James Karinchak
James Karinchak
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cleveland Indians
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $138,300 contract with the Indians in June of 2017.
Pitches in eighth inning
PCleveland Indians
August 4, 2020
Karinchak recorded the final out of the eighth inning Tuesday against the Reds via strikeout before giving way to Brad Hand for the save chance.
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After Karinchak earned his first career save last week, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com speculated that Karinchak was "not going to be giving up that spot anytime soon." It now appears that manager Terry Francona still has faith in Hand, at least more than some believed, but Hand was shaky early on and Karinchak has some of the nastiest stuff in baseball. It's clear that the lefty Hand is on notice in the closer role.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does James Karinchak generally throw?
 
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+
 
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+
 
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 2018
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-69%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-59%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .158 23 10 2 3 0 0 0
Since 2018vs Right .136 25 11 2 3 1 0 0
2020vs Left .250 11 3 2 2 0 0 0
2020vs Right .077 15 10 1 1 0 0 0
2019vs Left .091 12 7 0 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .222 10 1 1 2 1 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2020
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2019
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 1.29 0.86 7.0 0 1 0 12.9 2.6 0.0
Since 2018Away 0.00 0.71 5.2 0 0 1 17.5 3.2 0.0
2020Home 0.00 0.75 4.0 0 1 0 11.3 4.5 0.0
2020Away 0.00 0.90 3.1 0 0 1 21.6 2.7 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
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
4.33
 
K/9
16.0
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
95.4 mph
 
ERA
0.00
 
WHIP
0.82
 
BABIP
.281
 
GB/FB
0.20
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
78.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2375 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
8.0%
 
Swinging Strike
17.4%
 
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Records first career save
PCleveland Indians
July 30, 2020
Karinchak recorded his first career save in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Twins, striking out one while allowing no hits in a scoreless ninth inning.
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Added to 60-man pool
PCleveland Indians
June 28, 2020
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Sent to minors
PCleveland Indians
March 26, 2020
Karinchak was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
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Impressed teammates in camp
PCleveland Indians
March 26, 2020
Karinchak had a 3.18 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9:5 K:BB in 5.2 innings during spring training.
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Excels in first taste of majors
PCleveland Indians
September 30, 2019
Karinchak made five appearances out of the Cleveland bullpen in September, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over 5.1 innings while striking out eight.
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