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Michael Wacha
Popularity: ↓ 18%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 6" 215LBS | Age: 29

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

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 1 4 6.62 8 7 0 34.0 37 1.56
8 Seasons 60 43 4.01 173 158 0 901.2 796 1.33
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 8 1-4 6.62 34.0 37 1.56
8 Seasons 173 60-43 4.01 901.2 796 1.33

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2015 2937 545 26 4.8 87.6 10.4 28.8 .242 .377 .294 .306 .352 33.2 20.1 7.6 3.38 3.69
2016 2324 446 27 6.1 88.1 8.9 37.0 .269 .435 .339 .328 .380 34.1 18.8 7.4 5.09 4.36
2017 2690 485 27 5.6 87.2 10 32.4 .254 .401 .316 .313 .373 30.1 22.5 7.8 4.13 4.01
2018 1419 246 19 7.7 89 9.2 35.0 .282 .452 .286 .356 .408 37.0 20.0 10.1 3.20 5.32
2019 2199 400 31 7.8 88.3 9.7 35.5 .281 .500 .360 .363 .415 35.5 18.5 9.6 4.76 5.80
2020 609 110 9 8.2 87.9 15.2 38.2 .260 .460 .391 .312 .386 43.6 23.7 4.5 6.62 4.45
ALL 12178 2232 139 6.2 87.9 10 33.6 .262 .428 .323 .328 .382 34.1 20.3 8.1
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Wacha relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(42.5%) ,
Changeup
(29.2%) ,
Cutter
(27.1%) ,
Curveball
(1.1%) ,


