Max Scherzer
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 208LBS | Age: 38

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 11 4 2.13 22 22 0 139.2 169 0.88
15 Seasons 201 101 3.10 429 420 0 2676.1 3189 1.07
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 22 11-4 2.13 139.2 169 0.88
15 Seasons 429 201-101 3.10 2676.1 3189 1.07

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 30 3359 584 34 5.8 3.8 87.1 114.7 17.1 33.2 .202 .340 .259 .253 .349 29.8 30.7 3.8 2.79 2.61
2016 31 3563 556 32 5.8 3.5 87.2 114.3 19.0 30.2 .196 .332 .267 .257 .349 29.5 31.5 6.2 2.96 2.75
2017 32 3111 446 25 5.6 3.2 86.5 112.0 19.1 31.4 .177 .305 .247 .243 .327 29.5 34.4 6.9 2.51 2.49
2018 33 3493 503 33 6.6 3.8 86.6 111.1 20.7 33.8 .185 .316 .252 .248 .345 31.7 34.6 5.9 2.53 2.56
2019 34 2770 409 27 6.6 3.9 87.6 111.7 13.5 35.2 .203 .336 .269 .254 .363 35.5 35.1 4.8 2.92 2.79
2020 35 1213 179 15 8.4 5.1 88.5 112.2 18.7 41.9 .252 .432 .319 .321 .440 36.3 31.2 7.8 3.74 4.39
2021 36 2821 411 33 8 4.8 87.9 113.3 19.3 33.6 .196 .353 .248 .263 .366 34.3 34.1 5.2 2.46 2.88
2022 37 2066 336 29 8.6 5.4 87.6 113.2 22.1 32.7 .198 .333 .245 .263 .351 32.4 31.3 4.4 2.13 2.82
Player 22396 3424 228 6.7 4 87.2 114.7 18.6 33.3 .197 .335 .259 .257 .354 31.8 33.0 5.5
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.4 12.1 32.8 .245 .405 .316 .315 .368 35.8 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Scherzer relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(45.6%) ,
Slider
(22.6%) ,
Changeup
(12.7%) ,
Cutter
(9.9%) ,
Curveball
(9.2%) ,


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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 38.4 23.5 26.7 11.5 34.1 37.3 28.3 3.4 26.4 31.7 23.5 5.7 5.8 3.8
2016 34.7 25.0 26.8 13.5 37.6 32.2 29.9 3.8 23.7 32.4 21.8 4.9 5.8 3.5
2017 38.3 28.7 22.2 10.8 40.1 34.5 25.3 3.8 28.0 34.1 20.2 6.1 5.6 3.2
2018 35.2 25.8 23.1 15.9 37.0 36.2 26.2 3.4 25.6 33.8 22.9 6.4 6.6 3.8
2019 41.3 24.9 26.7 7.1 36.9 35.0 28.1 4.9 29.6 25.9 26.9 5.9 6.6 3.9
2020 34.6 25.1 31.3 8.9 34.6 32.4 33.0 5.0 20.1 28.5 30.7 5.6 8.4 5.1
2021 35.0 32.4 22.6 10.0 36.0 36.7 27.3 5.1 23.1 35.3 22.4 5.8 8.0 4.8
2022 31.5 31.0 22.9 14.6 34.5 36.3 29.2 5.4 20.2 37.8 23.2 3.9 8.6 5.4
Player 36.4 26.8 25.0 11.8 36.5 35.3 28.0 4.2 25.1 32.6 23.3 5.5 6.7 4.0
MLB 44.9 23.1 25.0 7.1 36.8 37.7 25.4 3.8 32.9 24.5 24.3 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
2022 Cutter NYM R 203 89.2 26.1 -0.2 -1 0.3 -1.4 -84
2022 Slider NYM R 465 84.9 34.7 -1.8 -5 3.2 -3.3 -51
