Pierce Johnson
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 2" 202LBS | Age: 32
Draft: 2012 | Rd: C-A, #43, Chicago Cubs | Missouri State
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 3 4 3.22 63 2 0 58.2 77 1.26
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
6 Seasons 12 15 4.04 207 2 13 200.1 253 1.38
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 63 3-4 3.22 58.2 77 1.26
2022 15 1-2 5.02 14.1 21 1.53
2023 67 2-6 4.02 62.2 90 1.48
6 Seasons 207 12-15 4.04 200.1 253 1.38
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 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 .248 .310 .254 .306 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
Player 3564 507 29 5.7 3.4 89.3 111.3 15.3 38.7 .220 .356 .313 .296 .372 40.3 29.5 11.3
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

Johnson relies on 3 pitches.
Curveball
(58.9%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(35.2%) ,
Slider
(5.9%) ,


  •   
  •   
  •   

+ If Available Pitches Click to Video.


  •   
  •   
  •   
  •   
  •   
  •   

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
Player 37.9 25.6 28.8 7.7 32.5 39.4 28.0 2.8 26.6 29.2 28.4 6.7 5.7 3.4
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 ATL R 382 95.9 15.2 -1.0 -7 9.7 1.5 18
2023 Curveball ATL R 638 85.5 41.5 -3.8 -8 8.8 2.7 45
2023 Slider ATL R 64 88.1 33.7 0.5 1 8.0 4.0 98
2022 Curveball SD R 171 84.3 43.2 -4.4 -9 9.9 3.8 64
2022 Slider SD R 1 87.7 39.2 6.3 19 8.5 5.0 143
2022 4-Seamer SD R 108 94.8 14.6 -0.2 -1 11.8 4.3 58
2021 4-Seamer SD R 340 95.5 13.9 0.4 3 11.2 3.9 53
2021 Curveball SD R 704 84.3 43.5 -3.8 -8 11.0 4.1 60
2020 Curveball SD R 168 84.8 43.1 -2.1 -5 12.9 6.1 89
2020 Sinker SD R 2 96.5 13.6 -6.9 -34 13.4 -2.3 -15
2020 4-Seamer SD R 140 96.3 14.0 0.0 0 10.4 2.8 37
2018 4-Seamer 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
2018 Curveball SF R 231 81.3 52.4 -0.4 -1 13.6 6.2 84
2017 4-Seamer CHC R 13 92.3 14.5 0.1 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.
+ View Complete Pitch Movement Leaderboard

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 Curveball 0.8 5 638 58.9 181 .229 .406 .301 40.0 39.8 32.4 .207 .341 .265 44.9
2023 4-Seamer -2.1 -8 382 35.2 76 .351 .579 .461 21.3 14.5 11.6 .334 .537 .440 58.3
2023 Slider -1.6 -1 64 5.9 18 .235 .294 .358 27.3 33.3 31.6 .197 .233 .215 18.2
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-Seamer -1.4 -2 108 38.6 19 .313 .438 .384 24.4 31.6 16.7 .174 .239 .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-Seamer -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-Seamer -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-Seamer 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-Seamer -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.
+ View Complete Run Value Leaderboard

Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Curveball 609 85.5 45 11.2 7:45 7:45 0
2023 4-Seam Fastball 382 95.9 97 17.2 1:30 1:15 15
2023 Slider 64 88.1 29 8.7 8:15 9:00 -45
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.
+ View Complete Spin Direction Leaderboard

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
+ View Complete Swing/Take Leaderboard

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
Player 3,564 47.9 63.9 79.1 28.3 48.4 42.1 60.5 45.3 30.4 7.4 74.4
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
2018 60 70 98 7
2020 64 65 67 68 56 74 53 35 40 93 23 98 36 90 62 95 8
2021 78 87 84 77 69 81 58 41 75 91 17 77 51 81 50 92 10
2022 66 35 92 11
2023 60 62 68 69 49 79 75 10 4 96 18 91 90 83 70 96 11
+ View Complete Percentile Rankings Leaderboard

Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2018 23.3 5 6.4 -1 3 5 2 40.0
2020 22.3 2 1.7 0 0 1 1 50.0
2021 23.8 6 6.0 0 2 5 3 50.0
2022 32.6 1 0.8 0 0 2 0 0.0
2023 24.3 10 8.0 2 3 7 3 30.0
Player 24.2 24 23.0 1 8 20 9 37.5

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2018 5 7 7 8 7 7 7 6 6 5 6 9 6 5 7 7 6 6 7 7 5 6 9 6 5 4 7 6 7 7 5
2020 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2
2021 6 6 6 6 5 5 7 5 4 3 4 4 8 5 5 8 6 6 8 4 6 7 8 9 7 6 7 7 7 5 6
2022 1 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1
2023 10 8 6 8 8 9 8 7 8 5 7 8 9 6 8 8 9 7 10 9 8 9 10 11 6 5 9 11 10 9 5
Player 24 23 22 24 23 24 26 20 19 14 18 24 25 19 21 26 24 21 27 23 21 25 31 28 20 17 26 28 26 25 19
! 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.
+View Complete Expected Home Runs Leaderboard

Year to Year Changes

Metric 2017 2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 92.3 -- 0.1 -- -- 96.3 -- 95.5 -0.8 94.8 -0.7 95.9 1.1
Offspeed Velocity 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
Exit Velocity 92.9 -- -4.4 -- -- 89.1 -- 89.1 0.0 86.8 -2.3 90.7 3.9
Launch Angle 16.7 -- -1.6 -- -- 21.3 -- 17.4 -3.9 9.9 -7.5 13.1 3.2
Barrel % 0.0 -- 4.7 -- -- 6.8 -- 7.2 0.4 0.0 -7.2 6.4 6.4
Hard Hit % 75.0 -- -38.0 -- -- 38.6 -- 35.3 -3.3 40.0 4.7 47.1 7.1
Sweet Spot % 25.0 -- 13.3 -- -- 40.9 -- 36.0 -4.9 25.7 -10.3 43.9 18.2
xBA .236 -- -0.011 -- -- .224 -- .205 -0.019 .192 -0.013 .235 0.043
BA .333 -- -0.097 -- -- .214 -- .220 0.006 .250 0.030 .257 0.007
xwOBA .285 -- 0.028 -- -- .299 -- .284 -0.015 .254 -0.030 .305 0.051
wOBA .349 -- -0.030 -- -- .285 -- .292 0.007 .310 0.018 .335 0.025
xSLG .261 -- 0.126 -- -- .360 -- .336 -0.024 .248 -0.088 .378 0.130
SLG .333 -- 0.083 -- -- .343 -- .369 0.026 .339 -0.030 .437 0.098
K% 28.6 -- -9.2 -- -- 33.8 -- 31.6 -2.2 32.8 1.2 32.5 -0.3
BB% 14.3 -- -2.5 -- -- 11.3 -- 11.1 -0.2 12.5 1.4 10.8 -1.7
Swing % 41.4 -- 4.4 -- -- 43.5 -- 44.9 1.4 42.1 -2.8 46.8 4.7
Whiff% 33.3 -- -9.0 -- -- 40.0 -- 30.1 -9.9 28.0 -2.1 33.1 5.1
In Zone % 48.3 -- -2.4 -- -- 48.4 -- 49.0 0.6 54.6 5.6 46.3 -8.3
Out of Zone % 51.7 -- 2.4 -- -- 51.6 -- 51.0 -0.6 45.4 -5.6 53.7 8.3
Out of Zone Swing % 20.0 -- 6.1 -- -- 26.3 -- 28.0 1.7 17.3 -10.7 33.3 16.0
First Pitch Swing % 28.6 -- -2.3 -- -- 22.5 -- 24.3 1.8 21.9 -2.4 33.3 11.4
First Pitch Strike % 42.9 -- 16.2 -- -- 65.0 -- 56.8 -8.2 60.9 4.1 63.8 2.9
+ View Complete Year to Year Changes Leaderboard

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 59 .324 37 2 5.4 22 17 77.3
2023 Shades 275 .336 160 23 14.4 115 40 34.8
! 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.
Learn more about how positioning is defined here

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%
+ View Complete Pitch Tempo Leaderboard

Pitch Distribution