Kyle Ryan
Kyle Ryan
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kyle Ryan in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs in December of 2017.
Battling for final bullpen spot
PChicago Cubs  AAA
March 20, 2018
Ryan is in the mix to win a bullpen spot out of spring training if the team decides to keep eight relievers, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
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Ryan, who was a non-roster invitee to camp, has posted a strong 2.25 ERA in eight Cactus League innings, and he compiled a 3.87 ERA over 128 innings the past four seasons with the Tigers. If the Cubs go with eight relievers instead of seven, Ryan has a chance to make the Opening Day roster, but he has to beat out the likes of Justin Hancock and Anthony Bass. Eddie Butler also factors into the equation as a long reliever.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .245 110 23 9 24 3 2 2
Since 2016vs Right .258 145 13 13 33 6 2 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .444 13 1 3 4 1 0 0
2017vs Right .417 16 0 4 5 0 0 0
2016vs Left .225 97 22 6 20 2 2 2
2016vs Right .241 129 13 9 28 6 2 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-66%
ERA at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-86%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-63%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 2.16 1.01 41.2 3 1 0 5.4 2.6 0.2
Since 2016Away 6.41 1.88 19.2 1 1 0 5.0 4.6 0.5
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 3.86 1.93 4.2 0 0 0 0.0 9.6 0.0
2017Away 27.00 7.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 18.0 0.0
2016Home 1.95 0.89 37.0 3 1 0 6.1 1.7 0.2
2016Away 5.30 1.61 18.2 1 1 0 4.8 3.9 0.5
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Ryan was moved to the bullpen full-time in 2016, a move that helped him lower his ERA to 3.07 from 4.47 a year ago. He has never been a big strikeout guy, and 2016 was no exception, as he posted a 5.66 K/9. He did, however, improve his command, lowering his BB/9 to 2.43, in addition to holding opponents to just a .231 average. But the real key to Ryan's 2016 success was keeping the ball in the yard, as he allowed just two home runs compared to nine in 2015. A lefty whose fastball averages just 90 mph and throws a lot of sliders, Ryan likely won't suddenly start blowing people away. While he did a good job keeping runs off the board in 2016, there isn't much fantasy value to be had from a low-strikeout reliever who doesn't pitch in high-leverage situations, and that's what Ryan appears to be going forward.
Ryan bounced between the bullpen and the rotation in 2015, but that will likely change this season. The team needs lefties in the bullpen and Ryan is likely ticketed there. He's been far too hittable in his major league career (try more than a hit per inning over two seasons) and just doesn't strike out enough batters. Even in relief, sustained success may be hard to come by for Ryan as he just doesn't have the consistency for a long role. The Tigers need to decide if Ryan is anything more than a LOOGY. Turn eyes elsewhere, as there is only downside here.
Ryan was one of the biggest surprise callups for Detroit in 2014. After an impressive five-game stint with Triple-A Toledo, in which he went 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 20:5 K:BB ratio in 33 innings, Detroit promoted Ryan for a spot start. Ryan delivered six shutout innings in his debut with the Tigers, and he went on to pitch another 4.1 innings of three-run ball in September. Prior to his brief breakout in Toledo, the 23-year-old lefty had modest production throughout his minor league career, including a 4.55 ERA during his first taste of Double-A ball in 2014. Ryan has a five-pitch arsenal, including a fastball that sits in the 88-91 mph range, a sinker, a curveball and a seldom-used changeup. The lanky (6-5, 215) lefty isn’t overpowering and he has posted low strikeout totals throughout his career, but he possesses solid control and limits free passes. His ceiling is likely that of a No. 4 or 5 starter at the major league level if he continues to develop. While additional innings at Triple-A are probably needed, Ryan may receive some consideration for the final spot in the rotation.
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Signs with Cubs
PChicago Cubs  AAA
December 27, 2017
Ryan agreed to a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Wednesday, Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue reports.
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Put on waivers
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
November 2, 2017
Ryan was placed on waivers by the Tigers on Thursday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Sent to minors
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
April 27, 2017
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Struggles Tuesday
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
April 19, 2017
Ryan recorded just one out in Tuesday's loss to the Rays, allowing three hits, a walk and two earned runs.
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Returns from paternity leave
PDetroit Tigers  AAA
April 8, 2017
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