Kirby Yates
Kirby Yates
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Yates did in 2019 what only four other relievers have done this decade: save at least 40 games while striking out at least 100 batters, joining Edwin Diaz, Kenley Jansen, Craig Kimbrel and Greg Holland. The bad news? Only Jansen and Kimbrel did it in consecutive years. As great as Diaz was in 2018, he didn't come close to doing it again in 2019, and that should be fresh in your mind as you figure out how to draft Yates in 2020. He doesn't have the electric fastball, but how he tunnels it with his amazing splitter makes both pitches harmonize in a wonderful duet. He pitched with elite skills in 2018 without the full-time closer role, but had both in 2019. He is no longer a bargain and will cost you full freight to add to your roster. Not bad for a reliever who was designated for assignment by the Rays, Yankees and Angels before striking gold in San Diego. The splitter completely turned around his career. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $7.06 million contract with the Padres in January of 2020.
Earns save against Dodgers
PSan Diego Padres
August 4, 2020
Yates earned the save Monday against the Dodgers. He gave up one run -- on a solo home run -- while striking out three across one inning.
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Yates entered the ninth inning with a two-run lead and gave up a solo homer to Cody Bellinger, but he settled down after that and struck out the next three batters he faced to close the game out. This was Yates' first save of the season -- he is enduring a tough start to the campaign with five runs allowed in 3.1 innings across four appearances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
20
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Kirby Yates generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-70%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .227 260 91 21 53 11 0 6
Since 2018vs Right .153 253 106 13 35 4 0 3
2020vs Left .556 12 2 2 5 0 0 1
2020vs Right .167 8 4 2 1 0 0 0
2019vs Left .197 132 54 8 24 8 0 2
2019vs Right .172 111 47 5 17 3 0 0
2018vs Left .235 116 35 11 24 3 0 3
2018vs Right .137 134 55 6 17 1 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-35%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-62%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-45%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.59 0.94 68.0 2 7 24 14.2 2.4 0.7
Since 2018Away 2.44 0.98 59.0 3 2 30 13.7 2.4 0.6
2020Home 10.13 1.88 2.2 0 1 1 20.3 6.8 3.4
2020Away 27.00 7.50 .666666 0 0 0 0.0 27.0 0.0
2019Home 1.02 0.82 35.1 0 4 20 15.3 1.8 0.3
2019Away 1.42 0.99 25.1 0 1 21 14.6 2.1 0.4
2018Home 1.50 1.00 30.0 2 2 3 12.3 2.7 0.9
2018Away 2.73 0.85 33.0 3 1 9 13.4 2.2 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Kirby Yates 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
1.50
 
K/9
16.2
 
BB/9
10.8
 
HR/9
2.7
 
Fastball
93.6 mph
 
ERA
13.50
 
WHIP
3.00
 
BABIP
.595
 
GB/FB
1.33
 
Left On Base
58.1%
 
Exit Velocity
85.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.6%
 
Spin Rate
2045 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.8%
 
Swinging Strike
18.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Yates was already on his way to a career year when the Padres dealt Brad Hand at the trade deadline, and he deservedly took over as the closer after that. He was not as effective after the All-Star break as he was before, but still set career bests across the board. A 31-year-old righty, Yates relies on a 95-mph fastball to get ahead in the count and gets whiffs with his splitter and hard slider. He will open 2019 in the same role he finished last year, but could wind up on the trade block himself if the Padres can't keep pace in the NL West, given his age and the fact he is only under team control for two more seasons. Chances are, he would not work as a closer if he were dealt to a contender. He was getting drafted as a top-15 reliever on average in December, with drafters putting a lot of faith in a player with just 14 career saves. That aggression is somewhat understandable given his dominance last season and the general lack of trustworthy closers.
The Padres claimed Yates off waivers after he was designated for assignment by the Angels in April. He proceeded to make 61 appearances for San Diego last season, pushing his strikeout rate to a gaudy 38.5 percent while providing decent ratios (3.97 ERA, 1.11 WHIP). An extreme flyball pitcher, Yates continues to give up too many home runs, and his career 1.81 HR/9 is showing no signs of improving. Mixing a mid-90s fastball, slider and changeup, Yates' ability to miss bats appears to be sustainable, but he needs to cut back on the number of mistakes he makes with his slider. He did not allow a hit all season with his changeup, which generated whiffs at an excellent clip (26.6 percent), and gives him a weapon that could allow him to become more effective at getting lefties out. It's not out of the question to think that he could be given a chance at closing in San Diego at some point if Brad Hand were to get traded.
Yates' ability to strike batters out is unquestionable, but the other facets of pitching got him traded twice over the offseason. The 29-year-old eventually landed in the Yankees organization, where he initially broke camp with the major league bullpen. However, he was shipped back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in late June after posting a paltry 5.72 ERA and 4.4 BB/9 across 26.2 innings pitched. He dominated the minor league competition, but his return to the big leagues didn't provide any more success, as he sported a 4.09 ERA and a 4.9 BB/9 over 11 innings scattered across the final two months of the season. The right-hander's strikeout rate was impeccable as always (10.9 K/9), but his lack of control and propensity to give up home runs doesn't bode well going forward. He was claimed off waivers by the Angels in October, so he could garner a low-leverage role in their relatively weak relief corps. That being said, until he can harness his control, Yates is unlikely to be consistently entrusted with high-leverage situations.
Yates made the Rays’ Opening Day roster thanks to a strong spring training in which he registered a 2.45 ERA and 11:3 K/BB ratio in 11 innings. His regular season didn’t go as well. The 28-year-old saw playing time in four different months and his 4.15 ERA in April was easily his best mark in any individual month. He eventually finished with a brutal 7.97 ERA in 20.1 innings, with most of his time coming after a September callup. At his best, Yates is an excellent strikeout pitcher, evidenced by 11.9 K/9 in the minors and at his worst he deals with serious command issues, with a 4.2 BB/9. He also missed significant time in May and June due to a chest injury, which likely didn’t feel great even after he returned. He’ll have to battle to secure a role with the Yankees during spring training after coming over in a January trade, but even if he makes the team, he unlikely to work into a fantasy-relevant role.
The undersized reliever had a nice debut for the Rays in 2014. He struck out 27 percent of the batters he faced and held opposing batters to a .241 average. Over the past two seasons at Triple-A Durham, Yates served as the team’s closer and struck out 128 batters and permitted just 48 hits in 86.2 innings. Despite the big numbers, Yates does not have top-shelf stuff and relies more on sequencing and a deceptive delivery for his effectiveness. He should work the middle innings of relief so he could vulture some wins while helping with strikeouts in deep AL-only leagues.
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Identifies mechanical adjustments
PSan Diego Padres
August 1, 2020
Yates has noted mechanical adjustments he can make on the mound and remains confident in his ability despite a slow start to the season, Annie Heilbrunn of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Pulled from save situation
PSan Diego Padres
August 1, 2020
Yates gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning before he was pulled from Friday's game against the Rockies.
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Receives extra rest day
PSan Diego Padres
July 28, 2020
Manager Jayce Tingler said Drew Pomeranz received Tuesday's save opportunity since Yates was receiving an extra day of rest, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Falters in non-save situation
PSan Diego Padres
July 26, 2020
Yates (0-1) allowed two runs on two hits and a pair of walks while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss Sunday versus the Diamondbacks.
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Fans two in non-save situation
PSan Diego Padres
July 25, 2020
Yates struck out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
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