Mychal Givens
Mychal Givens
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.15 million contract with the Orioles in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Signs with Orioles
PBaltimore Orioles
January 11, 2019
Givens signed a one-year deal with the Orioles on Friday to avoid arbitration, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Givens has been a solid bullpen piece for the Orioles the last few years, and was finally able to work into the closer's role in 2018 with nine saves following the trade of Zach Britton. The 28-year-old is the favorite to take over the full-time role in 2019.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-57%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .259 335 77 42 74 14 2 8
Since 2016vs Right .188 610 186 49 103 22 1 12
2018vs Left .245 124 27 15 26 5 2 1
2018vs Right .201 193 52 15 35 7 1 3
2017vs Left .184 113 28 12 18 2 0 4
2017vs Right .209 202 60 13 39 8 0 6
2016vs Left .366 98 22 15 30 7 0 3
2016vs Right .156 215 74 21 29 7 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-15%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.11 1.06 127.1 11 5 5 10.4 2.9 0.9
Since 2016Away 3.51 1.30 102.2 5 5 4 10.2 4.4 0.6
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
2017Home 2.93 0.98 46.0 7 1 0 10.8 2.3 1.6
2017Away 2.48 1.13 32.2 1 0 0 9.1 3.6 0.6
2016Home 2.48 1.10 40.0 4 1 0 11.7 3.6 0.7
2016Away 3.89 1.47 34.2 4 1 0 11.4 5.2 0.8
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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.
K/BB
2.63
 
K/9
9.3
 
BB/9
3.5
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
95.1 mph
 
ERA
3.99
 
WHIP
1.19
 
BABIP
.294
 
GB/FB
1.03
 
Strand %
65.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
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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Notches ninth save
PBaltimore Orioles
September 23, 2018
Givens tossed a perfect ninth inning to lock down his ninth save in a 6-3 win over the Yankees Sunday.
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Grabs eighth save
PBaltimore Orioles
September 19, 2018
Givens pitched a perfect ninth inning Wednesday to record his eighth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.
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Collects seventh save
PBaltimore Orioles
September 13, 2018
Givens recorded the last five outs in Thursday's victory over the Athletics to earn the save. He struck out two and walked one.
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Grabs one-out save
PBaltimore Orioles
August 30, 2018
Givens struck out the only batter he faced to record his fifth save of the season in Wednesday's 10-5 win over the Blue Jays.
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Records four-out save
PBaltimore Orioles
August 5, 2018
Givens struck out one batter in 1.1 perfect innings of work Sunday, earning his second save of the season in the 9-6 win over Texas.
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