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10/19/1990 (26 y, 5 m, 4 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 8, Overall: 38, Team: Houston Astros
$3.2M / 1 Years (2017)
Lyles has a good chance of making the Opening Day roster due to the fact that he's out of minor league options, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. (2/22/2017)
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Lyles was clearly rushed to the majors last season, and it showed. He struggled in his first taste against Major League hitters, who pounded him for a 1.34 home runs per nine last season. While his other breaking pitches need refinement, his change-up fooled Major League hitters last season -- a promising sign going forward. The Astros wisely realized that Lyles was over his head last season, eventually sending him back to Triple-A to finish out the season. He is still just 21-years-old, and there’s a decent chance he becomes the Astros first legitimate home-grown pitching prospect since Roy Oswalt, but he still needs some seasoning in the minors. (Chris Cwik)
The Quick Opinion:
Lyles probably wasn’t ready for the majors last season, and his struggles should be taken with a grain of salt. He’s still a solid bet to be a strong starter for the Astros going forward, but he needs more time in the minors.
Lyles owns a 5.20 ERA in 235.1 career big-league innings over the past two seasons thanks to a penchant for surrendering too many home runs and significant troubles stranding runners.That level of production has no place on a fantasy roster. His career 4.12 SIERA, however, indicates that Lyles has pitched better than his ERA would indicate over the last two years. He also just turned 22 in October, so it's far too early to discount the young right-hander as a below-average starter at the big league level. It's important to note that he did add two miles per hour to his fastball last year. It's conceivable that his stuff is still developing, as he's essentially a college senior pitching in the majors. Strangely, though, his swinging-strike rate dropped to 6.9% with that velocity increase, so it does not appear his increased velocity will help his below-average strikeout rate in the near future. He also has one of the league's worst defenses behind him, which doesn't bode well for his strand rate. At this point, Lyles is a bit of a flyer in deep NL-only leagues, but should be avoided on draft day in mixed leagues. Just keep an eye on the young right-hander if he shows some life early in the year. He's not anywhere near a finished product at this point. (JP Breen)
The Quick Opinion:
Once a highly-touted prospect in the Astros' system, Lyles has experienced back-to-back disappointing seasons. His FIP and SIERA, however, indicate he could provide more value for fantasy owners in 2013 than otherwise suggested by his previous underwhelming results.
Baseball America listed Lyles among its top 100 prospects twice, yet now at age 23 he's already moved onto his second organization -- the Rockies -- after parts of three uninspiring seasons in the big leagues with the Astros. It's still too early to give up on him, though. One thing Lyles has going for him is an extraordinarily low strand rate. Over Lyles' career, his strand rate is just 62.9%; in that time frame, that's still nearly 10 percent worse than the lowest league rate. As a result, Lyles has had a raw ERA a full run or more over his xFIP in each of his three seasons with the Astros. Another reason to buy Lyles as a potential future riser is his ground-ball rate. Whether looking at last year's rate (48.4%) or the previous year's (53.9%), Lyles is still well above league average when it comes to burning worms, and that'll play up when moving to a team that employs Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki, both of whom are rock-solid defenders. D.J. LeMahieu is no schmuck either, and Justin Morneau is generally pretty good over at first -- though not as good as in the past. Lyles isn't the kind of guy someone should target in a standard draft, but he's definitely an early season watch-list kind of guy as someone who can emerge as a priority pickup early on. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Lyles should benefit greatly simply by having his ground-ball tendencies supported by a rock-solid defensive infield. He may not become a fantasy warrior, but should at least have week-to-week fill-in potential at the outset as well as deeper league utility. Entering his age-23 season, he's someone to monitor.
Lyles is a good pitcher for the Rockies because of his ground ball nature (52% in 2014). There is the problem though ... he is a pitcher for the Rockies. At home, he posted a 4.81 ERA, and on the road he posted a 3.93 ERA. Neither number is great, but he is unplayable at home. The biggest difference between his home and road numbers is the inflated batting average on balls in play at Coors, but he also struck out fewer batters at home. Nothing he does stands out. Of the 128 pitchers who threw 120 innings in 2014, his strikeout minus walk rate was the 16th-lowest. He has basically been the same pitcher in his first four seasons with is ERA and ERA estimators fluctuating between four and five. Nothing points to a break out. Maybe his walk rate will finally stop increasing (2.5 to 2.7 to 3.1 to 3.3 walks per nine) and level out around three. He is worth a play in NL-only leagues and 20+ team leagues if you can avoid playing him at home. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Jordan Lyles would have some possible fantasy value if he didn't pitch for the Rockies. Unless he taps into some hidden talent, he is unownable.
It seems like Jordan Lyles has been around forever, and should be a salty veteran by now. But while he has pitched in each of the past five major league seasons, he'll only be in his age-25 season in 2016. That's the good news. Some more good news is that upon being traded to the Rockies, the team was able to ramp up his already pronounced ground ball tendencies even further. Further good news is that last year he was able to stop allowing so many home runs, as he finally recorded his first season with a single-digit home run per fly ball rate. That is the extent of the good news. The bad news starts with Lyles' frailty. He has never tossed 150 innings in any one season, and last season he didn't even hit the 50 innings pitched mark. A big toe injury felled him in June, and he missed the rest of the season after having surgery to repair it. The Rockies settled up with him in arbitration, so he should be back in the starting rotation mix this season, but he is at best a guy to keep an eye on. Lyles has always had trouble clearing the low bar of the quality start -- he had just three quality starts last season, and his career QS% is 41% (well below the major league average of 52%). There may still be some potential in Lyles, but you shouldn't keep him on your team while you're waiting to find out. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Jordan Lyles is a servicable starting pitcher in real life, but not in fantasy baseball, unless your league happens to count ground balls induced for some reason.
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Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:37 AM ET
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