Paul Blackburn
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 1" 196LBS | Age: 29
Draft: 2012 | Rd: C-A, #56, Chicago Cubs | Heritage HS (CA)
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 1 4 5.87 9 9 0 38.1 26 1.62
2022 7 6 4.28 21 21 0 111.1 89 1.26
2023 4 7 4.43 21 20 0 103.2 104 1.54
7 Seasons 17 24 4.90 72 68 0 353 270 1.43
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 9 1-4 5.87 38.1 26 1.62
2022 21 7-6 4.28 111.1 89 1.26
2023 21 4-7 4.43 103.2 104 1.54
7 Seasons 72 17-24 4.90 353 270 1.43
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 23 937 199 5 2.5 2.1 87.1 112.1 4.5 26.6 .284 .399 .300 .321 .325 35.9 9.2 6.7 3.22 4.45
2018 24 442 92 4 4.3 3.4 85.9 115.2 12.7 31.5 .272 .379 .341 .307 .337 31.5 16.0 5.0 7.16 3.98
2019 25 224 44 3 6.8 5.3 86.4 113.5 1.3 40.9 .361 .593 .445 .429 .478 31.8 14.0 7.0 10.64 9.15
2020 26 48 10 0 0.0 0.0 85.9 102.9 17.8 20.0 .204 .257 .466 .274 .244 30.0 14.3 14.3 27.00 3.13
2021 27 681 137 12 8.8 6.9 90.5 115.9 9.7 32.8 .300 .468 .383 .353 .390 51.1 14.9 5.7 5.87 5.44
2022 28 1762 343 24 7.0 5.1 88.2 113.9 9.0 30.0 .259 .401 .326 .315 .360 40.5 19.1 6.4 4.28 4.14
2023 29 1875 313 18 5.8 3.9 87.2 117.7 12.2 38.0 .262 .404 .340 .324 .378 33.2 22.4 9.3 4.43 4.42
Player 5969 1138 66 5.8 4.3 87.7 117.7 9.3 32.4 .273 .414 .339 .326 .364 37.8 17.6 7.2
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .405 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Blackburn relies on 6 pitches.
Sinker
(24.1%) ,
Cutter
(20.4%) ,
Slider
(18.1%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(14.5%) ,
Curveball
(11.7%) ,
Changeup
(11.1%) ,


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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
2017 56.3 13.6 26.1 4.0 26.1 48.7 25.1 7.5 38.2 18.1 27.6 5.0 2.5 2.1
2018 47.8 16.3 26.1 9.8 52.2 33.7 14.1 2.2 33.7 23.9 30.4 4.3 4.3 3.4
2019 54.5 15.9 29.5 0.0 40.9 31.8 27.3 4.5 38.6 9.1 31.8 4.5 6.8 5.3
2020 50.0 10.0 20.0 20.0 50.0 20.0 30.0 0.0 30.0 30.0 30.0 10.0 0.0 0.0
2021 51.8 19.7 24.1 4.4 40.9 40.1 19.0 4.4 34.3 19.7 24.8 8.0 8.8 6.9
2022 47.5 23.6 23.0 5.8 39.9 38.5 21.6 4.1 34.7 21.3 28.6 3.8 7.0 5.1
2023 41.5 23.6 29.4 5.4 37.7 35.5 26.8 5.4 31.6 23.3 27.8 6.1 5.8 3.9
Player 48.2 20.4 25.9 5.4 38.1 38.8 23.0 4.9 34.4 20.9 28.0 5.3 5.8 4.3
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 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 4-Seamer OAK R 272 91.9 16.2 0.0 0 5.9 -0.5 -8
2023 Changeup OAK R 208 86.0 30.2 -0.4 -1 12.3 -1.7 -12
2023 Slider OAK R 340 80.8 48.9 7.6 18 14.9 5.6 61
