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Michael Wacha    \waka\

Michael Joseph Wacha (twitter: @MichaelWacha)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 6", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: July 1, 1991 in Iowa City, IA
High School: Pleasant Grove HS (Texarkana, TX)
School: Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
Drafted
by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 2012 amateur draft.
Signed June 14, 2012. (All Transactions)
Debut: May 30, 2013 (Age 21.333, 18,014th in MLB history)   vs. KCR 7.0 IP, 2 H, 6 SO, 0 BB, 1 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2013 season [*]
Team: Cardinals 2013-2015
2015 Contract Status: Signed thru 2015, 1 yr/$520k (15) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2015): 1.062, Arb Eligible: 2017, Free Agent: 2020 [*], Agents: CAA Sports [*]
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Standard Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W Awards
2013 21 STL NL 4 1 .800 2.78 15 9 2 0 0 0 64.2 52 20 20 5 19 0 65 0 0 3 260 135 2.92 1.098 7.2 0.7 2.6 9.0 3.42
2014 22 STL NL 5 6 .455 3.20 19 19 0 0 0 0 107.0 95 41 38 6 33 0 94 5 0 2 447 115 3.17 1.196 8.0 0.5 2.8 7.9 2.85
2015 23 STL NL 3 0 1.000 1.33 3 3 0 0 0 0 20.1 15 3 3 2 4 0 12 0 0 1 81 279 3.73 0.934 6.6 0.9 1.8 5.3 3.00
3 Yrs 12 7 .632 2.86 37 31 2 0 0 0 192.0 162 64 61 13 56 0 171 5 0 6 788 130 3.15 1.135 7.6 0.6 2.6 8.0 3.05
162 Game Avg. 12 7 .632 2.86 37 31 2 0 0 0 192 162 64 61 13 56 0 171 5 0 6 788 130 3.15 1.135 7.6 0.6 2.6 8.0 3.05
Hold your mouse over the values in the Saves, ERA, or FIP columns for additional information.

Player Value--Pitchers

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg IP G GS R RA9 RA9opp RA9def RA9role PPFp RA9avg RAA WAA gmLI WAAadj WAR RAR waaWL% 162WL% Salary Awards
2013 21 STL NL 64.2 15 9 20 2.78 3.94 -0.19 0.08 99.1 4.17 10 1.2 .5 -0.1 1.7 15 .581 .508
2014 22 STL NL 107.0 19 19 41 3.45 3.90 0.27 0.15 100.0 3.78 5 0.5 -0.1 1.4 12 .528 .503 $510,000
2015 23 STL NL 20.1 3 3 3 1.33 3.81 0.60 0.15 100.8 3.39 5 0.6 -0.0 0.7 6 .696 .504
3 Seasons 192.0 37 31 64 3.00 3.90 0.15 0.12 99.8 3.87 19 2.3 .5 -0.2 3.8 34 .563 .505 $510,000

Postseason Pitching

Year Age Tm Lg Series Rslt Opp W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2013 21 STL NL NLDS W PIT 1 0 1.000 1.23 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.1 1 1 1 1 2 0 9 0 0 0 25 0.409 1.2 1.2 2.5 11.0 4.50
2013 MVP 21 STL NL NLCS W LAD 2 0 1.000 0.00 2 2 0 0 0 0 13.2 7 0 0 0 2 1 13 0 0 0 49 0.659 4.6 0.0 1.3 8.6 6.50
2013 21 STL NL WS L BOS 1 1 .500 7.45 2 2 0 0 0 0 9.2 8 8 8 2 8 2 11 1 0 0 45 1.655 7.4 1.9 7.4 10.2 1.38
2014 22 STL NL NLCS L SFG 0 1 .000 81.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0.1 2 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 9.000 54.0 27.0 27.0 0.0 0.00
2 Yrs (4 Series) 4 2 .667 3.48 6 5 1 0 0 0 31.0 18 12 12 4 13 3 33 1 0 0 123 1.000 5.2 1.2 3.8 9.6 2.54
1 NLDS 1 0 1.000 1.23 1 1 0 0 0 0 7.1 1 1 1 1 2 0 9 0 0 0 25 0.409 1.2 1.2 2.5 11.0 4.50
2 NLCS 2 1 .667 1.93 3 2 1 0 0 0 14.0 9 3 3 1 3 1 13 0 0 0 53 0.857 5.8 0.6 1.9 8.4 4.33
1 WS 1 1 .500 7.45 2 2 0 0 0 0 9.2 8 8 8 2 8 2 11 1 0 0 45 1.655 7.4 1.9 7.4 10.2 1.38

