Kyle Barraclough
Kyle Barraclough
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Barraclough went from future closer to current mess over the span of a year. Truthfully, Barraclough has regressed each full season in the big leagues as his K-BB% has plummeted from 23% in 2016, to 13% in 2017 and 11% last season. He still has an above-average strikeout rate, but it was only that insane 37% rate in 2016 that made the continually high walk rate tolerable. Now that his strikeout rate is in the mid-20s, the walk rate in the mid-teens is not high-leverage worthy.There are times when his repertoire looks absolutely unhittable, but they come amidst longer bouts of wildness where Barraclough struggles to command his pitches and the catcher spends the outing reaching back for pitches or attempting to block bouncing sliders. He could be a future closer, or could be out of the game in two years if he can't throw strikes more consistently. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.73 million contract with the Nationals in February of 2019 after losing arbitration hearing.
Gets callup
PSan Francisco Giants
September 2, 2019
The Giants selected Barraclough's contract from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.
ANALYSIS
With 11 saves and 75 holds to his name over parts of five big-league seasons, Barraclough brings ample experience to the San Francisco bullpen, but the ugly form he displayed with the Nationals earlier in 2019 makes it unlikely that he'll capture a meaningful setup role right off the bat. Despite having a need for reliable relief arms, Washington couldn't justify keeping Barraclough around after he posted a 6.66 ERA and 1.75 WHIP across his 33 appearances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Kyle Barraclough generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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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
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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71-80
 
81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Kyle Barraclough generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-26%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-20%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-19%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-30%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .190 327 76 45 52 7 0 9
Since 2017vs Right .256 368 100 48 79 13 0 13
2019vs Left .235 59 12 8 12 2 0 3
2019vs Right .295 105 28 13 26 5 0 6
2018vs Left .175 118 24 15 17 3 0 3
2018vs Right .217 127 36 19 23 4 0 5
2017vs Left .184 150 40 22 23 2 0 3
2017vs Right .263 136 36 16 30 4 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-24%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-47%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.94 1.58 77.2 8 2 5 11.6 6.1 1.3
Since 2017Away 4.06 1.30 77.2 0 8 6 8.8 4.6 1.3
2019Home 4.91 1.96 18.1 1 1 0 11.3 5.4 2.5
2019Away 6.46 1.50 15.1 0 1 0 10.0 5.9 2.3
2018Home 3.00 1.40 30.0 1 0 5 12.0 6.0 0.6
2018Away 5.61 1.25 25.2 0 6 5 7.0 4.9 2.1
2017Home 4.30 1.53 29.1 6 1 0 11.4 6.8 1.2
2017Away 1.96 1.25 36.2 0 1 1 9.6 3.9 0.2
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Barraclough 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 2019 data (min 30 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
1.90
 
K/9
10.7
 
BB/9
5.6
 
HR/9
2.4
 
Fastball
93.4 mph
 
ERA
5.61
 
WHIP
1.75
 
BABIP
.345
 
GB/FB
1.03
 
Left On Base
75.4%
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
14.3%
 
Spin Rate
2230 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
42.9%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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2016
Thanks to a gaudy strikeout rate during his 2016 breakout, there was reason to believe that Barraclough might be tasked with taking on the closer role after AJ Ramos was traded to the Mets in July. Although he only finished with one save, Barraclough was given other high-leverage work, appearing exclusively in the seventh inning or later from July on, and working in the eighth inning or later in each of his 11 appearance in September. Of some concern is the drop in his strikeout rate, as he fell from 36.9 percent in 2016 to 26.6 percent in 2017. Fortunately, his slider was still excellent (.147 BAA, .156 SLG against), and he showed improvement with his walk rate in the second half (10.8 percent), while pushing his strikeout rate back over 30 percent and carrying good ratios (2.13 ERA and 1.11 WHIP). Entering 2018, the Marlins could elect to make him their new closer -- he's under club control through 2022 -- depending on their plans for Brad Ziegler.
The loss of Carter Capps to Tommy John surgery thrust Barraclough immediately into a setup role for the Marlins. He started racking up colossal strikeout numbers, fanning 36.9 percent of the batters he faced, or 14 per nine innings, and those figures make sense when one sees his stuff. While pumping in mid-to-high-90s heat can make any pitcher scary, what sets Barraclough apart is a slider that batters hit just .110 against despite it being thrown 42 percent of the time. If he can rein in the walks -- he issued free passes at a 14.4 percent clip -- Barraclough will profile well as a future closer. He eventually earned enough trust to where he led the Marlins in appearances with 75, so expect him to stay in a setup role to begin 2017. There's a chance he could take over in the ninth if something were to happen to A.J. Ramos, but offseason addition Brad Ziegler figures to be first in line.
With Miami's roster depleted by injuries late in the year, Barraclaugh got the call to the major leagues despite having never pitching above Double-A. Even though it was his first taste of the majors, the 25-year-old pitched well, producing a 2.59 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 24.1 innings. These numbers were the result of an "effectively wild" approach, as he struck out 30 batters in that span, but also walked 18. The Marlins may elect to season Barraclaugh more in the minors before giving him a full-time spot in the majors, but if he can continue his strong showing from 2015, he could prove to be a major contender for high-leverage innings in the Marlins bullpen. A.J. Ramos and Carter Capps hold the back-end bullpen roles entering spring training.
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Sticks with Giants
PSan Francisco Giants
August 16, 2019
Barraclough cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Dropped from 40-man
PSan Francisco Giants
August 15, 2019
Barraclough was designated for assignment by the Giants on Thursday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Claimed by San Fran
PSan Francisco Giants
August 9, 2019
Barraclough was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Friday.
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DFA'd by Nats
PWashington Nationals
August 6, 2019
Barraclough was designated for assignment by Washington on Tuesday, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
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Optioned to minors after loss
PWashington Nationals
July 27, 2019
Barraclough was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday.
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