Pierce Johnson
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 202LBS | Age: 33
Draft: 2012 | Rd: C-A, #43, Chicago Cubs | Missouri State
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 1 2 5.02 15 0 0 14.1 21 1.53
2023 2 6 4.02 67 0 13 62.2 90 1.48
2024 3 1 3.03 33 0 1 32.2 42 1.22
7 Seasons 15 16 3.90 240 2 14 233 295 1.36
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 15 1-2 5.02 14.1 21 1.53
2023 67 2-6 4.02 62.2 90 1.48
2024 33 3-1 3.03 32.2 42 1.22
7 Seasons 240 15-16 3.90 233 295 1.36
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
LA Sweet-
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2017 26 29 4 0 0.0 0.0 92.9 104.2 16.7 25.0 .236 .261 .349 .285 .326 75.0 28.6 14.3 0.00 3.45
2018 27 816 128 6 4.7 3.2 88.5 111.3 15.1 38.3 .225 .387 .319 .313 .340 37.0 19.4 11.8 5.57 4.15
2020 29 310 44 3 6.8 3.8 89.1 106.3 21.3 40.9 .224 .360 .285 .299 .400 38.6 33.8 11.3 2.70 3.76
2021 30 1045 139 10 7.2 4.1 89.1 108.8 17.4 36.0 .205 .336 .292 .284 .369 35.3 31.6 11.1 3.22 3.37
2022 31 280 35 0 0.0 0.0 86.8 105.7 9.9 25.7 .192 .249 .310 .254 .307 40.0 32.8 12.5 5.02 2.64
2023 32 1084 157 10 6.4 3.6 90.7 110.3 13.1 43.9 .235 .378 .335 .305 .409 47.1 32.5 10.8 4.02 3.90
2024 33 520 79 5 6.3 3.7 88.2 112.3 12.7 29.1 .211 .331 .285 .282 .354 36.7 30.9 9.6 3.03 3.16
Player 4084 586 34 5.8 3.4 89.2 112.3 14.9 37.4 .219 .352 .309 .294 .369 39.8 29.7 11.1
MLB 7.0 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.3 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.5 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Johnson relies on 3 pitches.
Curveball
(78.1%) ,
Four Seamer
(19.8%) ,
Cutter
(2.1%) ,


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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 25.0 25.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 75.0 25.0 0.0 25.0 25.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2018 39.8 29.7 23.4 7.0 28.9 40.6 30.5 2.3 28.1 28.9 23.4 10.9 4.7 3.2
2020 31.8 20.5 31.8 15.9 18.2 40.9 40.9 2.3 15.9 34.1 36.4 4.5 6.8 3.8
2021 33.8 29.5 28.1 8.6 36.0 39.6 24.5 3.6 24.5 33.8 25.9 4.3 7.2 4.1
2022 57.1 17.1 17.1 8.6 31.4 42.9 25.7 2.9 40.0 25.7 22.9 8.6 0.0 0.0
2023 37.6 22.3 35.0 5.1 37.6 36.3 26.1 2.5 27.4 24.8 33.1 5.7 6.4 3.6
2024 46.8 26.6 21.5 5.1 36.7 44.3 19.0 1.3 38.0 26.6 24.1 3.8 6.3 3.7
Player 39.1 25.8 27.8 7.3 33.1 40.1 26.8 2.6 28.2 28.8 27.8 6.3 5.8 3.4
MLB 44.5 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.7 24.8 24.4 5.8 7.0 4.8
! 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
2024 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 103 95.5 14.5 -0.3 -2 10.3 2.5 32
2024 Curveball ATL R 406 85.6 41.7 -2.9 -7 9.6 2.6 37
2024 Cutter ATL R 11 92.2 21.9 1.7 7 0.2 -1.8 -110
2023 Curveball ATL R 615 85.4 41.6 -3.9 -9 8.9 2.8 46
2023 4-Seam Fastball ATL R 382 95.9 15.2 -1.0 -7 9.7 1.5 18
2023 Slider ATL R 87 88.1 34.9 1.7 5 7.6 3.6 91
2022 Slider SD R 1 87.7 39.2 6.3 19 8.5 5.0 143
2022 Curveball SD R 171 84.3 43.2 -4.4 -9 9.9 3.8 64
2022 4-Seam Fastball SD R 108 94.8 14.6 -0.2 -1 11.8 4.3 58
2021 4-Seam Fastball SD R 340 95.5 13.9 0.4 3 11.2 3.9 53
2021 Curveball SD R 704 84.3 43.5 -3.9 -8 11.0 4.1 61
2020 Curveball SD R 168 84.8 43.1 -2.1 -5 12.9 6.1 89
2020 4-Seam Fastball SD R 140 96.3 14.0 0.0 0 10.4 2.8 37
