Kyle Ryan

Kyle Ryan

32-Year-Old PitcherP
St. Louis Cardinals AAA
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Cubs in December of 2020.
Assigned to Triple-A Memphis
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
March 30, 2022
Ryan was assigned to minor league camp Wednesday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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The relief pitcher was invited to spring training as a potential third left-handed option in the Cardinals' bullpen heading into the 2022 season, but he'll begin the campaign with Triple-A Memphis. Ryan struggled to a 6.75 ERA and 1.73 WHIP over 13.1 innings with the Cubs in 2021. He'll look to bring those numbers back down closer to his career figures of a 4.05 ERA and 1.38 WHIP this year.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-37%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .240 29 3 4 6 1 0 1
Since 2021vs Right .379 33 5 2 11 4 0 2
2023vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left .240 29 3 4 6 1 0 1
2021vs Right .379 33 5 2 11 4 0 2
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-74%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 8.68 1.71 9.1 0 0 0 6.8 2.9 1.9
Since 2021Away 2.25 1.75 4.0 0 0 1 2.3 6.8 2.3
2023Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 8.68 1.71 9.1 0 0 0 6.8 2.9 1.9
2021Away 2.25 1.75 4.0 0 0 1 2.3 6.8 2.3
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Ryan took a bit of a step back in 2020, though (as is the case with most pitchers) it's hard to draw many conclusions from a condensed season. The lefty appeared in 18 games for the Cubs, recording 11 strikeouts in 15.2 innings to go along with a 5.17 ERA and 1.40 WHIP. In 2019, Ryan recorded 58 strikeouts, a 3.54 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP across 61 innings. His undoing last season was a rough August, during which he posted a 7.71 ERA in nine appearances. Under normal circumstances, he may have been able to offset that hiccup with better stats the rest of the year, but it was too much to overcome in just 60 team games. Never a big strikeout guy, the 29-year-old has still been able to deliver some decent results, most notably the 3.07 ERA and 1.13 WHIP he recorded in 55.2 innings with the Tigers in 2016. The lack of whiffs probably keeps Ryan out of the closer conversation, though, and limits his fantasy appeal.
Heading into his age-27 season having thrown just 5.2 major-league innings over the previous two seasons combined, there was little reason to have any interest in Ryan last winter. While he didn't pitch his way into a fantasy-relevant role, he did spend nearly the entirety of the 2019 campaign on the Cubs' big-league roster and looked like he belonged, finishing with a solid 3.54 ERA in 61 innings. His peripherals were decent enough, as his strong 58.2% groundball rate helped overcome his unimpressive 22.3 K% and 11.2 BB%. He was particularly strong against lefties, holding them to a .571 OPS, but he wasn't killed by righties (.736 OPS), so he won't lose his job with the upcoming three-batter minimum rule. Ryan should again spend the season as a useful reliever, but he's too far from closing to be of interest in standard leagues.
Ryan was moved to the bullpen full-time in 2016, a move that helped him lower his ERA to 3.07 from 4.47 a year ago. He has never been a big strikeout guy, and 2016 was no exception, as he posted a 5.66 K/9. He did, however, improve his command, lowering his BB/9 to 2.43, in addition to holding opponents to just a .231 average. But the real key to Ryan's 2016 success was keeping the ball in the yard, as he allowed just two home runs compared to nine in 2015. A lefty whose fastball averages just 90 mph and throws a lot of sliders, Ryan likely won't suddenly start blowing people away. While he did a good job keeping runs off the board in 2016, there isn't much fantasy value to be had from a low-strikeout reliever who doesn't pitch in high-leverage situations, and that's what Ryan appears to be going forward.
Ryan bounced between the bullpen and the rotation in 2015, but that will likely change this season. The team needs lefties in the bullpen and Ryan is likely ticketed there. He's been far too hittable in his major league career (try more than a hit per inning over two seasons) and just doesn't strike out enough batters. Even in relief, sustained success may be hard to come by for Ryan as he just doesn't have the consistency for a long role. The Tigers need to decide if Ryan is anything more than a LOOGY. Turn eyes elsewhere, as there is only downside here.
Ryan was one of the biggest surprise callups for Detroit in 2014. After an impressive five-game stint with Triple-A Toledo, in which he went 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 20:5 K:BB ratio in 33 innings, Detroit promoted Ryan for a spot start. Ryan delivered six shutout innings in his debut with the Tigers, and he went on to pitch another 4.1 innings of three-run ball in September. Prior to his brief breakout in Toledo, the 23-year-old lefty had modest production throughout his minor league career, including a 4.55 ERA during his first taste of Double-A ball in 2014. Ryan has a five-pitch arsenal, including a fastball that sits in the 88-91 mph range, a sinker, a curveball and a seldom-used changeup. The lanky (6-5, 215) lefty isn’t overpowering and he has posted low strikeout totals throughout his career, but he possesses solid control and limits free passes. His ceiling is likely that of a No. 4 or 5 starter at the major league level if he continues to develop. While additional innings at Triple-A are probably needed, Ryan may receive some consideration for the final spot in the rotation.
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Invited to camp by Cardinals
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
November 19, 2021
Ryan signed a minor-league deal with the Cardinals on Friday which includes an invitation to spring training, source reports.
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Heads to open market
PFree Agent  AAA
August 17, 2021
Ryan elected free agency Tuesday after refusing an outright assignment from the Cubs to the minors, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
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Designated for assignment
PChicago Cubs  AAA
August 12, 2021
Ryan was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Thursday.
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Back in big leagues
PChicago Cubs  AAA
August 10, 2021
Ryan was recalled by the Cubs on Tuesday to serve as the extra man for the nightcap of the doubleheader against the Brewers, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PChicago Cubs  AAA
August 10, 2021
Ryan was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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