Mychal Givens

Mychal Givens

34-Year-Old PitcherRP
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Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Marlins in March of 2024. Elected free agency in May of 2024.
Reassigned to minor-league camp
PMiami Marlins  
March 23, 2024
The Marlins reassigned Givens to minor-league camp Saturday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Givens didn't sign until mid-March, so he had an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster. The veteran reliever could still see lots of action in the Marlins' bullpen this season, but he'll head to Triple-A Jacksonville for now to knock some rust off.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-13%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .272 95 23 14 22 2 0 4
Since 2022vs Right .238 187 50 17 38 9 0 4
2024vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023vs Left .250 6 0 2 1 0 0 0
2023vs Right .300 16 2 4 3 1 0 0
2022vs Left .273 89 23 12 21 2 0 4
2022vs Right .233 171 48 13 35 8 0 4
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-38%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.08 1.37 38.0 4 4 1 8.1 4.7 0.5
Since 2022Away 4.94 1.43 27.1 3 0 1 12.8 3.6 2.0
2024Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2024Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Home 16.20 3.00 1.2 0 1 0 0.0 10.8 0.0
2023Away 7.71 2.14 2.1 0 0 0 7.7 15.4 0.0
2022Home 2.48 1.29 36.1 4 3 1 8.4 4.5 0.5
2022Away 4.68 1.36 25.0 3 0 1 13.3 2.5 2.2
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Mychal Givens See More
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360 days ago
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March 16, 2023
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December 2, 2022
December 2, 2022
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October 18, 2022
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October 6, 2022
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White Sox evaluating
PChicago Cubs  
July 30, 2022
The White Sox have interest in acquiring Givens in a trade, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Givens and David Robertson are being evaluated by the Southsiders as they approach the deadline looking for bullpen help. Givens has a solid 2.66 ERA and 51:19 K:BB through 40.2 innings and has not allowed an earned run in 16 outings since June 14. Both Givens and Robertson are free agents at the end of the season and it's possible the White Sox could try and acquire them in a package deal.
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Givens began the season setting up Daniel Bard in the Rockies bullpen. Considering what Coors Field can do to ratios, his 2.73 ERA and 1.31 WHIP through July 27 were impressive, prompting the Reds to acquire the righthander at the trade deadline. Givens struggled with Cincinnati, posting a 4.22 ERA and 1.45 WHIP after the trade. Even so, that was good enough to log eight saves and three holds with the Reds. Overall, Givens' 12.5% K-BB% was the worst of his career with his 11.4 percent swing strike mark his second lowest ever. Givens has always been able to pile up punch outs, but he's also walked too many to be trusted in high leverage scenarios for long stretches. He signed with the Cubs in March on a one-year deal and figures to be in the mix to close alongside Rowan Wick.
Givens was tracking toward a career-best season in 2020, but he struggled mightily after he was traded to Colorado. He carried a 1.38 ERA with the Orioles over the first half of the season, but he sputtered to a 6.75 ERA during the final month of the 2020 campaign. While the right-hander posted a 3.63 ERA over the entire season, his 5.41 xFIP and 4.31 SIERA were the worst marks of his career. He also struggled in several key areas that could lead to some headaches in the Colorado altitude, notably a career-worst 23.2 GB% and 32.1% hard-hit rate. Givens provided some late-game experience for the banged-up Rockies last year, but he converted on just one of his three save chances with the team. While nobody cemented themselves as the closer in 2020, Givens should maintain a setup role for Colorado, which hinders his fantasy value, especially since he'll be heading into his first full season at Coors Field.
Givens' 2019 numbers were typical of a dominant flyball pitcher: low WHIP and high ERA. That said, his 4.57 ERA was even more out of sync with his tidy 1.19 WHIP due to 13 homers allowed in just 63 innings. While Given was the Orioles' primary closer, his issues with the long ball pushed him out of ninth inning duties on a few occasions. He still led Baltimore with 11 of their 27 saves, but he also blew eight chances. When not closing, Givens notched seven holds, so he was still deployed in high-leverage scenarios. After averaging 76.2 innings from 2016-2018, Givens only threw 63 frames, in part due to opportunities but also ineffectiveness. While it's probable Givens works in some late-inning capacity, he's not assured to close. Even if he does secure the role, the Orioles will not provide many chances so consider Givens a third closer in mixed formats and a volatile second option in AL-only.
