Brian Flynn
Brian Flynn
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Kansas City Royals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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Set for spring debut
PKansas City Royals
February 26, 2018
Flynn (groin) is listed as the starting pitcher for Monday's game against the Giants.
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Flynn is fully healthy and set to make his 2018 Cactus League debut after ending the 2017 season on the 60-day disabled list due to a groin strain. The 27-year-old, who posted a 5.40 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 50 innings with Triple-A Omaha last season, will look to earn a low-leverage bullpen gig with an impressive showing in camp.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-2%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .256 182 35 22 40 6 1 4
Since 2016vs Right .262 364 53 35 84 17 3 5
2018vs Left .301 98 20 14 25 4 0 2
2018vs Right .299 219 24 20 58 12 2 2
2017vs Left .400 5 0 0 2 0 1 0
2017vs Right .333 3 0 0 1 0 1 0
2016vs Left .191 79 15 8 13 2 0 2
2016vs Right .202 142 29 15 25 5 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.69 1.36 70.2 3 1 0 5.7 3.6 0.6
Since 2016Away 3.10 1.47 58.0 1 6 1 6.7 4.5 0.6
2018Home 4.62 1.68 37.0 2 0 0 4.9 4.1 0.5
2018Away 3.44 1.62 34.0 1 5 1 6.4 4.5 0.5
2017Home 3.86 1.29 2.1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 2.59 0.99 31.1 1 1 0 7.2 3.2 0.9
2016Away 2.63 1.25 24.0 0 1 0 7.1 4.5 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Brian Flynn 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
1.29
 
K/9
5.6
 
BB/9
4.3
 
HR/9
0.5
 
Fastball
91.9 mph
 
ERA
4.06
 
WHIP
1.65
 
BABIP
.336
 
GB/FB
2.38
 
Strand %
75.2%
 
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Having allowed 24 earned runs over 25 MLB innings in his career, seeing Flynn's 2016 performance culminate in a 2.60 ERA and 1.10 WHIP may come off as too good to be true. For one, Flynn wasn’t prone to retiring batters by way of the strikeout, as he posted a mediocre K-rate of 19.9 percent. Control wasn’t his forte either, for more than 10 percent of the batters he faced wound up reaching base via a walk. Rather, he relied on his fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup pitch arsenal to keep hitters on their toes. As a result, Flynn rode a 2.22 GB/FB to the forefront of the Royals’ bullpen and ended the season as their fourth-most-used reliever. However, Kansas City seldom used Flynn in high-leverage situations, which led to him accruing just two holds on the year. For 2017, he’ll figure to start the year as a primary relief option for the club, but could quickly fall back in the hierarchy if he reverts to his old, run laden ways.
Sent to Kansas City in exchange for Aaron Crow in the offseason, Flynn was aiming for a bullpen spot with the Royals, but was beaten out by Ryan Madson. There were thoughts that the left-hander could move into the bullpen eventually or even be stretched into a starter, but none of that could develop due to a back injury that cropped up after he appeared only once for Triple-A Omaha. The Royals have plenty of relief pitching depth, so there's a good chance they'll have the 25-year-old spend some time in Triple-A to improve upon the 4.06 ERA he posted in 2014 before giving him a chance with the big club.
Widely regarded as a top-10 prospect in the Marlins’ pitching-rich farm system heading into the season, Flynn struggled during brief stints with the big club in 2013 and 2014, posting a 8.64 ERA and 2.20 WHIP over 25.0 career major league innings. He also struggled to duplicate his success from the lower levels of the minors as he yielded a .302 batting average against during a full season at Triple-A New Orleans. Flynn’s 4.02 ERA  and 6.7 K/9 over 19.2 innings pitched represented steep declines from the 2.83 ERA and 8.0 K/9 that he put in 138 innings at that level in 2013. The lefty hurler stands at an imposing 6-foot-7 on the mound and leans on deception, command and control to get outs while sitting in the low-90s with his fastball. Flynn was traded to the Royals for Aaron Crow during the offseason, and he may be given an opportunity to take the ball as a starter for Kansas City at some point in 2015.
Standing at an imposing 6-foot-7, Flynn parlayed his length into a solid all-around season between Double-A and Triple-A before a cup of coffee with the Marlins in September. Flynn tossed 161 innings and recorded a 2.63 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 147 strikeouts against 43 walks in the minors before he got knocked around during his brief stint in the majors, but he will be given plenty of time in 2014 to develop a secondary arsenal that includes an average slider as well as a curveball and changeup -- two pitches that remain works in progress. The lefty is built to be an innings eater at the major league level and has flashed strong strikeout and walk rates during his time in the minors. Flynn has a chance to see some time in the majors in the second half of 2014, though he'll have plenty of internal competition from more highly-touted prospect arms in the organization.
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Transferred to 60-day DL
PKansas City Royals
Groin
September 1, 2017
Flynn (groin) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Friday.
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Lands on DL with groin strain
PKansas City Royals
Groin
August 29, 2017
Flynn was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a left groin strain.
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Removed with groin injury
PKansas City Royals
Groin
August 28, 2017
Flynn was removed after 2.1 innings with a groin injury Monday against the Rays, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Recalled from Triple-A
PKansas City Royals
August 28, 2017
Flynn was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Monday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PKansas City Royals
July 26, 2017
Flynn was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.
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