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Michael Wacha
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 6" 215LBS | Age: 29

Draft: 2012 | Rd: 1, #19, St. Louis Cardinals | Texas A&M
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 1 1 4.76 6 4 0 28.1 26 1.24
9 Seasons 61 44 4.04 179 162 0 930.0 822 1.33
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 6 1-1 4.76 28.1 26 1.24
9 Seasons 179 61-44 4.04 930.0 822 1.33

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 24 2937 545 26 4.8 87.6 113.6 10.4 28.8 .231 .359 .294 .291 .329 34.9 20.1 7.6 3.38 3.61
2016 25 2324 446 27 6.1 88.1 116.3 8.9 37 .264 .422 .339 .316 .364 34.1 18.8 7.4 5.09 4.37
2017 26 2690 485 27 5.6 87.2 111.7 9.8 32.4 .247 .386 .316 .301 .355 29.9 22.5 7.8 4.13 3.92
2018 27 1419 246 20 8.1 89 112.5 9.3 36.2 .277 .450 .286 .351 .401 36.6 20 10.1 3.20 5.44
2019 28 2199 400 31 7.8 88.2 113.7 9.7 35.5 .277 .491 .360 .357 .406 35.5 18.5 9.6 4.76 5.90
2020 29 609 110 9 8.2 87.9 108.9 15.2 38.2 .259 .457 .398 .327 .406 43.6 23.7 4.5 6.62 4.61
2021 30 444 82 12 14.6 93.1 112.9 14.7 45.1 .307 .597 .317 .400 .499 52.4 22.4 6.9 4.76 6.81
12622 2314 152 6.6 88.1 116.3 10.1 34.1 .257 .422 .323 .321 .372 35 20.4 8.1
6.5 88.3 122.2 11.9 32.8 .243 .403 .318 .313 .363 35.3 21.9 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Wacha relies on 4 pitches.
Cutter
(36.7%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(35.6%) ,
Changeup
(23.9%) ,
Curveball
(3.8%) ,


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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 Cutter 163 109 54 36.7 88.8 43 40 9 6 1 0 2 8 33 0.225 0.289 0.400 0.642 0.281 0.399 92.3 20 2075 6.7 20.5 25.8
2021 4-Seam Fastball 158 105 53 35.6 93.2 39 35 11 6 4 0 1 8 28 0.314 0.333 0.514 0.662 0.372 0.437 94.9 19 2107 6.7 17.4 16.7
2021 Changeup 106 65 41 23.9 87.0 34 31 7 4 2 0 1 10 21 0.226 0.302 0.387 0.464 0.300 0.360 92.1 2 1548 6.8 33.9 17.2
2021 Curveball 17 10 7 3.8 75.4 2110 6.6 66.7
2020 4-Seam Fastball 259 151 108 42.5 93.6 62 55 22 12 6 0 4 8 47 0.400 0.323 0.727 0.596 0.498 0.423 90.5 21 2127 6.9 16.3 11.9
2020 Changeup 178 70 108 29.2 86.9 59 57 13 6 3 0 4 24 33 0.228 0.199 0.491 0.369 0.311 0.258 82.8 2 1538 6.8 40.8 32.9
2020 Cutter 165 104 61 27.1 88.8 35 35 11 6 2 2 1 5 30 0.314 0.254 0.571 0.382 0.368 0.273 84.3 15 2060 6.8 18.3 14.3
2020 Curveball 7 3 4 1.1 75.3 2195 6.8 0.0
! 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 47.5 20.6 24.8 7.2 31.2 37.4 31.4 4.6 36.1 20.6 22.8 5.1 4.8
2016 48.4 16.4 30 5.2 37.2 35.9 26.9 3.4 37.4 20.9 24.9 5.6 6.1
