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Pierce Johnson
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 202LBS | Age: 30

Draft: 2012 | Rd: C-A, #43, Chicago Cubs | Missouri State
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 3 4 3.28 62 2 0 57.2 75 1.28
4 Seasons 9 7 3.97 124 2 0 122.1 140 1.32
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 62 3-4 3.28 57.2 75 1.28
4 Seasons 124 9-7 3.97 122.1 140 1.32

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
2017 26 29 4 0 0 92.9 104.2 16.7 25 .236 .261 .349 .285 .326 75 28.6 14.3 0.00 3.52
2018 27 816 128 6 4.7 88.5 111.3 15.1 38.3 .223 .385 .319 .311 .337 37 19.4 11.8 5.57 4.15
2020 29 310 44 3 6.8 89.1 106.3 21.3 40.9 .224 .360 .285 .299 .401 38.6 33.8 11.3 2.70 3.79
2021 30 1028 138 10 7.2 89.1 108.8 17.2 36.2 .206 .334 .296 .286 .368 35.5 31.1 11.2 3.28 3.49
2183 314 19 6.1 88.9 111.3 16.9 37.6 .215 .356 .303 .297 .359 37.1 27.2 11.5
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .242 .402 .317 .312 .363 35.6 22 8.4

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Johnson relies on 2 pitches.
Curveball
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Sinker
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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 Curveball 695 353 342 67.6 84.3 178 166 35 19 11 0 5 59 109 .211 .216 .367 .350 .266 .276 88.2 17 2885 5.7 32.1 25.7
2021 Sinker 333 199 134 32.4 95.5 60 45 12 8 3 0 1 16 29 .267 .168 .400 .275 .386 .315 90.3 19 2231 5.8 24.4 12.9
2020 Curveball 168 112 56 54.2 84.8 46 43 8 5 2 0 1 22 22 .186 .163 .302 .259 .223 .204 85.7 16 2969 5.8 48.1 37.9
2020 Sinker 134 85 49 43.2 96.3 33 26 7 5 1 0 1 5 21 .269 .320 .423 .525 .379 .431 92.3 27 2321 5.8 29.6 18.5
2020 4-Seam Fastball 8 3 5 2.6 95.5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .373 .000 .422 .000 .337 98.6 1 2130 5.8 25.0
! 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 %
2017 25 25 50 0 0 75 25 0 25 25 50 0 0
2018 39.8 29.7 23.4 7 28.9 40.6 30.5 2.3 28.1 28.9 23.4 10.9 4.7
2020 31.8 13.6 38.6 15.9 18.2 40.9 40.9 2.3 15.9 34.1 36.4 4.5 6.8
2021 34.1 29 28.3 8.7 36.2 39.1 24.6 3.6 24.6 33.3 26.1 4.3 7.2
36 27.1 28 8.9 30.3 40.4 29.3 2.9 24.8 31.5 26.8 7 6.1
45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.5 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