Batting Against -- Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PAu G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE
2013 21 STL NL 15 260 237 20 52 9 1 5 1 0 19 65 .219 .274 .329 .603 .276 78 6 0 1 3 0 1
2014 22 STL NL 19 447 406 41 95 22 1 6 0 2 33 94 .234 .298 .337 .636 .289 137 10 5 1 2 0 6
2015 23 STL NL 3 81 75 3 15 3 0 2 1 0 4 12 .200 .241 .320 .561 .213 24 1 0 2 0 0 2
3 Yrs 37 788 718 64 162 34 2 13 2 2 56 171 .226 .284 .333 .617 .276 239 17 5 4 5 0 9
162 Game Avg. 37 788 718 64 162 34 2 13 2 2 56 171 .226 .284 .333 .617 .276 239 17 5 4 5 0 9
MLB Averages .252 .315 .391 .707 .297

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg PtchR PtchW Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI LevHi LevMd LevLo
2013 21 STL NL 7.2 0.8 264 0.1 3.8 -3.7 .86 1.0 -0.9 8.0 0.9 0.91 9.6 1 1 4
2014 22 STL NL 6.0 0.6 451 0.6 9.3 -8.7 1.19 0.8 -0.4 6.4 0.7 0.98 7.6 0 0 0
2015 23 STL NL 5.5 0.7 83 0.9 2.1 -1.3 1.30 0.2 0.5 5.9 0.7 0.92 2.2 0 0 0
3 Yrs 18.7 2.1 798 1.5 15.2 -13.7 1.09 2.0 -0.6 20.3 2.3 0.95 19.4 1 1 4

Starting Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GS Wgs Lgs ND Wchp Ltuf Wtm Ltm tmW-L% Wlst Lsv CG SHO QS QS% GmScA Best Wrst BQR BQS sDR lDR RS/GS RS/IP IP/GS Pit/GS <80 80-99 100-119 ≥120 Max
2013 21 STL NL 15 9 3 1 5 0 0 3 6 .333 2 1 0 0 5 56% 57.4 89 23 4 0 0 5 4.0 5.3 6.0 95 0 7 2 0 112
2014 22 STL NL 19 19 5 6 8 0 3 9 10 .474 3 0 0 0 12 63% 54.9 74 28 8 3 0 10 3.5 3.8 5.6 89 3 12 4 0 104
2015 23 STL NL 3 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 3 100% 64.3 67 60 1 0 0 3 4.8 2.1 6.8 91 1 1 1 0 103
3 Yrs 37 31 11 7 13 0 3 15 16 .484 5 1 0 0 20 65% 57 89 23 13 3 0 18 3.8 4.0 5.8 91 4 20 7 0 112
MLB Averages .500 53% 52 102 -16 4.1 4.0 5.9 95

Reliever Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg G GR GF Wgr Lgr SVOpp SV BSv SV% SVSit Hold IR IS IS% 1stIP aLI LevHi LevMd LevLo Ahd Tie Bhd Runr Empt >3o <3o IPmult 0DR Out/GR Pit/GR
2013 21 STL NL 15 6 2 1 0 1 0 1 0% 1 0 2 1 50% 7 .855 1 1 4 3 0 3 2 4 3 0 3 0 5.3 30
1 Yr 15 6 2 1 0 1 0 1 0% 1 0 2 1 50% .855 1 1 4 3 0 3 2 4 3 0 3 0 5.3 30

Ratio Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB DPopp DPs DP%
2013 21 STL NL 260 51% 1.9% 25.0% 7.3% 5.8% 29% 0.83 0.87 65% 24% 6.0% 13% 46 6 13%
2014 22 STL NL 447 51% 1.3% 21.0% 7.4% 6.5% 31% 0.75 0.89 69% 28% 4.0% 14% 92 10 11%
2015 23 STL NL 81 53% 2.5% 14.8% 4.9% 6.2% 33% 1.26 1.45 75% 15% 8.7% 15% 13 1 8%
3 Yrs 788 52% 1.7% 21.7% 7.1% 6.2% 30% 0.82 0.94 68% 25% 5.1% 14% 151 17 11%
MLB Averages 45% 2.4% 20.1% 7.8% 7.3% 32% 0.83 1.10 68% 24% 7.2% 13% 11%

