Masahiro Tanaka
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 218LBS | Age: 33

Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 3 3 3.56 10 10 0 48.0 44 1.17
7 Seasons 78 46 3.74 174 173 0 1054.1 991 1.13
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 10 3-3 3.56 48.0 44 1.17
7 Seasons 174 78-46 3.74 1054.1 991 1.13

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 26 2290 441 34 7.7 5.6 89.3 113.6 9.9 30.6 .246 .439 .287 .310 .387 36.7 22.9 4.4 3.51 3.96
2016 27 2935 601 26 4.3 3.2 88.9 113.9 9.0 31.6 .250 .388 .278 .293 .350 36.3 20.5 4.5 3.06 3.59
2017 28 2810 509 44 8.6 5.9 88.0 110.3 8.8 34.6 .247 .444 .326 .315 .400 36.2 25.8 5.5 4.74 4.27
2018 29 2398 434 31 7.1 4.9 88.9 117.5 10.7 31.8 .242 .408 .307 .305 .381 38.1 25.0 5.5 3.75 3.92
2019 30 2787 568 34 6 4.5 89.0 113.0 11.0 32.6 .260 .430 .314 .314 .369 37.7 19.6 5.3 4.45 4.35
2020 31 769 143 13 9.1 6.6 88.5 113.7 12.9 32.9 .244 .437 .319 .309 .377 37.1 22.3 4.1 3.56 4.04
Player 13989 2696 182 6.8 4.8 88.8 117.5 10.0 32.3 .249 .422 .303 .307 .376 37.0 22.6 5.0
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 169.8 12.0 32.9 .246 .409 .317 .316 .370 35.6 22.0 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Tanaka relies on 5 pitches.
Slider
(37.7%) ,
Split Finger
(24.8%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(24.1%) ,
Sinker
(7.5%) ,
Curveball
(5.9%) ,


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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 47.8 23.4 22.7 6.1 39.2 38.3 22.4 2.9 37.4 23.6 19.5 5.4 7.7 5.6
2016 48.8 19.0 25.6 6.7 40.6 36.4 23.0 3.3 37.3 20.6 25.3 6.0 4.3 3.2
2017 50.1 21.2 23.4 5.3 40.9 41.5 17.7 4.9 37.1 19.3 23.2 6.3 8.6 5.9
2018 49.3 23.3 22.1 5.3 40.8 39.6 19.4 3.0 34.6 21.0 25.6 6.7 7.1 4.9
2019 48.2 21.3 22.9 7.6 43.1 35.0 21.8 2.6 37.3 21.0 24.6 7.2 6.0 4.5
2020 44.1 20.3 24.5 11.2 42.7 38.5 18.9 6.3 28.7 29.4 23.1 2.8 9.1 6.6
Player 48.6 21.4 23.5 6.5 41.1 38.0 20.8 3.5 36.4 21.4 23.7 6.2 6.8 4.8
MLB 45.0 22.8 25.1 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.4 3.8 33.2 24.4 24.5 5.7 6.7 4.6
! 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
2020 4-Seamer NYY R 185 92.3 15.3 1.2 8 9.4 1.1 13
2020 Slider NYY R 290 84.0 35.6 -2.2 -6 2.9 -3.1 -52
2020 Splitter NYY R 191 87.1 27.9 -3.8 -12 12.8 1.0 8
2020 Sinker NYY R 58 91.5 22.2 -2.0 -8 15.8 0.5 3
2020 Curveball NYY R 45 75.0 53.7 -5.4 -9 7.2 -3.4 -32
2019 Splitter NYY R 735 86.8 31.9 -1.7 -5 12.7 1.1 9
2019 Cutter NYY R 45 87.5 28.4 1.0 3 1.6 -4.0 -169
