Ryan Yarbrough

Ryan Yarbrough

30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays
15-Day IL
Injury Oblique
Est. Return 10/8/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Yarbrough now has four seasons under his belt as the Swiss army knife of the Tampa Bay pitching staff, but he is now at a bit of a crossroads. The 21 starts he made last season were a career high. The club did not use the opener as often with him, but that also cost Yarbrough as he had a career-worst 5.11 ERA. His ERA as a pure starter was 5.46 and 22 of his 25 homers came in those outings. When he pitched in bulk relief, his ERA dropped to 4.03 and he did a much better job limiting hard contact. Ironically enough, Yarbrough has the lowest average exit velocity of any non-full-time reliever in baseball over the past two seasons (min 1,000 pitches). His slippery approach to pitching in and around the strike zone is frustrating for hitters when he hits his spots, but he becomes batting practice when his command falters. If he stays with the club, more bulk pitching could put him back in a better place and make him rosterable again. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#525
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $3.85 million contract with the Rays in March of 2022.
Placed on IL
PTampa Bay Rays
Oblique
September 23, 2022
Yarbrough (oblique) was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Yarbrough was placed on the IL after he suffered a right oblique strain in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays. The left-hander will now miss the remainder of the regular season but will have a shot at returning early in the playoffs. Calvin Faucher was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday to replace Yarbrough on the active roster.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
68
Last 10 Games
63
Last 5 Games
58
How many pitches does Ryan Yarbrough generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Ryan Yarbrough generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-22%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-48%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .219 274 65 18 53 8 0 5
Since 2020vs Right .280 959 154 43 249 57 2 37
2022vs Left .159 80 20 5 11 1 0 2
2022vs Right .308 275 41 17 77 18 0 10
2021vs Left .235 133 34 9 28 5 0 2
2021vs Right .275 520 83 18 135 32 2 23
2020vs Left .259 61 11 4 14 2 0 1
2020vs Right .250 164 30 8 37 7 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-7%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-5%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 4.52 1.19 131.1 8 7 0 7.3 1.9 1.2
Since 2020Away 4.85 1.33 156.0 5 12 0 6.5 1.9 1.4
2022Home 4.35 1.39 31.0 2 2 0 6.1 3.5 1.2
2022Away 4.59 1.37 49.0 1 6 0 7.3 1.8 1.5
2021Home 4.73 1.08 78.0 5 4 0 7.8 1.4 1.0
2021Away 5.49 1.38 77.0 4 3 0 5.7 1.8 1.9
2020Home 4.03 1.30 22.1 1 1 0 6.9 1.6 1.6
2020Away 3.60 1.13 30.0 0 3 0 6.9 2.4 0.3
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Stat Review
How does Ryan Yarbrough compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
2.77
 
K/9
6.9
 
BB/9
2.5
 
HR/9
1.4
 
Fastball
86.8 mph
 
ERA
4.50
 
WHIP
1.38
 
BABIP
.316
 
GB/FB
0.97
 
Left On Base
70.8%
 
Exit Velocity
76.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.2%
 
Spin Rate
2029 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
19.0%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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Yarbrough appeared almost exclusively as a starter last season for the first time in his three-year career, starting nine games while appearing in relief twice. He cruised to a career-best 3.56 ERA, though the ERA estimators were slightly more pessimistic, as his 3.87 FIP and 4.33 xFIP both sat at roughly the midpoint between his marks from the two previous seasons. His strikeout rate fell to a career-low 18.8%, but when combined with a strong 5.1 BB%, it was generally enough to get the job done. Yarbrough should remain one of the Rays' primary rotation options this season, especially after the departure of Charlie Morton, and there's every reason to believe he'll remain a serviceable starter heading into his age-29 season, albeit a fairly low-ceiling one for fantasy purposes given his consistently mediocre strikeout rates.
Yarbrough worked in the bulk role again in 2019, but early on, his season was disastrous. He was sent down to Triple-A after five appearances to begin the season with an 8.10 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. If it could have gone wrong for him in April, it did. He went down to Durham and tinkered with his approach, deciding to throw his below-average fastball less and add more cutters and sliders...and it worked! He was recalled May 23 and went 9-2 with a 2.55 ERA and 0.87 WHIP until hitting a wall in September where his numbers went back to their April form. Yarbrough is not a starter as he is ideally suited for the bulk role with this limited repertoire. When his command is on, he is excellent at inducing weak contact and generating infield popups and cans of corn to the outfield. He gets hurt when he fails to execute, so a misplaced fastball or a flat cutter becomes a rocket to or over the wall.
With the implementation of the opener in Major League Baseball also came the introduction of the primary pitcher. That was Yarbrough's primary role in 2018. He totaled 147.1 innings despite making just six starts in 38 appearances, and the results were relatively strong despite underwhelming peripherals. He didn't even crack 90 mph on average with his fastball, but his slider and cutter were effective enough against left-handed batters. It was a different story against right-handed hitters -- 10.1 K-BB%, .324 wOBA, 4.34 FIP. Further, Yarbrough's ERA jumped from 2.63 the first time through to 4.29 the second time through (as a reliever), which suggests that both Yarbrough and the team may be better off shortening him up. Factor in the caliber of the offenses in his own division and Yarbrough looks like a low-upside pitcher with the downside of a true middle reliever, so waiver-wire fodder in mixed leagues.
Yarbrough spent the majority of 2015 with High-A Bakersfield in the California League, where he finished with a 4-7 record and 3.76 ERA in 16 starts. He posted a 4.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio, .266 batting average against, and 1.28 WHIP. Part of his high batting average against can likely be explained by his .324 BABIP, which was much higher than the .266 BABIP he finished with in 2014. Yarbrough had a groin injury in June that sent him to the 7-day DL, but should be healthy to start 2016. Yarbrough's arsenal of pitches includes an average fastball and curveball to go along with an excellent change-up. He moved up from number 11 to number eight on the Mariners prospect rankings during 2015 and is estimated to make the MLB during 2016. Scouts believe has back-of-the-rotation potential, but will most likely end up in the bullpen long-term. If Yarbrough pitches well to start 2016, there is a good chance he could be called-up to the MLB at some point as a lefty reliever.
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Likely heading to IL
PTampa Bay Rays
Oblique
September 22, 2022
Manager Kevin Cash said after Thursday's win over the Blue Jays that Yarbrough may have suffered a strained right oblique, and it's "highly likely" the left-hander will be placed on the 15-day injured list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Dealing with side injury
PTampa Bay Rays
Side
September 22, 2022
Yarbrough was diagnosed with right side discomfort after he left Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Ryan Bass of Bally Sports Sun reports.
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Departs with apparent injury
PTampa Bay Rays
Undisclosed
September 22, 2022
Yarbrough was removed from Thursday's game against the Blue Jays with an apparent injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Set for bulk-relief role
PTampa Bay Rays
September 22, 2022
Yarbrough is expected to serve as a bulk reliever behind opener JT Chargois in Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Pitching behind opener
PTampa Bay Rays
September 17, 2022
Yarbrough is expected to serve as the Rays' bulk reliever behind opener Shawn Armstrong during Saturday's game against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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