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Stephen Strasburg
Popularity: ↓ 28%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 5" 235LBS | Age: 32

Draft: 2009 | Rd: 1, #1, Washington Nationals | San Diego State
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 1 10.80 2 2 0 5.0 2 1.80
11 Seasons 112 59 3.19 241 241 0 1443.2 1697 1.09
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 2 0-1 10.80 5.0 2 1.80
11 Seasons 241 112-59 3.19 1443.2 1697 1.09

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2015 2043 339 15 4.4 88.5 12.4 32.4 .222 .352 .285 .275 .369 33.3 29.6 5.0 3.46 2.95
2016 2385 369 22 6.0 87.6 14.2 36.3 .214 .349 .277 .276 .364 33.6 30.6 7.4 3.60 3.01
2017 2742 442 27 6.1 87.3 10.8 28.3 .208 .341 .252 .270 .351 32.1 29.1 6.7 2.52 2.93
2018 2161 342 25 7.3 89.2 11 34.8 .234 .407 .306 .312 .406 38.9 28.7 7.0 3.74 3.95
2019 3384 524 32 6.1 87.9 7.8 29.8 .214 .346 .265 .272 .353 33.8 29.8 6.7 3.32 3.08
2020 85 20 0 0.0 90.7 19.6 30.0 .286 .393 .394 .298 .308 50.0 8.7 4.3 10.80 4.04
ALL 12800 2036 121 5.9 88.1 11 31.9 .218 .357 .276 .280 .366 34.3 29.4 6.6
MLB 43640 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .414 .317 .321 .376 34.9 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Strasburg relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(44.7%) ,
Curveball
(34.1%) ,
Changeup
(20%) ,
Sinker
(1.2%) ,


