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Sam Howard
Popularity: ↓ 32%
P | B/T: R/L | 6' 4" 195LBS | Age: 28

Draft: 2014 | Rd: 3, #82, Colorado Rockies | Georgia Southern
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 2 3 3.86 22 0 0 21.0 27 1.24
3 Seasons 4 3 4.91 46 0 0 44.0 51 1.48
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 22 2-3 3.86 21.0 27 1.24
3 Seasons 46 4-3 4.91 44.0 51 1.48

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2018 86 15 0 0 89.8 14.6 13.3 .226 .288 .396 .316 .235 40 5 15 2.25 4.27
2019 383 55 3 5.5 87.9 16.2 32.7 .244 .393 .379 .331 .385 32.7 25.3 11 6.63 4.99
2020 361 51 2 3.9 87.7 24.4 35.3 .211 .361 .329 .301 .365 35.3 30 10 3.86 3.85
830 121 5 4.1 88.1 19.5 31.4 .227 .368 .358 .316 .358 34.7 25.4 10.9
6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .243 .402 .318 .312 .362 35.1 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Howard relies on 3 pitches.
Slider
(62.3%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(37.4%) ,
Changeup
(0.3%) ,


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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 Whiff% PutAway%
2020 Slider 225 138 87 62.3 84.6 47 40 8 2 4 0 2 16 24 .200 .165 .450 .281 .332 .265 85.3 25 2468 39.4 24.6
2020 4-Seam Fastball 135 81 54 37.4 92.0 43 37 9 6 1 0 2 11 27 .243 .261 .432 .446 .326 .340 87.8 22 2431 26.7 30.6
2020 Changeup 1 1 0 0.3 82.7 2294
2019 Slider 214 116 98 55.9 85.1 53 47 12 8 2 0 2 14 33 .255 .243 .426 .336 .329 .298 87.4 14 2339 39.8 17.3
2019 4-Seam Fastball 169 93 76 44.1 92.6 38 29 9 5 1 0 3 9 22 .310 .244 .655 .484 .452 .380 88.8 19 2345 21.6 21.4
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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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
2020 Changeup PIT L 1 82.7 24.9 -6.1 -20 13.7 0.6 4
2020 Slider PIT L 225 84.6 32.5 -4 -11 2 -2.7 -57
2020 4-Seamer PIT L 135 92 14.3 1.5 10 9.7 3 44
2019 4-Seamer COL L 169 92.6 16 0.1 0 6.6 -0.7 -10
2019 Slider COL L 214 85.1 34.9 -2.5 -7 2.6 -2 -44
2018 4-Seamer COL L 42 91.4 17.6 -0.4 -2 9.1 1.7 23
2018 Slider COL L 36 85.5 33.1 -4.4 -12 2.1 -2.5 -54
2018 Changeup COL L 8 83.5 28.6 -3.2 -10 10.4 -3 -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 %
2020 4-Seamer -2 -3 135 37.4 43 .243 .432 .329 26.7 25.6 30.6 .261 .446 .339 37
2020 Slider 1.2 3 225 62.3 47 .2 .45 .334 39.4 34 24.6 .165 .281 .264 33.3
2020 Changeup 3.2 0 1 0.3
2019 4-Seamer 3.2 5 169 44.1 38 .31 .655 .463 21.6 23.7 21.4 .244 .484 .38 31.8
2019 Slider -0.7 -1 214 55.9 53 .255 .426 .338 39.8 26.4 17.3 .243 .336 .299 33.3
2018 Changeup 3.4 0 8 9.3 3 .333 .333 .3 16.7 0 0 .172 .189 .158 33.3
2018 4-Seamer -0.7 0 42 48.8 6 0 0 .35 17.6 0 0 .024 .049 .365 0
2018 Slider -2.3 -1 36 41.9 11 .4 .6 .455 16.7 9.1 5.3 .302 .39 .333 55.6
! 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 4-Seam Fastball 124 92 97 20.1 10:45 11:00 -15
2020 Slider 213 84.6 29 4.8 12:00 1:00 -60
! 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
2019 91 383 2 -5 5 2 4
2020 90 361 -2 -1 0 3 0
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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 %
2018 86 47.7 80.5 90.9 31.1 64.3 45.3 65 54.7 17 11.6 90
2019 383 43.1 73.3 78.5 30.3 45.5 38.1 56 48.8 32.6 6.5 84
2020 361 36.3 71 72 33 51.3 39.9 52.2 46.8 34.9 3.9 85.7
830 40.6 73.3 77.7 31.6 50 39.6 55.2 48.6 31.8 5.9 85.7
48.4 66.6 82.2 28.4 59 42.6 60.6 46.9 24.3 7.2 75.7

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2018 53.3 26.7 13.3 6.7 20 66.7 13.3 0 33.3 40 13.3 13.3 0
2019 41.8 27.3 23.6 7.3 38.2 29.1 32.7 3.6 29.1 25.5 21.8 10.9 5.5
2020 31.4 27.5 27.5 13.7 43.1 25.5 31.4 5.9 21.6 35.3 19.6 13.7 3.9
38.8 27.3 24 9.9 38 32.2 29.8 4.1 26.4 31.4 19.8 12.4 4.1
45.3 21.9 25.7 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.5 33.5 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
2018
2019 44 68
2020 60 77 66 57 51 88 86 61 59 80 34 90 60 36 84
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 23.2 5 4.8 0 1 7 0 0
2020 26 4 5 -1 0 4 2 50

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 5 5 6 5 7 4 5 5 5 5 6 5 2 5 5 7 3 4 2 6 3 4 3 5 5 6 5 4 6 3 7
2020 4 3 6 4 6 5 5 6 6 5 5 6 3 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 3 4 5 5 4 6 6 4 6 3 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 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.4 92.6 1.2 92 -0.6
Offspeed Velocity 83.5 0 0 82.7 0
Breaking Velocity 85.5 85.1 -0.4 84.6 -0.5
Exit Velocity 89.8 87.9 -1.9 87.7 -0.2
Launch Angle 14.6 16.2 1.6 24.4 8.2
Barrel % 0 5.5 5.5 3.9 -1.6
Hard Hit % 40 32.7 -7.3 35.3 2.6
Sweet Spot % 13.3 32.7 19.4 35.3 2.6
xBA .225 .244 0.019 .211 -0.033
BA .313 .276 -0.037 .221 -0.055
xwOBA .316 .331 0.015 .301 -0.03
wOBA .396 .379 -0.017 .329 -0.05
xSLG .288 .393 0.105 .361 -0.032
SLG .438 .513 0.075 .442 -0.071
K% 5 25.3 20.3 30 4.7
BB% 15 11 -4 10 -1
Swing % 54.7 48.8 -5.9 46.8 -2
Whiff% 17 32.6 15.6 34.9 2.3
In Zone Swing % 47.7 43.1 -4.6 36.3 -6.8
Out of Zone Swing % 52.3 56.9 4.6 63.7 6.8
First Pitch Swing % 30 38.5 8.5 33.3 -5.2
First Pitch Strike % 65 56 -9 52.2 -3.8
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2018 20 .396 17 3 17.6 3 0 0.0
2019 91 .379 50 4 8.0 41 10 24.4
2020 90 .329 58 17 29.3 32 18 56.3

Pitch Distribution