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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 38)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
35.0 3.90 1.34 27 2 1 1 0.2
Birth Date12-25-1975
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
Age38 years, 9 months, 27 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.62010
0.12011
2012
-0.12013
0.22014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2007 BOS 31 66 0 69.0 0.0 69.0 3 2 5 2 0 0 272 50 17 17 6 76 17 15 1 63 2.22 3.40 3.83 13.8 1.4
2008 BOS 32 64 0 62.0 0.0 62.0 3 2 1 8 0 0 258 49 18 18 6 76 23 22 1 60 2.61 3.65 4.01 12.1 1.2
2009 BOS 33 68 0 61.0 0.0 61.0 6 0 0 4 0 0 258 56 23 23 8 91 21 18 2 53 3.39 4.24 3.71 12.7 1.2
2010 BOS 34 56 0 46.0 0.0 46.0 4 4 0 5 0 0 213 59 24 23 6 87 20 15 0 33 4.50 4.61 4.29 5.6 0.6
2011 BOS 35 7 0 8.3 0.0 8.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 36 7 4 4 0 9 5 5 0 6 4.32 3.42 3.83 1.4 0.1
2013 OAK 37 5 0 4.0 0.0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 7 1 1 1 13 2 0 0 1 2.25 7.33 6.08 -0.7 -0.1
Career2660250.30.0250.3178619001058228878627352887542163.093.953.9744.84.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1995 YOM npb 1 1 5.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 YOM npb 5 1 12.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 YOM npb 25 19 109.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 YOM npb 14 12 62.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 YOM npb 37 3 69.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 YOM npb 56 0 72.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 YOM npb 58 0 62.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 YOM npb 52 1 55.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 YOM npb 41 0 38.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 YOM npb 53 0 46.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 YOM npb 42 0 53.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.529 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 NIP npb 55 0 54.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 BOS MLB 66 0 69.0 3.83 124 .200 .272 .340 .438 .270 .238 103 13.8 1.4 13.8 1.4
2008 BOS MLB 64 0 62.0 4.01 121 .216 .268 .334 .423 .263 .256 107 12.1 1.2 12.1 1.2
2009 BOS MLB 68 0 61.0 3.71 130 .234 .272 .342 .446 .268 .276 110 13.1 1.3 12.7 1.2
2010 BOS MLB 56 0 46.0 4.29 114 .281 .259 .330 .412 .260 .344 112 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2010 PAW AAA 3 0 2.3 10.33 -13 .411 .255 .312 .407 .244 .455 108 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2011 BOS MLB 7 0 8.3 3.83 122 .241 .235 .301 .354 .245 .280 110 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2011 PAW AAA 34 0 51.0 3.65 111 .193 .262 .330 .402 .256 .259 92 6.9 0.7 6.9 0.7
2013 OAK MLB 5 0 4.0 6.08 56 .387 .254 .312 .387 .257 .353 98 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2013 SAC AAA 37 0 42.7 3.95 116 .239 .282 .350 .434 .271 .299 95 7.0 0.7 7.0 0.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1995 YOM npb 0 0 0 1 1 5.0 5 2 9 0 0% .000 9.0 3.6 0.0 16.2 1.40 0.00 0.0 0.0
1996 YOM npb 1 0 0 5 1 12.7 13 9 8 0 0% .000 9.2 6.4 0.0 5.7 1.73 0.00 0.0 0.0
1997 YOM npb 4 9 0 25 19 109.3 92 59 102 7 0% .000 7.6 4.9 0.6 8.4 1.38 0.00 0.0 0.0
1998 YOM npb 3 6 0 14 12 62.3 61 32 54 7 0% .000 8.8 4.6 1.0 7.8 1.49 0.00 0.0 0.0
1999 YOM npb 4 1 0 37 3 69.7 42 28 77 6 0% .000 5.4 3.6 0.8 9.9 1.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2000 YOM npb 5 4 7 56 0 72.3 53 31 102 4 0% .000 6.6 3.9 0.5 12.7 1.16 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 YOM npb 2 1 25 58 0 62.0 62 39 70 5 0% .000 9.0 5.7 0.7 10.2 1.63 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 YOM npb 6 3 0 52 1 55.7 42 22 58 8 0% .000 6.8 3.6 1.3 9.4 1.15 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 YOM npb 2 3 0 41 0 38.7 45 20 29 6 0% .000 10.5 4.7 1.4 6.7 1.68 4.88 0.0 0.0
2004 YOM npb 4 3 5 53 0 46.7 33 20 53 5 0% .000 6.4 3.9 1.0 10.2 1.13 3.08 0.0 0.0
2005 YOM npb 1 0 0 42 0 53.0 55 19 56 10 0% -.529 9.3 3.2 1.7 9.5 1.40 4.75 0.0 0.0
2006 NIP npb 2 2 4 55 0 54.7 46 14 63 5 0% .299 7.6 2.3 0.8 10.4 1.10 2.14 0.0 0.0
2007 BOS MLB 3 2 5 66 0 69.0 50 17 63 6 47% .238 6.5 2.2 0.8 8.2 0.97 2.22 13.8 1.4
2008 BOS MLB 3 2 1 64 0 62.0 49 23 60 6 35% .256 7.1 3.3 0.9 8.7 1.16 2.61 12.1 1.2
2009 BOS MLB 6 0 0 68 0 61.0 56 21 53 8 34% .276 8.3 3.1 1.2 7.8 1.26 3.39 12.7 1.2
2010 PAW AAA 0 0 0 3 0 2.3 6 0 0 1 42% .455 23.5 0.0 3.9 0.0 2.61 19.57 -1.3 -0.1
2010 BOS MLB 4 4 0 56 0 46.0 59 20 33 6 40% .344 11.5 3.9 1.2 6.5 1.72 4.50 5.6 0.6
2011 PAW AAA 8 1 0 34 0 51.0 39 9 48 3 37% .259 6.9 1.6 0.5 8.5 0.94 2.29 6.9 0.7
2011 BOS MLB 1 0 0 7 0 8.3 7 5 6 0 56% .280 7.6 5.4 0.0 6.5 1.44 4.32 1.4 0.1
2013 SAC AAA 1 3 1 37 0 42.7 40 9 45 5 43% .299 8.4 1.9 1.1 9.5 1.15 4.22 7.0 0.7
2013 OAK MLB 0 0 0 5 0 4.0 7 2 1 1 50% .353 15.8 4.5 2.2 2.2 2.25 2.25 -0.7 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 998 0.4840 0.4279 0.7752 0.6128 0.2544 0.8176 0.6794 0.2248
2009 1026 0.5088 0.4493 0.7961 0.6054 0.2877 0.8354 0.7103 0.2039
2010 823 0.5079 0.4684 0.7844 0.6340 0.2963 0.8340 0.6750 0.2156
2011 161 0.4783 0.4099 0.7727 0.5714 0.2619 0.8636 0.5909 0.2273
2013 71 0.4930 0.4225 0.8667 0.6000 0.2500 0.8571 0.8889 0.1333
Career30790.49860.44480.78660.61350.2770.83120.68870.2134

