Kolby Allard

Kolby Allard

24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Texas Rangers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Allard has had a rough introduction to the big leagues, posting a 6.72 ERA and 1.67 WHIP across his first 87 innings. While bad luck is partly to blame -- Allard has 60.7% left on base rate -- his skills have also been subpar. Particularly, he has suffered from reverse platoon splits, allowing opposing lefties to hit .321/.405/.500 in a 122-plate appearance sample. Those struggles have stemmed largely from poor results with his fastball. In 2020, however, Allard showed improvement with the pitch, both limiting hard contact and generating more swings and misses. Even with that step forward, he will likely struggle to rack up strikeouts as he's rarely reached a 20% rate since reaching the upper levels of the minors. After a far from encouraging start to his major-league career, Allard could compete for a rotation spot in camp, but his future is likely in the bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#598
ADP
$Traded to the Rangers in July of 2019.
Throws bulk innings Tuesday
PTexas Rangers
September 22, 2021
Allard allowed five runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 4.1 relief innings in Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the Yankees.
ANALYSIS
Allard made a second consecutive outing as a piggyback starter, this one behind Dane Dunning, and suffered a similar fate as he did when following Glenn Otto on Sept. 16. The left-hander has allowed 10 runs on 11 hits (three home runs) and five walks over eight innings in his two piggyback appearances. With two additional long balls, Allard has served up 28 home runs over 119.2 innings (2.1 HR/9).
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
64
Last 10 Games
69
Last 5 Games
49
How many pitches does Kolby Allard generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Kolby Allard generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .261 246 55 18 58 5 2 13
Since 2019vs Right .261 645 114 51 153 22 4 23
2021vs Left .246 140 34 8 32 3 0 10
2021vs Right .262 394 70 23 96 13 2 19
2020vs Left .263 43 11 4 10 0 1 3
2020vs Right .233 106 21 15 21 4 1 1
2019vs Left .296 63 10 6 16 2 1 0
2019vs Right .275 145 23 13 36 5 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-1%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-70%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 5.77 1.36 98.1 3 10 0 7.1 2.8 1.5
Since 2019Away 5.69 1.40 104.1 4 10 0 7.8 3.3 1.7
2021Home 4.93 1.23 69.1 2 7 0 7.4 2.2 1.8
2021Away 6.02 1.34 55.1 1 5 0 7.6 2.3 2.4
2020Home 6.35 1.32 11.1 0 2 0 9.5 5.6 0.0
2020Away 8.86 1.64 21.1 0 4 0 8.0 5.1 1.7
2019Home 8.66 1.92 17.2 1 1 0 4.6 3.6 1.0
2019Away 2.60 1.34 27.2 3 1 0 7.8 3.9 0.3
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Stat Review
How does Kolby Allard 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
3.35
 
K/9
7.5
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
2.1
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
5.41
 
WHIP
1.28
 
BABIP
.286
 
GB/FB
1.09
 
Left On Base
66.7%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
2044 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
24.0%
 
Swinging Strike
9.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Allard got his first real audition in the major-league rotation over the final two months of 2019 after he was traded from the Braves to the Rangers. The 22-year-old failed to generate many strikeouts, recording just a 15.9 K% while losing some of his control (9.1 BB%). Despite the lack of traditional dominance, Allard limited hard contact, with a stellar 0.6 HR/9 rate and an elite 2.6% barrels/BBE rate. Allard has the tools to generate more strikeouts, but could stand to improve the movement on his pitches in order to become a more valuable fantasy asset. The southpaw may have to bide his time for a rotation spot after the team brought in Corey Kluber, Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles this offseason, and Allard still needs to prove himself on the field before he can be considered more than an AL-only option.
What Allard lacks in terms of dominance (sub-8.0 K/9 rates at both Double- and Triple-A) he makes up for to a decent extent with good control and home-run suppression. Allard issued free passes at a 7.4% clip with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2018 and gave up all of six home runs in 112.1 innings with the Braves' top affiliate. He's not a huge groundball pitcher (38% last season), but he's nevertheless proven effective at limiting the long ball with his HR/9 never exceeding even 0.75 HR/9 on the farm. The lefty was knocked around for three homers in his limited exposure to big-leaguers (eight innings), and it's possible he won't be so good at limiting homers in the majors, but at the very least the control should translate. While he's behind several arms in the organization and the floor may not be as steady as it once seemed, Allard still stands a chance to be a useful back-end starter, possibly as soon as this season.
If Allard threw just a bit harder, he would be a very good bet to make it as a No. 3 starter, with the potential to exceed that projection. He could have a plus curveball, plus changeup and plus command from the left side, which puts his secondary tools in the top one percent of left-handed pitching prospects. While many evaluators expected him to add a tick or two to his fastball in pro ball, we are still waiting on that, as he routinely sat in the 89-91 mph range last season. His ability to locate his fastball early in the count and lean on his extremely advanced secondaries allowed him to have success against Double-A hitters, despite being the youngest pitcher in the Southern League after skipping High-A entirely. Most impressively, he was able to log 150 innings, putting to rest concerns about his previous back injuries and perceived fragility. He will head to Triple-A and has a chance to reach the majors before his 21st birthday in mid-August.
Pitching depth is typically the first thing mentioned when the Braves' farm system gets brought up. It's worth keeping that depth in mind when noting that no pitcher in that system offers the combination of floor and ceiling that Allard brings to the table. The projectable southpaw missed the first two months of the season with a back injury and then gave up 11 runs in 12 innings over his first three starts with Low-A Rome, leading to a demotion to the Appalachian League. However, he made the necessary adjustments and returned to the Sally League in mid-July, using a plus fastball and plus curveball to cruise to the finish with a 2.63 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 50:16 K:BB over his final eight starts (48 innings). It's scary to think what he might do this year as a 19-year-old in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League.
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Returning Thursday
PTexas Rangers
Illness
September 15, 2021
Allard (illness) will piggyback starter Glenn Otto in Thursday's game against the Astros, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. He missed his previous start due to a non-COVID illness.
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Scratched Saturday with illness
PTexas Rangers
Illness
September 11, 2021
Allard was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday against Oakland due to an illness.
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Efficient in loss
PTexas Rangers
September 4, 2021
Allard (3-12) took the loss in Saturday's 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Angels, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5.2 innings.
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Toppled by Astros
PTexas Rangers
August 28, 2021
Allard (3-11) gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks over six innings Saturday, taking the loss against Houston. He struck out a pair.
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Quality start streak at four
PTexas Rangers
August 23, 2021
Allard didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 8-4 extra-innings loss to the Red Sox, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out five.
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