Joel Kuhnel

Joel Kuhnel

27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Cincinnati Reds
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a contract with the Reds in July of 2016.
Blows save, takes loss
PCincinnati Reds
August 19, 2022
Kuhnel (2-2) allowed two runs on two hits in Friday's loss to the Pirates. He was charged with a blown save and a loss while recording just one out.
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Kuhnel served up an RBI double to Kevin Newman and was charged with another run while Ross Detwiler was on the mound. The 27-year-old righty had allowed just two runs over his previous 9.2 innings but saw his ERA jump to 5.73 after Friday's short outing. He's blown two of his three save chances on the year. Alexis Diaz, who has two saves this month, recorded one out during the seventh inning.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
26
How many pitches does Joel Kuhnel generally throw?
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2021
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2020
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .268 104 19 4 26 4 0 5
Since 2020vs Right .308 164 40 10 45 12 0 5
2022vs Left .270 96 17 4 24 4 0 4
2022vs Right .305 159 39 10 43 12 0 4
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .250 8 2 0 2 0 0 1
2020vs Right .400 5 1 0 2 0 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-1%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-12%
ERA on Road
2021
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2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 6.32 1.35 37.0 3 1 0 9.0 2.2 1.5
Since 2020Away 6.38 1.46 24.0 0 2 1 8.3 1.9 1.5
2022Home 6.69 1.37 35.0 2 1 0 9.0 2.3 1.5
2022Away 5.87 1.43 23.0 0 2 1 8.2 2.0 0.8
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0.00 1.00 2.0 1 0 0 9.0 0.0 0.0
2020Away 18.00 2.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 18.0
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Stat Review
How does Joel Kuhnel 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
4.00
 
K/9
8.7
 
BB/9
2.2
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
96.1 mph
 
ERA
6.36
 
WHIP
1.40
 
BABIP
.354
 
GB/FB
1.98
 
Left On Base
57.3%
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
2158 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.8%
 
Swinging Strike
11.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
Shoulder discomfort in March lingered into summer camp, costing Kuhnel a chance to make the Reds' Opening Day roster. He ended up joining the club a couple times and totaling three appearances. It is essentially meaningless as a sample, but clearly the Reds did not like what they at the alternate site as they outrighted Kuhnel to Triple-A in October of 2020 after he cleared waivers. Kuhnel was used as a closer on the farm, collecting double-digit saves at three different levels, but it's unrealistic to think he could fill that role in the majors. Kuhnel will be focused simply on staying healthy and trying to get back onto the 40-man in 2021.
Kuhnel has enjoyed a relatively rapid rise to the majors, riding a breakout 2018 campaign in High-A ball to his first cup of coffee in the majors last season. Standing 6-foot-5 and armed with a mid-90s fastball capable of touching triple digits, Kuhnel fits a closer's profile and has saved 32 games over his last two minor-league seasons. His ability to throw heat hasn't yet translated to overwhelming strikeout numbers -- he has averaged less than a strikeout per inning in the minors -- but the potential is certainly there, and he did whiff nine batters in his 9.2 big-league innings last season. Kuhnel also offers better-than-average command as he has registered a 1.7 BB/9 across four minor-league campaigns. A strong spring training could help Kuhnel land a spot on the Opening Day roster, and it's not infeasible that he could soon be used in high-leverage situations given Cincinnati's shaky bullpen.
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Snags first career save
PCincinnati Reds
June 14, 2022
Kuhnel pitched a perfect inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 5-3 extra-innings win over the Diamondbacks.
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Reinstated from restricted list
PCincinnati Reds
May 23, 2022
Kuhnel was reinstated from the restricted list Monday.
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Placed on restricted list
PCincinnati Reds
Not Injury Related
May 20, 2022
Kuhnel (undisclosed) was placed on the restricted list ahead of Friday's series opener in Toronto.
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Contract selected by Cincy
PCincinnati Reds
May 8, 2022
Kuhnel had his contract selected by the Reds on Sunday.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PCincinnati Reds
October 26, 2020
Kuhnel cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville.
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