Steven Brault
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Brault served as a swingman/long reliever for the Pirates in 2018, totaling 91.2 innings across 40 relief appearances and five starts. While he experienced a sizable jump in strikeout rate (from 14.2% to 19.9%), that was offset by a big jump in walk rate (from 8.6% to 13.8%). He allowed home runs at a higher clip despite a jump in groundball rate as all of his secondary pitches waned in effectiveness, per FanGraphs. Brault only throws 92-93 mph with his fastball and rarely gets swings and misses out of the strike zone. He can get same-handed hitters out but right-handers have combined for a .279/.372/.460 line against Brault so far in his career (541 batters faced). The Pirates would probably be better off deploying Brault as a more of a true specialist, limiting his exposure to righties. Read Past Outlooks
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