Kevin McCarthy

30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Chicago Cubs AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Cubs in February of 2022.
Records save Saturday
PChicago Cubs  AAA
March 20, 2022
McCarthy pitched two scoreless innings in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Padres to record the save. He allowed two hits and struck out two.
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McCarthy joined the Cubs on a minor-league deal in February and is looking to earn a bullpen spot in camp. The 30-year-old owns a 3.80 ERA in 191.2 career major-league innings across five seasons with the Royals, though he spent 2021 toiling at the Triple-A level. McCarthy could earn a role in Chicago but probably won't see enough high-leverage work to have any fantasy relevance.
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Since 2020vs Left .333 13 0 1 4 0 0 1
Since 2020vs Right .429 16 2 1 6 0 0 0
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2020vs Left .333 13 0 1 4 0 0 1
2020vs Right .429 16 2 1 6 0 0 0
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Since 2020Home 4.91 2.18 3.2 0 0 0 2.5 0.0 0.0
Since 2020Away 3.86 1.71 2.1 0 0 0 3.9 7.7 3.9
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2020Home 4.91 2.18 3.2 0 0 0 2.5 0.0 0.0
2020Away 3.86 1.71 2.1 0 0 0 3.9 7.7 3.9
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After a pair of seasons in which he recorded an ERA of 3.25 or below, McCarthy took a step back in 2019, posting a 4.48 ERA over 60.1 innings. His FIP suggests he didn't change much, however, as his 3.96 mark was a near match for his 4.06 and 3.98 FIPs from the two previous years. Likewise, his 14.2% strikeout rate, 7.8% walk rate and 58.3% groundball rate were all within a single percentage point of his career averages. A classic sinkerballer who relies on contact management rather than whiffs, there doesn't appear to be a path for the righty to suddenly become a high-leverage arm in his age-28 season and add significantly to his career total of one save. With a fastball that averaged just 91.2 mph and a low 9.6% swinging-strike rate, it's hard to see McCarthy suddenly striking batters out at a rate which would make him a viable fantasy target.
McCarthy started the season toiling for Triple-A Omaha before being called up in mid-April and remaining with the Royals for the duration of the campaign. Despite a lack of dominance, McCarthy was used in late-inning scenarios, posting 17 holds. His calling card is a 92-mph sinking fastball which induced a career-high 64% groundball rate, generating 10 double plays. McCarthy registered a 15% swinging-strike rate which usually portends to a K-rate near 20%, but he checked in lower, at 16.7%. While there's a possibility for more punchouts, that's not McCarthy's game, so don't plan on a big boost. Kansas City is still rebuilding but isn't likely to use McCarthy in anything more than a setup role.
The Royals split McCarthy's season between Kansas City and Omaha. He had similar results at both stops, with ERAs near 3.00 despite very low strikeout rates. With a 9.0 percent swinging-strike rate, there's reason to believe that McCarthy's strikeout rate can improve slightly from his 5.4 K/9 last season, but it's hard to imagine that he'll improve enough to become more than a cheaper version of Peter Moylan. McCarthy used a three-pitch mix, working with a low-90s fastball, high-80s slider, and changeup, and he uses the secondary offerings nearly equally while throwing the fastball just over 60 percent of the time. Throughout his time in the Royals' system, McCarthy has been getting a steady number of grounders, which could make him a useful situational contributor for manager Ned Yost. Beyond that, he'll be on the list to help with mop-up duty when a starter gets chased for an early exit.
With the jump from Double-A to Triple-A in 2016, McCarthy’s walk rate more than doubled from 2.11 BB/9 to 4.35 BB/9, while his home run rate increased from 0.78 K/9 to 1.08 K/9. Regardless, the 6-3 right-hander earned a September call up to the Royals’ bullpen, where he walked five batters in eight and a third innings. Despite walk and home-run rate increases, McCarthy’s ERA dropped to from 3.12 in Double-A to 2.97 with Triple-A Omaha, which is a strong ERA considering it was his first shot at Triple-A. He did record 16 total saves in 2016 as well, with five of them recorded with Omaha. The former 16th round pick will be gunning for a spot in the Royals’ 2017 bullpen, though he’ll need to cut down on the walks if he wants to carve out a role with the team.
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Signs with Cubs
PChicago Cubs  AAA
March 1, 2022
McCarthy signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Feb. 23.
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Signs with White Sox
PChicago White Sox  AAA
September 7, 2021
McCarthy signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Released by Red Sox
PFree Agent  AAA
August 21, 2021
McCarthy was released by the Red Sox on Saturday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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Heading to Triple-A
PBoston Red Sox  AAA
March 30, 2021
McCarthy will report to Triple-A Worcester after the Red Sox informed him Monday that he won't be included in the Opening Day bullpen, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Inks minor-league deal
PBoston Red Sox  AAA
November 12, 2020
McCarthy signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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