Steven Brault
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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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Suffers tough loss
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 17, 2019
Brault (3-2) allowed one run on two hits with one walk and eight strikeouts across seven innings but took the loss against the Cubs on Saturday.
The left-hander was absolutely brilliant, but the Pirates couldn't push across a run, as they stranded the bases loaded three times. Brault reached a new season high in strikeouts, and the only run he allowed was a solo shot to Kris Bryant, but that was enough to spoil his outing. Still, Brault has improved significantly since the beginning of the season, as he now owns a 4.06 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 77.2 innings this season. He will start next against the Nationals at home on Thursday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .204 247 53 28 43 9 0 4
Since 2017vs Right .273 666 122 80 155 38 1 17
2019vs Left .174 75 23 5 12 3 0 2
2019vs Right .274 263 47 32 61 14 1 6
2018vs Left .213 132 25 19 23 3 0 2
2018vs Right .258 281 57 38 61 15 0 8
2017vs Left .235 40 5 4 8 3 0 0
2017vs Right .303 122 18 10 33 9 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
ERA at Home
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 4.66 1.48 100.1 3 3 1 6.8 4.9 1.1
Since 2017Away 4.17 1.52 103.2 7 2 0 8.6 4.6 0.8
2019Home 3.72 1.22 38.2 0 2 0 8.6 4.2 0.7
2019Away 4.38 1.62 39.0 3 0 0 7.6 4.4 1.2
2018Home 6.00 1.71 42.0 3 1 0 6.6 6.6 1.5
2018Away 3.44 1.39 49.2 3 2 0 9.2 4.7 0.5
2017Home 3.66 1.47 19.2 0 0 1 3.7 2.7 0.9
2017Away 6.00 1.73 15.0 1 0 0 9.0 4.8 0.6
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Stat Review
How does Steven Brault compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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 this season's data (min 70 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.
    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.
91.8 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
89.6 mph
Spin Rate
1954 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Brault failed to impress in his 2016 debut major-league campaign (4.86 ERA) but was given another look with the Pirates this past season. Though a vast majority of his time was spent with Triple-A Indianapolis, the southpaw was able to compile 34.2 innings with the big club, including four starts late in the year. He improved marginally from the year prior but failed to display any skills that would make him worthy of future mixed-league consideration. Even in a relief role, Brault failed to miss bats, leading to an underwhelming 14.2 percent strikeout rate for the season. The 25-year-old should be in line for some more major-league innings in 2018 -- especially if the Pirates decide to sell off assets and move towards a rebuild -- but he currently doesn't factor into the equation as far as the rotation goes.
If guts and guile were fantasy categories, Brault might be a first-round pick. Unfortunately, the lefty's fastball (91 mph average) and breaking pitches are average at best -- he lacks anything remotely resembling a strikeout pitch. Opponents hit .313 (in 33.1 innings) against the 24-year-old rookie. Brault tore through the low minors in 2015, but the lack of a put-away pitch bodes poorly for his chances at sustained success as a starter. Of course, 2016 represented his first taste of big league action, so it's possible he improves. The Pirates lack starting pitching depth and it appears Brault is in line to take regular turns in the rotation, but most in the fantasy realm will want to take a wait-and-see approach.
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Takes no-decision
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 11, 2019
Brault allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts across 4.2 innings during a no-decision against the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Pitches well in no-decision
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 6, 2019
Brault allowed two runs on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts across 5.1 innings during a no-decision against the Brewers on Tuesday.
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Activated ahead of Tuesday's start
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 6, 2019
Brault (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to his start Tuesday against the Brewers.
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Set to return Tuesday
PPittsburgh Pirates
August 3, 2019
Brault (shoulder) will return from the injured list to start Tuesday against the Brewers, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Rehab start on tap
PPittsburgh Pirates
July 28, 2019
Brault (shoulder) could return to the rotation after throwing a minor-league rehab outing in the coming week, general manager Neal Huntington told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh.
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