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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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SeasonTeamWLSVGGSIPK/9BB/9HR/9BABIPLOB%GB%HR/FBERAFIPxFIPWAR
2009Rays (R)01414026.116.752.730.00.44980.0 %  2.391.41  
2010Rays (A)365271290.09.704.100.90.28273.3 %  3.304.32  
2010Rays (A+)000115.15.063.380.00.37562.5 %  5.063.43  
2011Saguaros (R)0019010.114.816.100.87.41760.2 %  6.974.31  
2011Rays (R)010446.24.052.700.00.26166.7 %  2.703.87  
2011Rays (A+)20216033.112.155.940.00.21585.4 %  1.623.12  
2012Desert Dogs (R)00210011.09.824.091.64.18597.8 %  2.455.47  
2012Rays (AA)421650068.012.445.160.53.29981.3 %  2.652.91  
2013Rays (AAA)322051061.213.573.360.29.28682.3 %  1.901.97  
2014Rays (AAA)101621025.012.603.240.00.19295.0 %  0.361.76  
2014Rays02137036.010.503.751.00.31577.1 %32.3 %9.3 %3.753.743.780.1
2015Rays (A+)000212.09.004.500.00.2860.0 %  9.002.67  
2015Rays (AAA)12623025.112.084.261.78.34473.5 %  5.334.70  
2015Rays10020020.19.303.104.43.24576.5 %27.0 %30.3 %7.978.644.64-0.8
2016Yankees (AAA)01414016.210.263.240.00.27984.2 %  1.622.15  
2016Yankees21041041.110.894.141.09.34070.2 %43.6 %13.5 %5.233.973.890.3
2017Depth Charts11020020.09.703.541.08.30375.7 %  3.613.91 0.0
2017Steamer11020020.09.333.561.04.28474.3 %40.6 % 3.703.904.200.1
2017ZiPS22052056.310.073.511.12.31077.2 %  3.513.91 0.4
Total- - -33198097.210.413.781.75.31173.7 %35.7 %16.8 %5.254.864.00-0.4

SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGShOSVHLDBSIPTBFHRERHRBBIBBHBPWPBKSO
2009Rays (R)012.39140004  26.1111227708154049
2010Rays (A)363.302712005  90.0379734133941355197
2010Rays (A+)005.0611000  5.1216330200003
2011Saguaros (R)006.9790001  10.149118817001017
2011Rays (R)012.7044000  6.2296320201003
2011Rays (A+)201.62160002  33.11371466022051245
2012Desert Dogs (R)002.45100002  11.04673325000012
2012Rays (AA)422.655000016  68.0285482120439218094
2013Rays (AAA)321.905100020  61.2249381413223256093
2014Rays (AAA)100.362100016  25.097101109010135
2014Rays023.753700010136.0156331615415332042
2015Rays (A+)009.0021000  2.0102320100002
2015Rays (AAA)125.33230006  25.1117271615512023034
2015Rays107.972000000020.192231818107010021
2016Yankees (AAA)011.62140004  16.269123306012119
2016Yankees215.234100002241.1184412424519141050
2017Depth Charts113.61200  01 20.0 189828 1  22
2017Steamer113.702000001 20.085179828 1  21
2017ZiPS223.51520  0  56.3 502422722143163
Total- - -335.259800012397.243297585719414830113

SeasonTeamK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%ERA-FIP-FIP
2009Rays (R)16.752.736.130.0044.1 %7.2 %36.9 %.2251.14.44980.0 %  1.41
2010Rays (A)9.704.102.370.9025.6 %10.8 %14.8 %.2191.27.28273.3 %  4.32
2010Rays (A+)5.063.381.500.0014.3 %9.5 %4.8 %.3161.50.37562.5 %  3.43
2011Saguaros (R)14.816.102.430.8734.7 %14.3 %20.4 %.2621.74.41760.2 %  4.31
2011Rays (R)4.052.701.500.0010.3 %6.9 %3.4 %.2311.20.26166.7 %  3.87
2011Rays (A+)12.155.942.050.0032.9 %16.1 %16.8 %.1271.08.21585.4 %  3.12
2012Desert Dogs (R)9.824.092.401.6426.1 %10.9 %15.2 %.1711.09.18597.8 %  5.47
2012Rays (AA)12.445.162.410.5333.0 %13.7 %19.3 %.1961.28.29981.3 %  2.91
2013Rays (AAA)13.573.364.040.2937.4 %9.2 %28.1 %.1720.99.28682.3 %  1.97
2014Rays (AAA)12.603.243.890.0036.1 %9.3 %26.8 %.1150.76.19295.0 %  1.76
2014Rays10.503.752.801.0026.9 %9.6 %17.3 %.2391.33.31577.1 %1011013.74
2014Average7.732.892.670.8620.4 %7.6 %12.7 %.2471.28.29573.0 %  3.81
2015Rays (A+)9.004.502.000.0020.0 %10.0 %10.0 %.2221.50.2860.0 %  2.67
2015Rays (AAA)12.084.262.831.7829.1 %10.3 %18.8 %.2621.54.34473.5 %  4.70
2015Rays9.303.103.004.4322.8 %7.6 %15.2 %.2741.48.24576.5 %2042208.64
2015Average7.762.922.661.0220.4 %7.7 %12.7 %.2511.29.29672.9 %  4.03
2016Yankees (AAA)10.263.243.170.0027.5 %8.7 %18.8 %.1941.08.27984.2 %  2.15
2016Yankees10.894.142.631.0927.2 %10.3 %16.8 %.2551.45.34070.2 %123903.97
2016Average8.103.142.581.1721.1 %8.2 %12.9 %.2521.32.29872.9 %  4.24
2017Depth Charts9.703.542.741.08   .2371.27.30375.7 %  3.91
2017Steamer9.333.562.621.0424.5 %9.3 %15.1 %.2281.26.28474.3 %  3.90
2017ZiPS10.073.512.861.12   .2391.28.31077.2 %  3.91
Total- - -10.413.782.761.7526.2 %9.5 %16.7 %.2531.41.31173.7 %1321214.86

SeasonTeamGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%SIERAxFIP-xFIP
2014Rays0.7222.9 %32.3 %44.8 %11.6 %9.3 %9.7 %0.0 %39.6 %39.6 %20.8 %26.0 %49.0 %25.0 %3.071003.78
2015Rays0.5220.6 %27.0 %52.4 %12.1 %30.3 %0.0 %0.0 %49.2 %28.6 %22.2 %17.5 %44.4 %38.1 %3.751154.64
2016Yankees1.3022.7 %43.6 %33.6 %18.9 %13.5 %4.2 %0.0 %39.6 %37.8 %22.5 %23.4 %53.2 %23.4 %3.49913.89
Total- - -0.8522.3 %35.7 %42.0 %14.2 %16.8 %5.2 %0.0 %41.9 %36.3 %21.9 %23.0 %49.6 %27.4 %3.35994.00

SeasonTeamGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2014Rays31432253008251439690
2015Rays17331340009148260408
2016Yankees483725721015296504800
Total- - -9611360165103269512031898

SeasonTeamWPA-WPA+WPARE24REWpLIinLIgmLIexLIPullsWPA/LIClutchSDMD
2014Rays-0.57-1.681.110.730.090.440.500.710.5725-0.31-0.9955
2015Rays-0.14-0.660.52-10.58-1.050.320.350.480.8610-0.800.3701
2016Yankees-0.17-1.891.72-3.35-0.320.570.620.710.6530-0.07-0.2273
Total- - --0.88-4.233.35-13.20-1.280.470.520.660.6565-1.18-0.68129

SeasonTeamFB%SL%CT%CB%CH%SF%KN%XX%
2014Rays53.7% (92.4)38.3% (83.8) 3.1% (76.8)4.9% (83.6)  1.7%
2015Rays56.1% (92.4)18.4% (84.5) 16.9% (77.7)8.6% (83.4)   
2016Yankees59.9% (93.2)32.2% (84.5) 4.8% (77.8)3.1% (83.8)  0.5%
Total- - -56.9% (92.7)31.4% (84.2) 6.8% (77.6)4.9% (83.6)  0.8%

SeasonTeamFA%FT%FC%FS%FO%SI%SL%CU%KC%EP%CH%SC%KN%UN%
2014Rays53.3 %0.2 %0.2 %   38.9 %2.1 %0.4 % 5.0 %   
2015Rays56.1 %     18.1 % 16.9 % 8.8 %   
2016Yankees60.0 %     31.8 % 4.8 % 3.5 %   
Total- - -56.8 %0.1 %0.1 %   31.4 %0.7 %5.8 % 5.2 %   

SeasonTeamvFAvFTvFCvFSvFOvSIvSLvCUvKCvEPvCHvSCvKN
2014Rays92.491.990.6   83.676.477.5 83.5  
2015Rays92.3     84.4 77.6 83.5  
2016Yankees93.1     84.4 77.8 84.0  
Total- - -92.791.990.6   84.176.477.7 83.7  

SeasonTeamwFBwSLwCTwCBwCHwSFwKNwFB/CwSL/CwCT/CwCB/CwCH/CwSF/CwKN/C
2014Rays-4.25.0 -0.91.3  -1.161.94 -4.163.83  
2015Rays-2.2-2.7 -0.8-3.4  -0.97-3.54 -1.13-9.82  
2016Yankees0.6-1.1 -0.5-0.3  0.13-0.42 -1.20-1.03  
Total- - --5.81.3 -2.1-2.4  -0.540.22 -1.65-2.61  

