Tommy Kahnle
Tommy Kahnle
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Yankees
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off a stellar season split between the White Sox and Yankees, Kahnle was supposed to be a key member of a loaded Bronx Bombers' bullpen. After averaging 98 mph on his fastball in 2017, he opened 2018 throwing 96 which continued to decrease before he was shelved in mid-April with shoulder and biceps tendinitis. He returned in late May, though his velocity remained 3-4 mph off pace. Sporting a 7.00 ERA and 1.78 WHIP with 10 strikeouts and 10 walks in early June, Kahnle was sent to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to right the ship. Kahnle was recalled in early August, but only for one game. He returned in mid-August, this time for good, but continued to struggle with velocity, though he dropped his walks to an acceptable level. High-strikeout relievers are useful in today's landscape, but Kahnle needs to get back his lost velocity before he's fantasy relevant again. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Yankees in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Available Friday
PNew York Yankees
Hand
September 13, 2019
Kahnle (hand) is available Friday against Toronto, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
ANALYSIS
Kahnle battled wrist tendinitis earlier in the week but returned to pitch an inning Thursday against the Tigers. He then injured his hand on a bin of sunflower seeds in the dugout and had to be checked out by team trainers, but he's apparently been cleared to pitch.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Tommy Kahnle generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Tommy Kahnle generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-23%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-46%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .250 277 94 20 63 11 0 8
Since 2017vs Right .197 334 120 32 58 14 2 8
2019vs Left .209 126 48 10 24 4 0 6
2019vs Right .191 122 40 10 21 4 1 3
2018vs Left .222 50 14 3 10 2 0 2
2018vs Right .289 57 16 12 13 7 0 1
2017vs Left .315 101 32 7 29 5 0 0
2017vs Right .171 155 64 10 24 3 1 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-52%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.01 1.14 71.2 4 3 0 13.7 3.3 0.6
Since 2017Away 4.28 1.20 75.2 3 3 1 12.5 3.1 1.3
2019Home 2.37 1.05 30.1 2 2 0 13.6 3.0 0.9
2019Away 4.94 1.06 31.0 1 0 0 12.2 2.9 1.7
2018Home 6.75 1.50 12.0 2 0 0 12.0 5.3 0.8
2018Away 6.35 1.76 11.1 0 0 1 11.1 6.4 1.6
2017Home 2.15 1.09 29.1 0 1 0 14.4 2.8 0.3
2017Away 2.97 1.14 33.1 2 3 0 13.2 2.2 0.8
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Stat Review
How does Tommy Kahnle 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
4.40
 
K/9
12.9
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
96.5 mph
 
ERA
3.67
 
WHIP
1.06
 
BABIP
.298
 
GB/FB
1.86
 
Left On Base
72.5%
 
Exit Velocity
88.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
1933 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
36.3%
 
Swinging Strike
17.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
It’s hard to believe a reliever sporting a 2.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP with 96 whiffs in 62.1 innings can be saddled with four losses and six blown saves, but such is the life of a setup man. Kahnle did garner 15 holds, eight of which came with the Yankees after the White Sox shipped him east on July 18. The scary thing is Kahnle pitched into some bad luck as evidenced by a 1.83 FIP and 2.51 xFIP. The culprit was a .358 BABIP. Saving the fireballing righty was a steep drop in walks, down to 6.6 percent from a career average of 11.8 percent. Better location of his 98-mph fastball while mixing in more changeups also fueled a bump strikeout rate, to a career-best 38 percent, supported by a 16.7 percent swinging-strike rate. It’s best to be cautious of a pitcher exhibiting a drop in walks, but the likely hit rate correction softens the blow.
Kahnle spent the 2016 season shuttling between Triple-A and the majors following the trade that sent him to the south side of Chicago. His performance out of Charlotte's bullpen was decent, but things at the major league level weren't coming as easily as they were in the minors at first. Through Aug. 5, Kahnle held a 6.52 ERA and 2.48 WHIP while walking more batters than he struck out. The right-hander turned things around after that, however, as he managed to stifle batters to the tune of a 0.51 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and a 9.2 K/9 over his last 17.2 innings of the season. However, his BB/9 at the end of the year was a putrid 6.6, and his FIP still hung up at 4.52. Kahnle is only 27 years old, so there is still a bit of growing room, although he'll have to fix his major control issues if he wants to lock down a full-time spot in the big league bullpen.
After beginning the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, Kahnle showed the Rockies some promise in 2015. The right-hander fanned 39 batters in 33.1 innings and even produced two saves during a short stint as the Rockies' closer. However, he fell apart at the end of the season, blowing a save while allowing five earned runs in his final two innings as the closer, which forced the Rockies to send the 26-year-old back to Triple-A. Kahnle is still young, but he'll have to prove that he can improve his horrid 7.6 BB/9 if he wants to find a consistent spot in the big leagues. Traded to the White Sox in November, Kahnle will attempt to iron out his control issues and stick on the south side of Chicago in 2016.
Poached by the Rockies in the Rule 5 Draft prior to last season, Kahnle quickly became an integral member of the bullpen despite having never tossed an inning above the Double-A level. In fact, Kahnle had a strong claim for being the club’s best reliever through the season’s first four months, entering the All-Star break with a 2.68 ERA and .181 BAA over 50.1 frames. The high innings load would take its toll thereafter, with the right-hander’s average fastball velocity declining with his results. A 163-point second-half jump in opponent OPS ultimately saddled Kahnle with a 4.19 ERA, but on the whole, he still performed better than anticipated. Throughout both his minor league career and lone season in the majors, Kahnle has overcome his occasionally spotty control by missing bats (8.2 K/9 rate in 2014) and limiting hard contact (17.1% line-drive rate). That latter attribute is especially meaningful at Coors Field, and could allow Kahnle to see more high-leverage setup work in 2015 if he’s able to avoid the pitfall of fatigue.
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Shaky in relief outing
PNew York Yankees
Hand
September 12, 2019
Kahnle (wrist) surrendered two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one over one innings in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
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Dealing with wrist tendinitis
PNew York Yankees
Wrist
September 10, 2019
Kahnle was unavailable for Tuesday's game against the Tigers due to right wrist tendinitis, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Notches 17th hold
PNew York Yankees
July 5, 2019
Kahnle picked up his 17th hold of the season while notching a strikeout as part of a perfect seventh inning Thursday in the Yankees' 8-4 win over the Rays.
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Inks deal with Yankees
PNew York Yankees
January 11, 2019
Kahnle signed a one-year contract with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
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Notches win in extra innings
PNew York Yankees
September 22, 2018
Kahnle (2-0) registered the win in extra innings Saturday, working around a hit to strike out a batter in a scoreless frame.
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