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 Sinker SD R 333 95.5 13.9 -6.8 -33 11.2 -3.8 -25
2021 Curveball SD R 694 84.3 43.5 -2.8 -6 11 4 57
2020 Curveball SD R 168 84.8 43.1 -1.5 -3 12.9 6.4 96
2020 Sinker SD R 134 96.3 13.7 -6.2 -31 10.7 -4.4 -29
2020 4-Seamer SD R 8 95.5 18.5 -4.1 -29 6.1 -1.3 -18
2018 Curveball SF R 231 81.3 52.4 -0.3 -1 13.6 6.1 81
2018 Cutter SF R 177 89.5 27.1 -0.2 -1 0.6 -1.3 -69
2018 4-Seamer SF R 407 93.6 15.7 0.5 3 10.9 3.1 39
2017 4-Seamer CHC R 13 92.3 14.5 0.1 1 11.5 3.7 47
2017 Curveball CHC R 16 81 49 -3 -6 9.6 2.7 39
! 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 Sinker 0.3 1 333 32.4 60 .267 .4 .406 24.4 26.7 12.9 .168 .275 .317 27.6
2021 Curveball -1.9 -13 695 67.6 178 .211 .367 .269 32.1 33.1 25.7 .216 .35 .276 37.6
2020 4-Seamer -4 0 8 2.6 1 0 0 0 25 0 .373 .422 .337 100
2020 Sinker 1.3 2 134 43.2 33 .269 .423 .383 29.6 15.2 18.5 .32 .525 .431 47.6
2020 Curveball -2.7 -5 168 54.2 46 .186 .302 .226 48.1 47.8 37.9 .163 .259 .204 27.3
2018 Cutter 0.9 2 177 21.7 49 .244 .415 .349 26.2 16.3 14.3 .231 .373 .333 30.3
2018 Curveball 0.8 2 231 28.3 50 .213 .34 .265 25.8 26 15.3 .173 .3 .232 38.2
2018 4-Seamer -0.2 -1 407 49.9 85 .236 .458 .345 23 17.6 11.7 .255 .453 .352 40
2017 4-Seamer 8.5 1 13 44.8 3 .5 .5 .833 50 0 0 .35 .38 .446 100
2017 Curveball -1.6 0 16 55.2 4 .25 .25 .225 25 50 50 .179 .202 .167 50
! 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 Curveball 138 84.7 59 15.4 7:15 8:00 -45
2020 Sinker 125 96.4 96 19 1:15 1:15 0
2021 Curveball 677 84.3 52 13.6 7:30 8:00 -30
2021 Sinker 331 95.5 98 19.6 1:30 1:15 15
! 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
2018 184 815 -6 -1 6 4 3
2020 99 378 -1 -6 0 2 -5
2021 238 1028 -10 -9 3 4 -12
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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 29 48.3 64.3 66.7 20 66.7 37.9 42.9 41.4 33.3 17.2 80
2018 816 46 69.1 79.2 25.9 66.7 42.3 59.1 45.8 24.3 7 84.2
2020 310 48.4 62 74.2 26.3 28.6 32.9 65 43.5 40 8.4 65.4
2021 1028 48.9 62.4 80.3 28.2 46.6 45 56.4 44.9 29.9 8.2 71.4
2183 47.8 64.8 78.8 26.9 51.8 42.2 58.6 45 29.2 7.9 75
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 60.6 47 24.6 7.2 76

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2017
2018 46 85 98
2020 63 64 66 67 54 74 53 35 40 93 23 98 63 90 57 96
2021 76 83 82 74 65 79 56 43 74 89 17 76 76 82 47 92
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2020 22.3 2 1.7 0 1 1 1 50
2021 23.8 6 5.4 1 4 3 3 50

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2020 2 3 1 2 2 1 2 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 3 2 1 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 1
2021 6 9 4 6 7 4 4 7 4 6 6 6 3 4 4 6 4 6 6 6 4 5 6 5 7 4 5 6 6 5 6
! 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 92.3 0.1 96.3 95.5 -0.8
Offspeed Velocity 0 0 0 0 0
Breaking Velocity 81 0.3 84.8 84.3 -0.5
Exit Velocity 92.9 -4.4 89.1 89.1 0
Launch Angle 16.7 -1.6 21.3 17.2 -4.1
Barrel % 0 4.7 6.8 7.2 0.4
Hard Hit % 75 -38 38.6 35.5 -3.1
Sweet Spot % 25 13.3 40.9 36.2 -4.7
xBA .236 -0.013 .224 .206 -0.018
BA .333 -0.097 .214 .223 0.009
xwOBA .285 0.026 .299 .286 -0.013
wOBA .349 -0.03 .285 .296 0.011
xSLG .261 0.124 .36 .334 -0.026
SLG .333 0.083 .343 .374 0.031
K% 28.6 -9.2 33.8 31.1 -2.7
BB% 14.3 -2.5 11.3 11.2 -0.1
Swing % 41.4 4.4 43.5 44.9 1.4
Whiff% 33.3 -9 40 29.9 -10.1
In Zone % 48.3 -2.3 48.4 48.9 0.5
Out of Zone % 51.7 2.3 51.6 51.1 -0.5
Out of Zone Swing % 20 5.9 26.3 28.2 1.9
First Pitch Swing % 28.6 -2.3 22.5 24.5 2
First Pitch Strike % 42.9 16.2 65 56.4 -8.6
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2017 7 .349 4 0 0.0 3 0 0.0
2018 185 .319 111 7 6.3 74 19 25.7
2020 80 .285 53 0 0.0 27 12 44.4
2021 237 .295 128 3 2.3 109 65 59.6

Pitch Distribution