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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 4-Seam Fastball 38 21 17 44.7 91.7 14 13 5 4 0 0 1 0 13 .385 .308 .615 .446 .436 .339 89.7 24 2123 15.0 0.0
2020 Curveball 29 18 11 34.1 79.5 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 5 .167 .158 .167 .201 .145 .148 76.6 18 2754 30.0 14.3
2020 Changeup 17 8 9 20.0 86.8 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 .500 .222 1.000 .255 .609 .200 97.6 2 1768 57.1 20.0
2020 Sinker 1 1 0 1.2 92.8 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1.000 .900 1.000 1.142 .870 .810 104.0 11 2227 0.0 0.0
2019 Curveball 1037 587 450 30.7 81.2 247 230 37 25 9 0 3 97 135 .161 .174 .239 .249 .200 .213 84.1 5 2773 39.2 26.7
2019 4-Seam Fastball 969 475 494 28.6 93.9 244 216 53 33 6 3 11 64 156 .245 .227 .454 .411 .323 .310 91.4 17 2167 24.2 21.3
2019 Changeup 700 305 395 20.7 87.7 184 172 24 16 3 1 4 76 97 .140 .150 .238 .235 .188 .197 82.9 1 1679 44.2 22.9
2019 Sinker 665 431 234 19.7 93.7 158 146 43 32 5 1 5 14 132 .295 .323 .445 .506 .338 .378 90.8 5 2129 13.8 11.9
2019 Slider 12 10 2 0.4 87.8 4 4 4 1 2 0 1 0 4 1.000 .658 2.250 1.380 1.311 .834 100.2 9 2250 28.6 0.0
! 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 Sinker WSH R 1 92.8 19.3 -1.3 -7 16.3 2.3 17
2020 Changeup WSH R 17 86.8 33.1 4.1 14 15.2 2.2 17
2020 4-Seamer WSH R 38 91.7 18.6 -2.7 -17 10.7 4 59
2020 Curveball WSH R 29 79.5 50.2 -2.7 -5 14 4.7 51
2019 Sinker WSH R 665 93.7 20.2 -0.7 -3 15.8 1.6 11
2019 Curveball WSH R 1037 81.2 49.5 -2 -4 12.9 4.2 48
2019 4-Seamer WSH R 969 93.9 15.7 -0.6 -4 9.6 2.4 33
2019 Slider WSH R 12 87.8 29 -2.5 -8 4 1.1 38
2019 Changeup WSH R 699 87.7 32.1 3.7 13 15.5 1.6 11
2018 Sinker WSH R 140 93.9 19.9 -0.3 -2 15.9 1.7 12
2018 4-Seamer WSH R 979 94.6 15.1 -0.3 -2 8.9 1.8 25
2018 Changeup WSH R 428 88 30.5 2.3 8 15.6 1.8 13
2018 Curveball WSH R 421 81.6 50.7 -0.3 -1 12.5 4.6 59
2018 Slider WSH R 187 87.6 30.5 -1.2 -4 4.7 1.3 37
2017 Slider WSH R 156 89 25.7 -2.3 -8 4.7 2.5 112
2017 Curveball WSH R 582 82.4 47.9 0.4 1 12.9 5 64
2017 Sinker WSH R 247 95 17.3 -1.4 -7 16.6 1.7 11
2017 4-Seamer WSH R 1214 95.4 12.1 0.7 5 9.5 1.9 25
2017 Changeup WSH R 467 88.6 27.1 1.5 6 15.2 1.2 9
2016 Curveball WSH R 301 82 49.2 1.6 3 10.7 4.1 62
2016 Changeup WSH R 311 89.4 25.7 0.7 3 16.8 2.5 17
2016 Slider WSH R 402 89.8 24 -2.3 -9 1.7 0.4 33
2016 Sinker WSH R 172 95.5 13 -4.1 -24 15.2 0.5 4
2016 4-Seamer WSH R 1188 95.5 11.3 1.2 10 11 2.6 32
2015 Slider WSH R 14 89.1 32.9 5.3 19 1.8 0.3 20
2015 4-Seamer WSH R 1052 96 11.8 0.4 3 10.9 2.6 32
2015 Changeup WSH R 274 89 26.5 1.1 4 17.1 3 22
2015 Sinker WSH R 208 96.1 13.5 -3.3 -20 15.3 0.8 5
2015 Curveball WSH R 447 82.4 48.1 1.6 3 10.5 3.6 51
! 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 Sinker 34.1 0 1 1.2 1 1.000 1.000 .900 0.0 0.0 0.0 .900 1.142 .810 100.0
2020 Changeup 10.8 2 17 20.0 2 .500 1.000 .625 57.1 50.0 20.0 .222 .255 .200 100.0
2020 Curveball -2.4 -1 29 34.1 6 .167 .167 .150 30.0 16.7 14.3 .158 .201 .148 0.0
2020 4-Seamer 6.1 2 38 44.7 14 .385 .615 .450 15.0 0.0 0.0 .308 .446 .340 61.5
2019 Slider 31.5 4 12 0.4 4 1.000 2.250 1.350 28.6 0.0 0.0 .658 1.380 .834 75.0
2019 Sinker -0.7 -5 665 19.7 158 .295 .445 .360 13.8 8.9 11.9 .323 .506 .378 42.4
2019 Changeup -1.8 -12 700 20.7 184 .140 .238 .205 44.2 41.3 22.9 .150 .235 .197 14.4
2019 4-Seamer -0.3 -3 969 28.6 244 .245 .454 .334 24.2 26.2 21.3 .227 .411 .310 46.8
2019 Curveball -2.1 -21 1037 30.6 247 .161 .239 .206 39.2 39.3 26.7 .174 .249 .214 23.0
2018 Sinker 2.0 3 141 6.5 41 .400 .714 .512 14.9 7.3 15.0 .352 .665 .482 45.5
2018 Slider -0.2 0 187 8.7 46 .286 .381 .326 28.4 15.2 15.9 .241 .342 .293 22.9
2018 Changeup -0.5 -2 428 19.8 103 .168 .221 .212 46.9 47.6 23.0 .164 .219 .209 23.9
2018 Curveball -1.4 -6 421 19.5 110 .173 .250 .224 35.6 40.9 33.3 .157 .252 .207 15.3
2018 4-Seamer -0.1 -1 979 45.3 241 .270 .526 .368 19.4 21.2 17.9 .284 .537 .380 53.3
2017 Slider -2.7 -4 156 5.7 50 .217 .326 .272 29.3 18.0 20.5 .272 .498 .354 32.4
2017 Sinker -0.6 -1 247 9.0 65 .258 .355 .287 18.5 21.5 18.2 .244 .354 .278 27.1
2017 Changeup -2.0 -9 468 17.1 115 .111 .148 .165 50.4 46.1 24.8 .116 .157 .156 21.8
2017 Curveball -2.5 -14 582 21.2 134 .159 .230 .203 38.5 40.3 32.5 .164 .250 .207 25.0
2017 4-Seamer -0.6 -7 1215 44.3 312 .250 .418 .330 18.2 21.5 18.3 .251 .433 .330 38.1
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Observed Spin-Based Gap Observed Spin-Based
2020 Changeup 17 86.8 80 16.2 2:45 2:00 -45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 37 91.7 93 17.4 1:15 1:15 0
2020 Curveball 28 79.6 75 18.1 8:00 8:00 0
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 591 2355 -11 -18 12 5 -12
2017 719 2838 -34 -24 10 6 -42
2018 531 2136 -8 -19 12 9 -6
2019 963 3918 -16 -46 5 10 -47
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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 2043 53.2 61.6 82.5 30.5 55.1 40.9 65.8 47.1 25.8 8.7 68.9
2016 2385 53.0 67.5 82.2 27.7 54.7 42.7 65.6 48.8 25.2 9.7 73.3
2017 2742 53.0 65.2 80.1 30.6 52.3 44.5 63.5 49.3 27.9 9.5 71.1
2018 2161 49.5 63.3 80.2 29.4 54.7 41.8 61.2 46.2 28.1 8.0 65.9
2019 3384 45.0 62.4 81.1 34.8 52.0 42.8 63.6 47.3 30.8 6.4 65.3
2020 85 42.4 72.2 80.8 24.5 58.3 36.5 69.6 44.7 26.3 3.5 100.0
ALL 12800 50.2 64.1 81.2 31.1 53.4 42.6 63.9 47.8 27.8 8.3 69.3
MLB 48.4 66.1 82.8 28.2 59.4 42.6 60.6 46.6 24.5 7.2 75.1