2017 50.1 19.6 24.7 5.6 37.7 34.4 27.6 4.5 36.7 22.9 24.5 3.9 5.6
2018 46.7 20.3 28.5 4.5 45.1 33.3 21.5 4.5 32.1 18.7 30.1 6.1 8.1
2019 49.5 21 24 5.5 42 32.8 25.3 2.3 38 21 25 4.5 7.8
2020 39.1 25.5 30 5.5 40 35.5 24.5 9.1 26.4 25.5 22.7 8.2 8.2
2021 39 24.4 26.8 9.8 39 39 22 2.4 24.4 23.2 31.7 3.7 14.6
47.8 20 26.4 5.9 37.8 35.2 27 4.1 35.5 21.3 25 5.1 6.6
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 Changeup TB R 106 87 25.9 -0.2 -1 14.3 1.2 9
2021 Curveball TB R 17 75.4 57 -4.2 -7 12.2 2.8 30
2021 Cutter TB R 163 88.8 24.7 0.9 4 2.4 -0.5 -18
2021 4-Seamer TB R 158 93.2 12.2 1.4 10 6.5 0.1 1
2020 Cutter NYM R 165 88.8 27.4 -0.8 -3 2.9 -0.5 -14
2020 4-Seamer NYM R 259 93.6 14.5 0 0 7.9 1.1 16
2020 Changeup NYM R 178 86.9 28.8 1 4 13.4 0.7 5
2020 Curveball NYM R 7 75.3 55.6 -5.3 -9 12.8 2.6 26
2019 Cutter STL R 340 89.4 22.7 1.5 6 1.9 -0.2 -10
2019 Sinker STL R 20 93.2 18 -2.6 -13 13.1 -0.8 -5
2019 Changeup STL R 522 85.5 27.5 -0.7 -3 11.2 -1.4 -11
2019 4-Seamer STL R 1089 93 14.2 0.6 4 6.8 0.8 14
2019 Curveball STL R 227 75.3 60 -0.5 -1 8.5 -0.5 -5
2018 Cutter STL R 283 89.4 23 1.3 5 2.7 0.2 6
2018 Changeup STL R 319 86 25.9 -1.8 -6 11 -1.9 -15
2018 Curveball STL R 211 75.8 62.2 2 3 7.7 -1.1 -12
2018 4-Seamer STL R 600 93.6 13.3 1.3 9 7.3 1.4 23
2017 Curveball STL R 308 76.5 60.2 3.7 6 6.2 -2.4 -28
2017 4-Seamer STL R 1329 95.1 11.8 0.6 5 7.4 0.5 7
2017 Cutter STL R 454 90.7 21.8 -1 -5 1 -0.9 -47
2017 Sinker STL R 93 95.1 14.9 -2.5 -14 14.1 -0.1 -1
2017 Changeup STL R 495 87.8 23.6 -0.7 -3 10.6 -2.1 -16
2016 4-Seamer STL R 1189 93.9 11.7 1 8 7.6 0.1 2
2016 Cutter STL R 414 90.7 18.1 1.1 6 1.3 -1.7 -406
2016 Curveball STL R 198 74.8 59.5 -0.5 -1 3.8 -4.6 -55
2016 Changeup STL R 493 85.5 26 0.4 1 11 -1.5 -12
! 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 Changeup 2 2 106 23.9 34 0.226 0.387 0.3 33.9 29.4 17.2 0.302 0.464 0.361 57.1
2021 4-Seamer 1.1 2 158 35.6 39 0.314 0.514 0.372 17.4 20.5 16.7 0.333 0.662 0.437 57.1
2021 Cutter -1.8 -3 163 36.7 43 0.225 0.4 0.28 20.5 18.6 25.8 0.289 0.642 0.4 45.5
2021 Curveball 0.8 0 17 3.8 66.7
2020 Cutter -0.3 0 165 27.1 35 0.314 0.571 0.374 18.3 14.3 14.3 0.254 0.382 0.273 36.7
2020 Changeup -1.4 -3 178 29.2 59 0.228 0.491 0.314 40.8 40.7 32.9 0.199 0.369 0.258 33.3
2020 4-Seamer 3.5 9 259 42.5 62 0.4 0.727 0.518 16.3 12.9 11.9 0.323 0.596 0.422 55.3
2020 Curveball 2.5 0 7 1.1 0 0
2019 Sinker -6.2 -1 20 0.9 7 0.143 0.286 0.179 9.1 14.3 16.7 0.156 0.242 0.169 33.3
2019 Curveball 2.4 5 227 10.3 20 0.444 0.778 0.529 29.3 10 11.8 0.356 0.576 0.404 29.4
2019 Cutter 1.3 4 340 15.5 83 0.333 0.551 0.438 18.7 6 8.1 0.326 0.542 0.416 36.4