For three seasons, many of you drafted Givens as the insurance policy for saves in Baltimore based on his skills. For three seasons, he performed well and had exactly zero saves to show for it. He finally had the chance to get saves in 2018, yet had his worst statistical season nearly across the board. He enters the 2019 season as the favorite to have the full-time role. Givens has been relatively split neutral of late, but his delivery and arm slot still make it very tough on righties to get good wood on the baseball. One of the things that made Zach Britton so good in Baltimore was how frequently he generated groundballs, minimizing the risk of the long ball in Camden's cozy dimensions. Givens is more of a flyball pitcher, so the homer risk is tough to overlook, and expecting a 5.0% HR/FB rate again this year is not wise. Expect a few more homers, but if he can get the walks back down, he should be fine as a low-end second closer.
Make no mistake about it, Givens is mixed-league material. He has all the makings of a solid closer, and now he may have the opportunity to earn saves with Zach Britton expected to miss the first half of the 2018 season with an Achilles injury. Givens has put up consecutive solid seasons in the bullpen as he has helped get the ball to whomever is closing behind him while picking up a number of wins thanks to his work in medium- and high-leverage situations. He misses bats at a good clip (10.1 K/9), and showed improvement with his control last season, trimming his BB/9 from 4.3 to 2.9. Brad Brach figures to step into the ninth inning to begin the year, but Givens should be next in line, at least for the duration of Britton's absence.
Givens quickly powered his way through the minor leagues and made his big league debut in 2015. He put together a superb rookie season (1.80 ERA in 30 innings) and earned himself a spot on the Orioles' 2016 Opening Day roster. His walk rate more than doubled in 2016, causing his overall numbers to decline a bit, but he was still able to put together an overall effective campaign. Givens posted a 3.13 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 13 holds while maintaining his ridiculous strikeout rate at 30.7 percent over 74.2 innings. His walk rate increased from 5.1 percent in 2015 to 11.5 percent in 2016, as the command of his changeup and slider declined a bit. Givens is a sure bet to remain an important piece in the Orioles' bullpen going forward, but he isn't likely to garner much fantasy value until he's able to work his way in a more consistent setup or closer role.
Givens' transition from shortstop to pitcher bloomed nicely in 2015, as his dominance at the Double-A level earned a promotion to the Orioles. Drafted in 2009, Givens was converted to a relief pitcher in 2013. He has a fastball that can reach the upper-90s and he complements it primarily with a slider that sits in the mid-80s. He also has a changeup that he throws with less frequency that also sits in the mid-80s. Givens had a 12.4 K/9 at Double-A and an 11.4 K/9 with the Orioles. The big step forward was his control, as Givens went from a 6.0 BB/9 at High-A and Double-A in 2014 to a 2.5 BB/9 at Double-A and just a 1.8 BB/9 with the Orioles. Givens seems like a shoo-in for a bullpen spot in 2016. With the easy transition straight from Double-A to the Orioles, Givens may have proven he is ready to move into a setup role sooner rather than later.
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Throws bullpen session
PMiami Marlins  
March 12, 2024
Givens threw a bullpen session Tuesday and could progress to live batting practice by Friday, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Links up with Miami
PMiami Marlins  
March 10, 2024
Givens signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins on Sunday that includes an invite to big-league camp, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to open market
PFree Agent  
August 19, 2023
Givens was released by the Orioles on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Reinstated, DFA'd
PBaltimore Orioles  
August 13, 2023
The Orioles reinstated Givens from the 60-day injured list Sunday and designated him for assignment, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Moves rehab to Triple-A
PBaltimore Orioles  
Shoulder
August 3, 2023
Givens (shoulder) moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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