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.
Back with Pittsburgh
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April 23, 2019
Brault was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
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Brault's latest stint in the minor leagues lasted just one day, as he'll return to the big leagues following the injury of Nick Burdi (biceps), who was placed on the 10-day injured list. Brault was hammered in his last major-league appearance, surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two over three innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-43%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-17%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .219 182 35 24 33 7 0 3
Since 2017vs Right .278 426 78 51 101 25 0 12
2019vs Left .222 10 5 1 2 1 0 1
2019vs Right .389 23 3 3 7 1 0 1
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
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-18%
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 5.51 1.65 65.1 3 2 1 6.2 5.4 1.4
Since 2017Away 4.39 1.49 67.2 4 2 0 9.0 4.8 0.7
2019Home 9.82 1.91 3.2 0 1 0 14.7 4.9 2.5
2019Away 12.00 2.00 3.0 0 0 0 6.0 6.0 3.0
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 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
2.00
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
2.7
 
Fastball
92.5 mph
 
ERA
10.80
 
WHIP
1.95
 
BABIP
.393
 
GB/FB
2.00
 
Strand %
45.5%
 
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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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Sent to Triple-A
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April 22, 2019
Brault was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.
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Makes Opening Day roster
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March 28, 2019
Brault has made the Opening Day roster, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Outside shot at roster spot
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March 26, 2019
Brault is currently on the outside looking in at a roster spot, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Finds success against backups
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March 11, 2019
Brault limited the Braves to one run on three hits and a walk in four innings Monday. He struck out one batter.
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Unable to find plate Thursday
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February 28, 2019
Brault gave up four runs on three hits and four walks in one inning against the Yankees on Thursday.
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