Michael Wacha
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 6" 215LBS | Age: 31

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

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 11 1 3.06 22 22 0 123.1 100 1.09
10 Seasons 74 49 4.02 224 203 0 1149.2 1017 1.31
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 22 11-1 3.06 123.1 100 1.09
10 Seasons 224 74-49 4.02 1149.2 1017 1.31

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 23 2937 545 26 4.8 3.4 87.6 113.6 10.4 28.8 .240 .374 .294 .301 .346 33.4 20.1 7.6 3.38 3.74
2016 24 2324 446 26 5.8 4.3 87.9 116.3 9.4 33.0 .256 .413 .339 .311 .361 33.7 18.8 7.4 5.09 4.10
2017 25 2690 485 27 5.6 3.9 87.2 111.7 9.8 32.4 .250 .391 .316 .305 .361 30.1 22.5 7.8 4.13 3.98
2018 26 1419 246 19 7.7 5.4 89.0 112.5 9.2 36.2 .276 .445 .286 .348 .397 37.0 20.0 10.1 3.20 5.26
2019 27 2199 400 31 7.8 5.5 88.2 113.7 9.7 35.5 .276 .491 .360 .356 .405 35.5 18.5 9.6 4.76 5.77
2020 28 609 110 9 8.2 5.8 87.9 108.9 15.2 38.2 .258 .456 .398 .326 .405 43.6 23.7 4.5 6.62 4.54
2021 29 1974 372 39 10.5 7.4 89.9 118.6 13.3 39.8 .283 .499 .334 .355 .439 43.0 22.9 5.9 5.05 5.51
2022 30 1878 363 33 9.1 6.6 88.2 112.4 12.7 35.3 .251 .434 .291 .324 .380 35.3 20.1 6.0 3.06 4.40
Player 16030 2967 210 7.1 5 88.2 118.6 10.8 34.0 .260 .431 .321 .326 .382 35.3 20.6 7.6
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

Wacha relies on 5 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(32.9%) ,
Changeup
(29.7%) ,
Cutter
(17.1%) ,
Sinker
(13%) ,
Curveball
(7.3%) ,


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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 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 3.4
2016 48.4 16.4 30.0 5.2 37.2 36.1 26.7 3.4 34.3 20.4 21.7 5.2 5.8 4.3
2017 50.1 19.6 24.7 5.6 37.7 34.6 27.6 4.5 36.7 22.9 24.5 3.9 5.6 3.9
2018 46.7 20.3 28.5 4.5 44.7 32.5 21.1 4.5 32.1 19.1 30.1 6.1 7.7 5.4
2019 49.5 21.0 24.0 5.5 42.0 32.8 25.3 2.3 38.0 21.0 25.0 4.5 7.8 5.5
2020 39.1 29.1 26.4 5.5 40.0 35.5 24.5 9.1 26.4 25.5 22.7 8.2 8.2 5.8
2021 42.5 25.8 25.0 6.7 37.6 35.2 27.2 3.2 29.0 20.7 29.6 6.5 10.5 7.4
2022 41.0 22.3 26.4 10.2 39.7 36.9 23.4 3.3 31.4 27.3 21.8 5.8 9.1 6.6
Player 46.5 21.0 26.1 6.4 37.9 35.3 26.6 3.9 34.0 21.9 24.5 5.3 7.1 5.0
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 Changeup BOS R 557 84.4 26.2 -2.6 -9 12.5 -0.6 -5
2022 Sinker BOS R 244 92.6 15.3 -5.1 -25 11.7 -2.1 -15
2022 Cutter BOS R 321 88.7 23.5 3.3 12 1.2 -1.9 -61
