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Masahiro Tanaka
Popularity: ↑ 86%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 218LBS | Age: 32

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 Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2015 2290 441 34 7.7 89.3 9.9 30.6 .248 .443 .287 .314 .392 36.7 22.8 4.4 3.51 3.91
2016 2935 601 26 4.3 88.9 8.9 31.9 .253 .393 .278 .300 .359 36.3 20.5 4.5 3.07 3.59
2017 2810 509 44 8.6 88 8.8 34.6 .251 .454 .326 .324 .413 36.3 25.8 5.5 4.74 4.33
2018 2398 434 31 7.1 88.9 10.7 31.6 .247 .414 .307 .311 .390 38.1 25.0 5.5 3.75 3.92
2019 2787 568 34 6.0 89 11 32.4 .265 .441 .314 .322 .380 37.7 19.6 5.3 4.45 4.41
2020 769 143 13 9.1 88.5 12.9 32.9 .244 .439 .314 .297 .361 37.1 22.3 4.1 3.56 4.01
ALL 13989 2696 182 6.8 88.8 10 32.3 .253 .429 .303 .313 .384 37.0 22.6 5.0
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

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

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 Slider 290 155 135 37.7 84.0 81 77 20 13 4 0 3 29 48 .260 .182 .429 .306 .306 .224 85.2 18 2283 40.6 30.5
2020 Split Finger 191 57 134 24.8 87.1 62 58 12 7 2 1 2 8 50 .207 .256 .379 .416 .269 .306 87.0 1 1586 23.0 10.7
2020 4-Seam Fastball 185 65 120 24.1 92.3 39 37 13 8 2 0 3 7 30 .351 .347 .649 .777 .427 .448 92.9 27 2235 30.1 13.2
2020 Sinker 58 41 17 7.5 91.5 14 14 3 2 0 0 1 0 14 .214 .280 .429 .398 .263 .282 86.1 10 2117 3.6 0.0
2020 Curveball 45 23 22 5.9 75.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 81.2 69 2370 7.7 0.0
2019 Slider 1000 556 444 36.4 83.3 271 257 48 24 18 2 4 80 177 .187 .204 .319 .351 .233 .256 86.5 17 2390 34.3 24.4
2019 4-Seam Fastball 752 342 410 27.3 91.5 169 153 49 29 6 1 13 31 123 .320 .299 .627 .611 .412 .405 92.7 20 2143 17.3 14.1
2019 Split Finger 735 271 464 26.7 86.8 245 240 61 41 11 1 8 32 208 .254 .287 .408 .417 .284 .310 88.9 1 1589 18.7 13.7
2019 Sinker 129 86 43 4.7 90.4 39 32 12 7 3 0 2 4 30 .375 .340 .656 .523 .438 .441 89.8 7 1916 12.9 9.8
2019 Curveball 89 40 49 3.2 76.1 12 12 5 3 2 0 0 0 12 .417 .354 .583 .471 .420 .350 87.1 16 2391 8.7 0.0
2019 Cutter 45 39 6 1.6 87.5 15 14 7 5 2 0 0 2 12 .500 .379 .643 .451 .498 .385 91.6 13 2077 25.0 33.3
! 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 Sinker NYY R 58 91.5 22.2 -2 -8 15.8 0.5 3
2020 Slider NYY R 290 84 35.6 -2.2 -6 2.9 -3.2 -52
2020 Curveball NYY R 45 75 53.7 -5.3 -9 7.2 -3.3 -31
2020 Splitter NYY R 191 87.1 27.9 -3.5 -11 12.8 1 8
2020 4-Seamer NYY R 185 92.3 15.3 1.3 8 9.4 1.1 14
2019 Sinker NYY R 129 90.4 25.5 -0.5 -2 14.8 -0.7 -4
2019 4-Seamer NYY R 752 91.5 17.3 0.7 4 10.1 1.9 23
2019 Curveball NYY R 89 76.1 58.2 -0.2 0 9.2 -2.2 -19
2019 Slider NYY R 1000 83.3 39.7 0.2 1 6.7 -1.3 -16
2019 Cutter NYY R 45 87.5 28.4 1 3 1.6 -4 -169
2019 Splitter NYY R 735 86.8 31.9 -1.5 -5 12.7 1.3 11
2018 Sinker NYY R 129 90.6 24.9 -1.1 -4 15.4 0.3 2
2018 Slider NYY R 796 83.4 39.4 -0.8 -2 6.9 -0.3 -4
2018 Splitter NYY R 739 86.8 34 0 0 10.4 -1.5 -13
2018 Cutter NYY R 97 89 23 3.8 14 1.4 -3.1 -184
2018 4-Seamer NYY R 541 91.8 16.3 1.4 8 8.8 0.6 8
2018 Curveball NYY R 94 76.9 55.9 -1.8 -3 7.5 -3.4 -31
2017 Sinker NYY R 512 91.4 23.8 -0.6 -3 16.4 0.9 6
2017 Cutter NYY R 146 89.5 24 1.9 7 1.9 -3.8 -202
2017 Curveball NYY R 166 76.8 55.7 0.5 1 8.1 -2.9 -27
2017 4-Seamer NYY R 391 92.3 16.4 0.7 4 9.4 -0.1 -1
2017 Splitter NYY R 697 87.6 33 0 0 12.8 -0.8 -6
2017 Slider NYY R 890 84.6 36.1 -0.8 -2 3.6 -1.2 -25
2016 Curveball NYY R 159 76.1 53.8 -2.4 -4 6.3 -3.2 -33
2016 4-Seamer NYY R 189 92.6 14 2.3 14 11.7 2.3 24
2016 Slider NYY R 791 84.5 31.4 -4.2 -12 0.7 -2.4 -76
2016 Splitter NYY R 859 87.2 29 -1.6 -5 12.7 -1.1 -8
2016 Sinker NYY R 614 91.1 20.6 -2 -9 15.4 0.3 2
2016 Cutter NYY R 260 89.5 20.7 4.7 19 7.5 -7.8 -2289
2015 Slider NYY R 470 84.3 31.8 -4.5 -12 1.4 -2 -59
2015 Splitter NYY R 625 88.1 27.8 -1.9 -6 11.9 -1.3 -10
2015 4-Seamer NYY R 451 92.8 12.9 2.5 16 10.9 2 22
2015 Curveball NYY R 161 77.1 50 -5.3 -10 5.7 -2.5 -31
2015 Cutter NYY R 224 89.6 20.8 3.3 14 3.7 -3.5 2181
