Jake McGee – Pitcher Card | The Process Report

Jake McGee – Pitcher Card

Throughout the rest of the offseason, we will be publishing player cards for most of the 40-man roster. It is our hope that these cards become points of reference for you during the 2014 season. All data via ESPN Stats & Info

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For all relievers that have thrown at least 2500 pitches over the past four seasons (sample size = 156)

Strengths (2010-2013):

  • Has limited opponents to a .262 wOBA, which places him in the top 12th percentile
  • His 29.4% strikeout rate is better than 93% of relievers
  • Just 27.9% of his pitches are put in play, only Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, Craig Kimbrel, and Ernesto Frieri have lower rates.
  • Only Aroldis Chapman has had a higher average fastball velocity (96.4) than McGee (94.5)
  • He has thrown 55.2% of his pitches in the strike zone; only Matt Belisle, Kenley Jansen, and Matt Capps have higher rates
  • 88% of the pitches he has thrown have been fastballs; his .271 OBP against and .616 OPS against both rank in the top 10th percentile
  • Strikes out lefties (28.7%) and righties (29.8%) at nearly equal rates

Weaknesses (2010-2013):

  • Has a 28 point split in his wOBA against as lefties have a bit more success against him (.278) than righties (.250)
  • His HR/FB rate is much higher against lefties (13.7%) than it is against righties (8.4%)
  • His called strike rate is slightly below the league average
  • Batters chase just 26.9% of his pitches; that rate is just above the bottom 25th percentile for relievers
  • When batters are ahead in the count, batters have hit .377 with a .652 slugging percentage. Both are in the bottom 10th percentile.


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