2022 4-Seamer BOS R 618 93.0 12.5 1.5 11 6.7 1.0 18
2022 Curveball BOS R 138 74.7 58.7 -4.1 -6 10.2 0.6 6
2021 Sinker TB R 66 94.2 16.0 -3.4 -18 13.1 -1.1 -8
2021 Changeup TB R 579 86.9 26.8 -0.1 0 13.8 0.8 6
2021 4-Seamer TB R 713 93.8 12.6 1.1 8 6.8 0.7 12
2021 Curveball TB R 124 76.2 56.4 -3.0 -5 11.3 2.6 30
2021 Cutter TB R 491 89.1 24.6 1.4 6 2.2 -0.8 -28
2020 Changeup NYM R 178 86.9 28.8 1.1 4 13.4 0.7 5
2020 Sinker NYM R 12 93.2 15.3 -5.1 -25 10.7 -3.3 -24
2020 Cutter NYM R 166 88.8 27.3 -0.8 -3 2.8 -0.5 -14
2020 Curveball NYM R 7 75.3 55.6 -5.4 -9 12.8 2.6 26
2020 4-Seamer NYM R 246 93.6 14.4 0.0 0 7.8 0.9 14
2019 Sinker STL R 20 93.2 18.0 -2.6 -13 13.1 -0.8 -6
2019 4-Seamer STL R 1,089 93.0 14.2 0.6 4 6.8 0.8 14
2019 Cutter STL R 340 89.4 22.7 1.5 6 1.9 -0.2 -9
2019 Curveball STL R 227 75.3 60.0 -0.5 -1 8.5 -0.5 -5
2019 Changeup STL R 522 85.5 27.5 -0.7 -3 11.2 -1.4 -11
2018 4-Seamer STL R 600 93.6 13.3 1.3 9 7.3 1.4 24
2018 Cutter STL R 283 89.4 23.0 1.3 5 2.7 0.2 6
2018 Curveball STL R 211 75.8 62.2 2.0 3 7.7 -1.1 -12
2018 Changeup STL R 319 86.0 25.9 -1.8 -6 11.0 -1.9 -15
2017 Curveball STL R 308 76.5 60.2 3.7 6 6.2 -2.4 -28
2017 Sinker STL R 93 95.1 14.9 -2.4 -14 14.1 -0.1 0
2017 Changeup STL R 495 87.8 23.6 -0.7 -3 10.6 -2.0 -16
2017 4-Seamer STL R 1,329 95.1 11.8 0.6 5 7.4 0.5 7
2017 Cutter STL R 454 90.7 21.8 -1.0 -5 1.0 -0.9 -47
2016 Curveball STL R 173 74.8 59.6 -0.5 -1 3.5 -4.9 -58
2016 Changeup STL R 467 85.5 26.1 0.5 2 11.0 -1.5 -12
2016 4-Seamer STL R 1,080 93.9 11.9 0.8 6 7.6 0.1 2
2016 Cutter STL R 385 90.6 18.2 0.9 5 1.3 -1.7 -469
! 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 1.2 7 618 32.9 170 .284 .503 .372 13.8 18.2 15.5 .289 .523 .375 46.4
2022 Changeup -1.7 -10 557 29.7 159 .160 .292 .236 36.1 38.4 22.1 .171 .273 .242 21.2
2022 Cutter -2.0 -6 321 17.1 75 .222 .375 .280 14.9 5.3 10.3 .313 .535 .375 37.7
2022 Sinker -1.3 -3 244 13.0 84 .215 .266 .257 6.8 3.6 6.1 .271 .454 .336 31.6
2022 Curveball 1.8 3 138 7.3 9 .556 1.222 .739 22.6 11.1 8.3 .235 .557 .333 25.0
2021 4-Seamer -0.3 -2 713 36.1 178 .238 .494 .332 18.3 21.9 18.6 .310 .627 .413 55.1
2021 Changeup -0.2 -1 580 29.4 182 .207 .355 .273 34.2 37.4 21.1 .224 .357 .280 37.6
2021 Cutter 2.4 12 491 24.9 139 .375 .586 .454 15.0 8.6 14.3 .328 .553 .392 37.0
2021 Curveball 1.5 2 124 6.3 10 .444 .444 .520 44.8 20.0 20.0 .234 .296 .284 42.9
2021 Sinker 0.2 0 66 3.3 19 .333 .444 .358 9.8 0.0 0.0 .287 .398 .314 27.8
