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Masahiro Tanaka
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 Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2015 27 2290 441 34 7.7 89.3 113.6 9.9 30.6 .240 .428 .287 .303 .374 37.9 22.9 4.4 3.51 3.96
2016 28 2935 601 26 4.3 88.9 113.9 9 31.6 .245 .378 .278 .286 .339 37.3 20.5 4.5 3.06 3.53
2017 29 2810 509 43 8.4 88.1 110.3 8.4 33.8 .242 .434 .326 .309 .391 36.7 25.8 5.5 4.74 4.18
2018 30 2398 434 30 6.9 89.2 117.5 10.7 30.4 .228 .382 .307 .289 .356 38.2 25 5.5 3.75 3.55
2019 31 2787 568 34 6 89 113 11 32.6 .258 .426 .314 .311 .364 37.7 19.6 5.3 4.45 4.35
2020 32 769 143 13 9.1 88.5 113.7 12.9 32.9 .243 .435 .319 .308 .374 37.1 22.3 4.1 3.56 4.04
13989 2696 180 6.7 88.9 117.5 9.9 31.9 .243 .411 .303 .300 .365 37.5 22.6 5
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .242 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

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 Ext. Whiff% PutAway%
2020 Slider 290 155 135 37.7 84.0 81 77 20 13 4 0 3 29 48 .260 .184 .429 .309 .311 .234 85.2 18 2281 6.0 40.6 30.5
2020 Split Finger 191 57 134 24.8 87.1 62 58 12 7 2 1 2 8 50 .207 .250 .379 .402 .274 .307 87.0 1 1579 6.1 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 .346 .649 .773 .434 .475 92.9 27 2231 6.1 30.1 13.2
2020 Sinker 58 41 17 7.5 91.5 14 14 3 2 0 0 1 0 14 .214 .279 .429 .400 .267 .291 86.1 10 2117 6.1 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 5.9 7.7 0.0
2019 Slider 1000 556 444 36.4 83.3 271 257 48 24 18 2 4 80 177 .187 .199 .319 .339 .233 .249 86.1 17 2390 5.4 34.2 24.4
2019 4-Seam Fastball 752 342 410 27.3 91.5 169 153 49 29 6 1 13 31 123 .320 .296 .627 .600 .412 .396 92.2 19 2143 5.8 17.3 14.1
2019 Split Finger 735 271 464 26.7 86.8 245 240 61 41 11 1 8 32 208 .254 .281 .408 .406 .284 .301 88.7 1 1589 5.6 18.6 13.7
2019 Sinker 129 86 43 4.7 90.4 39 32 12 7 3 0 2 4 30 .375 .329 .656 .498 .438 .427 89.8 7 1916 5.7 12.9 9.8
2019 Curveball 89 40 49 3.2 76.1 12 12 5 3 2 0 0 0 12 .417 .331 .583 .421 .420 .321 87.1 16 2391 5.2 8.7 0.0
2019 Cutter 45 39 6 1.6 87.5 15 14 7 5 2 0 0 2 12 .500 .381 .643 .458 .498 .387 91.6 13 2077 5.7 25.0 33.3
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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 2.9 37.4 23.6 19.5 5.4 7.7
2016 48.8 19 25.6 6.7 40.6 36.4 23 3.3 37.3 20.6 25.3 6 4.3
2017 50.1 21.2 23.4 5.3 40.9 41.5 17.7 4.7 36.3 18.3 23 6.3 8.4
2018 49.3 23.3 22.1 5.3 41.2 39.2 19.6 3 33.2 20 24.4 6.5 6.9
2019 48.2 21.3 22.9 7.6 43.1 35 21.8 2.6 37.3 21 24.6 7.2 6
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
48.6 21.1 23.8 6.5 41.2 37.9 20.9 3.5 36 21.1 23.5 6.1 6.7
45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.5 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

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 NYY R 45 75 53.7 -5.4 -9 7.2 -3.4 -32
2020 Slider NYY R 289 84 35.6 -2.1 -6 3 -3.1 -51
2020 Splitter NYY R 190 87.1 27.8 -3.7 -12 12.8 1 9
2020 Sinker NYY R 58 91.5 22.2 -2 -8 15.8 0.5 3
2020 4-Seamer NYY R 184 92.3 15.3 1.2 7 9.4 1.1 13
2019 Slider NYY R 1000 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
2019 Cutter NYY R 45 87.5 28.4 0.9 3 1.6 -4 -170