2023 Cutter OAK R 383 88.9 27.5 -0.4 -2 4.5 1.8 66
2023 Curveball OAK R 219 79.1 60.3 6.3 12 6.7 -2.1 -24
2023 Sinker OAK R 452 91.7 22.4 -0.7 -3 12.8 -1.9 -13
2022 Curveball OAK R 285 78.8 61.1 6.8 13 8.3 -0.7 -7
2022 Sinker OAK R 599 91.7 22.5 -0.1 0 12.8 -1.6 -11
2022 Slider OAK R 108 79.1 54.4 10.9 25 14.1 3.7 36
2022 Changeup OAK R 223 86.0 29.6 -0.4 -1 13.1 -0.7 -5
2022 4-Seamer OAK R 204 91.5 16.3 -0.3 -2 5.6 -1.2 -17
2022 Cutter OAK R 343 87.1 30.8 -2.8 -10 6.1 3.1 104
2021 4-Seamer OAK R 44 90.8 16.5 -0.2 -1 5.0 -1.9 -27
2021 Sinker OAK R 283 91.1 21.9 -1.1 -5 12.5 -2.1 -15
2021 Cutter OAK R 174 87.0 31.0 -2.3 -8 5.6 2.7 95
2021 Curveball OAK R 83 79.0 58.9 4.8 9 7.0 -1.5 -18
2021 Changeup OAK R 97 85.8 29.7 0.1 0 13.0 -0.7 -5
2020 Curveball OAK R 3 73.5 69.8 6.4 10 10.2 -0.8 -7
2020 4-Seamer OAK R 4 90.1 16.0 0.9 5 4.9 -1.4 -22
2020 Slider OAK R 9 84.0 36.6 -1.0 -3 5.8 0.8 16
2020 Sinker OAK R 20 89.8 21.6 -1.9 -8 12.4 -2.0 -14
2020 Changeup OAK R 12 82.8 32.4 2.0 7 6.7 -5.9 -47
2019 Cutter OAK R 25 88.4 27.5 -0.3 -1 4.2 2.4 128
2019 Sinker OAK R 90 90.7 21.8 -1.4 -6 11.4 -2.9 -20
2019 Curveball OAK R 49 79.0 60.2 5.3 10 7.4 -0.9 -10
2019 Changeup OAK R 13 85.0 29.6 -0.4 -1 13.2 0.1 0
2019 Slider OAK R 22 85.3 35.5 -0.9 -3 6.3 2.0 45
2019 4-Seamer OAK R 25 90.0 18.6 -1.3 -7 2.4 -4.0 -63
2018 Slider OAK R 160 86.2 33.4 -1.3 -4 6.8 2.6 62
2018 Sinker OAK R 129 89.5 24.2 0.4 2 10.6 -3.4 -24
2018 Changeup OAK R 61 84.4 30.9 -0.5 -1 11.8 -1.4 -10
2018 4-Seamer OAK R 48 90.0 19.7 -2.2 -13 2.8 -3.7 -57
2018 Curveball OAK R 43 77.9 63.2 6.6 12 9.7 0.9 10
2017 Slider OAK R 244 84.6 36.4 0.8 2 6.7 2.5 58
2017 Curveball OAK R 86 75.8 63.2 6.0 10 13.8 4.1 43
2017 Sinker OAK R 444 90.2 22.7 0.3 1 10.8 -3.6 -25
2017 Changeup OAK R 85 83.4 30.6 0.4 1 12.4 -1.0 -7
2017 4-Seamer OAK R 76 90.4 17.1 -0.9 -6 4.1 -3.7 -47
! 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 Sinker -0.2 -1 452 24.1 128 .306 .435 .382 14.9 28.9 25.5 .222 .322 .302 47.2
2023 Cutter -2.1 -8 383 20.4 92 .435 .624 .480 15.9 4.3 7.0 .388 .542 .417 20.7
2023 Slider 0.6 2 340 18.1 102 .198 .308 .258 34.4 30.4 21.1 .217 .339 .268 22.2
2023 4-Seamer -1.0 -3 272 14.5 58 .383 .553 .437 17.2 17.2 11.1 .301 .502 .396 46.2
2023 Curveball 2.4 5 219 11.7 43 .140 .326 .193 24.5 27.9 17.1 .195 .367 .238 32.3
2023 Changeup 1.9 4 209 11.1 40 .143 .286 .228 39.3 25.0 19.2 .221 .410 .323 42.3
2022 Sinker -0.3 -2 599 34.0 174 .265 .391 .356 14.5 12.6 16.8 .281 .412 .352 50.8
2022 Cutter -2.0 -7 343 19.5 79 .360 .640 .438 26.2 10.1 19.0 .290 .410 .325 22.4