2022 Curveball NYM R 190 75.0 58.4 -2.0 -3 16.6 5.5 50
2022 Changeup NYM R 263 84.1 34.9 2.1 6 15.0 0.8 6
2022 4-Seamer NYM R 941 94.0 15.0 0.2 1 11.1 3.3 42
2021 Changeup LAD R 421 85.0 33.9 1.7 5 15.2 0.8 6
2021 4-Seamer LAD R 1,316 94.3 14.8 0.4 3 10.6 2.6 32
2021 Slider LAD R 542 85.9 32.5 -2.7 -8 2.9 -2.9 -50
2021 Cutter LAD R 265 90.2 24.6 0.6 2 0.9 -2.5 -156
2021 Curveball LAD R 277 76.9 54.4 -1.7 -3 13.4 2.9 27
2020 Cutter WSH R 117 91.1 23.8 0.4 2 0.8 -2.2 -162
2020 Changeup WSH R 194 84.9 35.0 2.7 8 14.5 0.9 6
2020 Slider WSH R 234 85.5 34.9 -1.3 -4 4.1 -1.2 -22
2020 4-Seamer WSH R 558 94.7 15.0 0.2 1 10.5 2.5 31
2020 Curveball WSH R 110 77.1 55.0 -0.4 -1 14.4 3.8 36
2019 Changeup WSH R 401 84.3 36.3 2.8 9 15.7 1.0 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
2019 Curveball WSH R 240 78.5 51.3 -3.1 -6 10.8 -0.3 -3
2019 4-Seamer WSH R 1,341 94.9 16.7 -0.5 -3 12.2 3.1 34
2018 4-Seamer WSH R 1,745 94.4 17.3 -0.8 -5 10.8 1.9 21
2018 Curveball WSH R 274 78.4 52.0 -3.2 -6 8.0 -2.0 -20
2018 Changeup WSH R 547 83.9 37.7 4.0 12 15.1 0.9 6
2018 Cutter WSH R 336 88.7 28.2 -1.3 -5 1.5 -0.3 -16
2018 Slider WSH R 577 85.2 37.3 0.2 0 3.2 -2.2 -40
2017 Changeup WSH R 443 84.6 34.7 3.5 11 13.9 -0.2 -1
2017 Cutter WSH R 238 87.9 28.2 -0.8 -3 3.4 1.5 82
2017 Curveball WSH R 255 77.4 52.6 -1.8 -3 10.1 0.9 9
2017 4-Seamer WSH R 1,418 94.0 14.2 1.3 8 9.9 0.5 5
2017 Sinker WSH R 89 93.5 21.5 -1.7 -7 15.1 -0.6 -4
2017 Slider WSH R 656 85.4 34.5 -0.4 -1 4.4 0.6 16
2016 4-Seamer WSH R 1,803 95.0 13.1 1.1 8 14.8 5.1 53
2016 Cutter WSH R 57 90.1 22.5 1.5 6 5.3 -5.6 -1584
2016 Curveball WSH R 265 78.5 49.4 -3.5 -7 4.9 -2.8 -36
2016 Changeup WSH R 401 85.8 32.2 2.5 8 17.4 3.7 27
2016 Slider WSH R 759 86.8 30.1 -1.6 -5 0.6 -2.4 -131
2016 Sinker WSH R 33 95.4 11.7 -7.4 -39 16.1 0.8 5
! 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 %
2022 4-Seamer -1.4 -13 943 45.6 222 .212 .364 .279 23.1 21.6 24.1 .230 .449 .330 42.3
2022 Slider -3.8 -18 466 22.6 132 .168 .206 .178 47.2 40.2 32.9 .147 .195 .154 17.9
2022 Changeup 0.7 2 263 12.7 89 .207 .317 .277 23.4 29.2 17.1 .207 .314 .263 23.2
2022 Cutter 0.3 1 204 9.9 62 .185 .278 .257 38.5 54.8 35.4 .154 .241 .232 33.3
2022 Curveball -0.6 -1 190 9.2 35 .242 .303 .266 20.0 22.9 21.6 .256 .375 .296 36.0
2021 4-Seamer -1.4 -18 1,316 46.7 299 .193 .359 .281 30.7 31.1 26.2 .201 .380 .285 40.8
2021 Slider -2.2 -12 542 19.2 141 .147 .279 .228 48.0 40.4 27.9 .165 .309 .215 28.7
2021 Changeup -0.8 -3 421 14.9 121 .150 .212 .195 28.8 28.1 15.5 .170 .256 .217 20.3
