Sam Tuivailala
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 3" 230LBS | Age: 31
Draft: 2010 | Rd: 3, #106, St. Louis Cardinals | Aragon HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2017 3 3 2.55 37 0 0 42.1 34 1.09
2018 4 3 3.41 36 0 0 37 30 1.43
2019 1 0 2.35 23 2 0 23 27 1.04
6 Seasons 8 7 3.33 124 2 0 127 119 1.33
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2017 37 3-3 2.55 42.1 34 1.09
2018 36 4-3 3.41 37 30 1.43
2019 23 1-0 2.35 23 27 1.04
6 Seasons 124 8-7 3.33 127 119 1.33
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
2015 22 265 37 2 5.4 3.1 85.0 107.6 8.3 35.1 .186 .325 .320 .275 .352 24.3 30.8 12.3 3.07 3.10
2016 23 210 32 0 0.0 0.0 88.1 108.6 12.7 37.5 .290 .372 .351 .359 .353 25.0 14.9 12.8 6.00 5.63
2017 24 643 124 5 4.0 2.9 86.5 109.2 12.6 30.6 .256 .413 .267 .309 .368 31.3 19.9 6.4 2.55 4.09
2018 25 636 121 4 3.3 2.4 88.2 108.9 9.4 32.2 .259 .394 .320 .310 .350 33.1 18.2 7.3 3.40 4.07
2019 26 390 54 3 5.6 3.2 87.7 108.1 20.5 27.8 .197 .328 .250 .287 .326 37.0 28.4 12.6 2.35 3.59
Player 2144 368 14 3.8 2.6 87.3 109.2 12.3 31.8 .242 .379 .294 .306 .353 31.5 21.7 9.0
MLB 6.9 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.4 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Tuivailala relies on 4 pitches.
Four Seamer
(33.3%) ,
Sinker
(28.5%) ,
Slider
(20.3%) ,
Curveball
(17.9%) ,


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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
2015 48.6 13.5 32.4 5.4 35.1 35.1 29.7 10.8 40.5 18.9 13.5 2.7 5.4 3.1
2016 43.8 18.8 31.3 6.3 34.4 31.3 34.4 6.3 18.8 25.0 46.9 3.1 0.0 0.0
2017 49.2 21.0 23.4 6.5 26.6 38.7 34.7 4.8 30.6 24.2 25.0 4.0 4.0 2.9
2018 50.4 21.5 25.6 2.5 36.4 43.0 20.7 3.3 38.0 20.7 24.8 6.6 3.3 2.4
2019 33.3 33.3 22.2 11.1 27.8 44.4 27.8 1.9 24.1 35.2 25.9 7.4 5.6 3.2
Player 46.7 22.0 25.5 5.7 31.5 39.9 28.5 4.6 32.1 24.2 25.8 5.2 3.8 2.6
MLB 44.6 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 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
2019 4-Seam Fastball SEA R 130 93.5 17.1 -0.6 -4 10.5 2.3 28
2019 Sinker SEA R 111 93.3 22.3 -0.3 -1 16.6 1.4 9
2019 Slider SEA R 79 86.8 31.0 -3.4 -10 2.3 -1.9 -46
2019 Curveball SEA R 70 78.8 54.6 0.2 0 11.3 1.5 15
2018 Sinker SEA R 228 95.3 19.7 -1.0 -5 16.1 1.1 7
2018 Curveball SEA R 98 79.3 54.8 0.4 1 13.2 4.4 49
2018 Slider SEA R 161 88.8 29.6 -2.4 -7 2.4 -1.4 -38
2018 4-Seam Fastball SEA R 148 94.9 15.5 -0.1 0 9.8 1.7 21
2017 Curveball STL R 118 79.6 53.0 0.6 1 14.3 6.1 74
2017 Sinker STL R 94 95.4 19.4 -0.3 -1 16.5 0.9 6