2020 Sinker SD R 2 96.5 13.6 -6.9 -34 13.4 -2.3 -15
2018 Curveball SF R 231 81.3 52.4 -0.4 -1 13.6 6.2 84
2018 4-Seam Fastball SF R 407 93.6 15.7 0.5 3 10.9 3.1 39
2018 Cutter SF R 177 89.5 27.1 -0.1 0 0.6 -1.4 -70
2017 4-Seam Fastball CHC R 13 92.3 14.5 0.2 1 11.5 3.7 47
2017 Curveball CHC R 16 81.0 49.0 -3.0 -6 9.6 2.7 40
! 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 %
2024 Curveball 0.7 3 406 78.1 110 .235 .353 .295 32.3 30.9 27.6 .213 .351 .273 36.8
2024 4-Seam Fastball 1.6 2 103 19.8 23 .176 .176 .300 16.7 30.4 20.6 .217 .246 .332 40.0
2024 Cutter -1.2 0 11 2.1 2 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 .102 .103 .397 0.0
2023 Curveball 0.8 5 615 56.7 168 .222 .411 .298 40.2 39.9 31.9 .200 .338 .260 44.0
2023 4-Seam Fastball -2.1 -8 382 35.2 76 .351 .579 .461 21.3 14.5 11.6 .334 .537 .440 58.3
2023 Slider -1.0 -1 87 8.0 31 .276 .310 .347 29.8 35.5 35.5 .238 .292 .260 33.3
2022 Curveball 0.5 1 171 61.1 45 .225 .300 .282 30.6 33.3 30.6 .199 .252 .253 36.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball -1.4 -2 108 38.6 19 .313 .438 .384 24.4 31.6 16.7 .174 .240 .259 50.0
2022 Slider 4.6 0 1 0.4 -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2021 Curveball 2.0 14 705 67.5 181 .207 .361 .266 32.2 33.7 25.8 .215 .353 .275 37.3
2021 4-Seam Fastball -0.3 -1 340 32.5 60 .267 .400 .406 24.8 26.7 12.7 .167 .272 .315 27.6
2020 Curveball 2.9 5 168 54.2 46 .186 .302 .226 48.1 47.8 37.9 .163 .259 .203 27.3
2020 4-Seam Fastball -1.2 -2 140 45.2 33 .269 .423 .383 29.8 15.2 19.2 .333 .540 .441 52.4
2020 Sinker 12.1 0 2 0.6 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .013 .025 .019 0.0
2018 4-Seam Fastball 0.3 1 407 49.9 85 .236 .458 .345 23.0 17.6 11.7 .255 .453 .352 40.0
2018 Curveball -0.8 -2 231 28.3 50 .213 .340 .265 25.8 26.0 15.3 .173 .300 .232 38.2
2018 Cutter -0.7 -1 177 21.7 49 .244 .415 .349 26.2 16.3 14.3 .231 .373 .333 30.3
2017 Curveball 1.7 0 16 55.2 4 .250 .250 .225 25.0 50.0 50.0 .179 .202 .167 50.0
2017 4-Seam Fastball -8.3 -1 13 44.8 3 .500 .500 .833 50.0 0.0 0.0 .350 .380 .446 100.0
! 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
2024 Curveball 406 85.6 46 12.1 7:45 8:00 -15
2024 Cutter 11 92.2 46 9.3 1:00 12:00 60
2024 4-Seam Fastball 103 95.5 95 18.5 1:30 1:15 15
2023 Curveball 586 85.4 45 11.3 7:30 7:45 -15
2023 4-Seam Fastball 382 95.9 97 17.2 1:30 1:15 15
2023 Slider 87 88.1 30 8.7 8:15 8:45 -30
2022 Curveball 157 84.3 51 12.3 7:30 8:00 -30
2022 4-Seam Fastball 106 94.9 98 19.7 1:30 1:15 15
2021 Curveball 686 84.3 52 13.6 7:30 8:00 -30
2021 4-Seam Fastball 337 95.5 98 19.6 1:30 1:15 15
2020 Curveball 138 84.7 59 15.4 7:15 8:00 -45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 131 96.3 96 18.7 1:15 1:15 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
2018 184 815 6 1 -6 -4 -2
2020 99 378 1 6 0 -2 5
2021 241 1,045 11 9 -3 -4 13
2022 79 340 4 1 -3 -1 1
2023 288 1,131 10 -6 -5 -2 -3
2024 135 520 3 3 -1 -1 5
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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 20.0 66.7 37.9 42.9 41.4 33.3 17.2 80.0
2018 816 45.9 69.0 79.1 26.1 67.0 42.2 59.1 45.8 24.3 7.0 84.2
2020 310 48.4 62.0 74.2 26.3 28.6 32.9 65.0 43.5 40.0 8.4 65.4
2021 1,045 49.0 62.5 80.0 28.0 46.3 44.7 56.8 44.9 30.1 8.0 71.4
2022 280 54.6 62.7 74.0 17.3 63.6 44.6 60.9 42.1 28.0 6.4 77.8
