Kyle Finnegan

Kyle Finnegan

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Finnegan's 2022 season was basically a carbon copy of the year prior with some slight improvements. For starters, he added velocity on his sinker, a pitch he threw 79% of the time at 97 mph on average, compared to 95.6 mph in 2021. This yielded a career-best 26.1% strikeout rate, while his walk rate dropped a few percentage points to 8.2%. Finnegan also established career marks with a 1.14 WHIP, six wins and 14 holds, while tying a career high with 11 saves after Nationals' closer Tanner Rainey had season-ending Tommy John surgery. He maintained his reverse splits, performing better against lefty swingers (.185 BA since 2020) compared to right-handed batters (.273). Washington is very clearly in rebuild mode, so don't count on many save chances after the team finished with a league-low 28 saves in 2022. However, if Finnegan maintains the closer role in 2023 and holds it all season, he makes for a fine CL2. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in December of 2019.
Throws two innings in win
PWashington Nationals
September 28, 2022
Finnegan (6-4) earned the win Wednesday in the extra inning against Atlanta. He allowed no runs on one hit and no walks while striking out one over two innings.
ANALYSIS
Finnegan entered the ninth inning with the game tied 2-2 and needed just nine pitches to retire the side. He remained in the game to pitch a perfect 10th inning. CJ Abrams then hit a walkoff single to earn Finnegan his sixth win of the season. The 31-year-old has been more involved in high-leverage situations of late, as he now has three saves and a win over his last six appearances.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Kyle Finnegan 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 Kyle Finnegan generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-38%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-31%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .185 302 73 42 48 9 1 8
Since 2020vs Right .273 367 92 27 91 13 1 12
2022vs Left .163 117 31 12 17 6 0 2
2022vs Right .264 151 39 10 37 4 1 7
2021vs Left .207 137 31 21 24 3 1 5
2021vs Right .288 157 37 13 40 7 0 4
2020vs Left .179 48 11 9 7 0 0 1
2020vs Right .259 59 16 4 14 2 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-29%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-49%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-81%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.91 1.25 86.2 7 7 10 8.5 3.6 0.8
Since 2020Away 4.08 1.42 70.2 5 6 12 10.6 4.3 1.5
2022Home 2.02 0.87 35.2 3 1 6 7.8 2.3 0.8
2022Away 5.23 1.45 31.0 3 3 5 11.3 3.8 1.7
2021Home 4.58 1.73 35.1 3 6 4 8.7 5.3 1.3
2021Away 2.35 1.21 30.2 2 3 7 10.0 3.8 1.2
2020Home 1.15 1.02 15.2 1 0 0 9.8 2.9 0.0
2020Away 6.00 2.00 9.0 0 0 0 10.0 8.0 2.0
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Finnegan 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
3.18
 
K/9
9.5
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
97.1 mph
 
ERA
3.51
 
WHIP
1.14
 
BABIP
.276
 
GB/FB
1.70
 
Left On Base
75.7%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
1973 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.6%
 
Swinging Strike
13.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2021
After finally debuting when he was 28 years old on 2020, Finnegan began the season in the Nationals bullpen, collecting 11 holds in his first 40 innings despite walking 21 batters, fueling a 1.50 WHIP. Finnegan minimized damage with 44 punch outs and only four homers allowed in that span, generating a 3.37 ERA. The Nationals dealt Brad Hand and gave ninth inning duties to Finnegan. He responded with 11 saves in 14 chances, adding two more holds. His WHIP was similar, but 5 homers in his last 26 innings pushed his ERA to 3.83 in that span. His 3.55 season long ERA was a run lower that the various estimators. Even so, as the incumbent, Finnegan has the inside track to return as Washington's closer, though his career 11.7% BB% suggests his job security wouldn't be very high, and he'll need to beat out Tanner Rainey, Steve Cishek and Sean Doolittle for the job.
Finnegan had a breakout year in the minors in 2019, which he credited to lowering his arm slot. He finally got his chance at the major-league level in 2020 and pitched well, with a 25.2 K% leading to a .226 BAA. The right-hander is no spring chicken at 29 years old, and walks remain an issue, so it would be a surprise if he leapfrogged a handful of other capable arms in the Nationals' bullpen.
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Collects 11th save
PWashington Nationals
September 21, 2022
Finnegan didn't allow a hit or walk and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against Atlanta.
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Picks up save
PWashington Nationals
September 18, 2022
Finnegan picked up the save in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Marlins, allowing no runs on no hits while striking out three and walking none over one inning.
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Collects ninth save
PWashington Nationals
September 17, 2022
Finnegan gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his ninth save of the season in a 5-4 win over the Marlins.
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Melts down in non-save situation
PWashington Nationals
September 7, 2022
Finnegan (5-3) allowed five runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss Wednesday versus the Cardinals.
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Notches eighth save
PWashington Nationals
August 28, 2022
Finnegan struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning and earned a save over the Reds on Sunday.
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