2019 Curveball NYY R 89 76.1 58.2 -0.1 0 9.2 -2.3 -20
2019 Sinker NYY R 129 90.4 25.5 -0.5 -2 14.8 -0.7 -4
2019 Splitter NYY R 735 86.8 31.9 -1.7 -5 12.7 1.1 9
2018 Sinker NYY R 126 90.6 24.9 -1 -4 15.4 0.3 2
2018 Cutter NYY R 97 89 23 3.7 14 1.4 -3.1 -185
2018 Splitter NYY R 714 86.8 34 0 0 10.5 -1.6 -13
2018 Curveball NYY R 90 76.9 55.9 -1.7 -3 7.5 -3.4 -31
2018 4-Seamer NYY R 527 91.8 16.3 1.4 8 8.9 0.6 8
2018 Slider NYY R 770 83.4 39.4 -0.7 -2 6.9 -0.2 -3
2017 Slider NYY R 855 84.7 36.1 -0.7 -2 3.6 -1.2 -26
2017 Sinker NYY R 502 91.4 23.8 -0.6 -2 16.4 0.9 6
2017 4-Seamer NYY R 385 92.3 16.4 0.6 3 9.3 -0.1 -1
2017 Curveball NYY R 161 76.8 55.6 0.4 1 8.1 -2.9 -26
2017 Cutter NYY R 136 89.6 23.8 2 8 1.9 -3.8 -203
2017 Splitter NYY R 679 87.6 33 0 0 12.8 -0.8 -6
2016 Cutter NYY R 259 89.4 20.7 4.6 18 7.5 -7.8 -2336
2016 Curveball NYY R 159 76.1 53.8 -2.3 -4 6.3 -3.2 -33
2016 Splitter NYY R 858 87.2 28.9 -1.6 -5 12.7 -1.1 -8
2016 Sinker NYY R 614 91 20.6 -1.9 -9 15.4 0.3 2
2016 4-Seamer NYY R 190 92.6 14 2.3 14 11.7 2.3 24
2016 Slider NYY R 784 84.5 31.4 -4.1 -12 0.8 -2.4 -75
! 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 0 0 0 7.7 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 Sinker 0 0 58 7.5 14 .214 .429 .336 3.6 0 0 .279 .4 .291 21.4
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 Splitter -1.5 -3 191 24.8 62 .207 .379 .292 23 12.9 10.7 .25 .402 .307 32
2020 Slider -0.3 -1 290 37.7 81 .26 .429 .315 40.6 35.8 30.5 .184 .309 .234 35.4
2019 Curveball -0.7 -1 89 3.2 12 .417 .583 .433 8.7 0 0 .331 .421 .321 16.7
2019 Cutter 2.9 1 45 1.6 15 .5 .643 .513 25 13.3 33.3 .381 .458 .388 41.7
2019 Sinker 4.9 6 129 4.6 39 .375 .656 .473 12.9 10.3 9.8 .329 .498 .428 53.3
2019 4-Seamer 1.2 9 752 27 169 .32 .627 .43 17.3 18.3 14.1 .296 .6 .397 46.3
2019 Splitter 0.2 2 735 26.4 245 .254 .408 .311 18.6 13.1 13.7 .281 .406 .301 37
2019 Slider -2.4 -24 1000 35.9 271 .187 .319 .247 34.2 29.5 24.4 .199 .339 .25 31.1
2018 Curveball 0.7 1 94 3.9 9 .444 .556 .439 27.8 22.2 13.3 .386 .521 .39 57.1
2018 Cutter 1.5 1 97 4 26 .308 .846 .473 30 19.2 55.6 .342 .759 .464 38.1
2018 Sinker 8.2 11 129 5.4 38 .382 .765 .505 10.2 10.5 11.8 .325 .555 .413 50
2018 4-Seamer 1.2 7 541 22.6 119 .327 .551 .408 17.5 18.5 15.3 .292 .536 .386 47.6
2018 Slider -1.8 -14 796 33.2 195 .18 .348 .255 31.2 25.1 20.9 .177 .288 .228 28.7
2018 Splitter -1.3 -10 739 30.8 247 .21 .318 .266 36.2 31.2 26.4 .206 .312 .251 38.3
2017 Cutter -0.2 0 146 5.2 19 .333 .556 .445 32.1 10.5 22.2 .368 .53 .397 40
2017 Curveball -0.8 -1 166 5.9 31 .161 .258 .21 24.5 29 25 .155 .29 .184 18.2
2017 4-Seamer 1.4 5 392 14 80 .361 .569 .431 15.6 18.8 12 .304 .54 .388 44.6
2017 Sinker 2 10 512 18.2 160 .34 .674 .464 13.2 8.1 15.3 .334 .637 .439 40.2
2017 Splitter -0.2 -2 697 24.8 211 .225 .395 .288 38.1 32.7 27.3 .208 .345 .254 39.2
2017 Slider -0.9 -8 893 31.8 248 .207 .388 .281 39.3 34.7 27.6 .201 .369 .265 30.8
! 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 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 1:15 2:00 -45
2020 Slider 284 84 14 4.6 10:00 10:00 0
! 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
2014 540 2000 6 -20 -4 5 -13
2015 611 2314 -1 -19 4 7 -11
