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Max Scherzer
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 208LBS | Age: 36

Draft: 2006 | Rd: 1, #11, Arizona Diamondbacks | U Missouri Columbia
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 3 2 2.10 8 8 0 51.1 68 0.76
14 Seasons 178 95 3.19 385 376 0 2408.2 2852 1.09
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 8 3-2 2.10 51.1 68 0.76
14 Seasons 385 178-95 3.19 2408.2 2852 1.09

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 31 3359 584 34 5.8 87.1 114.7 17.1 33.2 .200 .335 .260 .251 .342 30.1 30.7 3.8 2.79 2.66
2016 32 3563 556 34 6.1 87.2 114.3 19.4 30.8 .191 .325 .267 .251 .333 30.7 31.5 6.2 2.96 2.70
2017 33 3111 446 25 5.6 86.5 112 19.1 31.4 .176 .303 .248 .243 .323 29.5 34.4 6.9 2.51 2.52
2018 34 3493 503 34 6.8 86.6 111.1 20.7 34 .185 .318 .253 .250 .345 31.5 34.6 5.9 2.53 2.63
2019 35 2770 409 27 6.6 87.6 111.7 13.5 35.2 .203 .336 .269 .253 .363 35.5 35.1 4.8 2.92 2.81
2020 36 1213 179 15 8.4 88.5 112.2 18.7 41.9 .250 .427 .319 .319 .433 36.3 31.2 7.8 3.74 4.36
2021 37 782 112 10 8.9 89.5 110.5 22.7 32.1 .195 .369 .239 .260 .379 34.8 35.8 4.2 2.10 2.60
18291 2789 179 6.4 87.2 114.7 18.3 33.4 .195 .332 .262 .254 .348 31.8 33.1 5.6
6.5 88.3 122.2 11.9 32.8 .243 .403 .318 .313 .363 35.2 21.9 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Scherzer relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(48.3%) ,
Slider
(18%) ,
Changeup
(15%) ,
Cutter
(11.1%) ,
Curveball
(7.5%) ,


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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%
2021 4-Seam Fastball 378 180 198 48.3 93.9 84 77 12 7 1 0 4 28 50 .156 .168 .325 .396 .237 .266 91.6 26 2487 6.3 34.3 28.6
2021 Slider 141 141 0 18.0 85.7 43 41 7 4 0 0 3 18 23 .171 .171 .390 .328 .258 .231 86.4 10 2357 6.2 45.9 31.6
2021 Changeup 117 35 82 15.0 84.9 29 29 2 2 0 0 0 10 19 .069 .153 .069 .190 .061 .148 82.3 22 1483 6.5 34.5 17.9
2021 Cutter 87 4 83 11.1 90.0 23 22 6 5 1 0 0 10 12 .273 .343 .318 .416 .279 .345 86.2 20 2524 6.3 30.2 26.3
2021 Curveball 59 13 46 7.5 76.5 11 10 4 1 2 0 1 2 8 .400 .296 .900 .746 .560 .451 93.8 28 2706 6.3 31.3 22.2
2020 4-Seam Fastball 558 249 309 46.0 94.7 124 110 29 16 6 0 7 35 76 .264 .286 .509 .560 .359 .390 92.8 22 2472 6.2 28.8 23.5
2020 Slider 234 229 5 19.3 85.5 58 54 8 7 1 0 0 23 31 .148 .180 .167 .235 .176 .217 83.2 16 2384 6.2 50.4 30.3
