Steven Brault
Steven Brault
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
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.
Vying for rotation spot
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February 5, 2019
Brault is set to compete for the final spot in the Pirates' rotation during spring training, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Jameson Taillon, Chris Archer, Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove are all seemingly assured spots in the rotation, so the final gig will come down to Brault, Jordan Lyles and Nick Kingham. General manager Neal Huntington recently indicated that Lyles likely ranks as the early frontrunner for the fifth spot, but Brault could change that thinking with a strong spring. Brault previously competed for a rotation job in camp last season but ultimately lost the battle to Trevor Williams and instead spent much of 2018 in the bullpen. The lefty compiled a 4.61 ERA and 1.54 WHIP over 91.2 innings across 45 appearances (five starts).
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .232 200 34 28 38 7 0 2
Since 2016vs Right .283 541 100 60 132 35 0 16
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
2016vs Left .318 28 4 5 7 1 0 0
2016vs Right .311 138 25 12 38 11 0 5
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2016Home 5.15 1.69 73.1 3 2 1 6.0 5.5 1.4
Since 2016Away 4.27 1.55 86.1 4 4 0 8.9 4.5 0.7
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
2016Home 4.63 1.97 11.2 0 1 0 7.7 6.2 1.5
2016Away 4.98 1.80 21.2 0 2 0 7.9 3.7 1.2
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How does Steven Brault 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
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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Called up from Indianapolis
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August 20, 2018
Brault was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Sent down to Triple-A
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August 3, 2018
Brault was sent down to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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Officially shifted to bullpen
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April 30, 2018
Brault has been moved to the bullpen, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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Likely to lose rotation spot
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April 30, 2018
Brault appears likely to surrender his spot in the rotation this week after Nick Kingham wasn't optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis following a start Sunday against the Cardinals, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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Early exit in Friday's no-decision
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April 27, 2018
Brault didn't factor into the decision in Friday's extra-inning win over the Cardinals, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits and three walks over 4.2 innings while striking out three.
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