Chad Kuhl
Chad Kuhl
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Pittsburgh Pirates
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2019.
Extends throwing to 120 feet
PPittsburgh Pirates
Elbow
April 17, 2019
Kuhl (elbow) is throwing on flat ground at 120 feet, John Perrotto of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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This marks another step forward for Kuhl, who had been limited to throwing from 90 feet in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He's expected to take a 10-day break from throwing within the next two weeks, which is a scheduled part of his rehab, before picking things back up. He's expected to miss the entire 2019 campaign but should be ready for spring training next year.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .278 525 120 61 124 33 6 20
Since 2017vs Right .264 528 103 44 124 21 2 11
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
2017vs Left .285 333 74 41 81 26 4 10
2017vs Right .253 347 68 31 78 15 1 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
2019
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-18%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-5%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.65 1.47 120.0 9 7 0 8.4 4.1 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.19 1.45 122.1 4 9 0 8.2 3.8 1.3
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
2017Home 4.46 1.40 78.2 6 5 0 7.9 3.8 0.8
2017Away 4.23 1.54 78.2 2 6 0 8.4 4.5 1.1
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Throwing from 90 feet
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Elbow
March 20, 2019
Kuhl (elbow) recently increased his throwing distance off flat ground to 90 feet, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Moves to 60-day IL
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Elbow
March 1, 2019
Kuhl (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Throwing from flat ground
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February 28, 2019
Kuhl (elbow) has been playing catch from 75 feet this week, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Plays catch
PPittsburgh Pirates
Elbow
February 11, 2019
Kuhl (elbow) resumed throwing Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Long road to recovery begins
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Elbow
January 28, 2019
Kuhl (elbow), who will miss the 2019 season, is scheduled to resume a throwing program on the first day of spring training, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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