Steven Brault
Steven Brault
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Called up from Indianapolis
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 20, 2018
Brault was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Brault will rejoin the major-league team after spending the past couple weeks down in Indianapolis. He will take up a role in the Pirates' bullpen, where he's logged a 4.91 ERA and 42:31 K:BB across 40.1 innings this year. Look for him to serve in low-leverage spots.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .235 183 31 26 35 7 0 0
Since 2016vs Right .282 523 95 59 127 35 0 15
2018vs Left .215 115 22 17 20 3 0 0
2018vs Right .256 263 52 37 56 15 0 7
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
 
 
-2%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-39%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 4.65 1.65 71.2 3 2 1 5.9 5.4 1.1
Since 2016Away 4.56 1.60 80.0 3 4 0 8.8 4.7 0.8
2018Home 5.13 1.64 40.1 3 1 0 6.5 6.5 1.1
2018Away 3.86 1.47 44.1 2 2 0 9.1 5.1 0.6
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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Stat Review
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.
K/BB
1.37
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
5.7
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
4.46
 
WHIP
1.55
 
BABIP
.295
 
GB/FB
1.52
 
Strand %
72.4%
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Sent down to Triple-A
PPittsburgh Pirates
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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Allows just two hits in no-decision
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April 21, 2018
Brault struck out four over 5.1 innings Saturday against the Phillies, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. He did not factor into the decision.
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