2020 Changeup 195 51 144 16.1 84.9 62 58 19 14 3 1 1 16 43 .328 .239 .466 .370 .350 .279 83.8 12 1446 6.5 26.3 14.7
2020 Cutter 116 12 104 9.6 91.1 32 31 6 4 1 0 1 15 16 .194 .168 .323 .308 .233 .217 86.3 24 2573 6.2 25.6 22.7
2020 Curveball 110 21 89 9.1 77.1 18 16 8 6 1 0 1 3 13 .500 .427 .750 .599 .551 .469 81.1 11 2782 6.3 27.6 10.7
! 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 38.4 23.5 26.7 11.5 34.1 37.5 28.4 3.4 26.4 31.7 23.5 5.7 5.8
2016 34.7 25 26.8 13.5 37.6 32.4 30 3.8 23.9 33.6 22.3 4.9 6.1
2017 38.3 28.7 22.2 10.8 40.1 34.5 25.3 3.8 28 34.1 20.2 6.1 5.6
2018 35.2 25.8 23.1 15.9 36.8 36.2 26.8 3.4 25.6 33.6 22.9 6.4 6.8
2019 41.3 24.9 26.7 7.1 36.9 35 28.1 4.9 29.6 25.9 26.9 5.9 6.6
2020 34.6 22.3 34.1 8.9 34.6 32.4 33 5 20.1 28.5 30.7 5.6 8.4
2021 32.1 36.6 19.6 11.6 36.6 43.8 19.6 2.7 23.2 37.5 22.3 5.4 8.9
37 25.7 25.5 11.8 36.8 35.3 27.9 3.8 26 32 23.5 5.7 6.4
45.2 22.1 25.6 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.6 33.4 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.5

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
2021 Cutter WSH R 87 90 24.2 1.2 5 1.2 -3 -166
2021 4-Seamer WSH R 378 93.9 14.7 0.2 1 11 2.9 36
2021 Curveball WSH R 59 76.5 54.1 -2.9 -5 14.6 3 26
2021 Changeup WSH R 117 84.9 33.4 1 3 16.6 1.7 12
2021 Slider WSH R 141 85.7 32.5 -2.8 -8 2.7 -3.2 -54
2020 Curveball WSH R 110 77.1 55 -0.3 -1 14.4 3.8 36
2020 Cutter WSH R 116 91.1 23.8 0.4 2 0.8 -2.1 -158
2020 4-Seamer WSH R 558 94.7 15 0.2 1 10.5 2.5 31
2020 Changeup WSH R 195 84.9 35 2.6 8 14.5 0.8 6
2020 Slider WSH R 234 85.5 34.9 -1.2 -3 4.1 -1.2 -22
2019 Curveball WSH R 240 78.5 51.3 -3.1 -6 10.8 -0.3 -3
2019 4-Seamer WSH R 1341 94.9 16.7 -0.5 -3 12.2 3.1 34
2019 Changeup WSH R 401 84.3 36.3 2.9 9 15.7 1 7
2019 Slider WSH R 573 85.6 36.1 0.1 0 3.2 -2.6 -45
2019 Cutter WSH R 214 89.8 26.6 0.1 0 0.5 -2.2 -132
2018 Slider WSH R 577 85.2 37.3 0.2 0 3.2 -2.2 -40
2018 Changeup WSH R 546 83.9 37.7 4 12 15.1 0.9 6
2018 Curveball WSH R 274 78.4 52 -3.2 -6 8 -2 -20
2018 4-Seamer WSH R 1745 94.4 17.3 -0.8 -5 10.8 1.9 21
2018 Cutter WSH R 336 88.7 28.2 -1.3 -5 1.5 -0.3 -16
2017 Cutter WSH R 238 87.9 28.2 -0.9 -3 3.4 1.5 76
2017 Changeup WSH R 443 84.6 34.7 3.5 11 13.9 -0.2 -1
2017 Sinker WSH R 89 93.5 21.5 -1.8 -8 15.1 -0.7 -4
2017 Curveball WSH R 255 77.4 52.6 -1.8 -3 10.1 0.9 9
