Mychal Givens
Mychal Givens
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Givens' 2019 numbers were typical of a dominant flyball pitcher: low WHIP and high ERA. That said, his 4.57 ERA was even more out of sync with his tidy 1.19 WHIP due to 13 homers allowed in just 63 innings. While Given was the Orioles' primary closer, his issues with the long ball pushed him out of ninth inning duties on a few occasions. He still led Baltimore with 11 of their 27 saves, but he also blew eight chances. When not closing, Givens notched seven holds, so he was still deployed in high-leverage scenarios. After averaging 76.2 innings from 2016-2018, Givens only threw 63 frames, in part due to opportunities but also ineffectiveness. While it's probable Givens works in some late-inning capacity, he's not assured to close. Even if he does secure the role, the Orioles will not provide many chances so consider Givens a third closer in mixed formats and a volatile second option in AL-only. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.15 million contract with the Orioles in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Still in mix to close
PBaltimore Orioles
July 12, 2020
Orioles pitching coach Doug Brocail said Sunday that Givens remains in the mix to close, but Baltimore has yet to decide on a top option for the ninth inning, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
ANALYSIS
Givens finished as the Orioles' save leader in 2019, but he netted only 11 of them for an 108-loss squad and supplemented that total with a 4.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 86:26 K:BB in 63 innings. Though Givens enters 2020 as the best of the established options in a weak Baltimore bullpen, his standing atop the depth chart is shaky after 2013 first-round pick Hunter Harvey showcased some dominant skills in a small late-season sample with Baltimore (11 strikeouts in 6.1 innings). Harvey looks like the better bet to be the long-term answer at the back of the bullpen, but it wouldn't be surprising if Givens opened 2020 as the team's preferred closer given his experience. Brocail also indicated that southpaw Richard Bleier could be in the mix for saves against lefty-heavy lineups, which would make it even more difficult to justify investing in either Givens or Harvey, especially with the Orioles expected to be one of MLB's weaker teams once again.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
20
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Mychal Givens generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Mychal Givens generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-24%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .254 234 58 28 51 9 4 8
Since 2018vs Right .192 360 113 30 62 8 3 9
2020vs Left .200 5 2 0 1 1 0 0
2020vs Right .222 12 4 2 2 0 1 0
2019vs Left .267 105 29 13 24 3 2 7
2019vs Right .179 155 57 13 25 1 1 6
2018vs Left .245 124 27 15 26 5 2 1
2018vs Right .201 193 52 15 35 7 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2020
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2019
 
 
-52%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.69 1.21 78.2 1 7 12 9.6 3.4 1.1
Since 2018Away 3.46 1.17 65.0 1 6 8 12.0 3.9 1.0
2020Home 0.00 1.50 2.2 0 0 0 13.5 6.8 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.75 1.1 0 0 0 13.5 0.0 0.0
2019Home 5.97 1.30 34.2 1 4 7 10.4 3.9 2.1
2019Away 2.86 1.06 28.1 1 2 4 14.6 3.5 1.6
2018Home 3.92 1.11 41.1 0 3 5 8.7 2.8 0.4
2018Away 4.08 1.27 35.1 0 4 4 9.9 4.3 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Mychal Givens compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
13.5
 
BB/9
4.5
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
94.0 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.362
 
GB/FB
0.25
 
Left On Base
100.0%
 
Exit Velocity
79.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
2409 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.4%
 
Swinging Strike
15.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For three seasons, many of you drafted Givens as the insurance policy for saves in Baltimore based on his skills. For three seasons, he performed well and had exactly zero saves to show for it. He finally had the chance to get saves in 2018, yet had his worst statistical season nearly across the board. He enters the 2019 season as the favorite to have the full-time role. Givens has been relatively split neutral of late, but his delivery and arm slot still make it very tough on righties to get good wood on the baseball. One of the things that made Zach Britton so good in Baltimore was how frequently he generated groundballs, minimizing the risk of the long ball in Camden's cozy dimensions. Givens is more of a flyball pitcher, so the homer risk is tough to overlook, and expecting a 5.0% HR/FB rate again this year is not wise. Expect a few more homers, but if he can get the walks back down, he should be fine as a low-end second closer.
Make no mistake about it, Givens is mixed-league material. He has all the makings of a solid closer, and now he may have the opportunity to earn saves with Zach Britton expected to miss the first half of the 2018 season with an Achilles injury. Givens has put up consecutive solid seasons in the bullpen as he has helped get the ball to whomever is closing behind him while picking up a number of wins thanks to his work in medium- and high-leverage situations. He misses bats at a good clip (10.1 K/9), and showed improvement with his control last season, trimming his BB/9 from 4.3 to 2.9. Brad Brach figures to step into the ninth inning to begin the year, but Givens should be next in line, at least for the duration of Britton's absence.
Givens quickly powered his way through the minor leagues and made his big league debut in 2015. He put together a superb rookie season (1.80 ERA in 30 innings) and earned himself a spot on the Orioles' 2016 Opening Day roster. His walk rate more than doubled in 2016, causing his overall numbers to decline a bit, but he was still able to put together an overall effective campaign. Givens posted a 3.13 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 13 holds while maintaining his ridiculous strikeout rate at 30.7 percent over 74.2 innings. His walk rate increased from 5.1 percent in 2015 to 11.5 percent in 2016, as the command of his changeup and slider declined a bit. Givens is a sure bet to remain an important piece in the Orioles' bullpen going forward, but he isn't likely to garner much fantasy value until he's able to work his way in a more consistent setup or closer role.
Givens' transition from shortstop to pitcher bloomed nicely in 2015, as his dominance at the Double-A level earned a promotion to the Orioles. Drafted in 2009, Givens was converted to a relief pitcher in 2013. He has a fastball that can reach the upper-90s and he complements it primarily with a slider that sits in the mid-80s. He also has a changeup that he throws with less frequency that also sits in the mid-80s. Givens had a 12.4 K/9 at Double-A and an 11.4 K/9 with the Orioles. The big step forward was his control, as Givens went from a 6.0 BB/9 at High-A and Double-A in 2014 to a 2.5 BB/9 at Double-A and just a 1.8 BB/9 with the Orioles. Givens seems like a shoo-in for a bullpen spot in 2016. With the easy transition straight from Double-A to the Orioles, Givens may have proven he is ready to move into a setup role sooner rather than later.
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Throwing off mound
PBaltimore Orioles
July 6, 2020
Givens threw off a mound at Oriole Park on Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Lackluster results in spring play
PBaltimore Orioles
March 23, 2020
Givens allowed five earned runs off five hits, two strikeouts and one walk over 4.1 innings during spring training.
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Gets in mound work
PBaltimore Orioles
February 27, 2020
Givens (illness) completed a bullpen session Thursday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Could debut Thursday or Friday
PBaltimore Orioles
February 26, 2020
Manager Brandon Hyde suggested that Givens (illness) could be ready to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday or Friday versus the Pirates, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Returning from illness
PBaltimore Orioles
Illness
February 16, 2020
Givens (illness) feels better and is scheduled to resume workouts Monday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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