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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 Whiff% PutAway%
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 0.594 0.490 0.401 90.5 21 2127 16.4 11.9
2020 Changeup 178 70 108 29.2 86.9 59 57 13 6 3 0 4 24 33 0.228 0.198 0.491 0.367 0.305 0.243 82.8 2 1538 40.8 32.9
2020 Cutter 165 104 61 27.1 88.8 35 35 11 6 2 2 1 5 30 0.314 0.260 0.571 0.399 0.361 0.271 84.3 15 2060 18.3 14.3
2020 Curveball 7 3 4 1.1 75.3 2195 0.0
2019 4-Seam Fastball 1089 697 392 49.5 93.0 294 258 83 50 17 0 16 40 224 0.322 0.312 0.574 0.578 0.400 0.405 89.5 13 2032 12.0 11.6
2019 Changeup 523 243 280 23.8 85.5 153 141 28 21 1 1 5 56 87 0.199 0.200 0.326 0.338 0.247 0.257 86.2 4 1606 39.0 24.3
2019 Cutter 340 234 106 15.5 89.4 83 69 23 16 3 0 4 5 66 0.333 0.325 0.551 0.536 0.406 0.415 88.2 5 2097 18.8 8.1
2019 Curveball 227 139 88 10.3 75.3 20 18 8 4 3 0 1 2 17 0.444 0.358 0.778 0.585 0.514 0.410 85.5 10 2066 29.3 11.8
2019 Sinker 20 12 8 0.9 93.2 7 7 1 0 1 0 0 1 6 0.143 0.163 0.286 0.274 0.174 0.186 80.0 18 1940 9.1 16.7
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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
2020 Curveball NYM R 7 75.3 55.6 -5.4 -9 12.8 2.6 26
2020 4-Seamer NYM R 259 93.6 14.5 0 0 7.9 1.1 16
2020 Cutter NYM R 165 88.8 27.4 -0.7 -3 2.9 -0.5 -14
2020 Changeup NYM R 178 86.9 28.8 1 3 13.4 0.7 6
2019 Cutter STL R 340 89.4 22.7 1.6 7 1.9 -0.2 -10
2019 Changeup STL R 522 85.5 27.5 -0.8 -3 11.2 -1.4 -11
2019 Curveball STL R 227 75.3 60 -0.8 -1 8.5 -0.6 -7
2019 4-Seamer STL R 1089 93 14.2 0.6 4 6.8 0.8 14
2019 Sinker STL R 20 93.2 18 -2.6 -13 13.1 -0.8 -6
2018 Curveball STL R 211 75.8 62.2 1.6 3 7.7 -1.2 -14
2018 Cutter STL R 283 89.4 23 1.3 5 2.7 0.2 6
2018 4-Seamer STL R 600 93.6 13.3 1.3 9 7.3 1.4 24
2018 Changeup STL R 319 86 25.9 -1.9 -7 11 -1.9 -15
2017 Cutter STL R 453 90.7 21.8 -1 -5 1 -0.9 -47
2017 Curveball STL R 308 76.5 60.2 3.5 6 6.2 -2.5 -29
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 -17
2017 4-Seamer STL R 1329 95.1 11.8 0.6 5 7.4 0.5 7
2016 Cutter STL R 414 90.7 18.1 1.2 6 1.3 -1.6 -417
2016 Curveball STL R 198 74.9 59.5 -0.6 -1 3.8 -4.7 -56
2016 Changeup STL R 493 85.5 26 0.3 1 11 -1.5 -12
2016 4-Seamer STL R 1189 93.9 11.7 1 8 7.6 0.1 2
2015 Changeup STL R 454 87.1 26.9 1.7 7 13.1 -0.2 -2
2015 Curveball STL R 360 76.4 56.6 0 0 4 -3.7 -48
2015 4-Seamer STL R 1626 94.7 11.9 0.2 2 9.1 1.2 15
2015 Cutter STL R 348 89.8 23.3 -1.9 -9 0.7 -1.3 -209
! 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 %
2020 Cutter -0.1 0 165 27.1 35 0.314 0.571 0.374 18.3 14.3 14.3 0.260 0.399 0.271 36.7
2020 Changeup -1.3 -2 178 29.2 59 0.228 0.491 0.314 40.8 40.7 32.9 0.198 0.367 0.243 33.3
2020 4-Seamer 3.1 8 259 42.5 62 0.400 0.727 0.518 16.4 12.9 11.9 0.323 0.594 0.401 55.3
2020 Curveball 2.7 0 7 1.1 0.0 0.0
2019 Sinker -6.1 -1 20 0.9 7 0.143 0.286 0.179 9.1 14.3 16.7 0.163 0.274 0.186 33.3
2019 Curveball 2.5 6 227 10.3 20 0.444 0.778 0.529 29.3 10.0 11.8 0.358 0.585 0.410 29.4
2019 Cutter 1.2 4 340 15.5 83 0.333 0.551 0.438 18.8 6.0 8.1 0.325 0.536 0.415 36.4
2019 Changeup -2.4 -13 523 23.8 153 0.199 0.326 0.257 39.0 36.6 24.3 0.200 0.338 0.258 24.1
2019 4-Seamer 1.6 17 1089 49.5 294 0.322 0.574 0.414 12.0 13.6 11.6 0.312 0.578 0.406 40.2
2018 Curveball 1.1 2 211 14.9 38 0.171 0.371 0.288 23.2 21.1 14.5 0.278 0.528 0.371 29.6
2018 Cutter -1.4 -4 283 19.9 59 0.200 0.280 0.272 23.1 11.9 18.9 0.275 0.392 0.343 25.0
2018 Changeup -2.7 -9 319 22.5 97 0.172 0.276 0.223 33.1 28.9 20.7 0.225 0.337 0.277 41.9
2018 4-Seamer 0.0 0 600 42.3 160 0.274 0.407 0.347 16.6 16.9 15.3 0.326 0.533 0.411 40.7
2017 Sinker -0.7 -1 93 3.5 30 0.300 0.467 0.330 24.0 23.3 30.4 0.264 0.476 0.313 30.4
2017 Curveball -1.8 -5 308 11.4 63 0.167 0.233 0.187 30.8 36.5 24.0 0.114 0.151 0.135 13.2
2017 Changeup 0.6 3 497 18.5 136 0.238 0.381 0.303 31.7 30.1 17.2 0.237 0.395 0.296 28.7
2017 Cutter 1.1 5 453 16.8 147 0.261 0.440 0.339 18.9 19.7 21.5 0.277 0.425 0.336 25.5
2017 4-Seamer -0.2 -3 1329 49.4 318 0.301 0.440 0.359 19.5 17.9 16.2 0.280 0.439 0.347 35.5
2017 N/A 0.0 0 1 0.0
! 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 174 86.9 91 15.8 2:00 2:15 -15
2020 Cutter 156 88.9 54 7.1 12:15 11:00 75
2020 4-Seam Fastball 256 93.6 98 18.1 1:00 1:00 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
2016 598 2288 8 -11 15 6 18
2017 692 2673 7 -32 15 9 -1
2018 353 1408 -13 -15 12 5 -11
2019 552 2186 3 -15 14 10 13
2020 154 606 6 -6 4 2 6
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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 52.3 69.5 82.8 29.1 66.9 44.5 63.4 50.2 21.6 7.8 75.9
2016 2324 51.5 66.5 85.1 26.4 70.5 42.7 59.1 47.1 18.9 7.2 83.9
2017 2690 52.3 66.5 81.5 26.7 64.5 44.9 65.8 47.5 23.0 8.1 81.0
2018 1419 49.4 68.6 82.1 22.3 61.3 44.6 53.0 45.2 23.1 7.1 77.2
2019 2199 46.7 70.6 82.8 27.1 69.5 42.7 57.8 47.4 21.3 6.6 77.9
2020 609 50.1 71.8 79.9 29.6 64.4 41.9 53.8 50.7 24.6 6.7 87.8
ALL 12178 50.7 68.4 82.7 26.9 66.9 43.8 60.4 48.0 21.7 7.4 79.6
MLB 48.4 66.1 82.8 28.2 59.4 42.6 60.6 46.6 24.5 7.2 75.1

