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Whit Merrifield
2B | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 195LBS | Age: 32

Draft: 2010 | Rd: 9, #269, Kansas City Royals | South Carolina
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2021 720 664 97 184 10 74 40 .277 .317 .395 .711
6 Seasons 3389 3123 452 909 68 345 159 .291 .337 .434 .771
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2021 .277 10 74 40 .711
6 Seasons .291 68 345 159 .771

Statcast Batting Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Max EV Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB%
2016 27 1258 241 7 2.9 88.1 107.1 12.2 29.9 .248 .366 .309 .287 .343 34.4 21.7 5.7
2017 28 2369 507 26 5.1 87.6 107.8 16.4 36.7 .271 .447 .332 .323 .353 29.4 14 4.6
2018 29 2733 526 25 4.8 87.1 106.4 16.9 41.1 .280 .428 .349 .342 .374 31 16.1 8.6
2019 30 2773 559 24 4.3 87 104.8 15.5 41.5 .274 .421 .340 .318 .359 29.1 17.1 6.1
2020 31 996 216 11 5.1 86.1 105.8 15.8 39.8 .292 .439 .329 .336 .360 27.3 12.5 4.5
2021 32 2608 573 20 3.5 86.8 107.8 13.9 40 .263 .383 .306 .301 .325 28.8 14.3 5.6
12737 2622 113 4.3 87.1 107.8 15.4 38.9 .271 .415 .329 .319 .352 29.8 15.8 6.1
6.6 88.3 122.2 12 32.9 .243 .403 .317 .313 .363 35.4 22 8.4




Fastball: 4 Seam, 2 Seam, Cutter, Sinker. Offspeed: Split, Change, Fork, Screw. Breaking: Slider, Curve, Knuckle, Other
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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # % PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Whiff% PutAway%
2021 Fastballs 1502 57.6 444 408 132 93 31 2 6 50 362 .324 .291 .453 .430 .355 .337 87.8 15 12.3 14.7
2021 Breaking 874 33.5 202 186 31 20 7 1 3 43 150 .167 .187 .263 .268 .198 .216 84.1 11 29.3 15.7
2021 Offspeed 230 8.8 72 69 21 16 4 0 1 10 60 .304 .307 .406 .422 .311 .320 83.7 13 21.6 12.0
2020 Fastballs 531 53.3 135 120 40 28 7 0 5 8 113 .333 .349 .517 .521 .393 .403 87.5 17 12.2 6.7
2020 Breaking 331 33.2 87 86 21 14 5 0 2 20 66 .244 .206 .372 .277 .267 .217 81.3 12 23.0 18.0
2020 Offspeed 134 13.5 43 42 9 7 0 0 2 5 37 .214 .308 .357 .533 .253 .366 87.4 16 16.4 10.2
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2016 46.9 20.7 24.9 7.5 30.7 36.5 32.8 1.7 36.1 22.8 27.4 6.6 2.9
2017 38.1 26.6 28.4 6.9 30.6 37.9 31.4 3.7 27.8 30.6 24.7 6.3 5.1
2018 35.9 24.5 31 8.6 31.9 36.7 31.2 2.7 27.9 26.2 30.6 6.7 4.8
2019 38.5 23.1 32.4 6.1 34.5 37.4 28.1 2.9 28.1 26.8 29.7 5.5 4.3
2020 37.5 23.6 34.3 4.6 27.8 44.4 27.8 5.6 25.5 30.6 28.7 4.6 5.1
2021 41.7 25.8 26.7 5.8 34 34.2 31.8 3.3 31.8 27.1 27.1 7.2 3.5
39.3 24.5 29.6 6.7 32.2 37.1 30.5 3.2 29.3 27.4 28 6.3 4.3
45.1 22.5 25.4 7.1 36.6 37.8 25.4 3.7 33.2 24.4 24.4 5.7 6.6

