Chad Kuhl
Chad Kuhl
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kuhl didn't throw a pitch in 2019 as he spent the year recovering from Tommy John surgery. He underwent the procedure back in September of 2018, so a typical recovery timeline should have him ready to go by around the start of the regular season. Prior to his injury, Kuhl had made 61 big-league starts, posting a mediocre 4.37 ERA, good for a below-average 106 ERA-. His supporting stats also depict a pitcher who belongs at the major-league level but only as a backend starter. His career 20.4% strikeout rate, 9.2% walk rate and 41.0% groundball rate are all passable, but all are worse than average. The only thing that really makes him stand out from a large crop of generally forgettable pitchers is his fastball velocity, which sat at 95.4 mph in 2018, a number which would have ranked 10th among qualified starters last season. So far, however, he's yet to translate that into a good strikeout rate. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#593
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $840,000 contract with the Pirates in January of 2020.
Shuts down Cubs, picks up win
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 24, 2020
Kuhl (2-3) tossed seven scoreless innings to pick up the win against the Cubs on Thursday, allowing two hits and three walks while fanning five.
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It was a fantastic final start for Kuhl, who will finish the year at 2-3 with a 4.27 ERA. The right-hander silenced the Cubs' offense in seven innings of work, allowing just two hits and three free passes. Aside from a poor outing Sept. 13 in which he allowed nine earned runs against Kansas City, Kuhl did not allow more than three earned runs in his other 10 appearances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
72
Last 10 Games
73
Last 5 Games
81
How many pitches does Chad Kuhl generally throw?
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-10%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .240 302 72 37 61 12 2 14
Since 2018vs Right .268 268 53 24 63 7 1 8
2020vs Left .196 110 26 17 18 5 0 4
2020vs Right .233 87 18 11 17 1 0 4
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .265 192 46 20 43 7 2 10
2018vs Right .284 181 35 13 46 6 1 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
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-74%
ERA at Home
2019
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-18%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.82 1.41 73.0 5 3 0 9.1 4.6 1.4
Since 2018Away 5.25 1.41 58.1 2 5 0 7.9 3.7 1.7
2020Home 2.27 1.17 31.2 2 1 0 8.8 4.5 1.1
2020Away 8.59 1.77 14.2 0 2 0 8.0 7.4 2.5
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 5.01 1.60 41.1 3 2 0 9.4 4.6 1.5
2018Away 4.12 1.28 43.2 2 3 0 7.8 2.5 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Chad Kuhl 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
1.57
 
K/9
8.5
 
BB/9
5.4
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
93.9 mph
 
ERA
4.27
 
WHIP
1.36
 
BABIP
.238
 
GB/FB
1.34
 
Left On Base
71.4%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.0%
 
Spin Rate
2292 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
25.4%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kuhl underwent Tommy John surgery in September, wiping out his value in single-season leagues. The uncertainty that comes with recovering from such a serious surgery is enough to eliminate most of his appeal in dynasty formats as well, as he wasn't having much success prior to the injury. The 26-year-old was at least a moderately interesting pitcher when healthy, as his fastball sat north of 95 mph, suggesting upside if he could ever translate that velocity into a strikeout rate better than his unimpressive 20.4% career mark.
While Kuhl was able to tap into a significant amount of extra velocity in 2017, with his fastball clocking in at over 95 mph on average, the results were less than stellar. The velo boost did help Kuhl lift his strikeout rate by more than three percentage points (to 20.9 percent), but he gave all of that back with an even greater uptick in walks (from 6.6 percent to 10.6 percent). The right-hander allowed line drives (23.3 percent) and hard contact (36.1 percent) at a greater clip and lefties pummeled him for a .511 SLG and .376 wOBA. Kuhl finished strong with a sub-3.70 ERA in each of the final three months and he should have a rotation spot out of camp, but there's just not enough here to see Kuhl as more than a staff filler in mixed leagues. Expect only marginal improvement with the WHIP.
Kuhl started 2016 in the shadows of fellow Triple-A arms Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow but carved out his own niche by season's end. Primarily relying upon a sinking fastball (93.2 mph average) with heavy drop, Kuhl exceeded expectations and gave Pittsburgh one of its few reliable second-half starting options. He compiled a 4.20 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 50:32 K:BB in 14 starts (70.2 innings) after registering a 2.37 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 83.2 Triple-A innings. Kuhl doesn't blow hitters off the map, but few pitchers carry his feisty attitude. The innings-eater appears poised to begin 2017 in the big league rotation, and profiles long term as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter.
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Takes loss in nightcap
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 19, 2020
Kuhl (1-3) took the loss in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over five-plus innings as the Pirates fell 7-2. He struck out six.
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Cleared to start Friday
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 17, 2020
The Pirates list Kuhl (finger) as their probable starter for the second game of Friday's doubleheader versus the Cardinals, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.
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Bothered by finger issues Sunday
PPittsburgh Pirates
Finger
September 14, 2020
Blister and cuticle issues to his right index finger likely contributed to Kuhl's poor pitching performance Sunday against the Royals, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
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Roughed up by Royals
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 13, 2020
Kuhl (1-2) allowed nine earned runs on four hits and six walks while striking out five across 2.1 innings to take the loss Sunday against the Royals.
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Strikes out five in no-decision
PPittsburgh Pirates
September 6, 2020
Kuhl allowed two runs on two hits and four walks across three innings against the Reds on Sunday. He struck out five.
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