Kyle Barraclough
Kyle Barraclough
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
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
$Signed a one-year, $1.73 million contract with the Nationals in February of 2019 after losing arbitration hearing.
Stumbles against Cards
PWashington Nationals
March 17, 2019
Barraclough gave up two solo home runs and walked a batter in 0.2 innings during Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.
While Sean Doolittle's meltdown later in the game drew most of the attention, Barraclough's own struggles set the stage for it. The right-hander had been cruising this spring before this outing, posting a 0.00 ERA and 5:2 K:BB through his first six innings, and if Saturday's usage is any indication, he'll begin the regular season as the Nats' seventh-inning setup man ahead of Trevor Rosenthal and Sean Doolittle, a role that could make Barraclough a valuable source of holds.
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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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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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
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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Loses arbitration case
PWashington Nationals
February 8, 2019
Barraclough lost his arbitration case Friday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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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.
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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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