2019 Curveball NYY R 89 76.1 58.2 -0.2 0 9.2 -2.3 -20
2019 Sinker NYY R 129 90.4 25.5 -0.5 -2 14.8 -0.7 -4
2019 Slider NYY R 1,000 83.3 39.7 0.3 1 6.7 -1.3 -16
2019 4-Seamer NYY R 752 91.5 17.3 0.7 4 10.1 1.8 22
2018 Cutter NYY R 97 89.0 23.0 3.7 14 1.4 -3.1 -185
2018 4-Seamer NYY R 541 91.8 16.3 1.4 8 8.8 0.6 8
2018 Slider NYY R 796 83.4 39.4 -0.7 -2 6.9 -0.2 -3
2018 Sinker NYY R 129 90.6 24.9 -1.0 -4 15.4 0.3 2
2018 Curveball NYY R 94 76.9 55.9 -1.7 -3 7.5 -3.4 -31
2018 Splitter NYY R 739 86.8 34.0 0.1 0 10.4 -1.6 -13
2017 Curveball NYY R 166 76.8 55.7 0.5 1 8.1 -2.9 -26
2017 Sinker NYY R 512 91.4 23.8 -0.5 -2 16.4 0.9 6
2017 4-Seamer NYY R 392 92.3 16.4 0.6 3 9.4 0.0 0
2017 Splitter NYY R 697 87.6 33.0 0.0 0 12.8 -0.8 -6
2017 Cutter NYY R 146 89.5 24.0 1.9 7 1.9 -3.7 -202
2017 Slider NYY R 893 84.6 36.1 -0.7 -2 3.6 -1.2 -26
2016 Splitter NYY R 858 87.2 28.9 -1.6 -5 12.7 -1.1 -8
2016 Slider NYY R 784 84.5 31.4 -4.1 -12 0.8 -2.4 -76
2016 4-Seamer NYY R 190 92.6 14.0 2.3 14 11.7 2.3 24
2016 Curveball NYY R 159 76.1 53.8 -2.3 -4 6.3 -3.2 -33
2016 Cutter NYY R 259 89.4 20.7 4.6 18 7.5 -7.8 -2336
2016 Sinker NYY R 614 91.0 20.6 -1.9 -9 15.4 0.3 2
! 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 Slider -0.3 -1 290 37.7 81 .260 .429 .315 40.6 35.8 30.5 .184 .309 .234 35.4
2020 Splitter -1.6 -3 191 24.8 62 .207 .379 .282 23.0 12.9 10.7 .254 .409 .312 32.0
2020 4-Seamer 2.5 5 185 24.1 39 .351 .649 .438 30.1 17.9 13.2 .346 .773 .474 56.7
2020 Sinker -0.1 0 58 7.5 14 .214 .429 .336 3.6 0.0 0.0 .279 .400 .291 21.4
2020 Curveball -1.7 -1 45 5.9 1 .000 .000 .000 7.7 0.0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0
2019 Slider -2.5 -25 1,000 35.9 271 .187 .319 .247 34.2 29.5 24.4 .199 .339 .250 31.1
2019 4-Seamer 1.1 8 752 27.0 169 .320 .627 .430 17.3 18.3 14.1 .296 .600 .397 46.3
2019 Splitter 0.3 2 735 26.4 245 .254 .408 .315 18.6 13.1 13.7 .281 .406 .301 37.0
2019 Sinker 4.8 6 129 4.6 39 .375 .656 .473 12.9 10.3 9.8 .329 .498 .428 53.3
2019 Curveball -0.7 -1 89 3.2 12 .417 .583 .473 8.7 0.0 0.0 .361 .459 .350 16.7
2019 Cutter 2.8 1 45 1.6 15 .500 .643 .513 25.0 13.3 33.3 .381 .458 .388 41.7
2018 Slider -1.8 -15 796 33.2 195 .180 .348 .252 31.2 25.1 20.9 .185 .302 .237 29.1
2018 Splitter -1.1 -8 739 30.8 247 .210 .318 .268 36.2 31.2 26.4 .217 .325 .261 37.2
2018 4-Seamer 1.2 7 541 22.6 119 .327 .551 .412 17.5 18.5 15.3 .317 .568 .409 48.2
2018 Sinker 8.1 10 129 5.4 38 .382 .765 .495 10.2 10.5 11.8 .364 .656 .465 50.0
2018 Cutter 1.5 1 97 4.0 26 .308 .846 .473 30.0 19.2 55.6 .351 .853 .502 38.1