2021 Curveball -0.3 -1 277 9.8 51 .265 .388 .317 34.4 33.3 30.4 .234 .363 .274 34.4
2021 Cutter -0.1 0 265 9.4 81 .224 .461 .313 28.7 43.2 31.8 .245 .469 .324 43.9
2020 4-Seamer -0.5 -3 558 46.0 124 .264 .509 .366 28.8 28.2 23.5 .288 .564 .393 52.6
2020 Slider -1.9 -4 234 19.3 58 .148 .167 .213 50.4 39.7 30.3 .184 .240 .221 22.6
2020 Changeup 1.7 3 194 16.0 62 .328 .466 .376 26.3 25.8 14.7 .243 .376 .283 27.9
2020 Cutter -1.7 -2 117 9.6 32 .194 .323 .236 25.6 46.9 22.7 .168 .308 .217 18.8
2020 Curveball 1.8 2 110 9.1 18 .500 .750 .558 27.6 16.7 10.7 .427 .599 .469 23.1
2019 4-Seamer -1.2 -16 1,341 48.4 306 .223 .415 .309 27.4 33.3 26.3 .216 .397 .290 40.7
2019 Slider -4.0 -23 573 20.7 153 .172 .205 .174 50.2 40.5 30.8 .171 .229 .179 28.1
2019 Changeup 0.6 2 401 14.5 132 .240 .384 .291 38.8 37.1 23.4 .202 .315 .244 28.9
2019 Curveball 0.3 1 240 8.7 34 .290 .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 .360 .277 44.4
2018 4-Seamer -1.7 -29 1,745 50.0 397 .198 .320 .254 30.3 33.2 26.2 .188 .327 .252 36.3
2018 Slider -1.1 -6 577 16.5 141 .195 .353 .263 46.6 37.6 29.3 .199 .336 .251 32.1
2018 Changeup -2.0 -11 548 15.7 169 .126 .192 .195 35.1 37.3 23.5 .142 .204 .204 18.9
2018 Cutter 0.4 1 336 9.6 102 .202 .479 .316 29.3 42.2 26.4 .183 .381 .281 33.3
2018 Curveball 0.8 2 274 7.8 50 .277 .553 .388 18.2 16.0 11.0 .264 .407 .313 30.8
2017 4-Seamer -0.2 -3 1,418 45.6 339 .237 .445 .329 22.5 26.0 23.5 .218 .412 .301 32.7
2017 Slider -2.8 -19 656 21.1 152 .129 .177 .157 51.5 50.0 34.7 .124 .177 .140 23.3
2017 Changeup -2.0 -9 443 14.2 136 .110 .178 .200 41.2 41.9 25.1 .127 .172 .204 23.0
2017 Curveball -0.6 -2 255 8.2 48 .200 .356 .270 19.3 20.8 17.5 .233 .397 .293 28.6
2017 Cutter -3.0 -7 238 7.7 79 .111 .250 .213 37.3 45.6 29.0 .162 .245 .219 38.9
2017 Sinker -2.3 -2 89 2.9 20 .235 .471 .358 7.5 5.0 5.0 .197 .429 .324 18.8
! 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 Changeup 181 84.9 99 15.4 2:15 2:45 -30
2020 Curveball 109 77.1 70 18.9 8:15 7:45 30
2020 Cutter 106 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 417 85.0 98 16.1 2:15 2:45 -30
2021 Curveball 275 76.9 67 17.5 8:00 7:45 15
2021 Cutter 265 90.2 49 8.4 1:00 12:00 60
2021 4-Seam Fastball 1,303 94.3 91 19.0 1:30 1:15 15
2021 Slider 540 85.9 25 5.0 12:00 10:30 90
2022 Changeup 262 84.1 99 15.9 2:15 2:45 -30
2022 Curveball 190 75.0 77 21.3 8:00 7:45 15
2022 Cutter 204 89.2 43 7.6 12:45 11:45 60
2022 4-Seam Fastball 940 94.0 93 19.5 1:15 1:15 0
2022 Slider 465 84.9 20 4.6 11:30 10:00 90
