Steven Brault
Steven Brault
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Brault served as a swingman/long reliever for the Pirates in 2018, totaling 91.2 innings across 40 relief appearances and five starts. While he experienced a sizable jump in strikeout rate (from 14.2% to 19.9%), that was offset by a big jump in walk rate (from 8.6% to 13.8%). He allowed home runs at a higher clip despite a jump in groundball rate as all of his secondary pitches waned in effectiveness, per FanGraphs. Brault only throws 92-93 mph with his fastball and rarely gets swings and misses out of the strike zone. He can get same-handed hitters out but right-handers have combined for a .279/.372/.460 line against Brault so far in his career (541 batters faced). The Pirates would probably be better off deploying Brault as a more of a true specialist, limiting his exposure to righties. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Could be two-way player
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 28, 2019
Brault could be used as a two-way player in 2020, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
He was approached by Pirates brass during his exit interview to gauge his interest in potentially picking up some innings in the outfield to get some more at-bats next season. This year he hit .341 with one home run and an 8:1 K:BB in 49 plate appearances. This obviously isn't a Shohei Ohtani situation and Brault isn't even as prolific at the plate as Michael Lorenzen, but it could be a way for him to stick on the 25-man roster going forward.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
80
Last 10 Games
87
Last 5 Games
87
How many pitches does Steven Brault generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Steven Brault generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .232 285 60 31 57 11 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .271 795 145 93 185 48 1 23
2019vs Left .250 113 30 8 26 5 0 3
2019vs Right .270 392 70 45 91 24 1 12
2018vs Left .213 132 25 19 23 3 0 2
2018vs Right .258 281 57 38 61 15 0 8
2017vs Left .235 40 5 4 8 3 0 0
2017vs Right .303 122 18 10 33 9 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.86 1.47 116.2 3 5 1 7.1 4.8 1.0
Since 2017Away 4.90 1.58 123.0 8 4 0 8.3 4.5 1.1
2019Home 4.42 1.29 55.0 0 4 0 8.7 4.1 0.7
2019Away 5.86 1.70 58.1 4 2 0 7.3 4.3 1.7
2018Home 6.00 1.71 42.0 3 1 0 6.6 6.6 1.5
2018Away 3.44 1.39 49.2 3 2 0 9.2 4.7 0.5
2017Home 3.66 1.47 19.2 0 0 1 3.7 2.7 0.9
2017Away 6.00 1.73 15.0 1 0 0 9.0 4.8 0.6
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Stat Review
How does Steven Brault 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
1.89
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
4.2
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
92.0 mph
 
ERA
5.16
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.317
 
GB/FB
1.63
 
Left On Base
67.8%
 
Exit Velocity
90.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
1979 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.6%
 
Swinging Strike
10.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Brault failed to impress in his 2016 debut major-league campaign (4.86 ERA) but was given another look with the Pirates this past season. Though a vast majority of his time was spent with Triple-A Indianapolis, the southpaw was able to compile 34.2 innings with the big club, including four starts late in the year. He improved marginally from the year prior but failed to display any skills that would make him worthy of future mixed-league consideration. Even in a relief role, Brault failed to miss bats, leading to an underwhelming 14.2 percent strikeout rate for the season. The 25-year-old should be in line for some more major-league innings in 2018 -- especially if the Pirates decide to sell off assets and move towards a rebuild -- but he currently doesn't factor into the equation as far as the rotation goes.
If guts and guile were fantasy categories, Brault might be a first-round pick. Unfortunately, the lefty's fastball (91 mph average) and breaking pitches are average at best -- he lacks anything remotely resembling a strikeout pitch. Opponents hit .313 (in 33.1 innings) against the 24-year-old rookie. Brault tore through the low minors in 2015, but the lack of a put-away pitch bodes poorly for his chances at sustained success as a starter. Of course, 2016 represented his first taste of big league action, so it's possible he improves. The Pirates lack starting pitching depth and it appears Brault is in line to take regular turns in the rotation, but most in the fantasy realm will want to take a wait-and-see approach.
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Strikes out 10 in no-decision
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 27, 2019
Brault struck out 10 while allowing four runs on four hits with four walks across five innings in a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.
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Mauled in Milwaukee
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 21, 2019
Brault (4-6) took the loss in Friday's 10-1 rout at the hands of the Brewers, coughing up six runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out six.
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Ruins progress with awful start
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 13, 2019
Brault (4-5) allowed 10 runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts across 2.2 innings while taking a loss against the Cubs on Friday.
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Struggles against Cardinals
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 7, 2019
Brault (4-4) allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts across 5.1 innings while taking a loss against the Cardinals on Saturday.
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Strikes out five in win
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 1, 2019
Brault (4-3) gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks while striking out five through 6.1 innings to record the win over the Rockies on Sunday.
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