2018 Curveball 0.7 1 94 3.9 9 .444 .556 .439 27.8 22.2 13.3 .386 .521 .390 57.1
2017 Slider -0.9 -8 893 31.8 248 .207 .388 .282 39.3 34.7 27.6 .207 .378 .271 29.8
2017 Splitter -0.2 -1 697 24.8 211 .225 .395 .292 38.1 32.7 27.3 .213 .360 .263 39.8
2017 Sinker 1.9 10 512 18.2 160 .340 .674 .461 13.2 8.1 15.3 .337 .642 .442 39.5
2017 4-Seamer 1.4 5 392 14.0 80 .361 .569 .431 15.6 18.8 12.0 .307 .551 .393 43.9
2017 Curveball -0.8 -1 166 5.9 31 .161 .258 .210 24.5 29.0 25.0 .155 .290 .184 18.2
2017 Cutter -0.3 0 146 5.2 19 .333 .556 .445 32.1 10.5 22.2 .368 .530 .397 37.5
! 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 Curveball 43 74.9 58 10.9 7:30 7:30 0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 182 92.3 96 19.0 1:15 1:00 15
2020 Splitter 189 87.1 94 15.4 1:30 2:15 -45
2020 Sinker 57 91.5 93 19.0 1:15 2:00 -45
2020 Slider 284 84.0 14 4.6 10:00 10:00 0
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2014 540 2,000 5 -19 -4 5 -13
2015 629 2,372 -2 -19 5 7 -9
2016 805 2,935 -4 -35 3 8 -28
2017 821 3,091 9 -36 9 12 -5
2018 653 2,474 14 -35 5 10 -6
2019 810 2,986 -3 -33 18 8 -11
2020 238 919 6 -9 5 3 5
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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 2,290 45.6 64.5 84.4 36.8 60.5 44.9 62.7 49.4 24.5 7.4 68.2
2016 2,935 46.5 68.3 84.8 34.5 61.6 44.0 64.5 50.2 23.3 6.6 73.1
2017 2,810 46.7 71.2 79.6 33.5 47.7 43.6 64.8 51.2 31.1 5.8 73.8
2018 2,398 46.6 69.5 80.8 33.8 51.6 45.9 68.2 50.4 29.4 6.0 81.8
2019 2,787 47.1 68.0 86.4 34.7 58.8 46.7 68.8 50.4 23.2 4.7 79.1
2020 769 46.6 73.2 79.4 32.8 52.6 43.7 63.5 51.6 29.7 7.0 81.5
Player 13,989 46.5 68.7 82.9 34.5 56.0 44.9 65.7 50.4 26.5 6.1 75.1
MLB 48.5 66.8 82.0 28.3 58.4 42.6 60.7 47.0 24.6 7.2 76.0
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 44 46 15 7 83 5 9 17 17 67 95 64 44 37 38 27
2016 71 46 56 68 81 27 80 37 32 47 94 51 71 24 19 32
2017 47 49 27 19 77 2 7 29 21 74 92 89 47 32 34 47
2018 54 47 37 34 73 16 37 32 27 66 89 77 54 29 32 44
2019 48 29 38 50 63 13 69 39 39 24 90 32 48 23 17 32
2020 56 45 32 28 79 11 25 47 49 44 94 71 56 39 37
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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 22.1 22 20.4 2 11 18 8 36.4
2017 22.6 35 38.5 -4 10 24 21 60.0
2018 23.0 26 28.2 -2 9 17 14 53.8
2019 22.2 29 23.9 5 15 17 10 34.5
2020 22.8 11 12.3 -1 2 9 5 45.5

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 22 18 26 17 19 21 17 23 20 21 22 20 12 18 21 23 22 24 17 25 31 10 15 24 20 26 22 15 14 19 31
