Sean Hjelle
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 11" 228LBS | Age: 27
Draft: 2018 | Rd: 2, #45, San Francisco Giants | Kentucky
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2022 1 2 5.76 8 0 0 25 28 1.64
2023 2 1 6.52 15 0 0 29 31 1.76
2024 3 1 2.51 19 0 0 28.2 26 0.87
3 Seasons 6 4 4.90 42 0 0 82.2 85 1.42
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2022 8 1-2 5.76 25 28 1.64
2023 15 2-1 6.52 29 31 1.76
2024 19 3-1 2.51 28.2 26 0.87
3 Seasons 42 6-4 4.90 82.2 85 1.42
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
2022 25 474 78 5 6.4 4.3 89.5 109.6 3.2 39.7 .267 .395 .349 .318 .389 44.9 24.3 7.0 5.76 4.23
2023 26 516 91 6 6.6 4.3 88.6 111.8 2.7 36.3 .263 .390 .372 .328 .374 41.8 22.3 9.4 6.52 4.58
2024 27 410 81 6 7.4 5.3 88.7 111.8 1.1 24.7 .224 .392 .257 .282 .351 42.1 23.0 3.5 2.51 3.09
Player 1400 250 17 6.8 4.6 88.9 111.8 2.4 33.6 .252 .392 .330 .311 .372 42.9 23.2 6.8
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.5 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Hjelle relies on 3 pitches.
Sinker
(53.7%) ,
Knuckle Curve
(34.6%) ,
Cutter
(11.6%) ,


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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
2022 59.0 10.3 29.5 1.3 38.5 37.2 24.4 6.4 37.2 14.1 33.3 2.6 6.4 4.3
2023 53.8 13.2 28.6 4.4 30.8 41.8 27.5 6.6 39.6 17.6 27.5 2.2 6.6 4.3
2024 64.2 18.5 13.6 3.7 25.9 32.1 42.0 7.4 46.9 12.3 18.5 1.2 7.4 5.3
Player 58.8 14.0 24.0 3.2 31.6 37.2 31.2 6.8 41.2 14.8 26.4 2.0 6.8 4.6
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 4.7
! 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
2024 Sinker SF R 208 94.7 25.8 6.1 31 15.7 1.5 10
2024 Cutter SF R 45 92.6 22.1 -0.3 -1 3.6 -6.0 -246
2024 Curveball SF R 134 85.5 39.9 -4.5 -10 3.3 -2.1 -39
2023 Sinker SF R 271 94.8 25.8 5.6 28 17.2 2.6 18
2023 Changeup SF R 19 89.6 32.5 4.9 18 15.4 0.8 5
2023 4-Seam Fastball SF R 1 95.1 25.7 -12.0 -88 11.3 5.1 82
2023 Curveball SF R 223 85.6 40.3 -5.9 -13 1.9 -3.4 -63
2022 Sinker SF R 255 93.8 26.2 5.8 28 16.5 2.2 15
2022 Changeup SF R 33 88.5 30.2 2.1 8 13.2 -0.9 -6
2022 4-Seam Fastball SF R 4 92.9 21.3 -6.7 -46 9.8 3.7 61
2022 Curveball SF R 182 85.7 36.5 -9.0 -20 1.4 -3.7 -72
! 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 Sinker 3.7 8 222 54.1 57 .232 .286 .245 10.5 10.5 14.0 .260 .403 .290 37.5
2024 Curveball 0.1 0 141 34.4 45 .143 .381 .265 40.3 42.2 26.8 .182 .369 .265 60.0
2024 Cutter -4.4 -2 47 11.5 10 .250 .625 .400 8.7 10.0 16.7 .185 .439 .308 25.0
2023 Sinker -2.4 -7 273 52.9 87 .342 .513 .400 11.1 20.7 27.7 .288 .447 .352 41.7
2023 Curveball -2.5 -6 223 43.2 49 .279 .372 .353 34.9 26.5 18.6 .209 .279 .269 40.0
2023 Changeup 0.8 0 19 3.7 1 .000 .000 .000 16.7 0.0 0.0 .669 .774 .634 100.0
2023 4-Seam Fastball -31.2 0 1 0.2 1 -- -- .700 -- 0.0 0.0 -- -- .700 --
2022 Sinker -1.3 -3 255 53.8 65 .368 .491 .444 6.7 12.3 14.3 .315 .466 .382 46.9
2022 Curveball 0.3 0 182 38.4 44 .186 .279 .253 40.0 45.5 29.0 .172 .273 .203 34.8
2022 Changeup -9.9 -3 33 7.0 5 .800 1.000 .790 7.1 0.0 0.0 .502 .623 .491 60.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball 5.0 0 4 0.8 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .466 .498 .420 100.0