2019 Changeup -2.5 -13 523 23.8 153 0.199 0.326 0.255 38.6 36.6 24.3 0.194 0.329 0.251 24.1
2019 4-Seamer 1.5 16 1089 49.5 294 0.322 0.574 0.414 11.9 13.6 11.6 0.306 0.567 0.398 40.2
2018 Curveball 1 2 211 14.9 38 0.171 0.371 0.288 22.8 21.1 14.5 0.256 0.503 0.354 29.6
2018 Cutter -1.3 -4 283 19.9 59 0.2 0.28 0.272 22.8 11.9 18.9 0.272 0.388 0.339 25
2018 Changeup -2.7 -9 319 22.5 97 0.172 0.276 0.223 33 28.9 20.7 0.222 0.354 0.28 41.9
2018 4-Seamer -0.1 -1 600 42.3 160 0.274 0.407 0.351 16.4 16.9 15.3 0.321 0.523 0.404 39.8
2017 Sinker -0.9 -1 93 3.5 30 0.3 0.467 0.33 24 23.3 30.4 0.26 0.466 0.302 30.4
2017 Curveball -2 -6 308 11.4 63 0.167 0.233 0.187 30.8 36.5 24 0.109 0.144 0.127 13.2
2017 Changeup 0.6 3 497 18.5 136 0.238 0.381 0.303 31.6 30.1 17.2 0.231 0.387 0.287 28.7
2017 Cutter 1.1 5 454 16.9 147 0.261 0.44 0.339 18.9 19.7 21.5 0.28 0.421 0.333 25.5
2017 4-Seamer -0.4 -5 1329 49.4 318 0.301 0.44 0.358 19.4 17.9 16.2 0.27 0.416 0.332 35.1
2017 N/A 1 0
! 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 168 86.9 91 15.8 2:00 2:15 -15
2020 Cutter 135 89 53 7.1 12:15 11:00 75
2020 4-Seam Fastball 251 93.6 98 18.1 1:00 1:00 0
2021 Changeup 104 87 91 18 2:00 2:00 0
2021 Curveball 17 75.4 83 17.3 7:15 7:45 -30
2021 Cutter 159 88.8 55 9.7 12:15 11:15 60
2021 4-Seam Fastball 158 93.2 98 20.1 12:45 12:45 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
2013 376 1514 -12 -18 9 4 -17
2014 451 1706 -10 -16 15 5 -6
2015 742 2881 -14 -14 13 8 -7
2016 600 2298 7 -8 10 7 17
2017 695 2682 8 -33 14 8 -4
2018 354 1413 -12 -15 12 4 -11
2019 557 2199 3 -17 13 11 12
2020 156 609 6 -7 5 2 6
2021 116 444 2 -4 2 1 1
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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 2937 52.2 70.3 82.2 29.3 66.2 44.6 63.4 50.8 21.3 7.7 75.9
2016 2324 51.4 66.9 84.3 27 70.1 42.6 59.1 47.5 18.8 7.2 83.7
2017 2690 52.3 66.8 81.1 26.8 64.1 44.9 65.8 47.8 22.9 8 80.9
2018 1419 49.3 69 81.9 23.3 58.7 44.4 53 45.7 22.8 7.1 77.2
2019 2199 46.7 71.4 81.9 27.3 69.1 42.7 57.8 47.9 21.1 6.6 77.9
2020 609 50.1 72.1 79.5 29.6 64.4 41.9 53.8 50.9 24.5 6.7 87.8
2021 444 55.2 70.6 82.7 30.2 60 45.5 66.4 52.5 23.2 8.8 89.7
12622 50.8 69 82.1 27.3 66 43.9 60.6 48.5 21.5 7.4 80.1
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 63 58 64 62 59 17 55 65 39 47 47 39 63 69 25 27
2016 37 21 33 43 37 25 46 63 56 34 58 17 37 55 27 16
2017 62 46 60 68 62 19 56 49 75 57 59 40 62 70 34 24
2018 8 8 12 25 6 38 20 30 37 35 21 36 8 43 19 21
2019 8 11 10 12 10 19 32 61 59 17 27 18 8 38 9 6
2020 38 29 23 24 64 28 34 56 16 52 93 34 38 32 15 15
