James Karinchak
James Karinchak
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Indians
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It doesn't look like we will have to wait long to see Karinchak in the full-time closing role. He looked the part in 2020, but manager Terry Francona justifiably stuck by veteran Brad Hand, who led MLB with 16 saves. However, Cleveland declined Hand's contract option for 2021. Karinchak is only 25 but has already established himself as a dominant major-league reliever. He struck out nearly half of the 109 batters he faced last season (48.6%). He was generous with the free passes (14.7 BB%), but it hardly mattered if he put a couple runners on in an inning because nobody could cash in with contact, let alone good contact. The right-hander did lose a little fastball velocity last season and that bears watching in spring training. As long as Karinchak has not lost another tick and he's still around 95 mph on average, he should excel as Cleveland's new closer as his curveball is unfair. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $138,300 contract with the Indians in June of 2017.
Fans two to earn save
PCleveland Indians
May 5, 2021
Karinchak recorded his third save of the season Wednesday against the Royals after pitching a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.
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Karinchak tossed nine of his 14 pitches for strikes and didn't have problems slamming the door on Kansas City with a dominant ninth-inning performance. The right-hander has gone 3-for-4 in save opportunities this campaign but has converted his last three while also giving up just one run all season long -- that translates to a 0.64 ERA across 14 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does James Karinchak generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does James Karinchak generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-66%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-59%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .117 91 45 11 9 1 1 0
Since 2019vs Right .143 90 43 9 11 2 0 2
2021vs Left .034 31 17 2 1 0 0 0
2021vs Right .100 22 13 1 2 1 0 1
2020vs Left .189 48 21 9 7 1 1 0
2020vs Right .146 58 29 7 7 0 0 1
2019vs Left .091 12 7 0 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .222 10 1 1 2 1 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-13%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-3%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.05 0.82 22.0 1 1 1 17.6 2.9 0.4
Since 2019Away 1.78 0.87 25.1 0 1 3 17.1 4.6 0.4
2021Home 0.00 0.35 5.2 0 0 1 20.6 1.6 0.0
2021Away 0.96 0.43 9.1 0 0 2 16.4 1.9 1.0
2020Home 2.70 0.98 13.1 1 1 0 16.9 4.1 0.7
2020Away 2.63 1.24 13.2 0 1 1 18.4 6.6 0.0
2019Home 3.00 1.00 3.0 0 0 0 15.0 0.0 0.0
2019Away 0.00 0.43 2.1 0 0 0 11.6 3.9 0.0
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Stat Review
How does James Karinchak 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
10.00
 
K/9
18.0
 
BB/9
1.8
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
95.9 mph
 
ERA
0.60
 
WHIP
0.40
 
BABIP
.140
 
GB/FB
0.60
 
Left On Base
108.7%
 
Exit Velocity
81.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.7%
 
Spin Rate
2456 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
10.2%
 
Swinging Strike
18.9%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
The following numbers are not typos: Karinchak threw 36.1 innings across four different levels of professional baseball last season. He struck out 82 batters in that time; 56% of the hitters he faced. He has a bit of funk in his delivery, but uses it to throw mid-to-upper-90s fastballs with rising action and a 12-6 hammer curveball to hitters out of the bullpen. He was a starter in college, but the switch to relief happened for him in 2018 and his career has literally zoomed from there. That said, Karinchak didn't even crack the top 30 of the Baseball America Prospect Handbook last year, so this development even took the experts by surprise. All the recent evidence suggests he will be one of the best strikeout relievers in baseball as a rookie. If he can limit free passes, he profiles as the obvious heir apparent to Brad Hand in the ninth inning. Hand is under contract for 2020 with a team option for 2021.
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Records fourth hold
PCleveland Indians
April 30, 2021
Karinchak pitched a perfect eighth inning with two strikeouts to earn a hold in Friday's 5-3 win over the White Sox.
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Picks up second save
PCleveland Indians
April 27, 2021
Karinchak notched two strikeouts and didn't allow a baserunner over 1.1 innings to record the save during Tuesday's 7-4 win against Minnesota.
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Strikes out side in eighth inning
PCleveland Indians
April 17, 2021
Karinchak pitched a perfect inning with three strikeouts to earn a hold in Saturday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Reds.
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Collects hold Thursday
PCleveland Indians
April 16, 2021
Karinchak pitched a scoreless inning with one hit and two strikeouts to earn a hold in Thursday's 4-2 win over the White Sox.
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Notches first save
PCleveland Indians
April 13, 2021
Karinchak picked up the save against the White Sox on Tuesday, pitching a perfect inning and registering one strikeout.
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