Kyle Barraclough
Kyle Barraclough
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Dealt to Nationals
PWashington Nationals
October 10, 2018
Barraclough was traded to Washington from Miami on Wednesday in exchange for international bonus pool money, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Barraclough had a rough second half with the Marlins in 2018, logging a 13.50 ERA and 2.48 WHIP across 13.1 innings dating back to July 21. The right-hander missed a few weeks with back stiffness during that stretch. On the flip side, he posted a 1.28 ERA over 44 appearances in the first half and should provide the Nationals with a solid middle-to-late option out of the bullpen moving forward. Barraclough still has three more years of club control on his contract.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .184 422 109 63 64 9 0 7
Since 2016vs Right .211 415 140 53 74 13 2 7
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
2016vs Left .192 154 45 26 24 4 0 1
2016vs Right .160 152 68 18 21 5 2 0
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Since 2016
ERA on Road
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Since 2016Home 3.39 1.42 98.1 9 3 5 13.2 6.4 0.5
Since 2016Away 3.19 1.19 95.0 4 8 6 9.8 4.3 0.8
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
2016Home 3.00 1.36 39.0 2 2 0 15.5 6.5 0.0
2016Away 2.67 1.07 33.2 4 1 0 12.3 4.3 0.3
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Blows seventh save
PMiami Marlins
September 13, 2018
Barraclough (0-6) blew the save and took the loss Thursday, recording just one out and allowing two solo home runs in a 4-3 loss to the Mets in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
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Activated from DL
PMiami Marlins
August 24, 2018
Barraclough (back) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
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Expected to return Friday
PMiami Marlins
August 23, 2018
Barraclough (back) is expected to be activated off the 10-day disabled list Friday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
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Throws simulated game
PMiami Marlins
August 15, 2018
Barraclough (back) threw a simulated game Wednesday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
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Put on DL with back stiffness
PMiami Marlins
August 10, 2018
Barraclough was placed on the 10-day DL on Friday due to lower-back stiffness, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
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