2017 Slider WSH R 656 85.4 34.5 -0.4 -1 4.4 0.6 18
2017 4-Seamer WSH R 1418 94 14.2 1.3 8 9.9 0.5 5
2016 Curveball WSH R 276 78.5 49.5 -3.4 -7 4.9 -2.8 -36
2016 Cutter WSH R 58 90.1 22.6 1.5 6 5.2 -5.6 -1474
2016 Slider WSH R 776 86.8 30 -1.5 -5 0.6 -2.4 -131
2016 4-Seamer WSH R 1873 95 13.1 1.2 8 14.8 5.1 53
2016 Sinker WSH R 33 95.4 11.7 -7.4 -39 16.1 0.8 5
2016 Changeup WSH R 411 85.9 32.1 2.4 8 17.4 3.6 26
! 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 %
2021 Curveball 3.3 2 59 7.5 11 .4 .9 .555 31.3 18.2 22.2 .296 .746 .452 62.5
2021 Cutter -1.9 -2 87 11.1 23 .273 .318 .28 30.2 43.5 26.3 .343 .416 .344 33.3
2021 Changeup -1.7 -2 117 15 29 .069 .069 .062 34.5 34.5 17.9 .153 .19 .148 0
2021 Slider -0.4 -1 141 18 43 .171 .39 .256 45.9 41.9 31.6 .171 .328 .232 30.4
2021 4-Seamer -1.9 -7 378 48.3 84 .156 .325 .246 34.3 33.3 28.6 .168 .396 .266 46
2020 Curveball 1.8 2 110 9.1 18 .5 .75 .558 27.6 16.7 10.7 .427 .599 .469 23.1
2020 Cutter -1.6 -2 116 9.6 32 .194 .323 .236 25.6 46.9 22.7 .168 .308 .217 18.8
2020 Slider -1.8 -4 234 19.3 58 .148 .167 .209 50.4 39.7 30.3 .18 .235 .217 22.6
2020 Changeup 1.7 3 195 16.1 62 .328 .466 .37 26.3 25.8 14.7 .239 .37 .279 27.9
2020 4-Seamer -0.5 -3 558 46 124 .264 .509 .363 28.8 28.2 23.5 .286 .56 .39 52.6
2019 Curveball 0.3 1 240 8.7 34 .29 .516 .374 23.3 14.7 14.7 .209 .341 .272 30.8
2019 Cutter -0.1 0 214 7.7 66 .262 .475 .342 26.4 37.9 20.5 .219 .36 .277 44.4
2019 Changeup 0.7 3 401 14.5 132 .24 .384 .291 38.8 37.1 23.4 .202 .315 .245 28.9
2019 Slider -3.9 -22 573 20.7 153 .172 .205 .174 50.2 40.5 30.8 .171 .229 .179 28.1
2019 4-Seamer -1.2 -17 1341 48.4 306 .223 .415 .305 27.4 33.3 26.3 .215 .396 .289 40.7
2018 Curveball 0.8 2 274 7.8 50 .277 .553 .388 18.2 16 11 .264 .408 .313 30.8
2018 Cutter 0.4 1 336 9.6 102 .202 .479 .322 29.3 42.2 26.4 .181 .377 .279 33.3
2018 Slider -1.1 -6 577 16.5 141 .195 .353 .263 46.6 37.6 29.3 .204 .353 .26 30.9
2018 Changeup -2 -11 548 15.7 169 .126 .192 .195 35.1 37.3 23.5 .142 .205 .204 18.9
2018 4-Seamer -1.7 -29 1745 50 397 .198 .32 .254 30.3 33.2 26.2 .188 .328 .252 36.3
2017 Sinker -2.2 -2 89 2.9 20 .235 .471 .358 7.5 5 5 .199 .431 .326 18.8
2017 Curveball -0.6 -1 255 8.2 48 .2 .356 .265 19.3 20.8 17.5 .228 .389 .288 28.6
2017 Cutter -3.4 -8 238 7.7 79 .111 .25 .199 37.3 45.6 29 .159 .241 .216 38.9
