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Kirby Yates
Birthdate: 3/25/1987 (30 y, 2 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 5-10/195     Position: P
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 26, Pick: 28, Overall: 798, Team: Boston Red Sox
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: Yates' new split-finger fastball may be the secret behind his Cactus League success, the Orange County Register reports. (3/18/2017)
Profiles:  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Yates has bounced around quite a bit after being anointed the Rays "closer of the future" just a few short years ago. The righty spent 2016 shuttling back and forth between the Yankees Triple-A affiliate in Columbus and the Bronx, amassing a 5.23 ERA in 41.1 innings for the big league club. By rates Yates wasn't as bad as that ERA would indicate, his 27% strikeout rate was solid, even if the 10% walk rate left something to be desired in the free pass department. Yates' velocity and swinging strike rate both climbed in 2016, offering some hope that there is still upside in the soon-to-be 30-year old's arm. It's also worth noting that, for the first time in his career, Yates has reverse splits in 2016 (higher K%-BB% against lefties than same-handed hitters) which could bode well for late-inning usage down the road. Yates was claimed by the Angels in late October, meaning he'll likely open 2017 in the middle of the Angels' bullpen. While nothing is certain with Yates given his underperformance of expectations to date, he's a name to watch on the waiver wire as the season moves along for the potential to quickly move into higher leverage situations.(Colin Zarzycki)

The Quick Opinion: While Kirby Yates' 5.23 ERA wasn't sexy in 2016, there were some gains in fastball velocity and whiff rates that show the former top relief prospect's stuff isn't significantly diminished. He still walks too many batters to have true elite reliever upside, but he's an arm worth watching in an Angels bullpen without a glut of shutdown arms.

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SeasonPitchPitchesABPAH1B2B3BHRBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPAVGminVelmaxVelVel
2014FA3616373181130480171101.28690.294.692.4
2014SL2636266131120030211001.21076.786.783.6
2014CH34910110001030000.11182.185.483.5
2014CU1411000000000000.00074.178.376.4
2014KC323101000011000.50077.078.477.5
2014FT100000000000000.00091.991.991.9
2014FC100000000000000.00090.690.690.6
2015FA229445010420460140000.22787.494.792.3
2015SL741516640021010000.40081.787.484.4
2015KC691314210010051000.15473.680.277.6
2015CH361212511030010000.41781.087.183.5
2016FA480921082217203120343010.23989.697.993.1
2016SL2545763171050250120101.29879.488.384.4
2016KC3889110000031000.12575.179.977.8
2016CH2834110001010000.33381.887.184.0
TotalFA107019923150327011260654111.25187.497.992.7
TotalSL591134145362570490341102.26976.788.384.1
TotalKC1102326421010093000.17473.680.277.7
TotalCH982426731032050000.29281.087.183.7
TotalCU1411000000000000.00074.178.376.4
TotalFT100000000000000.00091.991.991.9
TotalFC100000000000000.00090.690.690.6

SeasonPitchPitchesBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2014FA36111.0 %23.3 %0.47.286.370.524.894.238.32612.34.5.389166
2014SL2634.5 %31.8 %0.14.210.258.242.500.032.3173.0-4.1.23056
2014CH3410.0 %30.0 %0.33.111.200.111.311.000.167-0.1-1.2.1587
2014CU140.0 %0.0 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.000-0.1-0.2.000-100
2014KC30.0 %33.3 %0.00.500.6671.0001.667.5001.0001.10.8.668356
2014FT10.0 %0.0 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.0000.00.0.000 
2014FC10.0 %0.0 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.0000.00.0.000 
2015FA22912.0 %28.0 %0.43.227.320.545.865.318.2317.82.2.368149
2015SL746.3 %6.3 %1.00.400.438.8001.238.400.3334.52.7.521253
2015KC690.0 %35.7 %0.00.154.214.385.599.231.1431.0-0.6.26277
2015CH360.0 %8.3 %0.00.417.4171.2501.667.833.2505.03.7.694372
2016FA48011.1 %31.5 %0.35.239.346.359.704.120.34512.6-0.1.317109
2016SL2547.9 %19.0 %0.42.298.349.491.840.193.3419.42.0.357138
2016KC380.0 %33.3 %0.00.125.222.125.347.000.2000.0-1.0.17817
2016CH2825.0 %25.0 %1.00.333.500.333.833.000.5000.70.2.392159
TotalFA107011.3 %28.1 %0.40.251.348.452.800.201.31533.06.8.351135
TotalSL5916.2 %23.4 %0.26.269.317.410.728.142.33016.70.4.317113
TotalKC1100.0 %34.6 %0.00.174.269.348.617.174.2312.2-0.7.28089
TotalCH987.7 %19.2 %0.40.292.346.7081.054.417.2505.52.6.442199
TotalCU140.0 %0.0 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.000-0.1-0.2.000-100
TotalFT10.0 %0.0 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.0000.00.0.000 
TotalFC10.0 %0.0 %0.00.000.000.000.000.000.0000.00.0.000 

SeasonPitchPitchesLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBStrikesBallsPitchesxMovzMovMov
2014FA36127.7 %27.7 %44.7 %33.3 %19.0 %225136361-6.29.311.3
2014SL26317.1 %41.5 %41.5 %29.4 %0.0 %178852634.01.85.0
2014CH340.0 %33.3 %66.7 %25.0 %0.0 %25934-6.36.19.1
2014CU140.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %77147.3-7.010.2
2014KC30.0 %0.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %2137.3-7.310.4
2014FT10.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %011-5.86.99.0
2014FC10.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %101-1.98.58.8
2015FA22923.3 %23.3 %53.3 %12.5 %25.0 %15871229-7.38.511.4
2015SL7421.4 %35.7 %42.9 %83.3 %33.3 %4628741.73.03.9
2015KC6912.5 %62.5 %25.0 %0.0 %50.0 %3237697.8-6.410.2
2015CH3627.3 %18.2 %54.5 %0.0 %50.0 %241236-7.75.29.7
2016FA48024.6 %31.6 %43.9 %40.0 %12.0 %301179480-7.49.111.9
2016SL25423.9 %54.3 %21.7 %10.0 %20.0 %169852541.41.63.2
2016KC3820.0 %80.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %1721387.4-6.710.0
2016CH280.0 %50.0 %50.0 %100.0 %0.0 %181028-8.45.210.2
TotalFA107025.4 %28.4 %46.3 %30.6 %17.7 %6843861070-7.09.011.6
TotalSL59120.8 %46.5 %32.7 %33.3 %12.1 %3931985912.61.94.1
TotalKC11014.3 %64.3 %21.4 %0.0 %33.3 %51591107.7-6.510.1
TotalCH9815.8 %26.3 %57.9 %18.2 %27.3 %673198-7.45.59.6
TotalCU140.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %77147.3-7.010.2
TotalFT10.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %011-5.86.99.0
TotalFC10.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %101-1.98.58.8

SeasonPitchPitchesO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%SwStr%pVALpVAL/C
2014FA36118.6 %64.0 %42.4 %90.6 %84.3 %85.6 %52.4 %6.1 %-4.1-1.1
2014SL26338.7 %51.2 %44.5 %58.2 %83.9 %71.8 %46.0 %12.6 %5.11.9
2014CH3442.9 %80.0 %64.7 %83.3 %62.5 %68.2 %58.8 %20.6 %1.33.8
2014CU1410.0 %25.0 %14.3 %100.0 %100.0 %100.0 %28.6 %0.0 %0.11.0
2014KC30.0 %50.0 %33.3 % 100.0 %100.0 %66.7 %0.0 %-1.0-34.3
2014FT10.0 % 0.0 %   0.0 %0.0 %0.0-2.6
2014FC1 100.0 %100.0 % 100.0 %100.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.00.0
2015FA22925.7 %66.4 %48.5 %57.7 %85.9 %79.3 %55.9 %10.0 %-1.1-0.5
2015SL7433.3 %57.1 %44.6 %69.2 %95.0 %84.9 %47.3 %6.8 %-2.6-3.6
2015KC6923.4 %54.6 %33.3 %45.5 %100.0 %73.9 %31.9 %8.7 %-0.8-1.1
2015CH3635.3 %73.7 %55.6 %50.0 %78.6 %70.0 %52.8 %16.7 %-3.5-9.7
2016FA48023.3 %69.8 %46.0 %71.9 %77.4 %76.0 %49.0 %11.0 %0.60.1
2016SL25437.7 %55.6 %45.3 %65.5 %83.3 %74.8 %42.5 %11.4 %-1.2-0.5
2016KC3822.2 %63.6 %34.2 %50.0 %85.7 %69.2 %29.0 %10.5 %-0.4-1.1
2016CH2850.0 %62.5 %53.6 %50.0 %40.0 %46.7 %28.6 %28.6 %-0.1-0.4
TotalFA107022.2 %67.0 %45.3 %73.9 %81.6 %79.8 %51.6 %9.2 %-4.7-0.4
TotalSL59137.6 %53.8 %44.8 %62.6 %85.2 %74.7 %44.7 %11.3 %1.30.2
TotalKC11022.7 %57.1 %33.6 %47.1 %95.0 %73.0 %31.8 %9.1 %-2.2-2.0
TotalCH9843.1 %74.5 %58.2 %59.1 %65.7 %63.2 %48.0 %21.4 %-2.3-2.4
TotalCU1410.0 %25.0 %14.3 %100.0 %100.0 %100.0 %28.6 %0.0 %0.11.0
TotalFT10.0 % 0.0 %   0.0 %0.0 %0.0-2.6
TotalFC1 100.0 %100.0 % 100.0 %100.0 %100.0 %0.0 %0.00.0