2022 Curveball 1.9 5 285 16.2 72 .145 .290 .204 30.8 36.1 20.6 .197 .309 .238 39.5
2022 Changeup -0.4 -1 223 12.7 54 .308 .538 .373 29.7 14.8 22.2 .337 .561 .397 43.2
2022 4-Seamer 0.0 0 204 11.6 52 .196 .412 .281 17.2 23.1 12.1 .214 .422 .278 35.9
2022 Slider -1.4 -2 108 6.1 34 .212 .424 .306 34.6 38.2 25.0 .172 .246 .194 40.0
2021 Sinker -1.2 -3 283 41.6 73 .354 .615 .445 6.2 12.3 14.5 .314 .480 .379 57.1
2021 Cutter -0.4 -1 174 25.6 49 .298 .511 .359 10.0 4.1 5.6 .302 .482 .348 42.2
2021 Changeup 4.3 4 97 14.2 22 .238 .286 .252 24.0 18.2 17.4 .307 .365 .311 41.2
2021 Curveball -5.2 -4 83 12.2 25 .292 .542 .368 45.9 44.0 28.2 .268 .516 .346 76.9
2021 4-Seamer -6.8 -3 44 6.5 6 .500 .667 .508 6.7 0.0 0.0 .230 .398 .266 33.3
2020 Sinker -14.8 -3 20 41.7 6 .667 .833 .658 0.0 0.0 -- .313 .353 .300 33.3
2020 Changeup -10.2 -1 12 25.0 4 .333 .667 .488 16.7 25.0 33.3 .165 .284 .315 50.0
2020 Slider 1.2 0 9 18.8 1 .000 .000 .000 50.0 100.0 100.0 -- -- .000 --
2020 4-Seamer 0.5 0 4 8.3 2 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 .027 .044 .366 0.0
2020 Curveball 2.8 0 3 6.3 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .047 .066 .047 0.0
2019 Sinker -3.8 -3 90 40.2 22 .476 .667 .507 10.5 4.5 7.7 .465 .690 .503 45.0
2019 Curveball 1.3 1 49 21.9 18 .294 .412 .306 40.0 38.9 28.0 .234 .258 .221 18.2
2019 Cutter 5.4 1 25 11.2 6 .200 .400 .250 26.7 0.0 0.0 .223 .359 .245 16.7
2019 4-Seamer -5.1 -1 25 11.2 2 1.000 4.000 1.350 25.0 0.0 0.0 .940 3.767 1.272 100.0
2019 Slider -9.3 -2 22 9.8 4 .500 2.000 .850 28.6 0.0 0.0 .468 1.753 .788 50.0
2019 Changeup -3.8 0 13 5.8 5 .250 .500 .390 28.6 0.0 0.0 .303 .344 .369 0.0
2018 Slider -0.9 -1 160 36.2 42 .289 .395 .319 20.7 11.9 13.5 .288 .432 .332 32.4
2018 Sinker -0.7 -1 129 29.2 33 .323 .516 .380 8.3 6.1 8.7 .287 .386 .317 41.4
2018 Changeup -3.7 -2 61 13.8 11 .455 .818 .541 25.0 0.0 0.0 .578 .797 .590 18.2
2018 4-Seamer 0.8 0 48 10.9 17 .143 .214 .250 4.8 17.6 16.7 .134 .153 .230 27.3
2018 Curveball -4.2 -2 43 9.7 16 .333 .400 .263 45.5 56.3 32.1 .093 .116 .095 14.3
2017 Sinker 0.2 1 444 47.4 97 .326 .465 .388 8.9 7.2 7.9 .343 .472 .390 51.9
2017 Slider 1.7 4 244 26.0 83 .247 .309 .255 15.3 10.8 12.7 .241 .302 .245 27.8
2017 Curveball 0.5 0 86 9.2 15 .200 .200 .180 29.0 13.3 5.3 .237 .289 .228 0.0
2017 Changeup 2.7 2 85 9.1 23 .143 .286 .226 17.8 4.3 6.3 .262 .507 .353 25.0
2017 4-Seamer -0.9 -1 76 8.1 18 .250 .500 .358 8.7 11.1 8.0 .283 .496 .368 35.7
! 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 Changeup 207 86.0 78 14.2 1:00 2:15 -75