SeasonTeamwFAwFTwFCwFSwFOwSIwSLwCUwKCwEPwCHwSCwKN
2014Rays-4.10.00.0   5.10.1-1.0 1.3  
2015Rays-1.1     -2.6 -0.8 -3.5  
2016Yankees0.6     -1.2 -0.4 -0.1  
Total- - --4.70.00.0   1.30.1-2.2 -2.3  

SeasonTeamwFA/CwFT/CwFC/CwFS/CwFO/CwSI/CwSL/CwCU/CwKC/CwEP/CwCH/CwSC/CwKN/C
2014Rays-1.14-2.580.00   1.930.95-34.26 3.80  
2015Rays-0.49     -3.57 -1.15 -9.73  
2016Yankees0.12     -0.46 -1.07 -0.44  
Total- - --0.43-2.580.00   0.210.95-2.02 -2.38  

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%F-Strike%SwStr%
2014Rays30.9 %62.5 %43.8 %71.8 %83.8 %78.8 %40.9 %59.6 %9.1 %
2014Average30.7 %65.7 %46.2 %65.7 %87.3 %79.3 %44.3 %60.6 %9.5 %
2015Rays28.3 %69.1 %45.8 %66.7 %83.5 %77.5 %42.9 %65.2 %10.3 %
2015Average30.6 %66.9 %46.9 %64.9 %86.7 %78.8 %44.7 %60.9 %9.9 %
2016Yankees27.2 %67.5 %45.7 %66.7 %78.1 %74.5 %46.0 %63.6 %11.6 %
2016Average30.3 %66.7 %46.5 %63.9 %86.3 %78.2 %44.6 %60.3 %10.1 %
Total- - -28.9 %66.1 %45.1 %68.7 %81.2 %76.7 %43.5 %62.5 %10.4 %

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
2014Rays27.7 %59.9 %43.7 %71.3 %82.7 %79.1 %49.8 %24.8
2014Average30.1 %63.1 %46.2 %62.9 %87.5 %79.3 %48.8 %23.0
2015Rays27.5 %64.2 %45.8 %57.1 %87.8 %78.6 %50.0 %24.7
2015Average30.9 %64.4 %46.9 %62.9 %87.1 %78.8 %47.8 %22.1
2016Yankees29.2 %65.2 %45.5 %66.4 %78.4 %74.2 %45.3 %26.6
2016Average30.6 %63.9 %46.5 %62.1 %86.5 %78.1 %47.8 %22.7
Total- - -28.3 %63.0 %44.9 %66.2 %82.1 %76.9 %47.9 %25.5

SeasonTeamPosGGSInnPOAEFETEDPDPSDPTDPFScpSBCSPBWPFPTZ
2014RaysP37036.0140000000 2   1.000 
2015RaysP20020.1021100000 3   .667 
2016YankeesP41041.1241010000 7   .857 
Total- - -P98097.23102110000 12   .867 

SeasonTeamPosInnrSBrGDPrARMrGFPrPMDRSBIZPlaysRZROOZCPPRPPTZLFSRARMDPRRngRErrRUZRUZR/150
2014RaysP36.00  000              
2015RaysP20.10  000              
2016YankeesP41.1-1  00-1              
Total- - -P97.2-1  00-1              

SeasonTeamPosInnImpossible (0%)Remote (1-10%)Unlikely (10-40%)Even (40-60%)Likely (60-90%)Routine (90-100%)
2014RaysP36.00.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (2)100.0%      (2)
2015RaysP20.10.0%      (0)0.0%      (1)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)0.0%      (0)100.0%      (2)
2016YankeesP41.10.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (1)100.0%      (4)
Total- - -P97.20.0%      (0)0.0%      (1)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (3)100.0%      (8)

SeasonTeamRA9-WARBIP-WinsLOB-WinsFDP-WinsRARWARDollarsSalary
2014Rays0.1-0.20.20.00.60.1$0.5 
2015Rays-0.60.2-0.10.1-7.4-0.8($6.0) 
2016Yankees-0.2-0.4-0.1-0.53.00.3$2.5 
Total- - --0.7-0.30.0-0.4-3.8-0.4($3.0) 

  • $0.5m / 1 Years (2016) (Edit)
    • signed by New York Yankees on 3/4/2016 (League Minimum)
    • 2016: $0.5M
    • Other Notes: Pre arbitration
    • Source: spotrac.com
    • Submitted by Sam Bauman
  • $0.5m / 1 Years (2015) (Edit)
    • signed by Tampa Bay Rays on 3/3/2015 (League Minimum)
    • 2015: $0.5M
    • Other Notes: Pre arbitration
    • Source: spotrac.com
    • Submitted by Sam Bauman
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  • 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 26, Pick: 28, Overall: 798
    • Team: Boston Red Sox
    • School: Kauai HS, HI