Paolo Espino
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 5' 10" 212LBS | Age: 37
Draft: 2006 | Rd: 10, #311, Cleveland Indians | The Pendleton School
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 5 5 4.27 35 19 1 109.2 92 1.21
2022 0 9 4.84 42 19 0 113.1 92 1.37
2023 0 0 24.75 3 0 0 4 3 4.25
5 Seasons 5 14 5.01 94 41 1 257 214 1.35
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 35 5-5 4.27 109.2 92 1.21
2022 42 0-9 4.84 113.1 92 1.37
2023 3 0-0 24.75 4 3 4.25
5 Seasons 94 5-14 5.01 257 214 1.35
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

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
2017 30 438 76 10 13.2 9.2 86.8 112.5 14.6 31.6 .271 .570 .365 .391 .442 30.3 18.3 9.2 6.00 7.04
2020 33 110 18 3 16.7 11.1 87.3 106.1 16.0 50.0 .355 .625 .367 .437 .578 33.3 25.9 7.4 4.50 9.24
2021 34 1735 337 39 11.6 8.6 89.6 112.2 17.4 39.8 .270 .482 .319 .336 .403 43.3 20.2 5.5 4.27 4.86
2022 35 1873 369 29 7.9 6.0 89.3 113.5 14.4 36.3 .271 .469 .350 .336 .395 41.2 18.9 4.9 4.84 4.78
2023 36 101 22 2 9.1 7.1 93.7 108.7 17.0 59.1 .513 .714 .582 .527 .576 45.5 10.7 10.7 24.75 15.78
Player 4257 822 83 10.1 7.5 89.3 113.5 15.7 38.2 .279 .493 .345 .349 .412 41.0 19.3 5.8
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Espino relies on 4 pitches.
Sweeper
(36.6%) ,
Four Seamer
(35.6%) ,
Curveball
(23.8%) ,
Changeup
(4.0%) ,


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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
2017 40.8 26.3 21.1 11.8 35.5 39.5 25.0 5.3 27.6 27.6 22.4 1.3 13.2 9.2
2020 44.4 22.2 27.8 5.6 38.9 27.8 33.3 5.6 16.7 11.1 50.0 0.0 16.7 11.1
2021 37.7 29.1 24.0 9.2 36.2 39.8 24.0 5.9 24.9 28.2 24.3 5.0 11.6 8.6
2022 40.4 32.0 22.8 4.9 41.7 35.2 23.0 5.1 26.6 26.0 24.7 9.8 7.9 6.0
2023 22.7 18.2 59.1 0.0 31.8 63.6 4.5 0.0 13.6 18.2 54.5 4.5 9.1 7.1
Player 38.9 29.7 24.2 7.2 38.6 38.1 23.4 5.4 25.4 26.5 25.7 6.7 10.1 7.5
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.9 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! 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
2023 Sweeper WSH R 37 76.8 48.3 2.6 6 19.2 2.3 14
2023 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 36 88.8 16.0 3.0 16 2.3 -4.6 -67
2023 Changeup WSH R 4 83.4 34.2 -0.6 -2 13.9 -0.1 -1
2023 Curveball WSH R 24 71.0 73.1 6.6 10 13.5 -0.5 -3
2022 Curveball WSH R 485 71.3 73.2 4.8 7 13.1 -0.1 -1
2022 Changeup WSH R 88 83.6 34.1 1.1 3 12.3 -1.9 -14
2022 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 899 88.5 15.9 2.1 12 2.8 -4.0 -58
2022 Sweeper WSH R 399 77.7 44.2 -0.9 -2 18.8 1.6 9
2022 Slider WSH R 2 80.7 36.2 -5.0 -12 9.5 -0.1 -1
2021 Changeup WSH R 72 83.7 34.1 1.0 3 12.0 -2.1 -15
2021 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 958 89.0 15.4 2.3 13 3.5 -3.4 -49
2021 Sweeper WSH R 280 77.5 43.6 -1.4 -3 18.2 0.6 4
2021 Curveball WSH R 420 71.1 74.0 7.1 11 12.9 -0.4 -3
2021 Slider WSH R 5 79.5 37.0 -6.0 -14 9.8 0.3 3
2020 Curveball WSH R 34 71.1 75.2 10.2 16 12.3 0.2 1
2020 Slider WSH R 10 81.4 42.1 0.9 2 6.7 -0.2 -3
2020 Changeup WSH R 6 82.7 37.0 3.6 11 12.4 -1.4 -10
2020 Sinker WSH R 2 89.3 24.1 -1.5 -6 16.3 1.5 10
2020 4-Seam Fastball WSH R 58 90.3 14.9 2.2 13 4.2 -2.8 -40
2017 Sinker TEX R 85 88.4 24.6 0.4 1 16.8 2.4 16
