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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
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2021 307 277 43 76 6 40 20 .274 .326 .412 .737
6 Seasons 2976 2736 398 801 64 311 139 .293 .341 .441 .782
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2021 .274 6 40 20 .737
6 Seasons .293 64 311 139 .782

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 34.7 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 1109 243 9 3.7 87.3 107.8 13.4 39.5 .272 .412 .318 .319 .336 30.5 13 6.8
11238 2292 102 4.5 87.2 107.8 15.5 38.7 .273 .423 .334 .323 .357 30.1 15.9 6.3
6.5 88.3 122.2 11.9 32.8 .243 .403 .317 .312 .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 631 56.9 186 164 49 33 13 1 2 20 147 .299 .277 .427 .433 .346 .342 88.4 15 9.0 14.3
2021 Breaking 369 33.3 86 82 15 9 3 0 3 20 64 .183 .211 .329 .315 .223 .231 84.6 11 26.1 17.7
2021 Offspeed 108 9.7 34 31 12 9 2 0 1 0 32 .387 .402 .548 .562 .408 .417 84.2 9 13.6 0.0
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 30.8 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 31.4 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 42.8 25.5 28 3.7 36.2 34.6 29.2 2.1 32.5 25.5 28 8.2 3.7
39 24.3 30.1 6.6 32.2 37.6 30.1 3.1 29.1 27.3 28.3 6.3 4.5
45.2 22.2 25.5 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.6 33.4 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.5

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 17.5 3 20 1.8 5 .8 1 .79 25 0 0 .261 .298 .241 0
2021 Cutter -3.3 -2 59 5.3 11 .2 .2 .227 3.8 0 0 .363 .409 .374 0
2021 Curveball -1.8 -2 99 8.9 23 .087 .13 .133 22 21.7 19.2 .2 .249 .194 38.9
2021 Changeup 1.3 1 88 7.9 29 .308 .462 .409 11.8 0 0 .429 .612 .448 18.5
2021 Sinker 3 5 167 15.1 57 .396 .479 .423 6.7 7 12.1 .31 .4 .373 24.4
2021 Slider 0.8 2 271 24.4 63 .22 .407 .271 27.7 23.8 17.2 .216 .341 .245 23.9
2021 4-Seamer -0.8 -3 405 36.5 118 .264 .425 .324 10.6 13.6 16.3 .255 .45 .325 43.5
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 94 9.4 26 .385 .692 .458 19.5 19.2 21.7 .33 .468 .348 33.3
2020 Sinker -1.6 -2 126 12.7 35 .281 .438 .369 10.3 2.9 5 .328 .482 .378 29
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 0 237 23.8 61 .183 .233 .206 24.3 24.6 17 .151 .195 .161 15.6
2020 4-Seamer 1.3 4 336 33.7 86 .364 .571 .436 10.1 4.7 5 .38 .56 .424 35.1
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 3 425 15.3 147 .338 .507 .389 8.4 7.5 11.3 .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 14 973 35.1 251 .339 .554 .416 15.1 13.9 12 .335 .56 .397 38.4
2018 Splitter 17 2 13 0.5 4 .75 1.5 .95 0 0 0 .51 .972 .625 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 1.3 2 121 5.1 34 .333 .485 .344 29 17.6 18.2 .323 .488 .337 25
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 0.3 1 441 18.6 112 .288 .442 .335 27.6 21.4 16.2 .219 .338 .26 19.3
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 328 1245 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 306 1109 -2 -8 9 6 5
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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 62 86.8 34.4 62.4 42.9 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 1109 48.9 70.8 89.8 26.8 73.7 40.9 32.6 48.3 14.4 8.3 82.6
11238 49.7 67.9 87 30.4 68.1 42.4 25.7 49.1 18.3 7.8 74.5
48.4 66.7 82.1 28.4 58.7 42.6 29 46.9 24.5 7.2 75.8

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 18
2018 71 89 56 40 79 48 25 19 19 78 50 78 93 86
2019 40 80 38 23 46 43 18 14 12 74 21 78 86 12
2020 61 90 61 32 57 55 28 11 7 96 6 93 89 80
2021 39 74 40 24 47 26 13 15 7 95 25 95 92 35
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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 2 13 8 7 43.8
2020 24.5 9 10.2 -1 2 6 7 77.8
2021 25 6 6.7 -1 5 3 4 66.7

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 16 15 18 13 15 11 13 16 14 16 15 15 9 13 14 16 11 13 15 17 10 11 12 16 14 16 15 12 20 9 15
2020 9 9 14 8 12 8 12 11 10 13 11 9 7 12 10 13 10 9 11 13 9 7 9 10 8 13 9 10 11 7 12
2021 6 6 10 6 7 6 6 8 7 8 9 6 5 6 6 6 6 6 8 7 6 5 6 8 6 9 6 6 8 5 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 +/-   2021 +/-  
Exit Velocity 88.1 87.6 -0.5 87.1 -0.5 87 -0.1 86.1 -0.9 87.3 1.2
Launch Angle 12.2 16.4 4.2 16.9 0.5 15.5 -1.4 15.8 0.3 13.4 -2.4
Barrel % 2.9 5.1 2.2 4.8 -0.3 4.3 -0.5 5.1 0.8 3.7 -1.4
Hard Hit % 34.7 29.4 -5.3 31 1.6 29.1 -1.9 27.3 -1.8 30.5 3.2
Sweet Spot % 29.9 36.7 6.8 41.1 4.4 41.5 0.4 39.8 -1.7 39.5 -0.3
xBA .248 .271 0.023 .28 0.009 .274 -0.006 .292 0.018 .272 -0.02
BA .283 .288 0.005 .304 0.016 .302 -0.002 .282 -0.02 .274 -0.008
xwOBA .287 .323 0.036 .342 0.019 .318 -0.024 .336 0.018 .319 -0.017
wOBA .309 .332 0.023 .349 0.017 .34 -0.009 .329 -0.011 .318 -0.011
xSLG .366 .447 0.081 .428 -0.019 .421 -0.007 .439 0.018 .412 -0.027
SLG .392 .46 0.068 .438 -0.022 .463 0.025 .44 -0.023 .412 -0.028
K% 21.7 14 -7.7 16.1 2.1 17.1 1 12.5 -4.6 13 0.5
BB% 5.7 4.6 -1.1 8.6 4 6.1 -2.5 4.5 -1.6 6.8 2.3
Swing % 48.4 50.8 2.4 47.9 -2.9 49.3 1.4 49.3 0 48.3 -1
Whiff% 20 17.5 -2.5 18.9 1.4 20 1.1 16.1 -3.9 14.4 -1.7
In Zone % 51 51.1 0.1 48.9 -2.2 49.5 0.6 48.7 -0.8 48.9 0.2
Out of Zone % 49 48.9 -0.1 51.1 2.2 50.5 -0.6 51.3 0.8 51.1 -0.2
Out of Zone Swing % 34.4 32.2 -2.2 29.2 -3 30.8 1.6 28 -2.8 26.8 -1.2
First Pitch Swing % 23.2 25.1 1.9 24.3 -0.8 25.3 1 27.2 1.9 32.6 5.4
First Pitch Strike % 60.5 61.7 1.2 59.1 -2.6 60.5 1.4 60.4 -0.1 59.9 -0.5
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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 306 1 0.3 .319 .000

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