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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Gets work in despite rainout
PTampa Bay Rays
March 16, 2019
Yarbrough worked two innings in the batting cage Saturday after the Rays' Grapefruit League tilt against the Twins was rained out, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Yarbrough continues to work back from the groin issues that plagued him earlier in camp, so it was important for him to get some scheduled work in after the postponement. The left-hander figures in as a key component of the staff this coming season after working as both a traditional reliever and opener last season across 38 appearances. Yarbrough projects to log time in both roles during the 2019 campaign, and his ability to work multiple innings makes him an ideal "bulk reliever" candidate in manager Kevin Cash's unique pitching rotation configuration.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .201 163 47 16 29 8 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .262 465 81 34 111 33 0 13
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
-9%
ERA on Road
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.07 1.22 86.1 9 5 0 7.6 2.6 1.0
Since 2017Away 3.69 1.39 61.0 7 1 0 8.1 3.7 1.2
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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.
K/BB
2.56
 
K/9
7.8
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
89.4 mph
 
ERA
3.91
 
WHIP
1.29
 
BABIP
.298
 
GB/FB
1.12
 
Strand %
73.3%
 
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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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Successful return to mound
PTampa Bay Rays
March 11, 2019
Yarbrough (groin) struck out two in a perfect inning Monday against Philadelphia.
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Isn't called upon Sunday
PTampa Bay Rays
Groin
March 10, 2019
Yarbrough (groin) didn't pitch in Sunday's spring game against Boston as expected.
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Could return Sunday
PTampa Bay Rays
Groin
March 8, 2019
Yarbrough (groin) is expected to pitch in Sunday's spring game against the Red Sox, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Successful bullpen
PTampa Bay Rays
Groin
March 7, 2019
Yarbrough (groin) threw a successful bullpen session Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Mound work coming soon
PTampa Bay Rays
Groin
March 6, 2019
Manager Kevin Cash said that Yarbrough (groin) would throw off a mound Wednesday or Thursday, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
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