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-08-06 2010-08-28 15-DL 22 20 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-02-20 2010-03-04 Camp 12 0 Bilateral Lower Leg Soreness -
2008-05-15 2008-05-20 DTD 5 4 Left Wrist Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 OAK $
2012 NYA $
2011 BOS $1,750,000
2010 BOS $2,750,000
2009 BOS $1,750,000
2008 BOS $1,250,000
2007 BOS $1,250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$8,750,000
5 yrTotal$8,750,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 84 dJoe Rosen1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 2/11/13 (minor-league contract). May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster by 6/1/13. Contract selected by Oakland 5/17/13. DFA by Oakland 9/3/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/7/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 12/28/11 (minor-league contract) (later voided because of shoulder injury). Signed by Softbank Hawks of Japan.
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2011). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 1/10/11. $0.55M in performance bonuses. Okajima may become a free agent after 2011 season.
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2010). Re-signed by Boston 1/14/10 (avoided arbitration, non-guaranteed deal). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 55, 60, 65, 70 games.
  • 2 years/$2.5M (2007-08), plus 2009 club option. Signed by Boston as a free agent 11/06. 07:$1.25M, 08:$1.25M, 09:$1.75M club option. Club must exercise option or grant Okajima free agency after 2008 season. 2009 option vested at $1.75M 9/08.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 2.7 1.2 0.9 49 0 52.2 42 14 40 5 .250 1.07 2.80 3.04 9.7 1.0
80o 2.3 1 0.8 43 0 46.1 40 13 36 4 .265 1.16 3.16 3.44 6.2 0.6
70o 2.1 0.9 0.7 39 0 41.8 38 13 32 4 .275 1.22 3.43 3.73 4.2 0.4
60o 1.9 0.8 0.6 36 0 38.3 37 12 29 4 .284 1.28 3.67 3.98 2.7 0.3
50o 1.7 0.7 0.5 33 0 35.0 35 12 27 4 .293 1.34 3.89 4.23 1.4 0.1
40o 1.5 0.6 0.5 30 0 31.9 33 11 25 4 .301 1.39 4.11 4.47 0.3 0.0
30o 1.3 0.5 0.4 27 0 28.6 31 10 22 3 .311 1.45 4.36 4.74 -0.6 -0.1
20o 1.1 0.4 0.3 23 0 24.8 28 9 19 3 .321 1.53 4.65 5.05 -1.5 -0.2
10o 0.9 0.3 0.3 19 0 19.8 24 8 15 3 .336 1.64 5.06 5.5 -2.2 -0.2
Weighted Mean1.70.70.532034.33411264.2911.323.864.191.50.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
16% 33% 18% 10% 66%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153921149052531738640.2941.353.974.319.23.06.61.00.4
20164021144047481734540.2911.394.174.539.33.36.61.00.2
20174121141043441531540.2941.374.044.399.23.16.51.00.3
20184221136038411326540.2941.414.314.689.63.16.11.20.1
20194311030032341122440.2961.414.384.769.63.16.21.10.1
20204421032034361223440.2971.434.384.769.63.26.11.10.1
20214521031033361222440.2971.444.454.849.73.25.91.10.0
20224621031033361121440.2971.424.504.899.83.05.71.10.0
20234711030032361120440.2981.454.605.0010.03.15.61.1-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1712.310.25.3out of baseball1.544.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 80 Hector Carrasco 2008 0.00 DNP