2017 Changeup -2 -9 443 14.2 136 .11 .178 .2 41.2 41.9 25.1 .127 .172 .204 23
2017 Slider -2.8 -18 656 21.1 152 .129 .177 .157 51.5 50 34.7 .124 .178 .141 23.3
2017 4-Seamer -0.2 -3 1418 45.6 339 .237 .445 .329 22.5 26 23.5 .216 .409 .299 32.7
! 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 Changeup 182 85 98 15.4 2:15 2:45 -30
2020 Curveball 109 77.1 70 18.9 8:15 7:45 30
2020 Cutter 105 91.2 50 8.4 12:45 12:15 30
2020 4-Seam Fastball 522 94.7 90 18.6 1:30 1:15 15
2020 Slider 225 85.5 23 4.9 11:00 9:30 90
2021 Changeup 116 84.9 98 17.6 2:15 2:45 -30
2021 Curveball 58 76.5 70 18.2 8:15 8:00 15
2021 Cutter 87 90 49 9.1 12:45 12:15 30
2021 4-Seam Fastball 366 93.9 90 19.7 1:15 1:15 0
2021 Slider 140 85.7 25 5.3 11:45 10:30 75
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2008 228 893 -6 -8 4 4 -6
2009 711 2967 -16 -12 8 15 -5
2010 796 3283 -11 -32 18 14 -11
2011 903 3627 -8 -16 15 17 8
2012 851 3541 -12 -27 20 15 -4
2013 924 3766 -26 -37 13 14 -35
2014 931 3726 -20 -21 8 16 -17
2015 889 3308 -19 -30 4 8 -37
2016 912 3612 -26 -28 6 11 -37
2017 805 3225 -36 -30 9 14 -42
2018 858 3479 -13 -47 5 13 -42
2019 815 3284 -23 -42 10 10 -44
2020 294 1213 -3 -10 4 5 -4
2021 190 782 -3 -14 4 3 -9
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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 3359 55.5 72.5 73.9 33.9 53.6 41.4 71.3 55.2 30.7 9.1 81
2016 3563 51.9 68.6 74.9 34.2 50.4 42.1 65.2 51.8 32.2 9 76.6
2017 3111 52.7 69.3 73 32.8 50.3 40.9 64.7 52 32.1 8.8 75.5
2018 3493 53.5 69.7 73.3 32.2 48.6 42 65.7 52.4 33 8.6 71.6
2019 2770 50.3 70.8 73.5 34 49.4 41.1 70.3 52.5 33.8 7.9 77.3
2020 1213 49.1 71.5 73.5 30.1 51.6 42.8 65.8 50.5 32.4 7.7 79.8
2021 782 51.2 68.5 70.8 26.7 45.1 43 60.5 48.1 35.9 6.9 79.6
18291 52.5 70.2 73.6 32.9 50.3 41.7 67 52.4 32.5 8.6 76.7
48.4 66.6 82.1 28.4 58.8 42.6 60.5 46.9 24.4 7.2 75.8

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 92 89 76 53 99 5 29 78 78 94 98 92 92 78 99 47
2016 95 95 87 68 97 12 46 82 80 94 76 95 95 80 99 60
2017 97 98 93 79 98 24 56 67 78 97 75 91 97 58 97 58
2018 95 95 88 68 98 11 41 89 79 95 86 93 95 62 94 58
2019 95 86 89 84 96 28 57 75 59 95 94 91 95 71 91 79
2020 46 37 37 37 56 6 31 47 54 84 60 81 46 65 92 81
2021 88 85 66 43 97 10 40 38 71 92 92 91 88 51 87 78
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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 22 20.9 1 14 17 9 40.9