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 3.7 36.1 20.7 22.9 5.0 4.8
2016 48.4 16.4 30.0 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 34.6 27.6 3.9 36.7 23.1 24.7 3.9 5.6
2018 46.7 20.3 28.5 4.5 45.1 33.3 21.5 2.8 32.1 19.1 30.1 6.1 7.7
2019 49.5 21.0 24.0 5.5 42.0 32.8 25.3 2.3 37.8 21.0 25.0 4.5 7.8
2020 39.1 25.5 30.0 5.5 40.0 35.5 24.5 9.1 26.4 25.5 22.7 8.2 8.2
ALL 48.1 19.8 26.3 5.7 37.7 35.1 27.2 3.6 35.9 21.4 24.9 5.1 6.2
MLB 45.3 22.0 25.7 7.1 36.6 38.0 25.5 3.2 33.6 24.3 24.6 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2015 60 55 60 61 53 17 56 64 48 47 47 40 60 69 25 27
2016 38 26 33 41 41 25 46 63 54 34 58 17 38 54 26 15
2017 60 45 58 65 59 18 55 49 73 57 59 38 60 70 33 24
2018 9 8 18 33 7 41 25 29 35 35 21 37 9 43 18 20
2019 10 11 10 12 11 20 33 58 59 17 27 18 10 38 9 6
2020 42 31 23 23 65 28 34 56 16 52 93 35 42 32 15 14
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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 25.8 0.2 2 12 19 73.1
2020 22.7 9 7.1 1.9 3 7 2 22.2

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 28 22 29
2020 9 8 8 8 9 7 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
! 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 93.9 93.1 -0.8 94.1 1 92.2 -1.9 92.2 0 91.7 -0.5
Offspeed Velocity 87.1 85.5 -1.6 87.8 2.3 86 -1.8 85.5 -0.5 86.9 1.4
Breaking Velocity 76.4 74.9 -1.5 76.5 1.6 75.8 -0.7 75.3 -0.5 75.3 0
Exit Velocity 87.6 88.1 0.5 87.2 -0.9 89 1.8 88.3 -0.7 87.9 -0.4
Launch Angle 10.4 8.9 -1.5 10 1.1 9.2 -0.8 9.7 0.5 15.2 5.5
Barrel % 4.8 6.1 1.3 5.6 -0.5 7.7 2.1 7.8 0.1 8.2 0.4
Hard Hit % 33.2 34.1 0.9 30.1 -4 37 6.9 35.5 -1.5 43.6 8.1
Sweet Spot % 28.8 37 8.2 32.4 -4.6 35 2.6 35.5 0.5 38.2 2.7
xBA 0.242 0.269 0.027 0.254 -0.015 0.282 0.028 0.281 -0.001 0.26 -0.021
BA 0.236 0.289 0.053 0.267 -0.022 0.221 -0.046 0.29 0.069 0.313 0.023
xwOBA 0.306 0.328 0.022 0.313 -0.015 0.356 0.043 0.363 0.007 0.312 -0.051
wOBA 0.294 0.339 0.045 0.316 -0.023 0.286 -0.03 0.36 0.074 0.391 0.031
xSLG 0.377 0.435 0.058 0.401 -0.034 0.452 0.051 0.5 0.048 0.46 -0.04
SLG 0.373 0.459 0.086 0.409 -0.05 0.344 -0.065 0.503 0.159 0.599 0.096
K% 20.1 18.8 -1.3 22.5 3.7 20 -2.5 18.5 -1.5 23.7 5.2
BB% 7.6 7.4 -0.2 7.8 0.4 10.1 2.3 9.6 -0.5 4.5 -5.1
Swing % 50.2 47.1 -3.1 47.5 0.4 45.2 -2.3 47.4 2.2 50.7 3.3
Whiff% 21.6 18.9 -2.7 23 4.1 23.1 0.1 21.3 -1.8 24.6 3.3
In Zone Swing % 52.3 51.5 -0.8 52.3 0.8 49.4 -2.9 46.7 -2.7 50.1 3.4
Out of Zone Swing % 47.7 48.5 0.8 47.7 -0.8 50.6 2.9 53.3 2.7 49.9 -3.4
First Pitch Swing % 32 28.9 -3.1 30.8 1.9 25.4 -5.4 28.7 3.3 29.5 0.8
First Pitch Strike % 63.4 59.1 -4.3 65.8 6.7 53 -12.8 57.8 4.8 53.8 -4
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 602 .338 348 16 4.6 254 49 19.3
2017 697 .317 374 5 1.3 323 18 5.6
2018 354 .287 180 10 5.6 174 21 12.1
2019 557 .360 343 14 4.1 214 68 31.8
2020 156 .391 81 14 17.3 75 28 37.3

Pitch Distribution