2 80 Brendan Donnelly 2010 6.16
3 79 Bob Wickman 2007 4.29
4 79 Tanyon Sturtze 2009 0.00 DNP
5 79 Buddy Groom 2004 5.13
6 78 Ron Reed 1981 3.82
7 78 Alan Embree 2008 5.40
8 78 Tom Martin 2008 0.00 DNP
9 78 Darren Oliver 2009 2.71
10 78 Brian Sweeney 2012 0.00 DNP
11 78 Brian Shouse 2007 3.59
12 77 Matt Herges 2008 5.60
13 77 Larry Andersen 1991 2.49
14 77 Paul Assenmacher 1999 8.73
15 77 Bobby Shantz 1964 3.26
16 77 Jim Brewer 1976 3.15
17 77 Stu Miller 1966 2.35
18 77 Mike Timlin 2004 4.13
19 77 Scott Eyre 2010 0.00 DNP
20 76 Mike Jackson 2003 0.00 DNP
21 76 Steve Reed 2003 3.41
22 76 Gene Garber 1986 2.65
23 76 Barney Schultz 1965 4.68
24 76 Rick White 2007 8.05
25 76 Rollie Fingers 1985 5.37
26 76 Chris Hammond 2004 3.52
27 76 Eddie Guardado 2009 4.93
28 76 Joe Borowski 2009 0.00 DNP
29 76 Doug Jones 1995 5.79
30 76 Steve Hamilton 1973 0.00 DNP
31 75 Tom Henke 1996 0.00 DNP
32 75 Bob Locker 1976 0.00 DNP
33 75 John Franco 1999 3.10
34 75 Steve Howe 1996 6.35
35 75 Mark Hendrickson 2012 0.00 DNP
36 75 Ron Mahay 2009 5.01
37 75 Doug Brocail 2005 6.01
38 75 Jamie Walker 2010 0.00 DNP
39 75 Brian Boehringer 2007 0.00 DNP
40 75 Lindy McDaniel 1974 4.30
41 75 Hisanori Takahashi 2013 6.00
42 75 Billy Taylor 2000 8.56
43 75 Tug McGraw 1983 3.88
44 74 Mike Stanton 2005 5.06
45 74 Jay Howell 1994 6.07
46 74 Roberto Hernandez 2003 5.55
47 74 Guillermo Mota 2012 5.66
48 74 Rich Gossage 1990 0.00 DNP
49 74 Tim Byrdak 2012 4.40
50 73 Trever Miller 2011 3.38
51 73 Tom Ferrick 1953 0.00 DNP
52 73 Al Reyes 2009 0.00 DNP
53 73 Tony Fossas 1996 3.83
54 73 Mike Myers 2007 5.63
55 73 Bill Henry 1966 2.91
56 73 Ryan Franklin 2011 8.78
57 73 Troy Percival 2008 5.12
58 72 Mike Remlinger 2004 3.93
59 72 Hoyt Wilhelm 1961 2.87
60 72 Dennis Lamp 1991 5.38
61 72 Tom Burgmeier 1982 2.81
62 72 Ellis Kinder 1953 2.61
63 72 Al Worthington 1967 3.52
64 72 Steve Farr 1995 0.00 DNP
65 72 Rheal Cormier 2005 6.27
66 71 Bill Campbell 1987 10.80
67 71 Mike Maddux 2000 6.59
68 71 Mike Marshall 1981 2.90
69 71 Lee Smith 1996 3.90
70 71 Jeff Reardon 1994 8.38
71 70 Russ Springer 2007 2.45
72 70 Mark Guthrie 2004 0.00 DNP
73 70 Bud Byerly 1959 2.08
74 70 Marv Grissom 1956 2.00
75 70 Dan Quisenberry 1991 0.00 DNP
76 70 Ron Villone 2008 4.86
77 70 Joe Nathan 2013 1.39
78 70 Rafael Betancourt 2013 4.71
79 70 Rick Aguilera 2000 5.48
80 70 Pete Walker 2007 0.00 DNP
81 69 Nelson Figueroa 2012 0.00 DNP
82 69 Ted Power 1993 5.56
83 69 Dennis Cook 2001 4.73
84 69 Marty Pattin 1981 0.00 DNP
85 69 Dan Plesac 2000 4.72
86 69 Ramon Ortiz 2011 5.40
87 69 John Smoltz 2005 3.25
88 69 Koji Uehara 2013 1.21
89 69 Rudy May 1983 7.36
90 69 Terry Leach 1992 2.08
91 69 Darren Holmes 2004 0.00 DNP
92 68 Rick Honeycutt 1992 4.38
93 68 Bob Patterson 1997 3.49
94 68 Joe Hoerner 1975 2.57 DNP
95 68 Aurelio Lopez 1987 5.21
96 68 Jose Mesa 2004 3.38
97 68 Darold Knowles 1980 10.80
98 68 Chan Ho Park 2011 0.00 DNP
99 68 Clay Carroll 1979 0.00 DNP
100 67 David Weathers 2008 3.50

