James Karinchak
James Karinchak
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Indians
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a $138,300 contract with the Indians in June of 2017.
Sent to minors
PCleveland Indians  AAA
March 26, 2020
Karinchak was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
This move may prove to be procedural, as Karinchak appeared on track to open the season in a setup role after impressing during spring training (3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9:5 K:BB in 5.2 innings). With the start of the season delayed, the well-regarded righty could still rejoin the Indians before play resumes.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does James Karinchak generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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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+
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 2017
 
 
-59%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-59%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .091 12 7 0 1 0 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .222 10 1 1 2 1 0 0
2019vs Left .091 12 7 0 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .222 10 1 1 2 1 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.00 1.00 3.0 0 0 0 15.0 0.0 0.0
Since 2017Away 0.00 0.43 2.1 0 0 0 11.6 3.9 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
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
8.00
 
K/9
13.5
 
BB/9
1.7
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
97.1 mph
 
ERA
1.69
 
WHIP
0.75
 
BABIP
.299
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
75.0%
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2511 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
46.2%
 
Swinging Strike
13.8%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring James Karinchak
Bernie on the Scene: Quit the Whining
Yesterday
Bernie Pleskoff has a message for owners and players: quit the whining. He also has some things to say about Indians reliever James Karinchak.
MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers
22 days ago
Erik Halterman analyzes players whose stocks are changing with the delay of the season, including Howie Kendrick, who could prove to be a big bargain.
Farm Futures: Ranking Dilemmas: Prospects 126-150
27 days ago
James Anderson continues his series on prospect ranking dilemmas in the 126-150 range and considers why he might be too high on Red Sox slugger Bobby Dalbec.
Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers
34 days ago
Jesse Siegel analyzes the prospects ranks, including a look at Gavin Lux, who has the chance to be a superstar for the Dodgers.
The Long Game: Potential AL Central Breakouts
46 days ago
Erik Siegrist looks over the AL Central for possible sleepers and thinks James Karinchak has the stuff to be Cleveland's next closer.
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Impressed teammates in camp
PCleveland Indians  AAA
March 26, 2020
Karinchak had a 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9:5 K:BB in 5.2 innings during spring training.
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Excels in first taste of majors
PCleveland Indians  AAA
September 30, 2019
Karinchak made five appearances out of the Cleveland bullpen in September, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over 5.1 innings while striking out eight.
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Summoned to majors
PCleveland Indians  AAA
September 12, 2019
Karinchak's contract was purchased from Triple-A Columbus prior to Friday's game against the Twins, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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