Kyle Wright

Kyle Wright

27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Pre-2022, Wright posted a 6.56 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over four MLB seasons, spanning 70 innings. After dominating Triple-A in 2021, Wright was given a chance to be the Braves fifth starter and he took advantage, starting 30 games including a league-leading 21 wins while amassing 180 innings in a breakthrough campaign. Wright cut way back on his slider, relying more on his curve and changeup with excellent results. Both secondary offerings improved, but his curve was especially effective, perhaps due to adding a couple mph. Wright's control improved dramatically, and he became an extreme groundball pitcher. He was a little lucky, as shown by a 3.58 FIP, 3.30 xFIP and 3.48 SIERA. Even so, his ERA estimators portend a solid fantasy starter. Maintaining a new skill level after such a steep improvement is a challenge, but even with some giveback, Wright appears to have developed into a solid mid-rotation starter. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $565,000 contract with the Braves in March of 2019.
Picks up league-leading 21st win
PAtlanta Braves
October 2, 2022
Wright (21-5) earned the win against the Mets on Saturday, allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking one over five innings.
ANALYSIS
Wright picked up his league-leading 21st win Saturday, tossing 62 of 87 pitches for strikes. He limited the damage to just two runs despite allowing eight baserunners and striking out only three Mets batters. Atlanta seems to be limiting Wright's innings lately, as he has completed six innings once since Sept. 1. The righty finishes the regular season with a 3.19 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
90
Last 10 Games
86
Last 5 Games
91
How many pitches does Kyle Wright generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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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
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-72%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .248 502 113 52 110 22 1 18
Since 2020vs Right .222 439 97 30 88 7 0 10
2022vs Left .234 395 96 34 83 15 1 13
2022vs Right .230 343 78 19 73 6 0 6
2021vs Left .400 20 3 4 6 2 0 1
2021vs Right .111 15 3 1 1 0 0 1
2020vs Left .288 87 14 14 21 5 0 4
2020vs Right .197 81 16 10 14 1 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-20%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.06 1.20 117.2 13 3 0 8.9 2.8 1.0
Since 2020Away 4.46 1.30 107.0 10 7 0 7.8 3.9 1.3
2022Home 2.86 1.14 103.2 13 2 0 9.0 2.3 0.8
2022Away 3.64 1.19 76.2 8 3 0 8.2 3.1 1.2
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 9.95 1.89 6.1 0 1 0 8.5 7.1 2.8
2020Home 4.50 1.64 14.0 0 1 0 8.4 5.8 2.6
2020Away 5.63 1.50 24.0 2 3 0 6.4 5.6 1.1
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Wright compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 120 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
3.28
 
K/9
8.7
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
94.7 mph
 
ERA
3.19
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.291
 
GB/FB
2.56
 
Left On Base
77.9%
 
Exit Velocity
82.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
2370 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.5%
 
Swinging Strike
12.2%
 
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The last we saw of Wright he provided Atlanta with an effective outing following Dylan Lee in Game 4 of the World Series, limiting Houston to one run over 4.1 innings. The outing was a microcosm of Wright's time at the big-league level as he permitted eight baserunners while allowing a home run in the outing. Wright has spent the past three seasons on I-85 between Gwinnett and Atlanta, pitching effectively at Triple-A, but he has a 6.56 ERA with a 1.69 WHIP and 1.9 HR/9 rate in 70 innings of major-league work. The 2017 first-round pick is expected to compete for a spot at the end of the Atlanta rotation, but with one remaining option, could once again be stuck in traffic jams on I-85 multiple times in 2022.
Wright won the Braves' No. 5 rotation spot to open the season but did not take advantage, posting a 7.20 ERA and 2.20 WHIP in four outings, walking 16 in 15 innings. His lack of control sent him to the Braves' alternate training site until he was recalled in early September. After stumbling in his first start back, Wright reeled off three solid outings to close the season, registering a 2.37 ERA and 0.89 WHIP while walking only six with 14 strikeouts in 19 frames. The strong finish was encouraging, but Wright's strikeouts were low, and he was buoyed by a lucky .176 BABIP. Still just 25 years old, Wright has time to develop into a reliable starter, but the Braves are in win-now mode, signing Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly, to go along with Mike Soroka returning from injury. With both Ian Anderson and Max Fried developing faster, Wright is looking at a swingman/bullpen role.
Wright has four above-average pitches in his arsenal, but has thus far been unable to translate his minor-league success to the majors. He began the season in the Atlanta rotation, but was quickly farmed out up I-85 to Gwinnett, where he remained until September save a spot start just after the All-Star break. Wright struggled mightily with his command at the big-league level, and major-league hitters punished him when he was forced to pitch from behind in the count, scoring 18 runs off him in his four starts. Just one of his four MLB outings was a quality start. On the other hand, his minor-league summer was his best run as a pro, as he logged a 2.60 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 92:23 K:BB in 79.2 IP over his final 13 starts on the farm. He does not have much left to learn at Triple-A. The Braves still like Wright quite a bit, and he will have a chance to win the fifth starter spot in spring training.
Wright's sinking 94-mph four-seam fastball helped him log a 53.0 GB% in 138 innings across stops at Double-A and Triple-A. For reference, Dallas Keuchel led qualified MLB starters with a 53.7 GB%. Continuing to generate groundballs at a high clip will be important, as Wright struck out slightly less than a batter per inning, which is atypical of a pitcher with his pedigree (No. 5 overall pick out of Vanderbilt in 2017) and perceived No. 3 starter upside. Wright's best pitch is probably his 85-mph cutter, which also has heavy sink and is his best swing-and-miss offering. His 80-mph slider could be a third above-average offering, while his changeup lags behind as a distant fourth pitch. He has average command. The Braves transitioned Wright to the bullpen down the stretch in order to utilize him in the majors, but he will be back in the Triple-A rotation to start 2019. He could join the big-league rotation if a spot opens up in the first half.
In the days leading up to the 2017 draft, Wright was rumored as the favorite to be the first player off the board, and while he fell to the Braves at No. 5, his $7 million bonus ranked third in the class. His deep repertoire and 6-foot-4, 220-pound frame are tailor-made for the rotation. His best pitch is his mid-90s fastball -- a double-plus offering thanks to its late life. He complements it with a curveball and slider, both of which can be out pitches on the right day. His changeup is his fourth pitch, but it too shows plus potential at times. He only logged 17 innings after signing, allowing runs to score in just three of his nine outings. It would not be surprising if he were aggressively assigned to Double-A, and he should be the first starting pitcher from last year's draft to reach the majors. He should settle in as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter, but if he maxes out his command, he could pitch atop a big-league rotation.
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First pitcher to 20 wins
PAtlanta Braves
September 25, 2022
Wright (20-5) gave up two earned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six over 5.1 innings to earn the win in a 6-3 victory over the Phillies on Saturday.
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Picks up 19th win
PAtlanta Braves
September 20, 2022
Wright (19-5) allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk over six innings to earn the win over the Nationals on Monday. He struck out seven.
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Tallies 18th win
PAtlanta Braves
September 13, 2022
Wright (18-5) earned the win during Tuesday's 5-1 victory over San Francisco, allowing one run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
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Struggles versus Oakland
PAtlanta Braves
September 7, 2022
Wright pitched four innings, giving up eight runs on five hits and three walks while hitting two batters and striking out four in Tuesday's win over the Athletics. He did not factor into the decision.
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Notches league-best 17th win
PAtlanta Braves
August 31, 2022
Wright (17-5) earned the win over Colorado on Wednesday, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six batters over seven scoreless innings.
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