Tyler Lyons
Tyler Lyons
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
New York Yankees
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 minor-league contract with the Yankees in August of 2019.
Makes playoff roster
PNew York Yankees
October 4, 2019
Lyons has made the Yankees' ALDS roster.
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Lyons threw 8.2 innings for the Yankees in September, posting a modest 4.15 ERA but also a strong 12:2 K:BB. He could be called on to shut down the Twins' lefty hitters.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
11
Last 5 Games
11
How many pitches does Tyler Lyons generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Tyler Lyons generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2017
 
 
-21%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .243 156 46 14 33 8 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .251 201 58 19 43 13 0 5
2019vs Left .286 22 11 1 6 0 0 3
2019vs Right .259 32 6 4 7 4 0 1
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-88%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-57%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.97 1.37 41.2 5 1 1 10.8 4.1 0.9
Since 2017Away 4.10 1.25 41.2 1 2 2 11.7 3.0 1.3
2019Home 11.37 2.05 6.1 1 1 0 11.4 4.3 4.3
2019Away 1.42 0.79 6.1 0 1 0 12.8 2.8 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
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Stat Review
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.

* 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
3.40
 
K/9
12.1
 
BB/9
3.6
 
HR/9
2.8
 
Fastball
89.7 mph
 
ERA
6.39
 
WHIP
1.42
 
BABIP
.325
 
GB/FB
0.82
 
Left On Base
72.6%
 
Exit Velocity
90.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
10.0%
 
Spin Rate
2150 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
53.3%
 
Swinging Strike
15.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2014
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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Headed to majors
PNew York Yankees
September 1, 2019
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Latches on with Yankees
PNew York Yankees
August 16, 2019
Lyons signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees on Thursday, Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PPittsburgh Pirates
May 13, 2019
Lyons cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Dropped from roster
PPittsburgh Pirates
May 9, 2019
The Pirates designated Lyons for assignment Thursday.
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Contract purchased by Pirates
PPittsburgh Pirates
May 4, 2019
Lyons' contract was purchased by the Pirates on Saturday.
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