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 %
2021 Splitter 12.3 4 31 1.2 9 .667 .778 .639 23.5 11.1 5.3 .349 .404 .326 12.5
2021 Cutter 1.5 3 180 6.9 40 .436 .615 .485 18.5 10 11.4 .356 .494 .376 28.6
2021 Curveball -0.5 -1 225 8.6 56 .151 .208 .204 19.4 14.3 10.5 .221 .294 .241 25.5
2021 Changeup -0.9 -2 199 7.6 63 .25 .35 .299 21.3 14.3 14.1 .3 .425 .319 17.3
2021 Sinker 1.1 4 395 15.1 136 .341 .431 .363 8.5 6.6 11.8 .319 .422 .357 23.3
2021 Slider -0.9 -6 650 24.9 146 .173 .286 .217 32.7 24 17.7 .174 .258 .211 22.3
2021 4-Seamer -0.5 -4 928 35.6 269 .296 .437 .343 12.9 13.8 16.1 .265 .422 .321 39.3
2020 Splitter 6.6 1 14 1.4 3 .5 .5 .533 14.3 0 0 .326 .391 .446 50
2020 Cutter -0.7 -1 69 6.9 14 .273 .364 .368 27.3 21.4 15.8 .198 .366 .337 12.5
2020 Curveball 3.4 3 95 9.5 26 .385 .692 .458 19.5 19.2 21.7 .33 .468 .348 33.3
2020 Sinker -1.6 -2 121 12.1 34 .29 .452 .379 10.4 2.9 5 .333 .491 .384 30
2020 Changeup 0.5 1 120 12 40 .2 .35 .235 16.7 12.5 12.2 .307 .54 .359 22.9
2020 Slider -0.2 0 236 23.7 61 .183 .233 .206 24.3 24.6 17 .151 .195 .161 15.6
2020 4-Seamer 1.2 4 341 34.2 87 .359 .564 .431 10 4.6 5 .377 .555 .421 34.7
2019 Splitter -3.5 0 10 0.4 5 .4 .4 .36 37.5 40 50 .159 .202 .151 0
2019 Curveball 2.4 6 236 8.5 45 .318 .591 .411 28.7 24.4 18.3 .238 .374 .268 25
2019 Cutter 0.3 1 196 7.1 50 .275 .4 .392 23.6 16 15.7 .278 .386 .368 22.6
2019 Changeup 0 0 287 10.3 80 .263 .329 .316 28.9 20 16.8 .256 .333 .275 24.1
2019 Sinker 0.7 3 424 15.3 147 .338 .507 .389 8.4 7.5 11.5 .306 .431 .341 28.7
2019 Slider -1.7 -11 621 22.4 147 .225 .31 .236 29 27.9 18.7 .177 .279 .198 18.3
2019 4-Seamer 1.4 14 974 35.1 251 .339 .554 .416 15.1 13.9 11.9 .335 .56 .397 38.4
2018 Splitter 17 2 13 0.5 4 .75 1.5 .95 0 0 0 .51 .972 .624 50
2018 Cutter 1.2 2 145 5.3 35 .281 .438 .343 25 17.1 14.6 .301 .438 .35 26.9
2018 Changeup 0.3 1 210 7.7 53 .365 .423 .342 26.5 22.6 16.9 .274 .346 .269 22
2018 Curveball 0.6 1 256 9.4 65 .293 .345 .316 19.2 20 15.9 .26 .344 .302 8.7
2018 Slider -0.5 -3 581 21.3 135 .217 .275 .264 32 28.1 18.4 .213 .315 .28 20.5
2018 Sinker 3 17 561 20.5 169 .425 .637 .475 6.9 4.7 7 .368 .563 .416 37.9
2018 4-Seamer -0.6 -6 956 35 241 .246 .394 .335 17.1 15.4 13.4 .252 .429 .354 38.2
2018 N/A 1.4 0 1 0
2017 Splitter -3.9 -1 24 1 8 0 0 .175 42.9 25 14.3 .245 .296 .327 25
2017 Cutter 1.7 2 122 5.1 35 .353 .5 .36 28.6 17.1 18.2 .329 .492 .341 24.1
2017 Changeup 0.1 0 223 9.4 58 .309 .436 .374 20.5 13.8 9.9 .271 .362 .292 29.8
2017 Curveball -0.5 -2 298 12.6 71 .224 .313 .249 23.3 15.5 11.6 .226 .325 .25 17.5
2017 Slider 0.2 1 440 18.6 111 .282 .437 .33 27.8 21.6 16.2 .216 .336 .258 19.5
2017 Sinker 2.2 11 505 21.3 150 .338 .592 .424 6.9 8 9.3 .339 .588 .404 34.6
2017 4-Seamer -1.1 -8 746 31.5 194 .263 .436 .335 12.8 12.9 13 .261 .473 .334 35.5
2017 N/A -0.9 0 2 0.1 0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 331 1257 3 -11 8 2 2
2017 627 2361 -10 -4 8 9 3
2018 702 2723 -11 -11 24 12 14
2019 716 2713 -18 2 17 12 13
2020 265 996 -4 -1 7 5 6
2021 719 2608 -10 -21 18 10 -3
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Swing % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2016 1258 51.1 62.1 86.7 34.1 62.4 42.7 23.2 48.4 20 6.7 67.9
2017 2369 51.1 68.5 88.3 32.2 68.5 42.6 25.1 50.8 17.5 8.3 74.6
2018 2733 48.9 67.5 85.7 29.2 69 41.5 24.3 47.9 18.9 8.3 75.7
2019 2773 49.5 68.2 85.5 30.8 66.2 43.9 25.3 49.3 20 7.1 68.8
2020 996 48.7 71.8 88.2 28 72 41.8 27.2 49.3 16.1 8.3 81.9
2021 2608 49.7 71.3 85.9 29 71.1 42.4 31.9 50 18.1 7.7 82.5
12737 49.8 68.4 86.5 30.4 68.2 42.5 26.4 49.3 18.6 7.8 75.4
48.5 66.8 82 28.3 58.5 42.6 29.2 47 24.6 7.2 76