2017 4-Seam Fastball STL R 275 95.7 14.0 -0.5 -4 8.5 -0.3 -3
2017 Slider STL R 111 87.0 33.8 1.0 3 2.8 -0.2 -7
2016 Slider STL R 55 89.3 32.0 2.1 7 2.0 -1.8 -48
2016 Curveball STL R 19 81.6 52.1 2.2 4 10.6 0.5 5
2016 4-Seam Fastball STL R 133 96.5 15.6 -0.5 -4 9.5 1.8 22
2016 Sinker STL R 3 96.4 21.2 1.3 7 14.7 0.4 3
2015 Curveball STL R 22 81.2 51.5 0.9 2 9.3 -0.7 -7
2015 Sinker STL R 3 99.2 18.3 -0.1 0 14.0 -0.5 -3
2015 Slider STL R 77 87.5 33.0 0.5 2 2.4 -1.7 -41
2015 4-Seam Fastball STL R 154 97.0 14.1 0.6 4 8.7 0.9 11
! 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 %
2019 4-Seam Fastball -2.5 -3 130 33.3 23 .353 .588 .489 29.8 21.7 16.1 .215 .382 .337 46.2
2019 Sinker 4.2 5 111 28.5 33 .111 .148 .220 22.6 30.3 31.3 .188 .311 .297 29.4
2019 Slider 0.7 1 79 20.3 22 .136 .273 .170 28.6 27.3 24.0 .219 .385 .251 37.5
2019 Curveball 3.2 2 70 17.9 17 .071 .071 .176 33.3 35.3 21.4 .157 .205 .254 37.5
2018 Sinker 0.3 1 228 35.8 58 .377 .472 .399 17.8 10.3 11.5 .334 .419 .342 40.8
2018 Slider 0.1 0 161 25.3 43 .238 .310 .293 23.1 20.9 20.0 .178 .263 .203 12.1
2018 4-Seam Fastball -2.0 -3 148 23.3 34 .185 .481 .419 28.0 29.4 17.9 .248 .574 .408 38.9
2018 Curveball 0.5 0 98 15.4 28 .231 .346 .291 24.4 17.9 15.2 .250 .371 .298 42.9
2017 4-Seam Fastball 1.4 4 275 42.8 57 .314 .451 .364 19.3 17.5 16.4 .285 .476 .355 33.3
2017 Curveball -2.7 -3 118 18.4 35 .313 .438 .384 32.7 28.6 20.8 .273 .409 .327 22.7
2017 Slider 4.3 5 111 17.3 37 .081 .162 .127 24.6 16.2 16.2 .225 .352 .243 35.5
2017 Sinker 2.8 3 94 14.6 27 .185 .333 .220 23.4 25.9 30.4 .233 .396 .266 30.0
! 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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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2015 64 261 0 4 -2 -1 1
2016 47 210 -1 2 -3 -2 -3
2017 156 598 3 12 -5 -1 8
2018 163 635 2 4 -4 -3 -2
2019 95 390 4 5 -2 -3 4
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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 %
2015 265 46.8 61.0 77.3 27.9 56.4 41.8 60.0 43.0 28.9 6.5 82.4
2016 210 54.8 60.9 85.7 15.8 66.7 38.6 57.4 40.5 17.6 11.0 73.9
2017 643 54.7 63.3 86.0 26.2 47.9 46.2 65.5 46.0 23.0 8.9 67.9
2018 636 52.9 68.2 83.4 27.8 57.8 41.3 60.1 49.1 22.4 7.6 75.0
2019 390 42.6 62.0 81.6 29.0 58.5 38.2 61.1 43.1 27.4 6.4 80.0
Player 2,144 50.9 64.1 83.5 26.5 55.7 41.9 61.7 45.5 23.8 7.9 74.1
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 60.9 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
2015 96 92 78
2016 93 75 67
2017 87 68 43 31
2018 80 64 41 47
