Matthew Liberatore
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 4" 215LBS | Age: 24
Draft: 2018 | Rd: 1, #16, Tampa Bay Rays | Mountain Ridge HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 2 2 5.97 9 7 0 34.2 28 1.73
2023 3 6 5.25 22 11 0 61.2 46 1.48
2024 0 0 2.38 9 0 0 11.1 7 1.24
3 Seasons 5 8 5.18 40 18 0 107.2 81 1.53
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 9 2-2 5.97 34.2 28 1.73
2023 22 3-6 5.25 61.2 46 1.48
2024 9 0-0 2.38 11.1 7 1.24
3 Seasons 40 5-8 5.18 107.2 81 1.53
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

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
2022 22 650 114 10 8.8 6.2 91.2 110.3 16.4 38.6 .269 .460 .391 .357 .390 48.2 17.4 11.2 5.97 5.49
2023 23 1059 199 17 8.5 6.2 90.1 113.2 12.1 35.7 .289 .484 .341 .369 .405 42.7 16.7 9.1 5.25 6.00
2024 24 176 29 1 3.4 2.3 88.7 107.7 8.2 13.8 .207 .323 .277 .307 .284 37.9 16.3 16.3 2.38 3.70
Player 1885 342 28 8.2 5.8 90.4 113.2 13.2 34.8 .275 .462 .352 .359 .390 44.2 16.9 10.4
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .368 36.3 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Liberatore relies on 6 pitches.
Slider
(26.7%) ,
Four Seamer
(26.1%) ,
Sinker
(20.5%) ,
Cutter
(12.5%) ,
Curveball
(11.4%) ,
Changeup
(2.8%) ,