2017 Slider TEX R 57 81.5 35.4 -4.1 -10 5.9 -0.2 -3
2017 4-Seam Fastball TEX R 158 88.7 16.1 1.4 8 9.2 1.3 17
2017 Changeup TEX R 34 82.7 35.2 3.8 12 13.0 -0.3 -2
2017 Curveball TEX R 99 72.1 68.0 5.1 8 14.8 2.8 23
! 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 %
2023 Sweeper -8.7 -3 37 36.6 11 .600 .600 .491 22.2 9.1 20.0 .480 .575 .418 30.0
2023 4-Seam Fastball -14.0 -5 36 35.6 12 .778 1.333 .850 0.0 8.3 12.5 .684 1.066 .736 75.0
2023 Curveball 4.0 1 24 23.8 4 .000 .000 .000 14.3 25.0 25.0 .112 .139 .102 0.0
2023 Changeup -30.3 -1 4 4.0 1 1.000 1.000 .900 0.0 0.0 -- .920 1.243 .932 100.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball -0.5 -5 899 48.0 236 .286 .482 .362 12.2 15.3 14.2 .297 .537 .379 47.8
2022 Curveball -0.1 -1 485 25.9 138 .242 .417 .289 28.3 31.2 21.9 .229 .359 .264 35.2
2022 Sweeper -0.6 -2 399 21.3 93 .329 .600 .408 29.6 14.0 15.5 .258 .429 .318 25.3
2022 Changeup -4.8 -4 88 4.7 20 .421 .684 .485 19.6 0.0 0.0 .328 .627 .421 68.4
2022 Slider -2.1 0 2 0.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2021 4-Seam Fastball -0.4 -4 958 55.2 243 .289 .524 .369 11.8 14.4 14.2 .288 .538 .364 49.7
2021 Curveball 1.0 4 420 24.2 120 .175 .289 .224 33.3 32.5 23.1 .239 .385 .288 32.0
2021 Sweeper 1.0 3 280 16.1 70 .246 .462 .313 27.4 25.7 25.0 .213 .402 .276 26.5
2021 Changeup -1.1 -1 72 4.1 20 .389 .722 .493 6.9 0.0 0.0 .458 .696 .512 66.7
2021 Slider 1.7 0 5 0.3 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2020 4-Seam Fastball -1.4 -1 58 52.7 14 .417 .417 .421 17.2 7.1 6.3 .480 .664 .524 27.3
2020 Curveball 4.0 1 34 30.9 10 .200 .600 .325 46.7 50.0 29.4 .185 .436 .260 20.0
2020 Slider -4.4 0 10 9.1 2 .500 .500 .450 50.0 50.0 100.0 .257 .291 .241 100.0
2020 Changeup 3.0 0 6 5.5 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -- .767 2.712 1.395 100.0
2020 Sinker -1.5 0 2 1.8 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2017 4-Seam Fastball -1.9 -3 158 36.1 34 .308 .885 .559 10.3 14.7 11.9 .389 .968 .584 50.0
2017 Curveball 2.9 3 99 22.6 25 .160 .280 .158 39.6 40.0 23.3 .158 .325 .201 20.0
2017 Sinker -0.9 -1 85 19.4 21 .125 .188 .269 13.3 14.3 20.0 .148 .253 .296 23.1
2017 Slider -6.2 -4 57 13.0 20 .368 .684 .503 16.7 5.0 8.3 .364 .580 .416 22.2
2017 Changeup -4.1 -1 34 7.8 9 .222 .556 .322 14.3 11.1 11.1 .255 .610 .353 25.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Curveball 24 71.0 99 26.0 7:15 7:00 15
2023 4-Seam Fastball 36 88.8 91 18.2 12:30 12:15 15
2023 Sweeper 37 76.8 70 20.8 8:15 8:45 -30
2022 Changeup 86 83.6 91 13.4 1:45 2:30 -45
2022 Curveball 456 71.3 98 26.2 7:00 7:00 0
2022 4-Seam Fastball 894 88.5 91 18.6 12:30 12:15 15
2022 Sweeper 397 77.7 62 20.0 8:15 9:00 -45
2021 Changeup 72 83.7 92 13.1 2:00 2:30 -30
2021 Curveball 400 71.1 98 26.6 7:00 7:00 0
2021 4-Seam Fastball 955 89.0 94 18.9 12:30 12:15 15
2021 Sweeper 280 77.5 61 19.5 8:15 9:00 -45
2020 Curveball 25 71.2 100 27.2 7:00 7:00 0
2020 4-Seam Fastball 54 90.3 92 18.4 12:45 12:30 15
2020 Slider 10 81.4 50 7.7 9:15 8:15 60
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2017 109 433 -3 4 -4 -3 -6
2020 27 110 0 1 0 0 0
2021 453 1,735 -1 19 -9 -6 3
2022 487 1,873 0 6 -12 -5 -12
2023 28 101 -5 -1 -2 0 -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 %