2023 Curveball 218 79.1 88 20.4 6:45 6:45 0
2023 Cutter 383 88.9 51 7.8 11:45 10:45 60
2023 4-Seam Fastball 272 91.9 90 16.7 12:45 12:45 0
2023 Sinker 452 91.7 87 16.2 12:45 1:45 -60
2023 Slider 340 80.8 67 18.2 7:15 8:00 -45
2022 Changeup 223 86.0 80 15.1 1:00 2:15 -75
2022 Curveball 284 78.8 90 21.5 7:00 6:45 15
2022 Cutter 339 87.2 42 7.8 11:00 10:00 60
2022 4-Seam Fastball 201 91.5 87 16.7 12:45 12:45 0
2022 Sinker 593 91.7 85 16.1 12:45 2:00 -75
2022 Slider 107 79.1 77 20.1 7:15 7:45 -30
2021 Changeup 96 85.8 80 14.9 1:00 2:15 -75
2021 Curveball 82 79.1 82 19.2 7:00 6:45 15
2021 Cutter 174 87.0 44 7.2 11:00 10:00 60
2021 4-Seam Fastball 44 90.8 86 16.8 12:45 12:30 15
2021 Sinker 283 91.1 86 16.5 12:45 1:45 -60
2020 Changeup 11 82.9 54 9.5 12:30 1:30 -60
2020 Sinker 20 89.8 87 17.1 12:30 1:45 -75
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2017 236 935 5 13 -7 -5 7
2018 119 441 -1 3 -6 -2 -6
2019 57 224 -2 0 -3 0 -5
2021 175 681 1 -1 -3 -4 -7
2022 465 1,762 -1 10 -8 -7 -6
2023 463 1,875 8 13 -16 -5 -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 %
2017 937 42.5 69.5 88.0 23.0 79.8 40.1 47.9 42.9 13.9 6.3 72.9
2018 442 45.9 72.9 89.2 27.2 63.1 45.5 56.3 48.2 18.8 5.4 79.2
2019 224 42.4 69.5 78.8 26.4 64.7 48.7 49.1 44.6 24.0 5.4 75.0
2020 48 41.7 65.0 100.0 21.4 66.7 43.8 57.1 39.6 10.5 6.3 66.7
2021 681 43.2 65.0 91.6 25.3 67.3 43.5 55.4 42.4 15.6 5.6 73.7
2022 1,762 46.7 65.0 84.5 26.5 57.8 44.9 63.6 44.5 23.6 6.3 67.6
2023 1,875 43.6 66.3 86.5 29.8 57.8 43.6 58.6 45.7 23.8 6.0 74.3
Player 5,969 44.4 66.9 86.7 26.9 62.6 43.8 57.6 44.6 20.9 6.0 72.2
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 39 9 52 85 27 93 98 52 25 1 77 1 6 15 28 93 49
2018 10 35 51
2019 15 13 41
2021 16 9 66 44
2022 36 20 34 50 40 34 56 56 27 25 72 30 18 18 11 67 47
2023 40 24 47 68 26 49 82 84 86 41 35 33 63 17 13 61 43
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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 23.1 5 4.7 0 3 2 3 60.0
2018 20.1 2 1.5 1 0 3 0 0.0
2019 24.8 3 2.4 1 1 1 2 66.7
2021 23.5 8 7.2 1 4 3 5 62.5
2022 23.9 15 12.9 2 5 12 4 26.7
2023 23.5 11 10.4 1 3 7 5 45.5
Player 23.5 44 39.1 5 16 28 19 43.2

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 7 4 4 5 5 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 4 4 5 5 4 4
2018 2 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 0 2 3 2 0 1 1 1 2 2 0
2019 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 2 2
2021 8 8 6 9 7 7 8 8 7 5 7 10 5 6 8 9 7 7 7 7 6 8 9 8 7 6 9 7 6 6 7