2015 Sinker NYY R 297 91.9 19.1 -2.4 -11 16.5 1.4 9
! 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 Curveball -1.7 -1 45 5.9 1 .000 .000 .000 7.7 0.0 0.0 .000 .000 .000 0.0
2020 Sinker -0.1 0 58 7.5 14 .214 .429 .336 3.6 0.0 0.0 .280 .398 .282 21.4
2020 4-Seamer 2.2 4 185 24.1 39 .351 .649 .438 30.1 17.9 13.2 .347 .777 .447 56.7
2020 Splitter -1.2 -2 191 24.8 62 .207 .379 .282 23.0 12.9 10.7 .256 .416 .306 32.0
2020 Slider -0.2 0 290 37.7 81 .260 .429 .315 40.6 35.8 30.5 .182 .306 .225 35.4
2019 Curveball -0.6 -1 89 3.2 12 .417 .583 .473 8.7 0.0 0.0 .354 .471 .350 16.7
2019 Cutter 3.0 1 45 1.6 15 .500 .643 .513 25.0 13.3 33.3 .379 .451 .386 41.7
2019 Sinker 5.0 6 129 4.6 39 .375 .656 .473 12.9 10.3 9.8 .340 .523 .442 53.3
2019 4-Seamer 1.2 9 752 27.0 169 .320 .627 .427 17.3 18.3 14.1 .299 .611 .406 46.3
2019 Splitter 0.3 3 735 26.4 245 .254 .408 .313 18.7 13.1 13.7 .287 .417 .311 37.0
2019 Slider -2.4 -24 1000 35.9 271 .187 .319 .244 34.3 29.5 24.4 .204 .351 .257 31.1
2018 Curveball 0.8 1 94 3.9 9 .444 .556 .439 27.8 22.2 13.3 .387 .559 .409 57.1
2018 Cutter 1.5 1 97 4.0 26 .308 .846 .492 30.0 19.2 55.6 .356 .775 .476 38.1
2018 Sinker 7.3 9 129 5.4 38 .382 .765 .495 10.2 10.5 11.8 .371 .655 .466 50.0
2018 4-Seamer 1.1 6 541 22.6 119 .327 .551 .415 17.6 18.5 15.3 .321 .583 .418 48.2
2018 Slider -1.9 -15 796 33.2 195 .180 .348 .252 31.3 25.1 20.9 .192 .317 .248 29.1
2018 Splitter -1.1 -8 739 30.8 247 .210 .318 .269 36.2 31.2 26.4 .221 .335 .268 37.2
2017 Cutter -0.2 0 146 5.2 19 .333 .556 .445 32.1 10.5 22.2 .364 .545 .406 37.5
2017 Curveball -0.8 -1 166 5.9 31 .161 .258 .210 25.0 29.0 25.0 .156 .299 .191 18.2
2017 4-Seamer 1.4 6 391 13.9 80 .361 .569 .431 15.8 18.8 12.1 .310 .556 .399 43.9
2017 Sinker 1.7 9 512 18.2 160 .340 .674 .461 13.6 8.1 15.3 .346 .665 .458 39.5
2017 Splitter -0.1 -1 697 24.8 211 .225 .395 .289 38.3 32.7 27.3 .219 .366 .268 39.8
2017 Slider -0.9 -8 890 31.7 248 .208 .390 .278 39.6 34.7 27.6 .209 .387 .273 30.0
! 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 Sinker 58 91.5 93 19.0 2:00 1:15 -45
2020 Curveball 45 75.0 58 10.9 7:30 7:30 0
2020 Slider 289 84.0 14 4.7 10:00 10:00 0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 185 92.3 96 19.0 1:00 1:15 15
2020 Changeup 191 87.1 94 15.4 2:00 1:30 -30
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 780 2862 -15 -27 8 8 -26
2017 815 3075 10 -35 10 9 -6
2018 646 2465 14 -35 5 9 -7
2019 807 2980 -2 -32 19 7 -8
2020 236 917 6 -9 6 3 6
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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 2290 45.7 64.0 84.9 36.4 61.1 45.0 62.6 49.0 24.7 7.3 67.3
2016 2935 46.5 68.2 85.0 34.2 62.1 43.9 64.5 50.0 23.4 6.5 73.7
2017 2810 46.7 70.8 80.1 33.4 47.8 43.7 64.8 50.9 31.3 5.8 73.2
2018 2398 46.6 69.4 81.0 33.8 51.6 45.9 68.2 50.3 29.5 6.0 81.1
2019 2787 47.1 67.9 86.6 34.6 58.9 46.7 68.8 50.3 23.3 4.7 79.1
2020 769 46.4 73.4 79.4 32.8 52.6 43.7 63.5 51.6 29.7 7.0 81.5
ALL 13989 46.5 68.5 83.2 34.3 56.3 44.9 65.7 50.2 26.6 6.1 74.9
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 47.8 23.4 22.7 6.1 39.2 38.3 22.4 2.7 37.6 23.6 19.5 5.4 7.7
2016 48.8 19.0 25.6 6.7 40.6 36.4 23.0 2.5 37.3 20.5 25.5 6.2 4.3
2017 50.1 21.2 23.4 5.3 40.9 41.5 17.7 4.7 37.1 19.3 23.2 6.3 8.6
2018 49.3 23.3 22.1 5.3 41.0 39.6 19.4 2.3 34.6 21.2 25.6 6.7 7.1
2019 48.2 21.3 22.9 7.6 43.1 35.0 21.8 2.1 37.3 21.0 24.6 7.2 6.0
2020 44.1 14.7 30.1 11.2 42.7 38.5 18.9 6.3 28.7 29.4 23.1 2.8 9.1
ALL 48.6 21.1 23.8 6.5 41.1 38.0 20.8 3.0 36.4 21.4 23.8 6.2 6.8
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 48 48 17 8 82 5 8 17 17 67 95 65 48 36 37 32
2016 71 48 56 66 81 28 80 38 33 47 94 51 71 21 18 35
2017 44 48 25 16 76 2 7 28 21 74 92 89 44 32 34 50
2018 55 46 39 36 71 16 36 32 27 66 89 77 55 28 31 47
2019 45 28 36 47 61 13 69 39 39 24 90 32 45 23 17 34
2020 56 46 32 26 80 11 25 47 49 44 94 71 56 37 35 32
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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 22.2 29 22.3 6.7 8 17 10 34.5
2020 22.8 11 11.8 -0.8 3 7 6 54.5

