Tyler Lyons
Tyler Lyons
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lyons is the latest lesson in reliever volatility. He had a breakout season in 2017 with career highs in strikeout rate, wins, saves, appearances and ERA, but was outrighted to Memphis after clearing waivers in the summer of 2018. The lefty will get a look with the Pirates as a non-roster invitee to spring training. His 2017 happened to be the one season where he was able to avoid being continually victimized by the long ball as his home-run rates have been 1.8, 1.7, and 1.6 around that magical 2017 campaign. The most logical path forward for Lyons is that of a LOOGY, as he had excellent numbers against lefties up until last season when even they were running to the bat rack to take their swings at him. Until he gets his home-run issues in check, there is no reason to speculate on any upside here. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Pirates in January of 2019.
Poor spring continues
PPittsburgh Pirates  NRI
March 12, 2019
Lyons allowed five runs on three hits and one walk while recording only one out during Tuesday's spring game against the Twins.
Lyons entered for the top of the ninth inning during a one-run game and managed one out, which was a sac fly by the final batter he faced. The 31-year-old has given up nine runs on nine hits over five innings this spring after signing a minor-league deal with the Pirates in January.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .207 205 49 18 37 8 0 4
Since 2016vs Right .243 285 84 24 61 16 0 11
2018vs Left .333 49 13 5 14 3 0 1
2018vs Right .357 34 6 3 10 4 0 2
2017vs Left .178 85 22 8 13 5 0 1
2017vs Right .224 135 46 12 26 5 0 2
2016vs Left .156 71 14 5 10 0 0 2
2016vs Right .234 116 32 9 25 7 0 7
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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Since 2016Home 3.25 1.11 60.0 6 0 1 10.2 3.1 0.9
Since 2016Away 4.53 1.25 57.2 1 1 2 10.0 3.3 1.4
2018Home 5.59 1.45 9.2 1 0 0 11.2 3.7 0.9
2018Away 12.86 2.57 7.0 0 0 0 9.0 5.1 2.6
2017Home 3.16 1.17 25.2 3 0 1 10.5 4.2 0.0
2017Away 2.54 1.02 28.1 1 1 2 12.1 2.5 1.0
2016Home 2.45 0.94 25.2 2 0 0 9.5 1.8 1.8
2016Away 4.43 1.12 22.1 0 0 0 7.7 3.6 1.6
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How does Tyler Lyons 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Over the past three seasons, Lyons has been all over the place. The strikeout and walk rates were good in 2015 and 2016, but his home run rates were atrocious and yet his ERA stayed below 4.00 because most were solo shots and he stranded runners. Last season, he had a huge jump in strikeout rate, from 24.6 percent to 30.9 percent, and he finally kept the ball in the park (0.50 HR/9) and continued to strand runners at a high clip (79.3 percent). His left-on-base (LOB%) rate over the past three seasons has been somewhere between 79 and 85 percent, which is an elite level for even the best of relievers. Either Lyons is a lot better than we give him credit for, or he is headed into trouble with regression to the mean in his home run rate as well as his strand rate. The Cardinals are expected to trade for or sign a closer this offseason, but if they strike out on both fronts, Lyons would be in the ninth-inning mix.
Until going down with a knee injury in July, all signs had been pointing up for Lyons. After throwing pitching to a 5.19 ERA in the first month of the season, he posted a lower ERA in each of the following months while increasing his strikeout rate along the way, culminating in a career-best 3.38 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 48 innings. He showed incredible stamina and versatility from the bullpen before going down with the injury. While his 24.6 percent strikeout rate is incredibly intriguing, prospective owners should be wary of home runs, as Lyons has yielded 1.5 HR/9 over the last two years. After undergoing knee surgery in early November, Lyons faces a five- to six-month recovery window, putting his availability for the start of the regular season in jeopardy. Once he's ready to return, he'll likely reprise his role in the Cards' bullpen.
Lyons picked up eight mostly-spot starts for the Cardinals in 2015 while throwing 60 innings and making 17 total appearances. The 27-year-old lefty posted a solid 3.75 ERA and 1.23 WHIP while striking out an even 60. With Lance Lynn now out for the 2016 season it's possible a strong spring could earn Lyons a spot in the back-end of the rotation, though the Cards' acquisition of Mike Leake clouds the picture. Lyons is a good enough pitcher that he could carve out a full-time rotation role on many MLB teams, but for the Cardinals the most likely scenario has him spending a full season with the major league club in a similar role as last season, moving in and out of the rotation as needed.
Lyons bounced around between three different levels for the Cardinals in 2014, pitching mostly in Triple-A with a single game in Double-A and 11 appearances (four starts) for the Cardinals. The 26-year-old lefty posted average numbers again but the Cardinals like his versatility, using him in spot starts and also in long- and short-relief stints. This setup is unlikely to change in 2015, meaning his fantasy value is probably slim-to-none, and almost always uncertain. He'll have no trouble sticking around with the Cardinals as he tries to grow into a consistent MLB starting pitcher, however unlikely that may be, as the Cardinals are happy to continue using him as the swiss army knife of their bullpen.
In his first season in the big leagues, Lyons posted a 4.75 ERA and struggled both as a starter and reliever while bouncing between Triple-A and the majors. He's still just 26 and his xFIP (3.84) suggests that he pitched better than his initial numbers indicate, but he's likely to serve as organizational depth for the Cardinals in 2014 probably working in long relief out of the bullpen. The Cardinals will likely have three pitchers ahead of Lyons competing for the fifth spot in their rotation, so Lyons would need some injuries and excellent pitching to make his way into the rotation.
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Joins Pirates on MiLB deal
PPittsburgh Pirates  NRI
January 1, 2019
Lyons signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Monday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
August 3, 2018
Lyons cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Memphis on Friday.
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Designated for assignment
PSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
July 27, 2018
Lyons was designated for assignment by St. Louis on Friday.
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Reinstated from disabled list
PSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
July 13, 2018
Lyons (elbow) was activated from the 10-day DL on Friday, Rob Rains of Stlsportspage.com reports.
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Making notable progress in rehab
PSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
July 11, 2018
Manager Mike Matheny is pleased with the progress Lyons (elbow) is making in his rehab assignment, Max Gelman of MLB.com reports.
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