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .298 .346 .456 .287
11 vs R (Multi) .284 .368 .478 .294
18 Split (Multi) .014 -.022 -.022 -.007
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .444 .444 .778 .443
31 vs R (2013) .300 .417 .600 .341
38 Split (2013) .144 .028 .178 .102
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2012 Lefty Hideki Okajima was only re-signed by Boston as insurance after they failed to get Scott Downs and only pitched in Boston because Dennys Reyes was a bust. Designated for assignment in June, Okajima demanded a trade, didn't go anywhere, and now the 35-year-old is a free agent.
2011 The slide continued for Okajima, whose K/BB ratio and ERA continued to head in the wrong directions for the third straight year. Initially the third option out of the pen, the Japanese lefty caused more damage than any other Sox reliever thanks to the aging of his "Oki Doke," a splitter/change hybrid that has picked up fewer whiffs with each passing year. Even a livelier rainbow curve couldn't bring his strikeout rate up to league average. After returning from a hamstring-related DL stint, Okajima posted a 1.32 ERA, giving false hope to those who failed to notice his relentlessly Okajima-esque peripherals. The Sox non-tendered him in December.
2010 Despite the increase in ERA and slight dip in strikeout rate, Okajima was much more effective last year than he had been in 2008, when he blew eight save opportunities and allowed 52 percent of his inherited runners to score. Last year, those figures dropped to just two blown saves and 16 percent of inherited runners scoring, much closer to his 2007 record. The slight increase in home-run rate was due to just two more home runs and a dip to league average in home runs per fly ball, and the ERA increase was due in part to a correction in BABIP. Okajima posted a 1.78 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 27 save situations in '09. The only red flag here is that, for the first time in the States, he struggled against righties (.309/.386/.520).
2009 Okajima appeared fatigued when the year began, and it did not help things that the opposition was not falling for the deceptive movement on his splitter/changeup hybrid as much as they had when first introduced to it. Okajima adjusted by throwing "the Oki Doke" less often, instead mixing in a few more fastballs and many more curveballs. When all was said and done, Okajima's campaign looked much the same as '07 as far as peripherals, though his G/F ratio dropped; at least his homer rate did not increase much despite the large bump in fly balls. Were the long ball to become an issue after his nearly two-thirds drop in WXRL from one year to the next, his value would become mostly speculative.
2008 The Sox shut down a winded Okajima in September and were rewarded with lights-out pitching in October, including a dominating seven-out appearance to hold a 2-1 lead in Game Two of the World Series. An overhand thrower without a side-to-side breaking ball, he's correctly used in full-inning and multi-inning roles rather than as a specialist. Indeed, nearly two-thirds of the batters he faced last year were right-handed.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Daniel, What currently is the most intriguing Rumor still out there?
(Frank from Singapore)
Whoa, Singapore I believe that's the first time I've answered a question from thousands of miles away from North America!