2019 51 32 19 26
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 -- 0 0.2 0 1 0 0 --
2017 21.6 4 5.0 -1 1 4 2 50.0
2018 22.9 3 3.0 0 0 0 3 100.0
2019 21.8 1 0.3 1 2 0 0 0.0
Player 22.2 8 8.5 -1 4 4 5 62.5

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0
2017 4 5 3 6 5 5 5 5 3 5 4 5 5 4 5 6 5 5 6 5 4 4 7 6 6 5 4 6 7 6 3
2018 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
2019 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Player 8 10 6 10 8 8 8 8 6 8 7 9 9 7 8 9 8 8 10 8 8 9 11 11 9 8 8 10 12 9 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, 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 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 97.1 96.5 -0.6 95.6 -0.9 95.1 -0.5 93.4 -1.7
Offspeed Velocity 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 86.1 87.3 1.2 83.2 -4.1 85.2 2.0 83.1 -2.1
Exit Velocity 85.0 88.1 3.1 86.5 -1.6 88.2 1.7 87.7 -0.5
Launch Angle 8.3 12.7 4.4 12.6 -0.1 9.4 -3.2 20.5 11.1
Barrel % 5.4 0.0 -5.4 4.0 4.0 3.3 -0.7 5.6 2.3
Hard Hit % 24.3 25.0 0.7 31.3 6.3 33.1 1.8 37.0 3.9
LA Sweet-Spot % 35.1 37.5 2.4 30.6 -6.9 32.2 1.6 27.8 -4.4
xBA .186 .290 0.104 .256 -0.034 .259 0.003 .197 -0.062
BA .228 .308 0.080 .223 -0.085 .277 0.054 .163 -0.114
xwOBA .275 .359 0.084 .309 -0.050 .310 0.001 .287 -0.023
wOBA .320 .351 0.031 .267 -0.084 .320 0.053 .250 -0.070
xSLG .325 .372 0.047 .413 0.041 .394 -0.019 .328 -0.066
SLG .421 .333 -0.088 .344 0.011 .405 0.061 .263 -0.142
K% 30.8 14.9 -15.9 19.9 5.0 18.2 -1.7 28.4 10.2
BB% 12.3 12.8 0.5 6.4 -6.4 7.3 0.9 12.6 5.3
Swing % 43.0 40.5 -2.5 46.0 5.5 49.1 3.1 43.1 -6.0
Whiff% 28.9 17.6 -11.3 23.0 5.4 22.4 -0.6 27.4 5.0
In Zone % 46.8 54.8 8.0 54.7 -0.1 52.9 -1.8 42.6 -10.3
Out of Zone % 53.2 45.2 -8.0 45.3 0.1 47.1 1.8 57.4 10.3
Out of Zone Swing % 27.9 15.8 -12.1 26.2 10.4 27.8 1.6 29.0 1.2
First Pitch Swing % 26.2 21.3 -4.9 25.0 3.7 30.7 5.7 24.2 -6.5
First Pitch Strike % 60.0 57.4 -2.6 65.5 8.1 60.1 -5.4 61.1 1.0
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 47 .351 24 0 0.0 23 3 13.0
2017 Shifts 156 .270 99 1 1.0 57 4 7.0
2018 Shifts 163 .320 95 4 4.2 68 8 11.8
2019 Shifts 95 .250 57 2 3.5 38 23 60.5
! 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 %
2014 10 20.0 10.0% 0.0% 7 26.3 0.0% 28.6%
2015 73 18.8 23.3% 1.4% 51 23.1 7.8% 23.5%
2016 43 16.7 27.9% 7.0% 66 19.8 19.7% 3.0%
2017 206 18.4 1.9% 1.9% 78 21.8 0.0% 10.3%
2018 153 20.0 3.9% 3.3% 121 23.7 0.0% 14.0%
2019 128 21.2 0.0% 8.6% 68 22.6 0.0% 8.8%
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Pitch Distribution