Tyler Ivey
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Houston Astros AAA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Ivey had a 1.38 ERA and 0.92 WHIP while spending the bulk of his age-23 season at Double-A. However, he only pitched 52 innings and logged five-plus innings in just five of his 14 appearances. He got up to 112 innings in 2018, but minor injuries and a suspension for using a foreign substance held him back last year. This will be a huge year for Ivey to prove he belongs in the rotation. He has starter's stuff -- a low-90s fastball that has sat in the mid-90s in the past, a plus curveball, a promising changeup and a change-of-pace slider -- but he needs to build back up his innings while proving he can consistently go deep into starts. Houston is banking on a couple pitching prospects other than Forrest Whitley emerging as legitimate rotation pieces, and Ivey does not have to be added to the 40-man roster until next offseason, so they will give him every opportunity to make this his breakout campaign. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a contract with the Astros in 2017.
Shielded from Rule 5 draft
PHouston Astros  AAA
November 20, 2020
Ivey was added to the Astros' 40-man roster Friday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Ivey has been unable to build up his workload much over the past two seasons, so that will be a priority in 2021 as he looks to prove that he can be a starter long term. He has a mid-90s fastball and two breaking balls with plus potential, so he could be a quality reliever if things don't work out in the rotation.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
When delving into under-the-radar pitching prospects with promising MiLB stats, it can be difficult to separate the ones with impact stuff from the ones getting by on deception and pitchability. Ivey falls into that first group. He signed for $597,000 out of community college when the Astros selected him in the third round of the 2017 draft, and while his fielding-independent numbers were good in short-season ball, 2018 was when he established himself as a legitimate prospect. Ivey has good size (6-foot-4, 195 pounds), a plus fastball, plus curveball and a slider that is developing into at least an average third pitch that he can get whiffs with. His 21.5 K-BB% was the top mark in the Carolina League and his 54.5 GB% ranked seventh on the circuit. The one thing to be aware of with Ivey, like most Astros pitching prospects, is he was often piggybacked last season -- only averaging 4.7 innings per start, despite his dominance.
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Limited spring use
PHouston Astros  AAA
March 22, 2020
Ivey made one Grapefruit League appearance and struck out two in a scoreless inning.
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Back from suspension
PHouston Astros  AAA
May 14, 2019
Ivey (suspension) went five innings without allowing a hit in Double-A Corpus Christi's 2-1 win over Amarillo on Saturday.
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Suspended at Double-A
PHouston Astros  AAA
Suspension
May 4, 2019
Ivey, who is listed as being on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Corpus Christi, has actually been suspended, Andersen Pickard of MLB Daily Dish reports. According to Astros minor-league blogger Jayne Hansen, Ivey was suspended for 14 games.
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Dominating at Double-A
PHouston Astros  AAA
April 18, 2019
Ivey gave up two hits while striking out eight in five innings of relief Wednesday for Double-A Corpus Christi.
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Goes to Astros in third round
PHouston Astros  AAA
June 13, 2017
The Astros have selected Ivey with the 91st overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
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