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Michael Wacha    \WAHK-ah\

Michael Joseph Wacha (twitter: @MichaelWacha)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 6", Weight: 215 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 2013-2016
2016 Contract Status: Signed thru 2016, 1 yr/$539k (16) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2016): 2.062, 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 2 447 114 3.17 1.196 8.0 0.5 2.8 7.9 2.85
2015 ★ 23 STL NL 17 7 .708 3.38 30 30 0 0 0 0 181.1 162 74 68 19 58 4 153 6 1 4 762 116 3.87 1.213 8.0 0.9 2.9 7.6 2.64 AS
2016 24 STL NL 4 7 .364 4.42 16 16 0 0 0 0 93.2 96 54 46 7 33 5 79 1 0 4 402 93 3.53 1.377 9.2 0.7 3.2 7.6 2.39
4 Yrs 30 21 .588 3.47 80 74 2 0 0 0 446.2 405 189 172 37 143 9 391 12 1 13 1871 112 3.49 1.227 8.2 0.7 2.9 7.9 2.73
162 Game Avg. 13 9 .588 3.47 35 33 1 0 0 0 197 179 83 76 16 63 4 173 5 0 6 826 112 3.49 1.227 8.2 0.7 2.9 7.9 2.73
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 .53 -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 181.1 30 30 74 3.67 4.19 0.11 0.17 101.4 4.30 13 1.5 -0.1 3.0 28 .550 .509 $520,000 AS
2016 24 STL NL 93.2 16 16 54 5.19 4.37 0.05 0.18 98.1 4.41 -6 -0.6 -0.1 0.1 0 .461 .496
4 Seasons 446.2 80 74 189 3.81 4.12 0.09 0.15 100.1 4.18 22 2.6 .53 -0.4 6.1 55 .533 .505 $1,030,000

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
2015 23 STL NL NLDS L CHC 0 1 .000 8.31 1 1 0 0 0 0 4.1 6 4 4 3 3 1 5 0 0 0 21 2.077 12.5 6.2 6.2 10.4 1.67
3 Yrs (5 Series) 4 3 .571 4.08 7 6 1 0 0 0 35.1 24 16 16 7 16 4 38 1 0 0 144 1.132 6.1 1.8 4.1 9.7 2.38
2 NLDS 1 1 .500 3.86 2 2 0 0 0 0 11.2 7 5 5 4 5 1 14 0 0 0 46 1.029 5.4 3.1 3.9 10.8 2.80
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

All-Star Pitching

Year Tm Lg Age GS W L W-L% ERA GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2015 STL NL 23

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 5
2015 23 STL NL 30 762 687 74 162 31 3 19 5 3 58 153 .236 .300 .373 .672 .276 256 9 6 8 3 4 6
2016 24 STL NL 16 402 362 54 96 27 2 7 2 2 33 79 .265 .325 .409 .734 .318 148 7 1 2 4 5 6
4 Yrs 80 1871 1692 189 405 89 7 37 8 7 143 391 .239 .301 .366 .667 .288 619 32 12 12 12 9 18
162 Game Avg. 35 826 747 83 179 39 3 16 4 3 63 173 .239 .301 .366 .667 .288 273 14 5 5 5 4 8
MLB Averages .253 .317 .399 .716 .299

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 7.8 0.8 264 0.1 3.8 -3.7 .86 1.0 -0.9 8.3 0.9 0.91 10.1 0 2 4
2014 22 STL NL 5.6 0.6 451 0.5 9.2 -8.7 1.19 0.8 -0.4 6.2 0.7 0.98 7.4 0 0 0
2015 23 STL NL 11.5 1.2 777 1.6 14.5 -12.9 1.05 1.2 0.4 11.6 1.2 0.93 12.8 0 0 0
2016 24 STL NL -5.4 -0.5 410 -1.3 5.8 -7.2 .91 -0.2 -1.3 -8.9 -0.9 0.94 -1.7 0 0 0
4 Yrs 19.5 2.1 1902 1.0 33.4 -32.5 1.03 2.8 -1.9 17.3 1.9 0.94 28.5 0 2 4

