3 20.3 12.7 7.6 4.3
2016 49.5 20.8 24.3 5.4 41.6 33.2 24.3 3.0 38.1 20.3 20.8 5.4 9.9 5.1
2017 36.4 36.4 18.2 9.1 18.2 63.6 18.2 0.0 36.4 18.2 0.0 9.1 36.4 12.9
Player 47.3 21.6 25.7 5.5 40.4 35.6 23.3 2.4 37.7 20.2 19.9 7.5 10.3 5.3
MLB 44.6 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 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.

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 %
2017 4-Seam Fastball -0.9 0 47 33.1 12 .222 .333 .354 33.3 25.0 21.4 .300 .870 .529 50.0
2017 Sinker 1.3 0 36 25.4 7 .167 .667 .386 38.5 42.9 37.5 .290 .798 .477 100.0
2017 Slider -6.0 -1 20 14.1 5 .000 .000 .000 45.5 80.0 44.4 .034 .038 .031 0.0
2017 Changeup -3.5 -1 17 12.0 4 .000 .000 .000 87.5 100.0 57.1 -- -- .000 --
2017 Curveball -0.7 0 12 8.5 1 .000 .000 .000 66.7 100.0 33.3 -- -- .000 --
2017 Sweeper -0.3 0 5 3.5 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2017 Split-Finger 2.9 0 2 1.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 Cutter 5.5 0 2 1.4 1 -- -- .700 -- 0.0 -- -- -- .700 --
2017 Slurve -31.4 0 1 0.7 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -- .059 .059 .057 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2012 313 1,318 -4 -12 4 7 -4
2013 107 443 0 -8 3 2 -3
2014 127 557 5 -9 4 3 2
2015 145 607 -5 -5 1 4 -5
2016 391 1,653 -2 -15 13 6 1
2017 31 142 -1 -3 1 1 -2
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Swing % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2015 587 48.2 67.1 72.6 25.3 51.9 43.1 25.5 45.5 32.2 6.6 79.5
2016 1,657 45.5 66.4 69.3 21.0 42.1 41.2 21.9 41.7 36.9 6.8 79.6
2017 142 38.0 72.2 61.5 23.9 38.1 44.4 16.1 42.3 43.3 6.3 55.6
Player 2,386 45.7 66.9 69.7 22.2 44.4 41.8 22.5 42.7 36.1 6.7 78.3
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 29.7 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Max EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
Speed OAA Arm
Strength
Bat
Speed
Swing
Length
2015 69 52
2016 33 1 28 55 43 39 83 73 81 52 1 95 1 93 56 71
2017 60 44
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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 22.9 13 14.0 -1 5 15 2 15.4
2017 23.0 1 1.8 -1 1 3 0 0.0
Player 22.9 14 15.8 -2 6 18 2 14.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 13 16 10 14 16 12 17 13 13 11 13 20 13 13 13 16 12 12 16 16 13 8 17 17 13 11 16 19 15 16 10
2017 1 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 0 1 1 2 2 2 1 3 1 1 2 1 3 2 3 1 3 2 1 4 3 3 0
Player 14 18 12 15 17 13 19 15 13 12 14 22 15 15 14 19 13 13 18 17 16 10 20 18 16 13 17 23 18 19 10
! 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 +/-  
Exit Velocity 90.7 90.3 -0.4 95.7 5.4
Launch Angle 9.1 9.7 0.6 12.2 2.5
Barrel % 7.6 9.9 2.3 36.4 26.5
Hard Hit % 41.8 37.1 -4.7 54.5 17.4
LA Sweet-Spot % 34.2 28.7 -5.5 36.4 7.7
xBA .197 .203 0.006 .180 -0.023
BA .195 .209 0.014 .115 -0.094
xwOBA .283 .312 0.029 .342 0.030
wOBA .283 .313 0.030 .245 -0.068
xSLG .365 .384 0.019 .495 0.111
SLG .375 .385 0.010 .269 -0.116
K% 34.8 33.9 -0.9 48.4 14.5
BB% 7.1 14.3 7.2 12.9 -1.4
Swing % 45.5 41.7 -3.8 42.3 0.6
Whiff% 32.2 36.9 4.7 43.3 6.4
In Zone % 48.2 45.5 -2.7 38.0 -7.5
Out of Zone % 51.8 54.5 2.7 62.0 7.5
Out of Zone Swing % 25.3 21.0 -4.3 23.9 2.9
First Pitch Swing % 25.5 21.9 -3.6 16.1 -5.8
First Pitch Strike % 63.1 54.3 -8.8 58.1 3.8
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

wOBA
SeasonAlignment TypeBat SidePAShifts/Shades%No Shift/ShadeShift/Shade
2016 Shifts L 379 126 33.2 .334 .268
2017 Shifts L 31 12 38.7 .194 .325
! 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 %
2012 428 15.2 45.1% 0.2% 234 20.9 1.3% 6.0%
2013 123 16.5 33.3% 0.8% 101 22.2 1.0% 5.9%
2014 139 16.5 30.9% 2.2% 121 22.9 0.8% 7.4%
2015 169 16.5 38.5% 5.3% 99 21.9 13.1% 15.2%
2016 489 17.1 31.5% 4.7% 324 23.4 6.5% 15.4%
2017 57 17.1 31.6% 1.8% 13 23.2 0.0% 7.7%
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