2023 1,084 46.3 62.4 81.5 33.3 41.2 41.6 63.8 46.8 33.1 6.6 72.2
2024 520 52.3 59.2 81.4 31.9 48.1 39.6 62.5 46.2 29.6 8.8 69.6
Player 4,084 48.4 63.2 79.4 28.7 48.3 41.8 60.8 45.4 30.3 7.5 73.7
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 61.0 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! 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
2018 60 70 98 8
2020 64 64 67 68 55 74 53 35 40 93 23 98 36 89 62 94 8
2021 78 87 84 77 69 81 58 41 75 91 17 77 51 81 51 92 10
2022 66 35 92 10
2023 60 62 68 69 49 79 75 10 4 96 18 91 90 83 70 96 11
2024 80 86 87 83 70 88 73 66 64 93 30 81 83 75 65 95 10
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR

Year to Year Changes

Metric 2017 2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.3 -- 0.1 -- -- 96.3 -- 95.5 -0.8 94.8 -0.7 95.9 1.1 95.2 -0.7
Offspeed Velocity 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 81.0 -- 0.3 -- -- 84.8 -- 84.3 -0.5 84.3 0.0 85.7 1.4 85.6 -0.1
Exit Velocity 92.9 -- -4.4 -- -- 89.1 -- 89.1 0.0 86.8 -2.3 90.7 3.9 88.2 -2.5
Launch Angle 16.7 -- -1.6 -- -- 21.3 -- 17.4 -3.9 9.9 -7.5 13.1 3.2 12.7 -0.4
Barrel % 0.0 -- 4.7 -- -- 6.8 -- 7.2 0.4 0.0 -7.2 6.4 6.4 6.3 -0.1
Hard Hit % 75.0 -- -38.0 -- -- 38.6 -- 35.3 -3.3 40.0 4.7 47.1 7.1 36.7 -10.4
LA Sweet-Spot % 25.0 -- 13.3 -- -- 40.9 -- 36.0 -4.9 25.7 -10.3 43.9 18.2 29.1 -14.8
xBA .236 -- -0.011 -- -- .224 -- .205 -0.019 .192 -0.013 .235 0.043 .211 -0.024
BA .333 -- -0.097 -- -- .214 -- .220 0.006 .250 0.030 .257 0.007 .223 -0.034
xwOBA .285 -- 0.028 -- -- .299 -- .284 -0.015 .254 -0.030 .305 0.051 .282 -0.023
wOBA .349 -- -0.030 -- -- .285 -- .292 0.007 .310 0.018 .335 0.025 .285 -0.050
xSLG .261 -- 0.126 -- -- .360 -- .336 -0.024 .249 -0.087 .378 0.129 .331 -0.047
SLG .333 -- 0.083 -- -- .343 -- .369 0.026 .339 -0.030 .437 0.098 .322 -0.115
K% 28.6 -- -9.2 -- -- 33.8 -- 31.6 -2.2 32.8 1.2 32.5 -0.3 30.9 -1.6
BB% 14.3 -- -2.5 -- -- 11.3 -- 11.1 -0.2 12.5 1.4 10.8 -1.7 9.6 -1.2
Swing % 41.4 -- 4.4 -- -- 43.5 -- 44.9 1.4 42.1 -2.8 46.8 4.7 46.2 -0.6
Whiff% 33.3 -- -9.0 -- -- 40.0 -- 30.1 -9.9 28.0 -2.1 33.1 5.1 29.6 -3.5
In Zone % 48.3 -- -2.4 -- -- 48.4 -- 49.0 0.6 54.6 5.6 46.3 -8.3 52.3 6.0
Out of Zone % 51.7 -- 2.4 -- -- 51.6 -- 51.0 -0.6 45.4 -5.6 53.7 8.3 47.7 -6.0
Out of Zone Swing % 20.0 -- 6.1 -- -- 26.3 -- 28.0 1.7 17.3 -10.7 33.3 16.0 31.9 -1.4
First Pitch Swing % 28.6 -- -2.3 -- -- 22.5 -- 24.3 1.8 21.9 -2.4 33.3 11.4 33.8 0.5
First Pitch Strike % 42.9 -- 16.2 -- -- 65.0 -- 56.8 -8.2 60.9 4.1 63.8 2.9 62.5 -1.3
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2017 Shifts 7 .349 4 0 0.0 3 0 0.0
2018 Shifts 185 .319 111 9 8.1 74 22 29.7
2020 Shifts 80 .285 53 0 0.0 27 13 48.1
2021 Shifts 241 .292 129 4 3.1 112 75 67.0
2022 Shifts 64 .310 37 2 5.4 27 21 77.8
2023 Shades 275 .336 160 23 14.4 115 40 34.8
2024 Shades 135 .288 75 0 0.0 60 32 53.3
! 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 1 18.0 0.0% 0.0% 13 20.6 0.0% 7.7%
2018 216 19.4 6.5% 2.8% 171 24.2 0.0% 8.2%
2020 77 20.7 1.3% 3.9% 76 24.4 0.0% 13.2%
2021 341 20.8 2.1% 8.2% 152 24.9 0.0% 20.4%
2022 82 21.7 2.4% 3.7% 55 24.3 0.0% 14.5%
2023 270 17.4 11.5% 0.4% 222 20.0 2.3% 0.9%
2024 134 17.8 3.0% 0.0% 79 19.3 0.0% 2.5%
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Pitch Distribution