2017 438 42.3 62.8 89.6 26.0 58.5 43.9 56.9 42.0 19.6 5.1 77.3
2020 110 49.1 74.1 67.5 19.6 81.8 40.0 59.3 46.4 27.5 6.4 85.7
2021 1,735 50.5 62.9 86.2 29.0 61.8 44.6 60.0 46.1 19.9 7.6 73.3
2022 1,873 49.8 63.9 85.2 26.2 62.2 44.0 58.7 45.0 21.4 6.7 75.4
2023 101 44.6 64.4 93.1 19.6 72.7 50.5 39.3 39.6 12.5 10.9 81.8
Player 4,257 49.2 63.7 85.6 26.9 62.2 44.3 58.6 45.0 20.6 7.0 75.1
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 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
2017 6 15 94 65
2020 13 22 80
2021 23 16 9 9 54 7 5 32 16 26 89 8 60 5 47 95 71
2022 15 10 5 5 46 23 38 28 22 23 89 17 15 2 49 97 68
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2017 23.2 7 6.9 0 2 2 5 71.4
2020 20.5 1 1.4 0 1 1 1 100.0
2021 23.2 19 19.0 0 5 15 9 47.4
2022 23.4 24 23.5 1 8 21 8 33.3
2023 19.7 1 1.3 0 1 2 0 0.0
Player 23.2 52 52.1 0 17 41 23 44.2

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 7 9 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 7
2020 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1
2021 19 21 20 18 21 18 21 20 14 12 17 21 19 17 20 20 13 16 21 21 20 18 27 21 16 14 23 23 21 19 19
2022 24 18 21 20 26 27 29 18 17 17 23 25 25 26 27 27 24 20 23 25 26 23 30 25 19 18 24 27 28 26 20
2023 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 0 2 1 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 0 1 2 2 1 2 1
Player 52 47 50 48 58 55 61 46 40 38 50 59 51 50 57 56 46 45 53 57 55 51 70 56 43 41 58 61 57 56 48
! 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 2020 2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90.2 89.0 -1.2 88.5 -0.5 88.8 0.3
Offspeed Velocity 82.7 83.7 1.0 83.6 -0.1 83.4 -0.2
Breaking Velocity 73.5 73.7 0.2 74.2 0.5 74.5 0.3
Exit Velocity 87.3 89.6 2.3 89.3 -0.3 93.7 4.4
Launch Angle 16.0 17.4 1.4 14.4 -3.0 17.0 2.6
Barrel % 16.7 11.6 -5.1 7.9 -3.7 9.1 1.2
Hard Hit % 33.3 43.3 10.0 41.2 -2.1 45.5 4.3
Sweet Spot % 50.0 39.8 -10.2 36.3 -3.5 59.1 22.8
xBA .355 .270 -0.085 .271 0.001 .513 0.242
BA .320 .256 -0.064 .287 0.031 .583 0.296
xwOBA .437 .336 -0.101 .336 0.000 .527 0.191
wOBA .367 .319 -0.048 .350 0.031 .582 0.232
xSLG .625 .482 -0.143 .469 -0.013 .714 0.245
SLG .480 .460 -0.020 .493 0.033 .792 0.299
K% 25.9 20.2 -5.7 18.9 -1.3 10.7 -8.2
BB% 7.4 5.5 -1.9 4.9 -0.6 10.7 5.8
Swing % 46.4 46.1 -0.3 45.0 -1.1 39.6 -5.4
Whiff% 27.5 19.9 -7.6 21.4 1.5 12.5 -8.9
In Zone % 49.1 50.5 1.4 49.8 -0.7 44.6 -5.2
Out of Zone % 50.9 49.5 -1.4 50.2 0.7 55.4 5.2
Out of Zone Swing % 19.6 29.0 9.4 26.2 -2.8 19.6 -6.6
First Pitch Swing % 33.3 27.5 -5.8 24.8 -2.7 7.1 -17.7
First Pitch Strike % 59.3 60.0 0.7 58.7 -1.3 39.3 -19.4
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2017 Shifts 109 .365 60 12 20.0 49 21 42.9
2020 Shifts 27 .367 17 7 41.2 10 5 50.0
2021 Shifts 451 .319 223 79 35.4 228 184 80.7
2022 Shifts 483 .349 261 47 18.0 222 180 81.1
2023 Shades 28 .582 18 0 0.0 10 0 0.0
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2017 136 15.2 43.4% 0.7% 93 22.8 0.0% 6.5%
2020 20 16.8 15.0% 0.0% 29 22.4 0.0% 6.9%
2021 574 16.4 32.6% 1.2% 262 23.8 0.0% 8.4%
2022 628 16.6 27.1% 0.6% 300 23.8 0.0% 11.7%
2023 16 13.9 62.5% 0.0% 37 17.6 2.7% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution