Kyle Ryan
Kyle Ryan
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $975,000 contract with the Cubs in January of 2020.
Back with team
PChicago Cubs
July 11, 2020
Ryan joined the Cubs' summer camp Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Ryan's arrival was delayed due to what the Cubs called "protocol technicalities" related to COVID-19 testing. There's been no indication that he tested positive for the virus himself, but his late start to workouts could mean he's not quite in game shape by Opening Day, which is less than two weeks away.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Kyle Ryan generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Kyle Ryan generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .245 116 25 12 25 4 1 0
Since 2017vs Right .269 173 34 24 39 2 0 5
2019vs Left .226 103 24 9 21 3 1 0
2019vs Right .256 157 34 20 34 2 0 5
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .444 13 1 3 4 1 0 0
2017vs Right .417 16 0 4 5 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
-86%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 2.57 1.34 35.0 1 1 0 7.2 4.6 0.5
Since 2017Away 5.40 1.67 31.2 3 1 0 8.8 5.1 0.9
2019Home 2.37 1.25 30.1 1 1 0 8.3 3.9 0.6
2019Away 4.70 1.50 30.2 3 1 0 8.8 4.7 0.9
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 3.86 1.93 4.2 0 0 0 0.0 9.6 0.0
2017Away 27.00 7.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 18.0 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Ryan compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 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 30 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
2.00
 
K/9
8.6
 
BB/9
4.3
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
89.6 mph
 
ERA
3.54
 
WHIP
1.38
 
BABIP
.305
 
GB/FB
2.67
 
Left On Base
75.3%
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.5%
 
Spin Rate
2114 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
42.4%
 
Swinging Strike
9.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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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Expected to join team Thursday
PChicago Cubs
Not Injury Related
July 8, 2020
Ryan is expected to join the Cubs in Chicago Thursday, where he'll undergo an intake screening and possibly be on the field by the end of the week, Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Absent from camp
PChicago Cubs
Not Injury Related
July 6, 2020
Manager David Ross said Monday that Ryan has yet to join the Cubs for summer camp but will likely arrive later this week, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
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Locked into bullpen role
PChicago Cubs
March 24, 2020
Ryan is a virtual lock to be a part of the Cubs' bullpen whenever the 2020 season is able to begin, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Gets just shy of $1 million
PChicago Cubs
January 10, 2020
Ryan agreed to a one-year, $975,000 deal with the Cubs, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
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Activated from bereavement list
PChicago Cubs
August 13, 2019
Ryan (personal) was activated from the bereavement list Tuesday.
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