2016 783 2866 -4 -33 3 8 -26
2017 802 3003 9 -34 9 11 -5
2018 634 2402 14 -35 5 10 -6
2019 810 2986 -2 -33 18 8 -10
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 2290 45.6 64.2 84.1 37 60.6 45 62.7 49.4 24.5 7.3 67.5
2016 2935 46.3 68.2 84.8 34.5 61.6 43.9 64.5 50.2 23.3 6.5 73
2017 2810 46.9 71.1 79.4 33.7 47 43.8 64.8 51.2 31.1 6 73.5
2018 2398 46.1 69.5 81.2 34 51.6 46.1 68.2 50.4 29.4 5.8 81.5
2019 2787 47.1 68 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 81.5
13989 46.4 68.6 82.9 34.6 55.9 45 65.7 50.4 26.5 6.1 74.9
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 46 45 16 6 81 5 9 17 13 67 95 64 46 37 38 32
2016 75 47 59 67 84 27 80 37 29 47 94 51 75 22 19 36
2017 52 52 29 19 79 2 8 25 17 74 92 89 52 32 33 50
2018 68 60 52 43 81 18 40 24 25 66 89 77 68 28 32 48
2019 47 29 38 49 63 13 68 39 40 24 90 32 47 23 17 35
2020 56 45 33 28 80 11 25 47 49 44 94 71 56 37 35 33
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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 22.7 6 10 18 10 34.5
2020 22.8 11 11.8 -1 3 7 6 54.5

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 29 27 27 25 28 22 24 24 23 24 30 23 15 19 22 27 17 23 16 24 14 20 18 20 23 29 24 20 22 21 29
2020 11 13 12 12 14 11 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.7 90.9 -0.8 91.5 0.6 91.2 -0.3 91.1 -0.1 92.1 1 undefined
Offspeed Velocity 88.1 87.2 -0.9 87.6 0.4 86.8 -0.8 86.8 0 87.1 0.3 undefined
Breaking Velocity 82.4 83.1 0.7 83.4 0.3 82.7 -0.7 82.7 0 82.8 0.1 undefined
Exit Velocity 89.3 88.9 -0.4 88.1 -0.8 89.2 1.1 89 -0.2 88.5 -0.5 undefined
Launch Angle 9.9 9 -0.9 8.4 -0.6 10.7 2.3 11 0.3 12.9 1.9 undefined
Barrel % 7.7 4.3 -3.4 8.4 4.1 6.9 -1.5 6 -0.9 9.1 3.1 undefined
Hard Hit % 37.9 37.3 -0.6 36.7 -0.6 38.2 1.5 37.7 -0.5 37.1 -0.6 undefined
Sweet Spot % 30.6 31.6 1 33.8 2.2 30.4 -3.4 32.6 2.2 32.9 0.3 undefined
xBA .24 .245 0.005 .242 -0.003 .228 -0.014 .258 0.03 .243 -0.015 undefined
BA .221 .236 0.015 .257 0.021 .24 -0.017 .261 0.021 .257 -0.004 undefined
xwOBA .303 .286 -0.017 .309 0.023 .289 -0.02 .311 0.022 .308 -0.003 undefined
wOBA .287 .278 -0.009 .326 0.048 .307 -0.019 .314 0.007 .319 0.005 undefined
xSLG .428 .378 -0.05 .434 0.056 .382 -0.052 .426 0.044 .435 0.009 undefined
SLG .42 .373 -0.047 .467 0.094 .422 -0.045 .45 0.028 .455 0.005 undefined
K% 22.9 20.5 -2.4 25.8 5.3 25 -0.8 19.6 -5.4 22.3 2.7 undefined
BB% 4.4 4.5 0.1 5.5 1 5.5 0 5.3 -0.2 4.1 -1.2 undefined
Swing % 49.4 50.2 0.8 51.2 1 50.4 -0.8 50.4 0 51.6 1.2 undefined
Whiff% 24.5 23.3 -1.2 31.1 7.8 29.4 -1.7 23.2 -6.2 29.7 6.5 undefined
In Zone % 45.6 46.3 0.7 46.9 0.6 46.1 -0.8 47.1 1 46.6 -0.5 undefined
Out of Zone % 54.4 53.7 -0.7 53.1 -0.6 53.9 0.8 52.9 -1 53.4 0.5 undefined
Out of Zone Swing % 37 34.5 -2.5 33.7 -0.8 34 0.3 34.7 0.7 32.8 -1.9 undefined
First Pitch Swing % 28.9 32 3.1 32.4 0.4 32.4 0 32.1 -0.3 31 -1.1 undefined
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 undefined
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 778 .275 402 32 8.0 376 166 44.1
2017 728 .321 418 20 4.8 310 139 44.8
2018 615 .308 340 82 24.1 275 206 74.9
2019 751 .309 373 140 37.5 378 299 79.1
2020 197 .319 96 50 52.1 101 89 88.1

Pitch Distribution