Emmanuel Clase Cleveland Guardians

Age: 24 (March 18, 1998) | 6' 2" | 206lbs. | Throws: Right Minors: p-39
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TEX A+ 2019 2 0 1 0 6 0 7.0 4 0 1 11 0.00 0.71 0.64 1.3 14.1 .314 n/a
TEX AA 2019 1 2 11 0 33 1 37.2 34 1 8 39 3.35 1.12 1.05 1.9 9.3 .329 n/a
TEX AL 2019 2 3 1 4 21 1 23.1 20 2 6 21 2.31 1.11 1.11 2.3 8.1 .287 61/20/20 6 4
TEX AL 2020 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a 0 -0
CLE AL 2021 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0 0.00 n/a 0 0
CLE AL 2021 4 5 24 6 71 0 69.2 51 2 16 74 1.29 0.96 0.89 2.1 9.6 .286 68/14/18 32 21
CLE AL 2022 1 2 7 0 16 0 14.0 12 1 3 14 3.21 1.07 1.07 1.9 9.0 .302 55/25/20 6 4
Career 4yrs 7 10 32 10 108 1 107.0 83 5 25 109 1.77 1.01 0.96 2.1 9.2 .288 n/a
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Statcast xERA: 2.16

I wonder why it's not better?

Maybe because, compared to the other flame-throwers, he doesn't get that many strikeouts?

And how is it that batters make contact against him?

Maybe because his fastball is so fast it doesn't get enough movement, despite the exceptionally fast spin (percentiles in earlier post).

Batters have a hard time making solid contact.

Here are the five best Barrel percents last year (all pitchers with at least 200 TBF), with each pitcher's ERA and xERA:

                                 B%   ERA    xERA

Emmanuel Clase      1.6    1.29     2.16

Tyler  Rogers             2.0    2.22    2.80

Aaron Loup               2.1    0.95    3.12

Blake Treinen             2.3    1.99    2.45

Jose Alvarez              2.4     2.37   3.44 

Interesting that the actual ERA is always better, often much better, than what Statcast thinks it should be.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 5

Percentilles --

FBv 100

FBs   98

v for velocity, s for spin

His average fastball was the fastest in the majors and its spin rate was the fastest.

Obviously, there are other qualities to consider -- command, release point, how scary the pitcher looks as he's winding up (or is because his command is terrible) -- but on the two most basic measurements, Clase, fiittingly, comes out on top of the fastball rankings.

Here are the top five when FBv and FBs are averaged:

Clase 99.0

Camilo Doval 98.5

Daniel Bard 98.0

Tejay Antone 96.5

Tanner Scott 95.0

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 13
2021: FB 70% FBv 100.3 EV 86.4 HardHit 29% Barrel 2% HR/FB 6% FIP 2.11
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '21