Steven Brault
Steven Brault
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Brault was pressed into duty as a starter more last season due to injuries in the Pittsburg rotation -- more than he really needed to work. He has a high-maintenance delivery that is tough to repeat and leads to control issues on the mound. He has an 11.3 BB% for his career at the big-league level and his 7.5 K-BB% is dangerously low for any pitcher, let alone one working in the starting rotation. Brault would be better served working as a long man in the bullpen in shorter stints. If he doesn't get the control fixed, his time in the majors will not be long. He has one more year of options, so the club could send him down to work on things, but for now, he is projected for a slot in the Pirates' rotation. Don't make him part of yours. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2020.
Moves into rotation
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August 13, 2020
Brault is expected to start against the Reds on Saturday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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The loss of Joe Musgrove (triceps) pushes Brault back into the starting rotation. In his last three outings, the lefty hurled three perfect innings, failed to retire a batter while surrendering four runs, and threw two scoreless frames. Brault has yet to allow a run in 12.2 career innings in Cincinnati.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
33
Last 10 Games
33
Last 5 Games
33
How many pitches does Steven Brault generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
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 2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-37%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .231 250 56 27 50 9 0 5
Since 2018vs Right .262 698 132 89 155 39 1 20
2020vs Left .250 5 1 0 1 1 0 0
2020vs Right .158 25 5 6 3 0 0 0
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-12%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-43%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.26 1.51 101.0 3 5 0 7.7 5.5 1.0
Since 2018Away 4.62 1.51 111.0 7 4 0 8.3 4.4 1.1
2020Home 9.00 2.50 4.0 0 0 0 4.5 13.5 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.00 3.0 0 0 0 12.0 0.0 0.0
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
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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
1.00
 
K/9
7.7
 
BB/9
7.7
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
92.8 mph
 
ERA
5.14
 
WHIP
1.43
 
BABIP
.225
 
GB/FB
2.25
 
Left On Base
60.0%
 
Exit Velocity
79.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.4%
 
Spin Rate
2203 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.6%
 
Swinging Strike
8.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Set to start Sunday
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 8, 2020
Brault will start Sunday's series finale against the Tigers in place of Joe Musgrove (ankle), Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Rough outing Friday
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 8, 2020
Brault allowed three hits and three walks without recording an out in Friday's 17-13 loss to the Tigers.
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Won't start Friday
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August 6, 2020
Pirates manager Derek Shelton said that Chad Kuhl would start Friday's game against the Twins rather than Brault, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Perfect as opener
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 2, 2020
Brault did not allow a baserunner and struck out four across three innings against the Cubs on Sunday. He did not factor into the decision.
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Could split fifth starter's role
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 8, 2020
Brault and Chad Kuhl could each pitch several innings of the same game in Pittsburgh's fifth starter slot, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
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