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% Speed OAA
2016 93
2017 44 76 62 53 31 53 36 42 20 85 7 82 94 81
2018 70 89 56 40 79 48 25 19 20 78 50 78 93 84
2019 40 80 37 23 46 43 18 14 12 74 21 78 86 24
2020 61 90 61 34 57 55 28 11 7 96 6 93 89 86
2021 20 68 25 16 23 30 12 12 6 90 11 87 87 92
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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 16 14.5 2 12 9 7 43.8
2020 24.5 9 10.6 -2 2 6 0 0
2021 24.7 10 15.2 -5 12 14 1 10

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 16 15 19 13 15 11 14 16 14 16 14 15 11 15 14 16 13 19 15 17 9 11 12 17 15 16 15 12 21 9 17
2020 9 7 14 8 12 8 12 11 10 13 11 9 7 13 11 13 10 9 10 13 9 7 9 10 8 13 9 10 11 7 13
2021 10 12 23 10 15 9 12 19 10 19 16 11 7 15 9 19 9 15 14 18 7 8 7 18 11 20 12 8 22 6 23
! 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Exit Velocity 88.1 87.6 -0.5 87.1 -0.5 87 -0.1 86.1 -0.9 86.8 0.7
Launch Angle 12.2 16.4 4.2 16.9 0.5 15.5 -1.4 15.8 0.3 13.9 -1.9
Barrel % 2.9 5.1 2.2 4.8 -0.3 4.3 -0.5 5.1 0.8 3.5 -1.6
Hard Hit % 34.4 29.4 -5 31 1.6 29.1 -1.9 27.3 -1.8 28.8 1.5
Sweet Spot % 29.9 36.7 6.8 41.1 4.4 41.5 0.4 39.8 -1.7 40 0.2
xBA .248 .271 0.023 .28 0.009 .274 -0.006 .292 0.018 .263 -0.029
BA .283 .288 0.005 .304 0.016 .302 -0.002 .282 -0.02 .277 -0.005
xwOBA .287 .323 0.036 .342 0.019 .318 -0.024 .336 0.018 .301 -0.035
wOBA .309 .332 0.023 .349 0.017 .34 -0.009 .329 -0.011 .306 -0.023
xSLG .366 .447 0.081 .428 -0.019 .421 -0.007 .439 0.018 .383 -0.056
SLG .392 .46 0.068 .438 -0.022 .463 0.025 .44 -0.023 .395 -0.045
K% 21.7 14 -7.7 16.1 2.1 17.1 1 12.5 -4.6 14.3 1.8
BB% 5.7 4.6 -1.1 8.6 4 6.1 -2.5 4.5 -1.6 5.6 1.1
Swing % 48.4 50.8 2.4 47.9 -2.9 49.3 1.4 49.3 0 50 0.7
Whiff% 20 17.5 -2.5 18.9 1.4 20 1.1 16.1 -3.9 18.1 2
In Zone % 51.1 51.1 0 48.9 -2.2 49.5 0.6 48.7 -0.8 49.7 1
Out of Zone % 48.9 48.9 0 51.1 2.2 50.5 -0.6 51.3 0.8 50.3 -1
Out of Zone Swing % 34.1 32.2 -1.9 29.2 -3 30.8 1.6 28 -2.8 29 1
First Pitch Swing % 23.2 25.1 1.9 24.3 -0.8 25.3 1 27.2 1.9 31.9 4.7
First Pitch Strike % 60.5 61.7 1.2 59.1 -2.6 60.5 1.4 60.4 -0.1 60.4 0
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Statcast Shift Statistics

SeasonBat SidePAShifts%wOBA - No ShiftwOBA - Shift
2016 R 328 0 0.0 .309
2017 R 628 4 0.6 .331 .219
2018 R 705 11 1.6 .348 .445
2019 R 716 12 1.7 .340 .408
2020 R 262 2 0.8 .327 1.060
2021 R 719 1 0.1 .307 .000

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