Jon Lester

Chicago Cubs

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Pitch Repertoire At-A-Glance

Jon Lester has thrown 30,971 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Cutter (89mph), also mixing in a Curve (76mph) and Sinker (92mph). He also rarely throws a Change (86mph).

BETA Feature:
Basic description of 2016 pitches compared to other LHP:
His fourseam fastball has slightly above average velo. His cutter is blazing fast, generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' cutters and has good "rise". His curve generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers' curves, has little depth, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers' curves and has slight glove-side movement. His sinker generates a very high amount of groundballs compared to other pitchers' sinkers, has slightly above average velo and has some natural sinking action. His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers' changeups, is much firmer than usual, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers' changeups and has slight armside fade.