Starting Pitching*

Data only available back to 1913
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 4.9 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 30 30 17 7 6 3 1 21 9 .700 1 2 0 0 19 63% 54.9 75 25 8 2 0 15 5.1 5.0 6.0 98 1 12 17 0 112
2016 24 STL NL 16 16 4 7 5 0 4 8 8 .500 1 4 0 0 10 63% 49.4 73 14 5 1 0 9 5.5 3.9 5.9 96 0 10 6 0 114
4 Yrs 80 74 29 21 24 3 8 41 33 .554 7 7 0 0 46 62% 54 89 14 25 6 0 39 4.6 4.5 5.9 95 4 41 29 0 114
MLB Averages .500 52% 52 104 -16 4.2 4.0 5.9 95

Reliever Pitching*

Data only available back to 1913
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 .856 0 2 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% .856 0 2 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 762 56% 2.5% 20.1% 7.6% 7.0% 33% 0.87 1.09 68% 25% 7.8% 14% 144 9 6%
2016 24 STL NL 402 60% 1.7% 19.7% 8.2% 9.0% 38% 0.85 1.19 70% 30% 4.9% 8% 73 7 10%
4 Yrs 1871 55% 2.0% 20.9% 7.6% 7.1% 33% 0.83 1.02 68% 27% 6.0% 12% 355 32 9%
MLB Averages 46% 2.6% 20.3% 7.8% 7.5% 33% 0.84 1.12 68% 25% 7.8% 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 762 2936 3.85 1928 66.0% 22.7% 16.6% 32.4% 28.3% 77.3% 1.4% 51.0% 78.5% 63.3% 3.4% 26 14 28.5% 217 120 11 31 122 20.3% 35 8 0 0 0
2016 24 STL NL 402 1541 3.83 984 64.4% 26.2% 13.9% 30.5% 29.4% 73.8% 2.5% 47.5% 81.1% 58.7% 4.2% 17 6 22.4% 90 46 3 30 48 38.0% 8 6 0 0 0
4 Yrs 1872 7201 3.85 4708 65.6% 24.6% 16.7% 30.5% 28.1% 75.4% 1.1% 49.5% 77.9% 61.8% 3.4% 64 36 27.5% 514 267 21 89 300 22.8% 73 19 0 0 0
MLB Averages 3.83 64.1% 27.1% 16.5% 27.3% 29.0% 72.9% 1.3% 46.7% 77.3% 60.4% 4.5% 24.6% 23.8%

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% 5 2 0 166 0 2 0% 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0
2015 23 STL NL 762 162 17 1 19 2 12 13 6 7 12 31 13 5 42% 6 4 1 293 5 3 63% 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2016 24 STL NL 402 96 7 1 7 0 10 3 4 4 3 22 16 2 73% 6 4 0 147 2 2 50% 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
4 Yrs 1871 405 43 7 37 2 42 25 12 16 21 82 42 12 51% 18 13 1 696 8 7 53% 8 7 0 0 0 0 2 1 34 0
MLB Averages 52% 72%

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 5 707 121 1.159 7.7 0.6 2.7 8.3 3.06 121
2015 23 26 14 .650 3.21 64 58 2 0 0 0 353.0 309 135 126 30 110 4 312 11 1 9 1469 118 1.187 7.9 0.8 2.8 8.0 2.84 118
2016 24 30 21 .588 3.47 80 74 2 0 0 0 446.2 405 189 172 37 143 9 391 12 1 13 1871 112 1.227 8.2 0.7 2.9 7.9 2.73 112

Neutralized Pitching

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

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 688 total runs (4.25 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 2.63 65.0 54 21 19 5 20 65 0 1.138 7.5 2.8 9.0 3.25 0.7 15
2014 22 6 6 .500 3.36 107.0 101 44 40 6 35 94 5 1.271 8.5 2.9 7.9 2.69 0.5 19
2015 23 11 9 .550 3.43 181.0 166 77 69 19 59 153 6 1.243 8.3 2.9 7.6 2.59 0.9 30
2016 24 4 6 .400 4.79 94.0 99 56 50 7 34 79 1 1.415 9.5 3.3 7.6 2.32 0.7 16
4 Yrs 25 24 .510 3.58 447.0 420 198 178 37 148 391 12 1.271 8.5 7.9 2.64 0.7 80



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Awards (yr lg award)
2013 NL NLCS MVP

Wins s c a p y
2015 NL  17 (5th)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
2015 NL  .708 (3rd)

Games Started s c a p y
2016 NL  16 (2nd)

Losses s c a p y
2016 NL  7 (5th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkPitching - 8 (1683), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 16 (738), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1188th), 5.8 career WAR/5.8 7yr-peak WAR/5.8 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 62) = 73.9 career WAR/50.3 7yr-peak WAR/62.1 JAWS

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