Ryan Yarbrough
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
With the implementation of the opener in Major League Baseball also came the introduction of the primary pitcher. That was Yarbrough's primary role in 2018. He totaled 147.1 innings despite making just six starts in 38 appearances, and the results were relatively strong despite underwhelming peripherals. He didn't even crack 90 mph on average with his fastball, but his slider and cutter were effective enough against left-handed batters. It was a different story against right-handed hitters -- 10.1 K-BB%, .324 wOBA, 4.34 FIP. Further, Yarbrough's ERA jumped from 2.63 the first time through to 4.29 the second time through (as a reliever), which suggests that both Yarbrough and the team may be better off shortening him up. Factor in the caliber of the offenses in his own division and Yarbrough looks like a low-upside pitcher with the downside of a true middle reliever, so waiver-wire fodder in mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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Moves to 6-3 in strong outing
PTampa Bay Rays
June 23, 2019
Yarbrough (6-3) yielded one run on five hits over six innings Sunday, striking out four and earning the win over Oakland.
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Opener Ryne Stanek kept Oakland off the board but walked Mark Canha to open the second inning before Yarbrough stepped in. His season ERA fell to 4.87 as he still looks to get some consistency working as a long reliever after the Rays' opener. The 27-year-old should see the mound again at home against the Rangers on Saturday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .211 228 60 19 43 13 1 8
Since 2017vs Right .253 629 107 40 146 42 1 16
2019vs Left .233 65 13 3 14 5 1 3
2019vs Right .229 164 26 6 35 9 1 3
2018vs Left .201 163 47 16 29 8 0 5
2018vs Right .262 465 81 34 111 33 0 13
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-66%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.87 1.25 114.2 11 7 0 7.3 2.5 1.1
Since 2017Away 3.30 1.17 90.0 11 2 0 7.4 2.7 1.0
2019Home 7.31 1.34 28.1 2 2 0 6.4 2.2 1.3
2019Away 2.48 0.69 29.0 4 1 0 5.9 0.6 0.6
2018Home 4.07 1.22 86.1 9 5 0 7.6 2.6 1.0
2018Away 3.69 1.39 61.0 7 1 0 8.1 3.7 1.2
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Ryan Yarbrough 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 this season's data (min 20 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
4.33
 
K/9
6.1
 
BB/9
1.4
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
88.2 mph
 
ERA
4.87
 
WHIP
1.01
 
BABIP
.260
 
GB/FB
1.47
 
Left On Base
52.4%
 
Exit Velocity
86.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.9%
 
Spin Rate
2120 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
33.6%
 
Swinging Strike
9.7%
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Yarbrough spent the majority of 2015 with High-A Bakersfield in the California League, where he finished with a 4-7 record and 3.76 ERA in 16 starts. He posted a 4.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .266 batting average against, and 1.28 WHIP. Part of his high batting average against can likely be explained by his .324 BABIP, which was much higher than the .266 BABIP he finished with in 2014. Yarbrough had a groin injury in June that sent him to the 7-day DL, but should be healthy to start 2016. Yarbrough's arsenal of pitches includes an average fastball and curveball to go along with an excellent change-up. He moved up from number 11 to number eight on the Mariners prospect rankings during 2015 and is estimated to make the MLB during 2016. Scouts believe has back-of-the-rotation potential, but will most likely end up in the bullpen long-term. If Yarbrough pitches well to start 2016, there is a good chance he could be called-up to the MLB at some point as a lefty reliever.
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Following opener Sunday
PTampa Bay Rays
June 22, 2019
Yarbrough is expected to serve as the bulk reliever behind opener Ryne Stanek at Oakland on Sunday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
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Yields zero runs in three frames
PTampa Bay Rays
June 18, 2019
Yarbrough pitched three innings, giving up no runs on one hit with two strikeouts and no walks during a no-decision against the Yankees on Tuesday.
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Working as bulk reliever
PTampa Bay Rays
June 18, 2019
Yarbrough will be deployed as a bulk reliever in Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Victimized by home runs in loss
PTampa Bay Rays
June 13, 2019
Yarbrough (5-3) allowed five runs on five hits and one walk across six innings while taking the loss Thursday against the Angels. He struck out four.
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Wins fifth game
PTampa Bay Rays
June 8, 2019
Yarbrough (5-2) allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks over 7.2 innings to earn the win over the Red Sox in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. He struck out seven.
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