2020 4-Seamer 3.9 10 246 40.4 58 .392 .745 .522 16.5 13.8 12.3 .328 .620 .435 58.1
2020 Changeup -0.9 -2 178 29.2 59 .228 .491 .330 40.8 40.7 32.9 .199 .369 .257 33.3
2020 Cutter -0.3 0 166 27.3 35 .314 .571 .374 18.3 14.3 14.3 .254 .381 .272 36.7
2020 Sinker -3.3 0 12 2.0 4 .500 .500 .450 12.5 0.0 0.0 .253 .276 .233 25.0
2020 Curveball 2.5 0 7 1.1 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2019 4-Seamer 1.5 17 1,089 49.5 294 .322 .574 .417 11.9 13.6 11.6 .306 .566 .397 40.2
2019 Changeup -2.7 -14 523 23.8 153 .199 .326 .255 38.6 36.6 24.3 .194 .329 .251 24.1
2019 Cutter 1.2 4 340 15.5 83 .333 .551 .438 18.7 6.0 8.1 .326 .541 .416 36.4
2019 Curveball 2.4 5 227 10.3 20 .444 .778 .529 29.3 10.0 11.8 .356 .576 .404 29.4
2019 Sinker -6.3 -1 20 0.9 7 .143 .286 .179 9.1 14.3 16.7 .156 .242 .169 33.3
2018 4-Seamer -0.1 -1 600 42.3 160 .274 .407 .351 16.4 16.9 15.3 .322 .528 .405 40.7
2018 Changeup -2.8 -9 319 22.5 97 .172 .276 .223 33.0 28.9 20.7 .215 .324 .266 41.9
2018 Cutter -1.4 -4 283 19.9 59 .200 .280 .272 22.8 11.9 18.9 .272 .390 .339 25.0
2018 Curveball 1.0 2 211 14.9 38 .171 .371 .288 22.8 21.1 14.5 .259 .516 .359 29.6
2017 4-Seamer -0.3 -4 1,329 49.4 318 .301 .440 .357 19.4 17.9 16.2 .274 .424 .337 35.5
2017 Changeup 0.8 4 497 18.5 136 .238 .381 .310 31.6 30.1 17.2 .232 .390 .288 28.7
2017 Cutter 1.1 5 454 16.9 147 .261 .440 .339 18.9 19.7 21.5 .280 .421 .333 25.5
2017 Curveball -2.0 -6 308 11.4 63 .167 .233 .187 30.8 36.5 24.0 .109 .144 .127 13.2
2017 Sinker -0.9 -1 93 3.5 30 .300 .467 .330 24.0 23.3 30.4 .260 .466 .302 30.4
! 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
2020 Changeup 168 86.9 91 15.8 2:00 2:15 -15
2020 Cutter 136 89.0 54 7.2 12:15 11:00 75
2020 4-Seam Fastball 238 93.6 98 18.1 1:00 1:00 0
2020 Sinker 12 93.2 99 19.1 1:00 1:15 -15
2021 Changeup 574 86.9 89 17.1 2:00 2:00 0
2021 Curveball 124 76.2 84 16.8 7:15 7:30 -15
2021 Cutter 483 89.1 56 9.6 12:15 11:15 60
2021 4-Seam Fastball 711 93.8 98 19.4 12:45 12:45 0
2021 Sinker 66 94.2 98 19.7 1:00 1:30 -30
2022 Changeup 553 84.4 84 17.6 2:00 1:45 15
2022 Curveball 137 74.7 82 16.6 7:00 7:30 -30
2022 Cutter 320 88.7 63 10.5 12:15 11:45 30
2022 4-Seam Fastball 618 93.0 99 19.9 12:45 12:45 0
2022 Sinker 243 92.6 98 20.1 1:00 1:15 -15
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2013 376 1,514 -13 -18 9 4 -18
2014 451 1,706 -10 -15 15 5 -5
2015 778 3,005 -16 -15 12 9 -10
2016 555 2,112 9 -10 9 7 14
2017 695 2,682 7 -32 14 8 -3
2018 354 1,413 -13 -15 12 4 -12
2019 557 2,199 3 -16 13 11 11
2020 156 609 6 -6 5 2 7
2021 544 2,033 3 -5 10 8 16
2022 497 1,878 -2 -25 10 7 -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 2,937 52.2 70.4 82.0 29.4 66.3 44.4 63.4 50.8 21.3 7.8 76.8
2016 2,324 51.3 67.4 84.1 26.7 68.2 42.3 59.1 47.5 18.8 7.0 84.0
2017 2,690 52.3 66.8 81.1 26.8 64.1 44.9 66.0 47.8 22.9 8.0 80.9
2018 1,419 49.3 69.0 81.9 23.3 58.7 44.4 53.0 45.7 22.8 7.1 77.2
2019 2,199 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 1,974 51.9 73.2 83.6 32.6 59.9 41.8 68.8 53.6 23.0 8.8 83.8
2022 1,878 50.2 72.2 84.3 29.0 66.1 45.2 61.0 50.7 20.9 7.8 82.2
Player 16,030 50.7 70.0 82.5 28.1 65.0 43.6 61.6 49.3 21.6 7.6 80.7
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 59 54 57 59 50 17 55 65 47 47 47 39 49 69 25 21 97
2016 49 35 41 46 49 27 51 67 57 34 58 17 23 56 28 13 99
2017 59 45 59 68 58 19 56 49 73 57 59 40 40 71 34 21 91
2018 11 10 17 30 8 41 25 29 35 35 21 36 6 43 19 19 93
2019 9 12 11 12 12 20 32 62 60 17 27 18 28 38 9 6 90
2020 40 31 24 25 65 28 34 56 16 52 93 34 67 33 16 90
2021 11 8 5 8 30 7 11 23 18 46 84 26 92 30 17 16 88
2022 26 34 16 14 54 12 19 57 71 31 78 14 46 26 15 11 76
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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 22.3 15 15.8 -1 11 13 5 33.3
2017 22.9 17 18.2 -1 6 14 9 52.9
2018 23.4 9 9.6 -1 1 5 6 66.7
2019 23.4 26 26.0 0 4 10 19 73.1
2020 22.7 9 7.5 2 3 7 2 22.2
2021 23.4 24 25.8 -2 7 21 10 41.7
2022 24.0 15 17.6 -3 11 14 5 33.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 15 16 20 13 15 19 13 17 16 12 17 17 10 12 15 16 18 18 11 15 23 10 14 16 16 18 23 15 12 17 19
2017 17 17 24 16 21 20 20 19 22 12 21 20 11 17 17 23 16 18 13 17 23 18 17 19 16 19 22 13 13 19 24
2018 9 11 10 9 8 12 8 11 10 9 10 11 6 8 8 10 10 12 7 9 11 8 10 9 11 10 10 7 11 10 12
2019 26 28 27 26 24 24 26 30 27 26 27 26 20 26 25 30 25 28 23 26 29 23 23 24 26 29 26 23 29 24 30
2020 9 7 7 7 8 7 0 8 8 6 9 7 6 5 5 9 8 9 8 9 8 9 8 7 7 9 6 6 6 7 10
2021 24 28 23 24 27 30 26 28 29 23 26 25 20 16 22 27 32 27 24 21 29 23 26 28 26 26 31 21 28 25 34
2022 15 21 20 16 18 22 17 14 17 15 21 16 14 12 15 18 22 19 15 16 24 17 17 19 17 18 19 15 19 12 24
! 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 93.9 93.1 -0.8 94.1 1 92.2 -1.9 92.2 0 91.7 -0.5 92 0.3 91.8 -0.2
Offspeed Velocity 87.1 85.5 -1.6 87.8 2.3 86 -1.8 85.5 -0.5 86.9 1.4 86.9 0 84.4 -2.5
Breaking Velocity 76.4 74.8 -1.6 76.5 1.7 75.8 -0.7 75.3 -0.5 75.3 0 76.2 0.9 74.7 -1.5