2021 5 6 4 5 22 5 7 3 3 40 68 26 5 22 14 9
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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 23.4 26 25.9 0 3 12 19 73.1
2020 22.7 9 7.1 2 3 7 2 22.2
2021 24.1 4 7.5 -4 2 6 3 75

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 26 27 27 27 29 23 24 30 27 27 29 27 20 26 25 30 24 25 24 28 21 24 25 25 24 29 25 24 29 22 29
2020 9 8 8 8 9 6 7 9 8 4 9 7 5 7 6 8 3 7 8 9 4 6 7 7 7 10 7 6 6 7 9
2021 4 11 6 10 9 7 6 9 8 7 9 9 4 5 7 7 5 9 7 8 4 7 9 7 9 9 7 8 7 7 9
! 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 93.9 93.1 -0.8 94.1 1 92.2 -1.9 92.2 0 91.7 -0.5 91 -0.7
Offspeed Velocity 87.1 85.5 -1.6 87.8 2.3 86 -1.8 85.5 -0.5 86.9 1.4 87 0.1
Breaking Velocity 76.4 74.8 -1.6 76.5 1.7 75.8 -0.7 75.3 -0.5 75.3 0 75.4 0.1
Exit Velocity 87.6 88.1 0.5 87.2 -0.9 89 1.8 88.2 -0.8 87.9 -0.3 93.1 5.2
Launch Angle 10.4 8.9 -1.5 9.8 0.9 9.3 -0.5 9.7 0.4 15.2 5.5 14.7 -0.5
Barrel % 4.8 6.1 1.3 5.6 -0.5 8.1 2.5 7.8 -0.3 8.2 0.4 14.6 6.4
Hard Hit % 34.9 34.1 -0.8 29.9 -4.2 36.6 6.7 35.5 -1.1 43.6 8.1 52.4 8.8
Sweet Spot % 28.8 37 8.2 32.4 -4.6 36.2 3.8 35.5 -0.7 38.2 2.7 45.1 6.9
xBA 0.231 0.264 0.033 0.247 -0.017 0.277 0.03 0.277 0 0.259 -0.018 0.307 0.048
BA 0.236 0.289 0.053 0.267 -0.022 0.221 -0.046 0.29 0.069 0.313 0.023 0.255 -0.058
xwOBA 0.291 0.316 0.025 0.301 -0.015 0.351 0.05 0.357 0.006 0.327 -0.03 0.4 0.073
wOBA 0.294 0.339 0.045 0.316 -0.023 0.286 -0.03 0.36 0.074 0.398 0.038 0.317 -0.081
xSLG 0.359 0.422 0.063 0.386 -0.036 0.45 0.064 0.491 0.041 0.457 -0.034 0.597 0.14
SLG 0.373 0.459 0.086 0.409 -0.05 0.344 -0.065 0.503 0.159 0.599 0.096 0.434 -0.165
K% 20.1 18.8 -1.3 22.5 3.7 20 -2.5 18.5 -1.5 23.7 5.2 22.4 -1.3
BB% 7.6 7.4 -0.2 7.8 0.4 10.1 2.3 9.6 -0.5 4.5 -5.1 6.9 2.4
Swing % 50.8 47.5 -3.3 47.8 0.3 45.7 -2.1 47.9 2.2 50.9 3 52.5 1.6
Whiff% 21.3 18.8 -2.5 22.9 4.1 22.8 -0.1 21.1 -1.7 24.5 3.4 23.2 -1.3
In Zone % 52.2 51.4 -0.8 52.3 0.9 49.3 -3 46.7 -2.6 50.1 3.4 55.2 5.1
Out of Zone % 47.8 48.6 0.8 47.7 -0.9 50.7 3 53.3 2.6 49.9 -3.4 44.8 -5.1
Out of Zone Swing % 29.3 27 -2.3 26.8 -0.2 23.3 -3.5 27.3 4 29.6 2.3 30.2 0.6
First Pitch Swing % 32.8 29.9 -2.9 31.1 1.2 26.5 -4.6 29.9 3.4 29.5 -0.4 37.1 7.6
First Pitch Strike % 63.4 59.1 -4.3 65.8 6.7 53 -12.8 57.8 4.8 53.8 -4 66.4 12.6
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 594 .337 344 14 4.1 250 48 19.2
2017 697 .317 374 5 1.3 323 18 5.6
2018 355 .286 180 10 5.6 175 21 12.0
2019 557 .360 343 14 4.1 214 68 31.8
2020 156 .398 81 14 17.3 75 28 37.3
2021 115 .320 75 27 36.0 40 29 72.5

Pitch Distribution