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2015 44.8 17.1 29.5 8.6 34.5 35.4 30.1 1.8 34.2 23.0 27.4 5.3 4.4
2016 41.5 21.4 29.5 7.6 34.7 36.6 28.7 2.7 31.7 27.4 23.6 6.8 6.0
2017 47.7 20.8 24.7 6.8 31.7 39.1 29.2 3.6 35.7 25.1 20.6 5.0 6.1
2018 45.0 24.3 25.1 5.6 33.0 42.4 24.6 2.6 36.5 22.2 22.5 7.3 7.3
2019 51.7 19.1 23.9 5.3 36.3 39.3 24.4 3.2 41.0 19.8 23.3 5.2 6.1
2020 40.0 25.0 25.0 10.0 35.0 30.0 35.0 10.0 20.0 30.0 30.0 10.0 0.0
ALL 46.6 20.5 26.2 6.7 34.1 38.6 27.3 2.9 36.1 23.4 23.4 5.8 5.9
MLB 45.3 22.0 25.7 7.1 36.6 38.0 25.5 3.2 33.6 24.3 24.6 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
2015 85 80 77 67 92 47 67 35 47 93 89 73 85 90 27 83
2016 88 87 82 71 90 32 48 74 57 93 58 65 88 86 35 87
2017 91 89 87 77 92 18 46 47 59 88 77 76 91 84 35 88
2018 52 60 45 31 67 28 32 23 20 84 69 71 52 75 23 84
2019 90 84 89 87 90 18 67 70 73 84 73 82 90 64 25 86
2020
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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 22.7 28 25.1 2.9 18 17 12 42.9
2020 25.2 1 0.5 0.5 0 1 0 0.0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 28 24 30 28 29 21 23 28 26 26 31 28 15 19 23 29 21 25 24 25 18 21 23 29 26 30 28 21 31 23 27
2020 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
! 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 96 95.5 -0.5 95.3 -0.2 94.5 -0.8 93.8 -0.7 91.8 -2
Offspeed Velocity 89 89.4 0.4 88.6 -0.8 88 -0.6 87.7 -0.3 86.8 -0.9
Breaking Velocity 82.6 86.5 3.9 83.8 -2.7 83.4 -0.4 81.3 -2.1 79.5 -1.8
Exit Velocity 88.5 87.6 -0.9 87.3 -0.3 89.2 1.9 87.9 -1.3 90.7 2.8
Launch Angle 12.4 14.2 1.8 10.8 -3.4 11 0.2 7.8 -3.2 19.6 11.8
Barrel % 4.4 6 1.6 6.1 0.1 7.3 1.2 6.1 -1.2 0 -6.1
Hard Hit % 33.3 33.6 0.3 32.1 -1.5 38.9 6.8 33.8 -5.1 50 16.2
Sweet Spot % 32.4 36.3 3.9 28.3 -8 34.8 6.5 29.8 -5 30 0.2
xBA 0.222 0.214 -0.008 0.208 -0.006 0.234 0.026 0.214 -0.02 0.286 0.072
BA 0.236 0.218 -0.018 0.205 -0.013 0.24 0.035 0.21 -0.03 0.364 0.154
xwOBA 0.275 0.276 0.001 0.27 -0.006 0.312 0.042 0.272 -0.04 0.298 0.026
wOBA 0.285 0.277 -0.008 0.252 -0.025 0.306 0.054 0.265 -0.041 0.394 0.129
xSLG 0.352 0.349 -0.003 0.341 -0.008 0.407 0.066 0.346 -0.061 0.393 0.047
SLG 0.375 0.359 -0.016 0.317 -0.042 0.409 0.092 0.349 -0.06 0.545 0.196
K% 29.6 30.6 1 29.1 -1.5 28.7 -0.4 29.8 1.1 8.7 -21.1
BB% 5 7.4 2.4 6.7 -0.7 7 0.3 6.7 -0.3 4.3 -2.4
Swing % 47.1 48.8 1.7 49.3 0.5 46.2 -3.1 47.3 1.1 44.7 -2.6
Whiff% 25.8 25.2 -0.6 27.9 2.7 28.1 0.2 30.8 2.7 26.3 -4.5
In Zone Swing % 53.2 53 -0.2 53 0 49.5 -3.5 45 -4.5 42.4 -2.6
Out of Zone Swing % 46.8 47 0.2 47 0 50.5 3.5 55 4.5 57.6 2.6
First Pitch Swing % 29.4 30.9 1.5 30 -0.9 30 0 28.1 -1.9 21.7 -6.4
First Pitch Strike % 65.8 65.6 -0.2 63.5 -2.1 61.2 -2.3 63.6 2.4 69.6 6
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 594 .276 303 8 2.6 291 55 18.9
2017 674 .254 343 10 2.9 331 40 12.1
2018 542 .306 263 3 1.1 279 34 12.2
2019 837 .265 461 7 1.5 376 99 26.3
2020 23 .394 13 5 38.5 10 9 90.0

Pitch Distribution