2020 25.4 10 9.7 0 6 7 6 60
2021 24.9 8 7 1 1 4 4 50

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 22 27 22 25 26 17 17 24 22 22 28 23 13 16 18 24 14 22 15 21 13 19 15 24 23 24 24 18 24 19 27
2020 10 14 9 12 13 8 9 12 9 11 12 10 6 8 7 11 7 11 11 11 6 8 10 8 9 13 9 9 11 9 9
2021 8 8 7 7 8 6 7 8 7 7 7 7 5 7 7 8 6 8 6 7 6 7 7 8 8 8 7 7 8 5 7
! 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 94.7 94.8 0.1 93.2 -1.6 93.4 0.2 94.2 0.8 94 -0.2 93.1 -0.9
Offspeed Velocity 85.4 85.9 0.5 84.6 -1.3 83.9 -0.7 84.3 0.4 84.9 0.6 84.9 0
Breaking Velocity 84.6 84.6 0 83.1 -1.5 83 -0.1 83.5 0.5 82.8 -0.7 83 0.2
Exit Velocity 87.1 87.2 0.1 86.5 -0.7 86.6 0.1 87.6 1 88.5 0.9 89.5 1
Launch Angle 17.1 19.4 2.3 19.1 -0.3 20.7 1.6 13.5 -7.2 18.7 5.2 22.7 4
Barrel % 5.8 6.1 0.3 5.6 -0.5 6.8 1.2 6.6 -0.2 8.4 1.8 8.9 0.5
Hard Hit % 30.1 30.7 0.6 29.5 -1.2 31.5 2 35.5 4 36.3 0.8 34.8 -1.5
Sweet Spot % 33.2 30.8 -2.4 31.4 0.6 34 2.6 35.2 1.2 41.9 6.7 32.1 -9.8
xBA .2 .191 -0.009 .176 -0.015 .185 0.009 .203 0.018 .25 0.047 .195 -0.055
BA .208 .199 -0.009 .178 -0.021 .188 0.01 .222 0.034 .26 0.038 .173 -0.087
xwOBA .251 .251 0 .243 -0.008 .25 0.007 .253 0.003 .319 0.066 .26 -0.059
wOBA .26 .267 0.007 .248 -0.019 .253 0.005 .269 0.016 .319 0.05 .239 -0.08
xSLG .335 .325 -0.01 .303 -0.022 .318 0.015 .336 0.018 .427 0.091 .369 -0.058
SLG .358 .365 0.007 .319 -0.046 .332 0.013 .371 0.039 .424 0.053 .33 -0.094
K% 30.7 31.5 0.8 34.4 2.9 34.6 0.2 35.1 0.5 31.2 -3.9 35.8 4.6
BB% 3.8 6.2 2.4 6.9 0.7 5.9 -1 4.8 -1.1 7.8 3 4.2 -3.6
Swing % 55.2 51.8 -3.4 52 0.2 52.4 0.4 52.5 0.1 50.5 -2 48.1 -2.4
Whiff% 30.7 32.2 1.5 32.1 -0.1 33 0.9 33.8 0.8 32.4 -1.4 35.9 3.5
In Zone % 55.5 51.9 -3.6 52.7 0.8 53.5 0.8 50.3 -3.2 49.1 -1.2 51.2 2.1
Out of Zone % 44.5 48.1 3.6 47.3 -0.8 46.5 -0.8 49.7 3.2 50.9 1.2 48.8 -2.1
Out of Zone Swing % 33.9 34.2 0.3 32.8 -1.4 32.2 -0.6 34 1.8 30.1 -3.9 26.7 -3.4
First Pitch Swing % 39.4 33.7 -5.7 34.1 0.4 33.8 -0.3 36.7 2.9 38 1.3 31.1 -6.9
First Pitch Strike % 71.3 65.2 -6.1 64.7 -0.5 65.7 1 70.3 4.6 65.8 -4.5 60.5 -5.3
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 858 .259 421 13 3.1 437 101 23.1
2017 772 .248 360 9 2.5 412 110 26.7
2018 861 .253 413 8 1.9 448 117 26.1
2019 691 .269 364 16 4.4 327 124 37.9
2020 294 .319 143 29 20.3 151 110 72.8
2021 182 .241 87 15 17.2 95 59 62.1

Pitch Distribution