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 29 26 26 25 27 22 23 24 23 23 29 23 15 18 21 26 17 23 16 23 14 20 18 20 23 28 24 20 22 21 28
2020 11 13 12 12 14 12 11 13 12 10 12 13 10 9 11 11 10 13 12 12 11 11 13 12 13 12 12 12 12 11 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 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 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 8.9 -1 8.8 -0.1 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 36.3 0 38.1 1.8 37.7 -0.4 37.1 -0.6
Sweet Spot % 30.6 31.9 1.3 34.6 2.7 31.6 -3 32.4 0.8 32.9 0.5
xBA .248 .253 0.005 .251 -0.002 .247 -0.004 .265 0.018 .244 -0.021
BA .221 .236 0.015 .257 0.021 .24 -0.017 .261 0.021 .257 -0.004
xwOBA .314 .3 -0.014 .324 0.024 .311 -0.013 .322 0.011 .297 -0.025
wOBA .287 .278 -0.009 .326 0.048 .307 -0.019 .314 0.007 .314 0
xSLG .443 .393 -0.05 .454 0.061 .414 -0.04 .441 0.027 .439 -0.002
SLG .42 .373 -0.047 .467 0.094 .422 -0.045 .45 0.028 .455 0.005
K% 22.8 20.5 -2.3 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 50 1 50.9 0.9 50.3 -0.6 50.3 0 51.6 1.3
Whiff% 24.7 23.4 -1.3 31.3 7.9 29.5 -1.8 23.3 -6.2 29.7 6.4
In Zone Swing % 45.7 46.5 0.8 46.7 0.2 46.6 -0.1 47.1 0.5 46.4 -0.7
Out of Zone Swing % 54.3 53.5 -0.8 53.3 -0.2 53.4 0.1 52.9 -0.5 53.6 0.7
First Pitch Swing % 27.9 31.6 3.7 31.8 0.2 32.1 0.3 31.9 -0.2 31 -0.9
First Pitch Strike % 62.6 64.5 1.9 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 780 .277 403 34 8.4 377 165 43.8
2017 748 .325 430 22 5.1 318 142 44.7
2018 634 .307 353 84 23.8 281 210 74.7
2019 751 .309 373 140 37.5 378 299 79.1
2020 197 .314 96 50 52.1 101 89 88.1

Pitch Distribution