2017 35 40 44 38 39 38 40 40 44 36 34 40 32 32 39 44 36 43 28 42 43 36 36 39 41 38 40 35 37 37 45
2018 26 32 30 26 27 28 23 34 29 28 24 27 22 20 27 30 26 33 25 31 30 27 26 27 32 30 33 26 32 26 35
2019 29 29 26 21 22 24 26 26 24 19 27 25 18 19 22 28 20 28 16 21 30 21 21 20 23 29 26 20 26 24 35
2020 11 13 12 12 13 11 0 14 12 11 12 13 10 9 11 14 12 14 10 12 13 14 14 12 14 13 12 11 12 13 14
! 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.7 90.9 -0.8 91.5 0.6 91.2 -0.3 91.1 -0.1 92.1 1
Offspeed Velocity 88.1 87.2 -0.9 87.6 0.4 86.8 -0.8 86.8 0 87.1 0.3
Breaking Velocity 82.4 83.1 0.7 83.4 0.3 82.7 -0.7 82.7 0 82.8 0.1
Exit Velocity 89.3 88.9 -0.4 88 -0.9 88.9 0.9 89 0.1 88.5 -0.5
Launch Angle 9.9 9 -0.9 8.8 -0.2 10.7 1.9 11 0.3 12.9 1.9
Barrel % 7.7 4.3 -3.4 8.6 4.3 7.1 -1.5 6 -1.1 9.1 3.1
Hard Hit % 36.7 36.3 -0.4 36.2 -0.1 38.1 1.9 37.7 -0.4 37.1 -0.6
Sweet Spot % 30.6 31.6 1 34.6 3 31.8 -2.8 32.6 0.8 32.9 0.3
xBA .246 .25 0.004 .247 -0.003 .242 -0.005 .26 0.018 .244 -0.016
BA .221 .236 0.015 .257 0.021 .24 -0.017 .261 0.021 .257 -0.004
xwOBA .31 .293 -0.017 .315 0.022 .305 -0.01 .314 0.009 .309 -0.005
wOBA .287 .278 -0.009 .326 0.048 .307 -0.019 .314 0.007 .319 0.005
xSLG .439 .388 -0.051 .444 0.056 .408 -0.036 .43 0.022 .437 0.007
SLG .42 .373 -0.047 .467 0.094 .422 -0.045 .45 0.028 .455 0.005
K% 22.9 20.5 -2.4 25.8 5.3 25 -0.8 19.6 -5.4 22.3 2.7
BB% 4.4 4.5 0.1 5.5 1 5.5 0 5.3 -0.2 4.1 -1.2
Swing % 49.4 50.2 0.8 51.2 1 50.4 -0.8 50.4 0 51.6 1.2
Whiff% 24.5 23.3 -1.2 31.1 7.8 29.4 -1.7 23.2 -6.2 29.7 6.5
In Zone % 45.6 46.5 0.9 46.7 0.2 46.6 -0.1 47.1 0.5 46.6 -0.5
Out of Zone % 54.4 53.5 -0.9 53.3 -0.2 53.4 0.1 52.9 -0.5 53.4 0.5
Out of Zone Swing % 36.8 34.5 -2.3 33.5 -1 33.8 0.3 34.7 0.9 32.8 -1.9
First Pitch Swing % 28.9 32 3.1 32.4 0.4 32.4 0 32.1 -0.3 31 -1.1
First Pitch Strike % 62.7 64.5 1.8 64.8 0.3 68.2 3.4 68.8 0.6 63.5 -5.3
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 778 .275 402 32 8.0 376 166 44.1
2017 747 .322 430 21 4.9 317 141 44.5
2018 634 .307 353 84 23.8 281 210 74.7
2019 751 .309 373 140 37.5 378 299 79.1
2020 197 .319 96 50 52.1 101 89 88.1

Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2014 600 18.8 7.5% 4.0% 283 26.0 0.0% 18.7%
2015 755 20.5 10.1% 7.9% 281 28.2 1.4% 41.3%
2016 908 19.4 16.0% 5.9% 400 28.2 3.8% 38.5%
2017 857 19.1 8.6% 4.3% 338 26.3 0.0% 21.9%
2018 738 18.5 10.7% 2.3% 293 27.6 0.0% 32.8%
2019 813 17.6 16.6% 1.8% 411 27.4 0.5% 28.0%
2020 237 18.7 5.9% 4.2% 99 27.2 0.0% 28.3%

Pitch Distribution