Pitch Summary -- Pitching*

Year Age Tm Lg PA Pit Pit/PA Str Str% L/Str S/Str F/Str I/Str AS/Str I/Bll AS/Pit Con 1st% 30% 30c 30s 02% 02c 02s 02h L/SO S/SO L/SO% 3pK 4pW PAu Pitu Stru
2013 21 STL NL 260 1034 3.98 673 65.1% 26.3% 19.0% 28.5% 26.2% 73.7% 0.0% 48.0% 74.2% 58.1% 1.9% 5 3 28.8% 75 40 2 11 53 16.9% 15 2 0 0 0
2014 22 STL NL 448 1690 3.77 1123 66.4% 25.6% 17.7% 28.6% 28.0% 74.4% 0.0% 49.4% 76.2% 64.1% 3.6% 16 13 29.5% 132 61 5 17 77 18.1% 15 3 0 0 0
2015 23 STL NL 81 274 3.38 185 67.5% 22.2% 16.2% 26.5% 35.1% 77.8% 0.0% 52.6% 79.2% 67.9% 3.7% 3 2 18.5% 15 8 1 3 9 25.0% 2 1 0 0 0
3 Yrs 789 2998 3.80 1981 66.1% 25.5% 18.0% 28.4% 28.1% 74.5% 0.0% 49.2% 75.8% 62.5% 3.0% 24 18 28.1% 222 109 8 31 139 18.1% 32 6 0 0 0
MLB Averages 3.83 64.1% 27.5% 16.2% 27.1% 29.1% 72.5% 1.4% 46.4% 77.7% 60.3% 4.5% 24.5% 24.2%

Baserunning & Situational Stats*

Hits Home Runs Advances Baserunning
Year Age Tm Lg PA H Inf Bnt All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd <2,3B Scr SO % ROE WP PB SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS BT PAu
2013 21 STL NL 260 52 9 1 5 0 5 4 1 2 3 11 7 1 64% 1 3 0 90 1 0 100% 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2014 22 STL NL 447 95 10 4 6 0 15 5 1 3 3 18 6 4 33% 6 2 0 166 0 2 0% 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0
2015 23 STL NL 81 15 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 3 1 1 33% 2 1 0 27 1 0 100% 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 Yrs 788 162 21 5 13 0 20 10 3 6 7 32 14 6 44% 9 6 0 283 2 2 50% 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 15 0
MLB Averages 53% 73%

Cumulative Pitching

Year Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF ERA+ WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W ERA+
2013 21 4 1 .800 2.78 15 9 2 0 0 0 64.2 52 20 20 5 19 0 65 0 0 3 260 135 1.098 7.2 0.7 2.6 9.0 3.42 135
2014 22 9 7 .563 3.04 34 28 2 0 0 0 171.2 147 61 58 11 52 0 159 5 0 5 707 122 1.159 7.7 0.6 2.7 8.3 3.06 122
2015 23 12 7 .632 2.86 37 31 2 0 0 0 192.0 162 64 61 13 56 0 171 5 0 6 788 130 1.135 7.6 0.6 2.6 8.0 3.05 130

Neutralized Pitching

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age W L W-L% ERA IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WHIP H9 BB9 SO9 SO/W HR9 Gact
2013 21 4 3 .571 2.77 65.0 56 22 20 5 20 65 0 1.169 7.8 2.8 9.0 3.25 0.7 15
2014 22 7 5 .583 3.36 107.0 101 45 40 6 35 94 5 1.271 8.5 2.9 7.9 2.69 0.5 19
2015 23 2 0 1.000 1.35 20.0 15 3 3 2 4 12 0 0.950 6.8 1.8 5.4 3.00 0.9 3
3 Yrs 13 8 .619 2.95 192.0 172 70 63 13 59 171 5 1.203 8.1 8.0 2.90 0.6 37



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Awards (yr lg award)
2013 NL NLCS MVP

Earned Run Average s c a p y
2015 NL  1.33 (3rd)

Wins s c a p y
2015 NL  3 (3rd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
2015 NL  1.000 (1st)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
2015 NL  279 (4th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
2015 NL  6 (7th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
2015 NL  0.7 (5th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
2015 NL  5.91 (6th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
2015 NL  0.9 (3rd)

Base-Out Wins Saved (REW)s c a p y
2015 NL  0.7 (6th)

                           

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkPitching - 3 (586), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray InkPitching - 11 (1473), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 10 (941), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1384th), 3.4 career WAR/3.4 7yr-peak WAR/3.4 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 62) = 73.9 career WAR/50.3 7yr-peak WAR/62.1 JAWS

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