James Karinchak
James Karinchak
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Indians
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It doesn't look like we will have to wait long to see Karinchak in the full-time closing role. He looked the part in 2020, but manager Terry Francona justifiably stuck by veteran Brad Hand, who led MLB with 16 saves. However, Cleveland declined Hand's contract option for 2021. Karinchak is only 25 but has already established himself as a dominant major-league reliever. He struck out nearly half of the 109 batters he faced last season (48.6%). He was generous with the free passes (14.7 BB%), but it hardly mattered if he put a couple runners on in an inning because nobody could cash in with contact, let alone good contact. The right-hander did lose a little fastball velocity last season and that bears watching in spring training. As long as Karinchak has not lost another tick and he's still around 95 mph on average, he should excel as Cleveland's new closer as his curveball is unfair. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#105
ADP
$Signed a $138,300 contract with the Indians in June of 2017.
Demoted to minors
PCleveland Indians  AAA
August 28, 2021
Karinchak was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The righty allowed three runs without recording an out Friday and has posted a 9.75 ERA In 12 innings dating back to July 22. The demotion is shocking after Karinchak pitched to a 2.67 ERA and 53:16 K:BB in 2020, establishing himself as one of baseball's more dynamic setup relievers. He could find himself back with Cleveland soon enough, assuming he can resolve his command issues and regain some confidence at Triple-A. Bobby Bradley (knee) was activated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does James Karinchak generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does James Karinchak generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-59%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .161 190 76 26 26 4 2 4
Since 2019vs Right .186 170 59 23 26 4 0 6
2021vs Left .159 130 48 17 18 3 1 4
2021vs Right .205 102 29 15 17 3 0 5
2020vs Left .189 48 21 9 7 1 1 0
2020vs Right .146 58 29 7 7 0 0 1
2019vs Left .091 12 7 0 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .222 10 1 1 2 1 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-7%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-2%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.65 1.15 44.1 8 4 2 15.0 4.5 1.2
Since 2019Away 3.40 1.18 42.1 0 2 10 13.6 5.7 0.9
2021Home 4.18 1.25 28.0 7 3 2 14.1 5.1 1.6
2021Away 4.10 1.22 26.1 0 1 9 11.3 5.5 1.4
2020Home 2.70 0.98 13.1 1 1 0 16.9 4.1 0.7
2020Away 2.63 1.24 13.2 0 1 1 18.4 6.6 0.0
2019Home 3.00 1.00 3.0 0 0 0 15.0 0.0 0.0
2019Away 0.00 0.43 2.1 0 0 0 11.6 3.9 0.0
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Stat Review
How does James Karinchak 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 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
2.41
 
K/9
12.8
 
BB/9
5.3
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
95.9 mph
 
ERA
4.14
 
WHIP
1.23
 
BABIP
.254
 
GB/FB
1.11
 
Left On Base
73.5%
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
2298 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.9%
 
Swinging Strike
12.5%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
The following numbers are not typos: Karinchak threw 36.1 innings across four different levels of professional baseball last season. He struck out 82 batters in that time; 56% of the hitters he faced. He has a bit of funk in his delivery, but uses it to throw mid-to-upper-90s fastballs with rising action and a 12-6 hammer curveball to hitters out of the bullpen. He was a starter in college, but the switch to relief happened for him in 2018 and his career has literally zoomed from there. That said, Karinchak didn't even crack the top 30 of the Baseball America Prospect Handbook last year, so this development even took the experts by surprise. All the recent evidence suggests he will be one of the best strikeout relievers in baseball as a rookie. If he can limit free passes, he profiles as the obvious heir apparent to Brad Hand in the ninth inning. Hand is under contract for 2020 with a team option for 2021.
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Melts down Friday
PCleveland Indians  AAA
August 27, 2021
Karinchak (7-4) took the loss Friday versus Boston. He failed to record an out while allowing three runs on two hits and a walk.
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Posts 12th hold
PCleveland Indians  AAA
August 23, 2021
Karinchak allowed a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning, earning a hold in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Angels.
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Logs 10th hold
PCleveland Indians  AAA
August 9, 2021
Karinchak struck out one in a perfect eighth inning to earn a hold in Sunday's 7-5 win over Detroit.
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Melts down Friday
PCleveland Indians  AAA
July 31, 2021
Karinchak (7-3) took the loss Friday versus the White Sox. He allowed two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman while failing to record an out.
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Collects win Sunday
PCleveland Indians  AAA
July 25, 2021
Karinchak (7-2) allowed a walk in a scoreless inning, earning the win Sunday versus Tampa Bay.
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