The Bourn situation is the most intriguing at this point, especially with Justin Upton no longer making headlines, but it's also interesting to look at teams that seemingly will need to make trades before Opening Day yet have been quiet to this point. The Diamondbacks, for example, have indicated that they won't be moving any of their remaining outfielders, but a look at their roster (http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/2012/10/arizona-diamondbacks-2012-13-offseason.html) suggests that there are still too many players for 25 spots.

Considering that Hideki Okajima led-off today's Roundup, roster-based speculation like that might be the best we've got. (Daniel Rathman)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dear Mr. Fox, Before my question, I must tell you that I have been a Cubs fan since my high school days in Niles, and I must say I really appreciate your blog piece on Goose Gossage. Now, about utilizing pitching f/x data: Your late piece on gyroball and Matsuzaka seems to bring light to the "deceit" of a pitch's movement. A surprising success of reliever Okajima last season had puzzled me. I tracked his pitching f/x data, and his pFx is weird. His pitches around upper 80mph moved WILDLY horizontally, ranging from a 10 to 15-inch apart from any trajectory line. I read mlbtraderumor's interview with Royal minor pitcher Brian Bannister. He talked about the sidespin of Jake Peavy's fastball that allows the pitch to move randomly and confuses batters. Is there any study on the effect of sidespin affecting batters' visualization of it? And had Okajima's pitches carry a similar, if not the same, effect of such pitches such as Peavy's or gyroball's?
(Dorasaga from Taipei, Taiwan)
Wow good question.

After I saw your question I went and pulled down Hideki Okajima's PITCHf/x data. I have 573 pitches for him which go into the post season.

In perusing his cannonical pfx chart he throws his three primary pitches (fastball, changeup, and curve) probably 90% of the time with his fastball ranging from 85 to 90, his changeup high 70s to 85, and his curveball from the low to mid 70s.

But in looking at the chart his fastball doesn't seem to move too much horizontally as compared to other pitchers. It sits in the 0 to 5 inch range whereas many pitchers see a tail of 5 to 8 inches on their fastballs. His changeup does tail 5 to 9 inches or so and drop about 5 inches more than his fastball.

What you may have seen is that his vertical component for the fastball registers in the 10 to 15 inch range but you have to remember that those values represent the difference from a pitch thrown with no spin. So in other words his fastball has a "rise" of 10 to 15 inches as compared to a theoretical reference pitch. In reality most pitchers see a range of 8 to 13 inchdes in this component and so his fastball may ride a little more than some others (which would be attributed to more backspin, not side spin) but it certainly doesn't tail any more.

Since you mentioned Jake Peavy I should mention that John Walsh at THT has done some great work on calculating the run value of individual pitches which you'll probably want to check out. But to directly answer your question I haven't seen anything specific on side spin or visualization of that. (Dan Fox)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Hideki Okajima threw 3,688 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (87mph), Change (83mph) and Curve (77mph).