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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 2 447 113 3.17 1.196 8.0 0.5 2.8 7.9 2.85
2015 ★ 23 STL NL 15 4 .789 2.69 25 25 0 0 0 0 157.1 137 53 47 12 40 3 134 4 0 4 650 145 3.26 1.125 7.8 0.7 2.3 7.7 3.35 AS
3 Yrs 24 11 .686 2.87 59 53 2 0 0 0 329.0 284 114 105 23 92 3 293 9 0 9 1357 131 3.17 1.143 7.8 0.6 2.5 8.0 3.18
162 Game Avg. 15 7 .686 2.87 36 32 1 0 0 0 200 172 69 64 14 56 2 178 5 0 5 824 131 3.17 1.143 7.8 0.6 2.5 8.0 3.18
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 157.1 25 25 53 3.03 4.16 0.18 0.16 100.1 4.15 21 2.4 -0.1 3.7 33 .597 .515 AS
3 Seasons 329.0 59 53 114 3.12 4.03 0.14 0.14 99.9 4.03 36 4.2 .5 -0.3 6.8 60 .571 .509 $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

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 6
2015 23 STL NL 25 650 596 53 137 26 3 12 5 1 40 134 .230 .282 .344 .626 .277 205 8 4 8 2 3 7
3 Yrs 59 1357 1239 114 284 57 5 23 6 3 92 293 .229 .286 .339 .625 .281 420 24 9 10 7 3 14
162 Game Avg. 36 824 752 69 172 35 3 14 4 2 56 178 .229 .286 .339 .625 .281 255 15 5 6 4 2 9
MLB Averages .253 .316 .395 .710 .298

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 20.2 2.2 661 2.5 13.1 -10.6 1.09 2.0 0.3 20.6 2.2 0.93 21.2 0 0 0
3 Yrs 33.4 3.6 1376 3.1 26.2 -23.0 1.08 3.8 -0.9 35.0 3.8 0.94 38.5 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 25 25 15 4 6 2 1 19 6 .760 1 2 0 0 18 72% 58.0 75 37 8 2 0 12 5.1 5.2 6.3 99 1 9 15 0 112
3 Yrs 59 53 23 11 19 2 4 31 22 .585 6 3 0 0 35 66% 57 89 23 20 5 0 27 4.3 4.7 6.0 95 4 28 21 0 112
MLB Averages .500 53% 52 102 -16 4.2 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 650 53% 1.9% 20.6% 6.2% 6.3% 30% 0.86 1.04 70% 24% 5.7% 15% 121 8 7%
3 Yrs 1357 52% 1.7% 21.6% 6.8% 6.3% 30% 0.82 0.96 69% 25% 5.2% 14% 259 24 9%
MLB Averages 45% 2.5% 20.1% 7.7% 7.4% 32% 0.84 1.11 68% 25% 7.4% 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 650 2469 3.80 1648 67.0% 22.8% 17.1% 31.4% 28.6% 77.2% 1.2% 51.7% 77.8% 64.5% 2.3% 15 8 29.4% 191 104 9 30 104 22.4% 34 4 0 0 0
3 Yrs 1358 5193 3.82 3444 66.4% 24.4% 17.7% 29.9% 28.0% 75.6% 0.6% 50.2% 76.6% 63.1% 2.7% 36 24 29.3% 398 205 16 58 234 19.8% 64 9 0 0 0
MLB Averages 3.82 64.2% 27.2% 16.4% 27.3% 29.1% 72.8% 1.3% 46.7% 77.5% 60.5% 4.4% 24.6% 23.9%

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 650 137 17 1 12 1 10 8 4 5 7 28 11 5 39% 7 4 1 245 5 1 83% 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
3 Yrs 1357 284 36 6 23 1 30 17 6 10 13 57 24 10 42% 14 9 1 501 6 3 67% 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 22 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 5 707 120 1.159 7.7 0.6 2.7 8.3 3.06 120
2015 23 24 11 .686 2.87 59 53 2 0 0 0 329.0 284 114 105 23 92 3 293 9 0 9 1357 131 1.143 7.8 0.6 2.5 8.0 3.18 131

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 6 6 .500 3.45 107.0 103 46 41 7 36 94 5 1.299 8.7 3.0 7.9 2.61 0.6 19
2015 23 10 7 .588 3.15 157.0 149 61 55 13 44 134 4 1.229 8.5 2.5 7.7 3.05 0.7 25
3 Yrs 20 16 .556 3.17 329.0 308 129 116 25 100 293 9 1.240 8.4 8.0 2.93 0.7 59



* - 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

WAR for Pitcherss c a p y
2015 NL  3.7 (10th)

Earned Run Average s c a p y
2015 NL  2.69 (8th)

Wins s c a p y
2015 NL  15 (3rd)

Win-Loss % s c a p y
2015 NL  .789 (2nd)

Walks & Hits per IP s c a p y
2015 NL  1.125 (10th)

Hits per 9 IP s c a p y
2015 NL  7.837 (10th)

Adjusted ERA+ s c a p y
2015 NL  145 (6th)

Adj. Pitching Runs s c a p y
2015 NL  20 (10th)

Adj. Pitching Wins s c a p y
2015 NL  2.2 (10th)

Base-Out Runs Saved (RE24)s c a p y
2015 NL  20.60 (10th)

Sit. Wins Saved (WPA/LI)s c a p y
2015 NL  2.0 (10th)

                                         

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 (·)

Gray InkPitching - 13 (1361), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame MonitorPitching - 17 (689), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
JAWS Starting Pitcher (1115th), 6.6 career WAR/6.6 7yr-peak WAR/6.6 JAWS
Average HOF P (out of 62) = 73.9 career WAR/50.3 7yr-peak WAR/62.1 JAWS

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