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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
2022 39.5 26.3 24.6 9.6 40.4 36.0 23.7 4.4 27.2 24.6 25.4 9.6 8.8 6.2
2023 43.7 24.6 25.1 6.5 31.7 37.2 31.2 3.5 30.2 23.6 27.6 6.5 8.5 6.2
2024 58.6 31.0 6.9 3.4 27.6 58.6 13.8 10.3 37.9 20.7 20.7 6.9 3.4 2.3
Player 43.6 25.7 23.4 7.3 34.2 38.6 27.2 4.4 29.8 23.7 26.3 7.6 8.2 5.8
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 Sinker STL L 36 94.8 17.7 -2.4 -12 14.2 -0.6 -4
2024 Curveball STL L 20 76.7 66.0 8.2 14 11.0 2.0 23
2024 Slider STL L 47 86.4 36.2 1.4 4 4.0 -0.2 -5
2024 4-Seam Fastball STL L 46 94.5 15.1 -1.5 -11 6.2 -0.7 -10
2024 Changeup STL L 5 85.9 24.1 -5.8 -19 10.6 -3.4 -24
2024 Cutter STL L 22 91.3 22.6 1.1 4 2.6 0.1 6
2023 4-Seam Fastball STL L 391 94.2 14.6 -0.3 -2 6.9 0.5 9
2023 Sinker STL L 179 94.3 16.8 -3.8 -19 13.1 -1.5 -10
2023 Changeup STL L 78 87.2 25.2 -4.3 -14 12.2 -1.9 -13
2023 Slider STL L 131 86.7 35.6 1.0 3 3.9 -0.6 -13
2023 Curveball STL L 224 76.5 66.0 7.2 12 11.0 2.5 29
2022 4-Seam Fastball STL L 223 93.7 14.7 -0.5 -4 6.9 0.7 12
2022 Changeup STL L 73 85.9 28.2 -1.6 -5 12.8 -1.0 -8
2022 Sinker STL L 131 92.8 18.8 -2.2 -11 13.1 -0.9 -6
2022 Curveball STL L 151 74.3 67.2 4.2 7 11.6 1.5 15
2022 Slider STL L 71 86.0 34.9 0.0 0 4.0 -0.8 -17
! 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 Slider 5.8 3 47 26.7 12 .000 .000 .058 39.1 25.0 18.8 .221 .408 .301 37.5
2024 4-Seam Fastball -0.9 0 46 26.1 9 .167 .167 .288 11.1 0.0 0.0 .216 .320 .349 28.6
2024 Sinker -1.3 0 36 20.5 16 .333 .417 .422 15.8 25.0 28.6 .178 .283 .323 62.5
2024 Cutter 1.1 0 22 12.5 3 .667 .667 .600 20.0 0.0 0.0 .286 .322 .272 33.3
2024 Curveball 0.7 0 20 11.4 3 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .175 .184 .159 0.0
2024 Changeup -2.1 0 5 2.8 -- -- -- 100.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2023 4-Seam Fastball -0.5 -2 406 38.3 111 .305 .486 .359 16.0 14.4 18.4 .321 .564 .392 46.1
2023 Curveball -2.0 -5 237 22.4 45 .222 .472 .341 33.8 28.9 16.0 .191 .324 .300 32.0
2023 Sinker 0.8 2 195 18.4 66 .212 .308 .331 9.9 15.2 17.9 .277 .483 .393 52.3
2023 Slider -3.8 -5 135 12.7 32 .333 .533 .391 28.6 21.9 16.7 .283 .410 .321 34.8
2023 Changeup -1.0 -1 86 8.1 20 .278 .389 .330 12.5 0.0 0.0 .348 .462 .385 27.8
2022 4-Seam Fastball -1.9 -4 224 34.5 64 .351 .649 .449 18.8 15.6 14.7 .303 .606 .417 43.8
2022 Curveball -0.5 -1 151 23.2 30 .222 .519 .347 35.2 30.0 22.5 .201 .287 .260 38.9
2022 Sinker 1.7 2 131 20.2 40 .250 .321 .341 3.8 7.5 9.4 .257 .395 .378 57.1
2022 Changeup -2.0 -1 73 11.2 12 .455 .818 .550 31.0 0.0 0.0 .399 .633 .463 63.6
2022 Slider -1.4 -1 71 10.9 15 .267 .267 .300 29.4 40.0 16.7 .186 .210 .176 44.4
! 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 Curveball 20 76.7 92 25.0 5:00 5:00 0
2024 Cutter 22 91.3 47 9.6 11:30 12:30 -60
2024 4-Seam Fastball 46 94.5 90 16.2 11:00 11:15 -15
2024 Sinker 36 94.8 91 19.1 11:00 10:15 45
2024 Slider 47 86.4 23 5.7 2:15 3:30 -75
2023 Changeup 78 87.2 99 16.1 10:15 10:15 0
2023 Curveball 224 76.5 94 24.8 5:00 5:00 0
2023 4-Seam Fastball 390 94.2 93 17.2 11:00 11:15 -15
2023 Sinker 179 94.3 91 19.1 11:15 10:30 45
2023 Slider 131 86.7 22 4.9 2:30 3:15 -45
2022 Changeup 73 85.9 99 15.7 10:15 10:00 15
2022 Curveball 150 74.3 96 23.7 5:00 5:00 0
2022 4-Seam Fastball 224 93.7 94 17.4 11:00 11:15 -15
2022 Sinker 119 92.9 90 18.4 11:00 10:30 30
2022 Slider 69 86.0 27 5.1 1:45 2:45 -60
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2022 161 650 1 -1 -4 -2 -5
2023 274 1,059 2 5 -11 -6 -11
2024 43 176 5 0 -2 -1 2
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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 %
2022 650 45.8 66.8 83.4 25.0 64.8 45.7 53.4 44.2 21.6 7.4 83.3
2023 1,059 49.4 66.3 89.0 23.9 60.2 41.2 53.6 44.9 18.7 8.0 76.5
2024 176 55.7 68.4 83.6 19.2 46.7 47.2 48.8 46.6 23.2 7.4 84.6
Player 1,885 48.8 66.7 86.6 23.9 61.0 43.3 53.1 44.8 20.1 7.7 79.5
MLB 48.6 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! 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
2022 41 18 83 58
2023 4 6 9 18 4 52 37 20 22 10 38 5 6 53 21 93 39
2024 55 78 74 66 37 68 80 50 51 18 10 37 4 63 21 30
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2022 22.7 5 5.8 -1 4 6 1 20.0
2023 23.8 5 8.1 -3 11 7 2 40.0
2024 -- 0 0.9 -1 1 1 0 --
Player 23.3 10 14.8 -5 16 14 3 30.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2022 5 3 6 6 7 6 7 5 4 5 5 9 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 7 6 6 8 5 4 6 7 8 6 6 5
2023 5 6 5 9 8 7 9 6 7 6 7 11 8 7 10 10 12 6 8 9 7 10 12 13 8 5 8 8 7 8 6
2024 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 0
Player 10 10 12 16 16 14 17 12 11 11 13 22 15 13 17 17 18 12 14 17 14 17 21 19 13 11 16 17 14 15 11
! 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 2022 2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 93.4 94.2 0.8 93.9 -0.3
Offspeed Velocity 85.9 87.3 1.4 85.9 -1.4
Breaking Velocity 78.1 80.2 2.1 83.5 3.3
Exit Velocity 91.2 90.1 -1.1 88.7 -1.4
Launch Angle 16.4 12.1 -4.3 8.2 -3.9
Barrel % 8.8 8.5 -0.3 3.4 -5.1
Hard Hit % 48.2 42.7 -5.5 37.9 -4.8
Sweet Spot % 38.6 35.7 -2.9 13.8 -21.9
xBA .269 .289 0.020 .207 -0.082
BA .304 .274 -0.030 .200 -0.074
xwOBA .357 .369 0.012 .307 -0.062
wOBA .391 .341 -0.050 .277 -0.064
xSLG .460 .484 0.024 .323 -0.161
SLG .529 .444 -0.085 .229 -0.215
K% 17.4 16.7 -0.7 16.3 -0.4
BB% 11.2 9.1 -2.1 16.3 7.2
Swing % 44.2 44.9 0.7 46.6 1.7
Whiff% 21.6 18.7 -2.9 23.2 4.5
In Zone % 45.8 49.4 3.6 55.7 6.3
Out of Zone % 54.2 50.6 -3.6 44.3 -6.3
Out of Zone Swing % 25.0 23.9 -1.1 19.2 -4.7
First Pitch Swing % 28.0 26.6 -1.4 25.6 -1.0
First Pitch Strike % 53.4 53.6 0.2 48.8 -4.8
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2022 Shifts 161 .391 121 26 21.5 40 16 40.0
2023 Shades 260 .337 206 24 11.7 54 17 31.5
2024 Shades 43 .277 25 0 0.0 18 8 44.4
! 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 %
2022 158 15.5 41.1% 0.0% 148 21.2 1.4% 4.7%
2023 277 13.4 73.6% 0.4% 188 18.2 7.4% 1.6%
2024 52 14.5 57.7% 0.0% 14 17.4 7.1% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution


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