Ryan Yarbrough
Ryan Yarbrough
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Yarbrough appeared almost exclusively as a starter last season for the first time in his three-year career, starting nine games while appearing in relief twice. He cruised to a career-best 3.56 ERA, though the ERA estimators were slightly more pessimistic, as his 3.87 FIP and 4.33 xFIP both sat at roughly the midpoint between his marks from the two previous seasons. His strikeout rate fell to a career-low 18.8%, but when combined with a strong 5.1 BB%, it was generally enough to get the job done. Yarbrough should remain one of the Rays' primary rotation options this season, especially after the departure of Charlie Morton, and there's every reason to believe he'll remain a serviceable starter heading into his age-29 season, albeit a fairly low-ceiling one for fantasy purposes given his consistently mediocre strikeout rates. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#262
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Rays in February of 2021.
Falters as bulk reliever
PTampa Bay Rays
June 23, 2021
Yarbrough covered two innings as a primary pitcher and didn't factor into the decision Tuesday in the Rays' 9-5 loss to the Red Sox in 11 innings. He gave up five runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two.
ANALYSIS
Yarbrough looked in line to take his first loss since April 30 after exiting with a 5-2 lead, but the Rays offense rallied for three runs in the bottom of the fifth before Boston broke the tie in extras. The southpaw has now been blitzed for 10 runs between his last two outings, raising his season ERA from 3.88 to 4.59. Yarbrough isn't in danger of losing his spot in the rotation, but the Rays could continue to deploy him behind an opener when his next turn comes up in an attempt to coax better results out of the 29-year-old.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
83
Last 10 Games
83
Last 5 Games
87
How many pitches does Ryan Yarbrough generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Ryan Yarbrough generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .246 277 59 18 61 14 1 6
Since 2019vs Right .242 850 165 28 193 43 3 27
2021vs Left .266 72 18 5 17 2 0 1
2021vs Right .259 267 48 9 65 15 1 12
2020vs Left .259 61 11 4 14 2 0 1
2020vs Right .250 164 30 8 37 7 0 4
2019vs Left .231 144 30 9 30 10 1 4
2019vs Right .228 419 87 11 91 21 2 11
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 5.16 1.26 113.1 4 6 0 8.2 1.7 1.1
Since 2019Away 3.52 0.98 161.0 12 7 0 6.7 1.4 1.1
2021Home 5.40 1.26 33.1 1 2 0 10.0 1.6 0.8
2021Away 4.02 1.15 47.0 3 1 0 5.6 1.5 1.9
2020Home 4.03 1.30 22.1 1 1 0 6.9 1.6 1.6
2020Away 3.60 1.13 30.0 0 3 0 6.9 2.4 0.3
2019Home 5.46 1.25 57.2 2 3 0 7.6 1.7 1.1
2019Away 3.21 0.82 84.0 9 3 0 7.3 1.0 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Ryan Yarbrough compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
4.71
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
1.6
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
86.7 mph
 
ERA
4.59
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.301
 
GB/FB
1.10
 
Left On Base
60.4%
 
Exit Velocity
77.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.8%
 
Spin Rate
2131 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
18.0%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Yarbrough worked in the bulk role again in 2019, but early on, his season was disastrous. He was sent down to Triple-A after five appearances to begin the season with an 8.10 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. If it could have gone wrong for him in April, it did. He went down to Durham and tinkered with his approach, deciding to throw his below-average fastball less and add more cutters and sliders...and it worked! He was recalled May 23 and went 9-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 0.87 WHIP until hitting a wall in September where his numbers went back to their April form. Yarbrough is not a starter as he is ideally suited for the bulk role with this limited repertoire. When his command is on, he is excellent at inducing weak contact and generating infield popups and cans of corn to the outfield. He gets hurt when he fails to execute, so a misplaced fastball or a flat cutter becomes a rocket to or over the wall.
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.
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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Pitching behind opener
PTampa Bay Rays
June 21, 2021
Yarbrough will work as a primary pitcher behind opener Andrew Kittredge in Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Knocked around in no-decision
PTampa Bay Rays
June 16, 2021
Yarbrough allowed seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits while walking one and striking out five in 6.1 innings of Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the White Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
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Fans six in win
PTampa Bay Rays
June 11, 2021
Yarbrough (4-3) allowed two unearned runs on three hits over six innings Friday, striking out six and earning a win over the Orioles.
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Tosses CG against Yankees
PTampa Bay Rays
June 3, 2021
Yarbrough (3-3) allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out six in nine innings to earn the win against the Yankees on Thursday.
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Fans eight over 4.1 frames
PTampa Bay Rays
May 29, 2021
Yarbrough had eight strikeouts and allowed two runs on three hits across 4.1 innings during Saturday's 5-3 win versus Philadelphia. He had two walks and didn't factor in the decision.
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