! 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 134 85.5 54 6.0 7:30 7:15 15
2024 Cutter 45 92.6 60 9.8 1:15 12:45 30
2024 Sinker 207 94.7 78 16.9 1:30 2:30 -60
2023 Changeup 14 89.4 80 16.1 1:45 2:45 -60
2023 Curveball 189 85.5 51 5.8 7:15 7:00 15
2023 Sinker 206 94.8 84 18.4 1:30 2:30 -60
2022 Changeup 31 88.4 93 14.5 2:00 2:30 -30
2022 Curveball 177 85.7 19 3.2 7:15 8:00 -45
2022 Sinker 244 93.8 89 17.7 1:45 2:30 -45
! 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
2022 115 474 -1 -1 -2 -2 -6
2023 138 516 -9 1 -1 -3 -12
2024 106 387 1 7 -1 -2 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 %
2022 474 54.9 60.8 86.7 22.4 54.2 40.9 60.0 43.5 20.4 11.0 78.8
2023 516 51.4 63.0 88.6 24.7 48.4 39.1 64.5 44.4 22.3 10.7 70.9
2024 410 51.7 62.5 89.6 30.5 52.6 40.8 65.2 46.3 21.6 8.5 78.8
Player 1,400 52.7 62.1 88.2 25.6 51.5 40.2 63.3 44.6 21.4 10.2 75.7
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
2022 48 6 1 76
2023 64 18 1 57
2024 79 72 53 35 89 58 52 51 25 54 95 25 70 62 43 3 65
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2022 22.5 3 2.5 1 1 1 2 66.7
2023 22.3 3 2.2 1 0 2 1 33.3
2024 22.7 5 5.0 0 1 3 2 40.0
Player 22.6 11 9.7 1 2 6 5 45.5

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2022 3 2 3 4 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 4 3 2 2 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 4 2 3 2 3
2023 3 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 1 2 3 3 3 3
2024 5 5 2 4 5 5 5 6 4 5 5 4 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 5 6 6 5 5 5 4 6 5 5
Player 11 8 8 9 10 9 9 10 8 9 9 10 11 9 10 11 10 8 9 9 11 10 13 11 9 8 11 9 12 10 11
! 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 2022 2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 93.8 94.8 1.0 94.3 -0.5
Offspeed Velocity 88.5 89.6 1.1 0.0 0.0
Breaking Velocity 85.7 85.6 -0.1 85.5 -0.1
Exit Velocity 89.5 88.6 -0.9 88.7 0.1
Launch Angle 3.2 2.7 -0.5 1.1 -1.6
Barrel % 6.4 6.6 0.2 7.4 0.8
Hard Hit % 44.9 41.8 -3.1 42.1 0.3
LA Sweet-Spot % 39.7 36.3 -3.4 24.7 -11.6
xBA .267 .263 -0.004 .224 -0.039
BA .311 .317 0.006 .198 -0.119
xwOBA .318 .328 0.010 .282 -0.046
wOBA .349 .372 0.023 .257 -0.115
xSLG .395 .390 -0.005 .392 0.002
SLG .425 .458 0.033 .349 -0.109
K% 24.3 22.3 -2.0 23.0 0.7
BB% 7.0 9.4 2.4 3.5 -5.9
Swing % 43.5 44.4 0.9 46.3 1.9
Whiff% 20.4 22.3 1.9 21.6 -0.7
In Zone % 54.9 51.4 -3.5 51.7 0.3
Out of Zone % 45.1 48.6 3.5 48.3 -0.3
Out of Zone Swing % 22.4 24.7 2.3 30.5 5.8
First Pitch Swing % 23.5 26.8 3.3 24.1 -2.7
First Pitch Strike % 60.0 64.5 4.5 65.2 0.7
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2022 Shifts 115 .349 76 8 10.5 39 23 59.0
2023 Shades 138 .372 79 6 7.6 59 18 30.5
2024 Shades 103 .253 58 0 0.0 45 9 20.0
! 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 %
2022 145 15.6 43.4% 2.1% 84 22.1 0.0% 7.1%
2023 115 12.9 71.3% 0.0% 109 18.5 2.8% 4.6%
2024 126 13.0 75.4% 0.0% 42 17.0 11.9% 0.0%
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Pitch Distribution