Exit Velocity 87.6 87.9 0.3 87.2 -0.7 89 1.8 88.2 -0.8 87.9 -0.3 89.9 2 88.2 -1.7
Launch Angle 10.4 9.4 -1 9.8 0.4 9.2 -0.6 9.7 0.5 15.2 5.5 13.3 -1.9 12.7 -0.6
Barrel % 4.8 5.8 1 5.6 -0.2 7.7 2.1 7.8 0.1 8.2 0.4 10.5 2.3 9.1 -1.4
Hard Hit % 33.4 33.7 0.3 30.1 -3.6 37 6.9 35.5 -1.5 43.6 8.1 43 -0.6 35.3 -7.7
Sweet Spot % 28.8 33 4.2 32.4 -0.6 36.2 3.8 35.5 -0.7 38.2 2.7 39.8 1.6 35.3 -4.5
xBA .24 .256 0.016 .25 -0.006 .276 0.026 .276 0 .258 -0.018 .283 0.025 .251 -0.032
BA .236 .289 0.053 .267 -0.022 .221 -0.046 .29 0.069 .313 0.023 .27 -0.043 .229 -0.041
xwOBA .301 .311 0.01 .305 -0.006 .348 0.043 .356 0.008 .326 -0.03 .355 0.029 .324 -0.031
wOBA .294 .339 0.045 .316 -0.023 .286 -0.03 .36 0.074 .398 0.038 .334 -0.064 .291 -0.043
xSLG .374 .413 0.039 .391 -0.022 .445 0.054 .491 0.046 .456 -0.035 .499 0.043 .434 -0.065
SLG .373 .459 0.086 .409 -0.05 .344 -0.065 .503 0.159 .599 0.096 .467 -0.132 .39 -0.077
K% 20.1 18.8 -1.3 22.5 3.7 20 -2.5 18.5 -1.5 23.7 5.2 22.9 -0.8 20.1 -2.8
BB% 7.6 7.4 -0.2 7.8 0.4 10.1 2.3 9.6 -0.5 4.5 -5.1 5.9 1.4 6 0.1
Swing % 50.8 47.5 -3.3 47.8 0.3 45.7 -2.1 47.9 2.2 50.9 3 53.6 2.7 50.7 -2.9
Whiff% 21.3 18.8 -2.5 22.9 4.1 22.8 -0.1 21.1 -1.7 24.5 3.4 23 -1.5 20.9 -2.1
In Zone % 52.2 51.3 -0.9 52.3 1 49.3 -3 46.7 -2.6 50.1 3.4 51.9 1.8 50.2 -1.7
Out of Zone % 47.8 48.7 0.9 47.7 -1 50.7 3 53.3 2.6 49.9 -3.4 48.1 -1.8 49.8 1.7
Out of Zone Swing % 29.4 26.7 -2.7 26.8 0.1 23.3 -3.5 27.3 4 29.6 2.3 32.6 3 29 -3.6
First Pitch Swing % 32.8 29.9 -2.9 31.2 1.3 26.5 -4.7 29.9 3.4 29.5 -0.4 40.5 11 33.4 -7.1
First Pitch Strike % 63.4 59.1 -4.3 66 6.9 53 -13 57.8 4.8 53.8 -4 68.8 15 61 -7.8
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 551 .338 313 12 3.8 238 43 18.1
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 523 .336 323 84 26.0 200 145 72.5
2022 497 .291 287 106 36.9 210 181 86.2

Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2013 278 13.1 66.2% 0.7% 156 21.1 8.3% 5.8%
2014 474 13.0 72.6% 0.8% 256 21.1 5.9% 7.4%
2015 799 14.4 54.4% 1.9% 465 21.6 7.7% 12.9%
2016 644 14.8 52.5% 2.2% 393 23.1 3.8% 16.0%
2017 837 14.4 58.9% 0.2% 385 22.2 1.0% 8.3%
2018 479 14.5 54.5% 0.2% 194 23.0 1.0% 13.4%
2019 639 14.9 51.2% 0.9% 349 22.4 2.6% 10.3%
2020 144 13.9 62.5% 0.0% 117 21.7 1.7% 8.5%
2021 522 16.3 33.5% 1.5% 260 22.8 0.4% 15.4%
2022 534 15.8 39.3% 2.1% 256 22.8 0.4% 12.1%
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Pitch Distribution