Kirby Yates
Kirby Yates
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Diego Padres
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $1.062 million deal with the Padres in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Bags ninth save
PSan Diego Padres
September 12, 2018
Yates gave up two hits and a run but still picked up the save against the Mariners on Wednesday, striking out one and walking none in the ninth inning to close out San Diego's 5-4 victory.
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Yates made it interesting after giving up a pair of hits in the ninth, including a solo homer to Kyle Seager, but he eventually slammed the door to preserve the one-run victory. The right-hander now has nine saves in 10 chances on the season to go along with a 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 79 strikeouts across 56.2 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2016
 
 
-29%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .231 265 86 26 54 8 0 11
Since 2016vs Right .202 377 132 26 69 10 0 12
2018vs Left .239 104 31 10 22 3 0 3
2018vs Right .139 123 49 4 16 1 0 3
2017vs Left .239 98 36 10 21 4 0 7
2017vs Right .190 133 52 9 23 3 0 5
2016vs Left .204 63 19 6 11 1 0 1
2016vs Right .286 121 31 13 30 6 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-59%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-76%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 2.12 1.02 80.2 5 4 4 12.8 2.5 1.0
Since 2016Away 5.18 1.25 74.2 6 5 6 12.4 3.6 1.7
2018Home 1.33 1.04 27.0 2 2 3 11.7 2.7 1.0
2018Away 2.67 0.79 30.1 3 1 6 13.4 1.8 0.9
2017Home 1.67 0.77 32.1 1 1 1 15.6 1.9 1.4
2017Away 7.03 1.56 24.1 3 4 0 11.8 4.4 2.6
2016Home 3.80 1.36 21.1 2 1 0 10.1 3.0 0.4
2016Away 6.75 1.55 20.0 0 0 0 11.7 5.4 1.8
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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.
K/BB
5.86
 
K/9
12.7
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
94.0 mph
 
ERA
2.01
 
WHIP
0.89
 
BABIP
.279
 
GB/FB
1.33
 
Strand %
84.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Picks up save vs. Seattle
PSan Diego Padres
September 12, 2018
Yates pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to earn the save Tuesday against the Mariners.
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Notches seventh save
PSan Diego Padres
September 9, 2018
Yates struck out two batters in a perfect inning to secure his seventh save in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Reds.
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Sharp in return
PSan Diego Padres
September 4, 2018
Yates returned from the bereavement list Monday, firing a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts in a 6-2 win over Arizona.
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Reinstated from bereavement list
PSan Diego Padres
September 3, 2018
Yates (personal) was reinstated from the bereavement list Monday.
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Put on bereavement leave
PSan Diego Padres
Personal
August 31, 2018
Yates was placed on the bereavement list prior to Friday's game.
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