Caleb Kilian

Caleb Kilian

27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
60-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 7/29/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Kilian has had a few cups of coffee at the MLB level the last two seasons, though he's yet to make a real impact. In 2023, the righty appeared in three games for the Cubs, posting a rough 16.88 ERA across 5.1 innings. He also appeared in three games in 2022, posting a 10.32 ERA across 11.1 innings. It's not a very promising start for Kilian, though it's of course still a fairly small sample size. The 26-year-old was part of the trade package San Francisco sent Chicago to acquire Kris Bryant, and the skills are there for improved performance. Kilian averaged 94 mph on his fastball last year, and while his K/9 sat below 8.5 for both the Cubs and Triple-A Omaha, he did post a 10.59 K/9 in the minors a season earlier. Heading into 2024, it seems unlikely that Kilian begins the year in Chicago's rotation, as Jordan Wicks, Javier Assad and Hayden Wesneski are all likely ahead of him in the competition for the final few starting spots. Kilian is worth keeping an eye on, particularly if he impresses in the minors and earns a promotion, though his fantasy value is limited at this point. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2024.
Hits two innings in third rehab start
PChicago Cubs
Shoulder
July 10, 2024
Kilian (shoulder) struck out two over two perfect innings in his rehab start Tuesday with High-A South Bend.
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Kilian tossed 21 pitches in the outing while the Cubs continue to ease the right-hander along slowly as he makes his way back from a teres major strain in his right shoulder, an injury that has sidelined him since early March. The 27-year-old will likely require at least three more rehab starts to get fully stretched out for a traditional starter's workload, so he may not be activated until late July or early August. Once Kilian is reinstated, the Cubs could elect to option him to Triple-A Iowa, if the big club doesn't have an opening in its rotation.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2024
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2023
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-39%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .389 44 6 5 14 5 0 0
Since 2022vs Right .303 45 8 9 10 2 0 0
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .600 12 1 0 6 1 0 0
2023vs Right .412 21 4 2 7 2 0 0
2022vs Left .308 32 5 5 8 4 0 0
2022vs Right .188 24 4 7 3 0 0 0
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-55%
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-100%
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2022
 
 
-59%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 8.00 1.67 9.0 0 1 0 6.0 7.0 0.0
Since 2022Away 17.61 3.00 7.2 0 2 0 9.4 8.2 0.0
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Away 16.88 2.81 5.1 0 1 0 8.4 3.4 0.0
2022Home 8.00 1.67 9.0 0 1 0 6.0 7.0 0.0
2022Away 19.29 3.43 2.1 0 1 0 11.6 19.3 0.0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
Kilian opened the season with Triple-A Iowa. The primary return in the Kris Bryant trade made his MLB in early June, fanning six Cardinals in five frames. Kilian started two more games, before being sent back to the farm. In those two outings, he walked 10 with only three punchouts in 6.1 innings. Kilian finished the season in Triple-A where walks were still an issue as he issued 59 free passes in 106.2 stanzas. Kilian will turn 26-years-old in June, so time is running out to lay claim to a career as a starter. The Cubs rotation is more about quantity than quality, so if Kilian exhibits better control, he has a chance to make the opening day roster. Chances are, he'll return to Triple-A and have to earn a spot. With his ability to miss bats, Kilian will always have the bullpen as a fallback, but for now the Cubs envision him as a starter.
Kilian was quite busy last season, first breaking out with the Giants, then getting dealt to Chicago as the headliner for Kris Bryant, and capping his season with Championship MVP honors in the Arizona Fall League. The right-hander has prototypical size (6-foot-4, 180 pounds) and athleticism. He repeats his delivery well and pounds the zone. All told, Kilian registered a 2.42 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 112:13 K:BB in 100.1 innings across High-A and Double-A with the Giants and Cubs before striking out 18 in 14 AFL innings. He used to be a control artist with back-end starter stuff, but Kilian was touching 98 mph with good run on his heater late in the year and his command has not suffered since his stuff ticked up. His curveball is a hammer and his changeup is trending up. A big riser in offseason prospect rankings, Kilian appears poised to be one the Cubs' top starters in the coming years if he can stay healthy. If he picks up where he left off last year, he could reach the majors mid-year.
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Beginning rehab assignment
PChicago Cubs
Shoulder
July 2, 2024
Kilian (shoulder) is starting a rehab assignment Tuesday at High-A South Bend, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Faces live hitters
PChicago Cubs
Shoulder
June 25, 2024
Kilian (shoulder) threw live batting practice Tuesday, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Throws off mound
PChicago Cubs
Shoulder
June 15, 2024
Kilian (shoulder) threw a 32-pitch bullpen session Friday, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Lands on 60-day IL
PChicago Cubs
Shoulder
March 28, 2024
The Cubs placed Kilian (shoulder) on the 60-day injured list Thursday.
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Diagnosed with teres major strain
PChicago Cubs
Shoulder
March 7, 2024
Cubs manager Craig Counsell said that Kilian will be sidelined until around the All-Star break after an MRI revealed a teres major strain in his right shoulder, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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May finish season in minors
PChicago Cubs
August 19, 2022
Kilian may not get another crack at the majors this season, reports Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune.
ANALYSIS
Cubs assistant general manager Craig Breslow said Wednesday that Kilian's development is the top priority, and that might mean finishing the season in Triple-A. The 25-year-old was roughed up in his first shot at the big leagues, posting a 10.32 ERA and 9:12 K:BB in 11.1 innings over three starts. He's been inconsistent for Triple-A Iowa and has a 5.79 ERA in nine starts since returning to the minors.
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