! 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
2008 228 893 -6 -8 4 4 -6
2009 711 2,966 -16 -13 7 15 -6
2010 796 3,283 -11 -33 17 14 -12
2011 903 3,627 -9 -15 14 17 7
2012 851 3,541 -12 -27 20 15 -5
2013 924 3,766 -26 -36 13 14 -34
2014 931 3,726 -21 -21 8 16 -17
2015 897 3,353 -18 -30 4 8 -36
2016 922 3,637 -18 -31 5 11 -33
2017 805 3,225 -35 -30 9 14 -42
2018 859 3,480 -14 -48 5 13 -43
2019 815 3,284 -23 -43 11 10 -45
2020 294 1,213 -3 -10 4 5 -4
2021 761 3,117 -24 -42 14 13 -39
2022 540 2,066 -16 -24 4 7 -29
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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 3,359 55.4 72.5 73.8 33.9 53.8 41.3 71.3 55.2 30.7 9.1 81.3
2016 3,563 51.7 68.7 74.9 34.2 50.1 42.0 65.2 51.8 32.2 9.0 77.4
2017 3,111 52.7 69.3 73.0 32.8 50.3 40.9 64.7 52.0 32.1 8.8 75.5
2018 3,493 53.5 69.7 73.3 32.2 48.6 42.0 65.8 52.4 33.0 8.6 71.6
2019 2,770 50.3 70.8 73.5 34.0 49.4 41.1 70.4 52.5 33.8 7.9 77.3
2020 1,213 49.1 71.5 73.5 30.1 51.6 42.8 65.8 50.5 32.4 7.7 79.8
2021 2,821 50.7 71.0 73.6 29.7 45.0 42.8 64.1 50.6 34.1 8.2 78.4
2022 2,066 50.5 69.8 78.1 33.8 49.0 43.0 65.7 52.0 30.7 7.5 76.8
Player 22,396 52.1 70.3 74.1 32.8 49.7 41.8 66.8 52.3 32.4 8.5 77.0
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.3 42.6 60.8 47.1 24.7 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
2015 94 92 78 55 99 5 29 78 76 94 98 92 89 79 99 41 38
2016 94 94 86 67 96 17 51 82 85 94 76 95 91 80 99 57 28
2017 97 98 93 78 98 24 56 67 78 97 75 91 92 58 97 56 42
2018 96 95 89 71 98 12 44 89 78 95 86 93 90 62 94 55 36
2019 96 89 90 84 97 28 57 75 60 95 94 91 91 69 91 76 37
2020 46 36 35 37 53 6 31 47 54 84 60 81 71 68 92 78 41
2021 92 91 77 51 97 15 47 71 83 96 92 92 67 57 90 75 43
2022 88 89 81 58 95 19 25 72 87 91 94 83 90 43 84 85 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 %
2016 21.9 34 32.1 2 15 22 14 41.2
2017 22.1 22 24.5 -3 9 15 13 59.1
2018 23.2 23 19.4 4 18 14 10 43.5
2019 22.2 22 21.4 1 16 17 8 36.4
2020 25.4 10 9.8 0 5 8 5 50.0
2021 24.5 25 23.3 2 7 13 13 52.0
2022 24.0 11 12.4 -1 7 7 7 63.6

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 34 31 42 26 31 35 29 34 33 25 37 31 28 27 32 35 34 33 24 33 45 22 30 32 28 36 40 31 26 33 40
2017 22 21 34 24 25 24 24 26 27 23 26 24 17 19 26 28 24 26 18 27 29 23 23 25 24 25 25 22 23 23 30
2018 23 29 23 15 17 23 17 21 17 13 21 16 14 14 18 21 13 27 11 18 23 21 18 17 26 24 23 15 21 16 31
2019 22 27 23 21 20 21 22 25 23 15 26 23 14 17 16 25 16 28 14 17 28 19 17 23 24 23 26 16 24 21 29
2020 10 12 9 7 10 9 0 12 9 11 11 10 6 7 6 11 9 13 7 10 10 10 10 8 11 13 9 7 11 9 16
2021 25 26 26 22 24 26 21 25 23 22 22 25 20 19 21 24 25 26 19 22 25 22 22 24 26 23 24 23 24 21 27
2022 11 13 15 14 14 13 12 11 12 11 11 11 9 10 11 13 13 14 12 13 15 12 11 12 15 11 15 10 13 10 15
! 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 94.7 94.8 0.1 93.2 -1.6 93.4 0.2 94.2 0.8 94 -0.2 93.6 -0.4 93.1 -0.5
Offspeed Velocity 85.4 85.8 0.4 84.6 -1.2 83.9 -0.7 84.3 0.4 84.9 0.6 85 0.1 84.1 -0.9
Breaking Velocity 84.5 84.6 0.1 83.1 -1.5 83 -0.1 83.5 0.5 82.8 -0.7 82.8 0 82 -0.8
Exit Velocity 87.1 87.2 0.1 86.5 -0.7 86.6 0.1 87.6 1 88.5 0.9 87.9 -0.6 87.6 -0.3
Launch Angle 17.1 19 1.9 19.1 0.1 20.7 1.6 13.5 -7.2 18.7 5.2 19.3 0.6 22.1 2.8
Barrel % 5.8 5.8 0 5.6 -0.2 6.6 1 6.6 0 8.4 1.8 8 -0.4 8.6 0.6
Hard Hit % 29.8 29.5 -0.3 29.5 0 31.7 2.2 35.5 3.8 36.3 0.8 34.3 -2 32.4 -1.9
Sweet Spot % 33.2 30.2 -3 31.4 1.2 33.8 2.4 35.2 1.4 41.9 6.7 33.6 -8.3 32.7 -0.9
xBA .202 .196 -0.006 .177 -0.019 .185 0.008 .203 0.018 .252 0.049 .196 -0.056 .198 0.002
BA .208 .199 -0.009 .178 -0.021 .188 0.01 .222 0.034 .26 0.038 .185 -0.075 .199 0.014
xwOBA .253 .257 0.004 .243 -0.014 .248 0.005 .254 0.006 .321 0.067 .263 -0.058 .263 0
wOBA .259 .267 0.008 .247 -0.02 .252 0.005 .269 0.017 .319 0.05 .248 -0.071 .245 -0.003
xSLG .34 .332 -0.008 .305 -0.027 .316 0.011 .336 0.02 .432 0.096 .353 -0.079 .333 -0.02
SLG .358 .365 0.007 .319 -0.046 .332 0.013 .371 0.039 .424 0.053 .331 -0.093 .301 -0.03
K% 30.7 31.5 0.8 34.4 2.9 34.6 0.2 35.1 0.5 31.2 -3.9 34.1 2.9 31.3 -2.8
BB% 3.8 6.2 2.4 6.9 0.7 5.9 -1 4.8 -1.1 7.8 3 5.2 -2.6 4.4 -0.8
Swing % 55.2 51.8 -3.4 52 0.2 52.4 0.4 52.5 0.1 50.5 -2 50.6 0.1 52 1.4
Whiff% 30.7 32.2 1.5 32.1 -0.1 33 0.9 33.8 0.8 32.4 -1.4 34.1 1.7 30.7 -3.4
In Zone % 55.4 51.7 -3.7 52.7 1 53.5 0.8 50.3 -3.2 49.1 -1.2 50.7 1.6 50.5 -0.2
Out of Zone % 44.6 48.3 3.7 47.3 -1 46.5 -0.8 49.7 3.2 50.9 1.2 49.3 -1.6 49.5 0.2
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 29.7 -0.4 33.8 4.1
First Pitch Swing % 39.4 33.7 -5.7 34.1 0.4 33.9 -0.2 36.7 2.8 38 1.3 33.9 -4.1 36.7 2.8
First Pitch Strike % 71.3 65.2 -6.1 64.7 -0.5 65.8 1.1 70.4 4.6 65.8 -4.6 64.1 -1.7 65.7 1.6
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 833 .262 417 13 3.1 416 98 23.6
2017 772 .247 360 9 2.5 412 110 26.7
2018 862 .252 413 8 1.9 449 118 26.3
2019 691 .269 364 16 4.4 327 124 37.9
2020 294 .319 143 29 20.3 151 110 72.8
2021 685 .249 336 108 32.1 349 249 71.3
2022 540 .245 289 109 37.7 251 128 51.0

Pitch Tempo