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.
Soothes concerns with latest start
PTampa Bay Rays
September 20, 2021
Yarbrough, who took his sixth loss against the Tigers on Saturday while giving up four earned runs on five hits over six innings and recording four strikeouts, nevertheless impressed manager Kevin Cash with the way he overcame early adversity in the outing, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. "The frustration certainly could have mounted the way the last couple of games have gone, but he did a good job keeping his composure, keeping us in the ballgame," Cash said. "He got the cutter going. He mixed in some more breaking balls. Three-run homers are tough to overcome, certainly in the first inning."
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The big blast Cash alluded to came off the bat of Jeimer Candelario, who put Yarbrough in an early hole after the left-hander came in having given up seven earned runs apiece in each of his prior two starts. Yarbrough refused to go into the tank mentally, however, even after Dustin Garneau subsequently tagged him with a solo shot to lead off the second inning. Yarbrough responded by retiring 15 of the next 16 batters, including the final 13, sending him into his next scheduled start against the Marlins either Friday or Saturday with some confidence.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
83
Last 10 Games
81
Last 5 Games
72
How many pitches does Ryan Yarbrough generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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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
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .243 322 70 21 70 15 1 7
Since 2019vs Right .254 1080 198 37 259 60 4 37
2021vs Left .250 117 29 8 26 3 0 2
2021vs Right .279 497 81 18 131 32 2 22
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
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-6%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 5.09 1.20 152.0 7 8 0 7.7 1.6 1.2
Since 2019Away 4.15 1.09 186.1 13 8 0 6.6 1.5 1.2
2021Home 5.13 1.14 72.0 4 4 0 8.0 1.5 1.1
2021Away 5.47 1.40 72.1 4 2 0 5.7 1.7 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
4.23
 
K/9
6.9
 
BB/9
1.6
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
86.5 mph
 
ERA
5.30
 
WHIP
1.27
 
BABIP
.309
 
GB/FB
1.04
 
Left On Base
60.2%
 
Exit Velocity
77.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.7%
 
Spin Rate
2086 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.4%
 
Swinging Strike
9.6%
 
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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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Hammered by Jays
PTampa Bay Rays
September 14, 2021
Yarbrough (8-5) took the loss in relief Monday, coughing up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk in 2.1 innings as the Rays were downed 8-1 by the Blue Jays. He struck out one.
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Filling bulk-relief role
PTampa Bay Rays
September 13, 2021
Yarbrough is expected to work as a bulk reliever behind opener Collin McHugh in Monday's game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Chased after two innings
PTampa Bay Rays
September 6, 2021
Yarbrough allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks over two innings in Monday's win over Boston. He struck out one batter and did not factor in the decision.
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Limits Red Sox to two runs in win
PTampa Bay Rays
September 1, 2021
Yarbrough (8-4) allowed two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out three over six innings to record the win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.
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Confirmed as Tuesday's starter
PTampa Bay Rays
August 30, 2021
Yarbrough will start Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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