Michael Rucker
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 195LBS | Age: 28

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 11, #344, Chicago Cubs | Brigham Young

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 3 1 3.95 41 0 0 54.2 50 1.28
2 Seasons 3 1 4.99 61 0 1 83.0 80 1.36
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 41 3-1 3.95 54.2 50 1.28
2 Seasons 61 3-1 4.99 83.0 80 1.36

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
2021 27 490 83 9 10.8 7.1 90.8 113.5 11.9 36.1 .270 .500 .360 .361 .439 45.8 23.8 8.7 6.99 5.73
2022 28 914 159 13 8.2 5.7 89.8 118.4 13.4 27.0 .230 .376 .308 .297 .343 38.3 21.8 8.7 3.95 3.64
Player 1404 242 22 9.1 6.2 90.2 118.4 12.9 30.2 .245 .421 .326 .320 .377 40.9 22.5 8.7
MLB 6.7 4.6 88.4 122.4 12.1 33.0 .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

Rucker relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(43.9%) ,
Slider
(30%) ,
Curveball
(17.4%) ,
Changeup
(8.6%) ,
Cutter
(0.1%) ,


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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
2021 45.8 27.7 22.9 3.6 30.1 45.8 24.1 0.0 33.7 18.1 30.1 7.2 10.8 7.1
2022 44.7 28.9 17.6 8.8 34.6 38.4 27.0 3.1 31.4 28.9 21.4 3.1 8.2 5.7
Player 45.0 28.5 19.4 7.0 33.1 40.9 26.0 2.1 32.2 25.2 24.4 4.5 9.1 6.2
MLB 44.9 23.1 25.0 7.1 36.8 37.7 25.4 3.8 33.0 24.6 24.4 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 4-Seamer CHC R 379 94.7 14.5 0.3 2 7.4 -0.6 -8
2022 Changeup CHC R 74 90.0 29.5 0.2 1 14.6 -0.5 -3
2022 Slider CHC R 257 86.4 37.2 2.4 7 3.8 -1.6 -30
2022 Cutter CHC R 1 88.8 13.0 13.5 51 0.4 -1.8 -83
2022 Curveball CHC R 151 80.6 52.0 1.7 3 15.6 5.5 54
2021 4-Seamer CHC R 179 95.1 14.7 -0.1 -1 8.2 0.4 5
2021 Curveball CHC R 98 81.3 50.2 -0.1 0 15.6 5.8 59
2021 Cutter CHC R 131 89.2 29.6 -3.3 -13 3.7 1.8 94
2021 Changeup CHC R 36 90.5 26.6 -1.2 -4 11.9 -2.7 -19
2021 Sinker CHC R 2 94.6 17.6 -2.8 -14 12.9 -1.8 -12
2021 Slider CHC R 44 86.5 37.9 3.6 11 5.2 0.1 2
! 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 -0.8 -3 392 42.9 98 .222 .407 .328 20.3 14.3 13.6 .235 .412 .337 39.1
2022 Slider 1.0 3 268 29.3 65 .258 .484 .334 44.0 41.5 32.9 .194 .375 .275 45.7
2022 Curveball -1.5 -2 155 17.0 39 .211 .211 .226 19.3 17.9 14.3 .237 .315 .252 19.4
2022 Changeup -3.1 -2 77 8.4 21 .238 .286 .231 13.2 9.5 7.1 .306 .352 .289 52.6
2022 Cutter 0.0 0 1 0.1 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2021 4-Seamer 0.7 1 179 36.5 52 .302 .605 .424 25.8 23.1 26.1 .313 .675 .450 46.9
2021 Cutter 1.7 2 131 26.7 31 .259 .407 .339 36.8 29.0 22.0 .202 .341 .292 38.9
2021 Curveball 0.1 0 98 20.0 19 .211 .211 .237 28.9 31.6 18.2 .269 .345 .266 46.2
2021 Slider -3.7 -2 44 9.0 11 .100 .100 .145 45.8 27.3 16.7 .168 .292 .242 42.9
2021 Changeup 14.4 5 36 7.3 13 .538 .923 .623 14.3 0.0 0.0 .349 .639 .412 53.8
2021 Sinker 0.4 0 2 0.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
! 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
2021 Changeup 35 90.4 94 14.0 1:30 2:15 -45
2021 Curveball 98 81.3 74 19.7 7:30 8:00 -30
2021 Cutter 131 89.2 30 5.7 11:30 10:15 75
2021 4-Seam Fastball 179 95.1 93 17.5 1:00 1:00 0
2021 Slider 44 86.5 30 6.8 9:00 8:00 60
2022 Changeup 69 90.0 90 15.7 1:45 2:30 -45
2022 Curveball 148 80.7 76 20.4 7:15 7:45 -30
2022 4-Seam Fastball 379 94.7 89 17.3 1:15 1:00 15
2022 Slider 256 86.4 27 5.7 9:15 8:15 60
! 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
2021 126 490 3 -5 6 3 7
2022 223 893 -7 -5 4 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 %
2021 490 45.3 72.1 80.6 31.3 48.8 37.3 61.9 49.8 30.3 6.3 87.1
2022 914 45.6 72.0 82.6 28.8 52.9 43.3 55.5 48.4 25.8 5.9 79.2
Player 1,404 45.5 72.0 81.9 29.7 51.3 41.2 57.7 48.9 27.4 6.1 82.1
MLB 48.5 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.3 42.6 60.8 47.1 24.7 7.2 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
2021 39 69 67 46
2022 58 59 53 46 61 62 33 16 47 42 38 54 44 70 60 55 36
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2021 22.8 5 5.3 0 6 3 2 40.0
2022 24.5 8 7.3 1 2 8 1 12.5
Player 23.8 13 12.6 0 8 11 3 23.1

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2021 5 6 9 4 5 4 5 7 5 6 6 6 4 4 5 5 6 6 3 5 6 4 6 5 6 5 4 5 6 4 8
2022 8 7 9 6 9 8 9 6 8 7 6 6 6 4 8 9 8 7 8 9 9 7 8 6 6 8 7 7 5 5 10
Player 13 13 18 10 14 12 14 13 13 13 12 12 10 8 13 14 14 13 11 14 15 11 14 11 12 13 11 12 11 9 18
! 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 92.6 94.7 2.1
Offspeed Velocity 90.5 90 -0.5
Breaking Velocity 82.9 84.3 1.4
Exit Velocity 90.8 89.8 -1
Launch Angle 11.9 13.4 1.5
Barrel % 10.8 8.2 -2.6
Hard Hit % 45.8 38.3 -7.5
Sweet Spot % 36.1 27 -9.1
xBA .27 .23 -0.04
BA .286 .242 -0.044
xwOBA .361 .297 -0.064
wOBA .36 .308 -0.052
xSLG .5 .376 -0.124
SLG .482 .396 -0.086
K% 23.8 21.8 -2
BB% 8.7 8.7 0
Swing % 49.8 48.4 -1.4
Whiff% 30.3 25.8 -4.5
In Zone % 45.3 45.6 0.3
Out of Zone % 54.7 54.4 -0.3
Out of Zone Swing % 31.3 28.8 -2.5
First Pitch Swing % 33.3 27.5 -5.8
First Pitch Strike % 61.9 55.5 -6.4
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2021 124 .366 64 13 20.3 60 39 65.0
2022 223 .298 136 35 25.7 87 57 65.5

Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2021 133 18.4 8.3% 2.3% 86 21.8 0.0% 5.8%
2022 246 17.6 12.6% 3.7% 184 19.7 0.5% 4.9%
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Pitch Distribution