2022 15 13 10 14 13 12 15 10 6 8 10 11 14 13 13 17 15 14 12 11 14 11 20 15 11 11 16 17 15 13 12
2023 11 9 10 10 13 10 12 10 12 9 10 14 9 9 11 10 10 8 10 13 10 9 14 9 8 8 13 12 10 11 9
Player 44 40 35 42 42 37 43 37 32 30 35 47 37 36 41 46 39 36 38 40 38 37 54 43 34 32 45 45 41 38 34
! 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 2017 2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 90.2 89.6 -0.6 90.2 0.6 89.8 -0.4 89.6 -0.2 90.3 0.7 90.8 0.5
Offspeed Velocity 83.4 84.4 1.0 85.0 0.6 82.8 -2.2 85.8 3.0 86.0 0.2 86.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 82.3 84.4 2.1 81.0 -3.4 81.4 0.4 79.0 -2.4 78.9 -0.1 80.1 1.2
Exit Velocity 87.1 85.9 -1.2 86.4 0.5 85.9 -0.5 90.5 4.6 88.2 -2.3 87.2 -1.0
Launch Angle 4.5 12.7 8.2 1.3 -11.4 17.8 16.5 9.7 -8.1 9.0 -0.7 12.2 3.2
Barrel % 2.5 4.3 1.8 6.8 2.5 0.0 -6.8 8.8 8.8 7.0 -1.8 5.8 -1.2
Hard Hit % 35.9 31.5 -4.4 31.8 0.3 30.0 -1.8 51.1 21.1 40.5 -10.6 33.2 -7.3
Sweet Spot % 26.6 31.5 4.9 40.9 9.4 20.0 -20.9 32.8 12.8 30.0 -2.8 38.0 8.0
xBA .284 .272 -0.012 .361 0.089 .204 -0.157 .300 0.096 .259 -0.041 .262 0.003
BA .262 .303 0.041 .380 0.077 .417 0.037 .319 -0.098 .255 -0.064 .286 0.031
xwOBA .321 .307 -0.014 .429 0.122 .274 -0.155 .353 0.079 .315 -0.038 .324 0.009
wOBA .300 .341 0.041 .445 0.104 .466 0.021 .383 -0.083 .326 -0.057 .340 0.014
xSLG .399 .379 -0.020 .593 0.214 .257 -0.336 .468 0.211 .401 -0.067 .404 0.003
SLG .371 .450 0.079 .660 0.210 .583 -0.077 .534 -0.049 .441 -0.093 .435 -0.006
K% 9.2 16.0 6.8 14.0 -2.0 14.3 0.3 14.9 0.6 19.1 4.2 22.4 3.3
BB% 6.7 5.0 -1.7 7.0 2.0 14.3 7.3 5.7 -8.6 6.4 0.7 9.3 2.9
Swing % 42.9 48.2 5.3 44.6 -3.6 39.6 -5.0 42.4 2.8 44.5 2.1 45.7 1.2
Whiff% 13.9 18.8 4.9 24.0 5.2 10.5 -13.5 15.6 5.1 23.6 8.0 23.8 0.2
In Zone % 42.5 45.9 3.4 42.4 -3.5 41.7 -0.7 43.2 1.5 46.7 3.5 43.6 -3.1
Out of Zone % 57.5 54.1 -3.4 57.6 3.5 58.3 0.7 56.8 -1.5 53.3 -3.5 56.4 3.1
Out of Zone Swing % 23.0 27.2 4.2 26.4 -0.8 21.4 -5.0 25.3 3.9 26.5 1.2 29.8 3.3
First Pitch Swing % 21.0 26.1 5.1 22.8 -3.3 14.3 -8.5 25.7 11.4 31.5 5.8 31.0 -0.5
First Pitch Strike % 47.9 56.3 8.4 49.1 -7.2 57.1 8.0 55.4 -1.7 63.6 8.2 58.6 -5.0
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2017 Shifts 237 .301 124 0 0.0 113 32 28.3
2018 Shifts 119 .341 52 5 9.6 67 12 17.9
2019 Shifts 57 .445 28 0 0.0 29 16 55.2
2020 Shifts 14 .466 7 2 28.6 7 5 71.4
2021 Shifts 175 .383 98 30 30.6 77 59 76.6
2022 Shifts 465 .326 226 53 23.5 239 191 79.9
2023 Shades 463 .340 247 0 0.0 216 90 41.7
! 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

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