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Tampa Bay Rays

10-Day IL

Injury Neck

Est. Return 9/28/2021





$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in December of 2020.

September 20, 2021

ANALYSIS
The initial diagnosis doesn’t sound too severe, so this could simply be the Rays looking to give one of their best relievers a bit of rest as the coast to the finish, trusting that their 6.5-game division lead should be more than enough with two weeks left to play. Kittredge has been excellent this season, and while his 1.55 ERA isn’t quite backed up by his 2.93 FIP and 3.08 xFIP, his combination of a 27.5 percent strikeout rate, 5.6 percent walk rate and 54.0 percent groundball rate makes him a very reliable option. He hasn’t pitched since Friday, so the Rays can backdate his assignment by two days, leaving him eligible to return Sept. 28 for the final two series of the season.

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Pitching Appearances Breakdown

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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold

% Games By Number of Innings Pitched

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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR

Since 2019vs Left
.246 163 38 16 35 8 1 5

Since 2019vs Right
.218 347 97 13 72 9 0 8

2021vs Left
.183 83 19 10 13 5 0 2

2021vs Right
.197 186 55 5 35 5 0 4

2020vs Left
.250 8 2 0 2 0 0 0

2020vs Right
.286 23 1 2 6 2 0 0

2019vs Left
.317 72 17 6 20 3 1 3

2019vs Right
.237 138 41 6 31 2 0 4
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9

Since 2019Home
1.87 0.89 62.2 4 2 3 9.9 2.3 0.4

Since 2019Away
3.34 1.24 64.2 6 1 5 9.2 1.8 1.4

2021Home
1.42 0.85 31.2 4 2 3 10.5 2.0 0.6

2021Away
1.66 0.95 38.0 5 1 4 8.8 1.9 0.9

2020Home
0.00 0.83 6.0 0 0 0 3.0 3.0 0.0

2020Away
9.00 2.50 2.0 0 0 1 4.5 0.0 0.0

2019Home
2.88 0.96 25.0 0 0 0 10.8 2.5 0.4

2019Away
5.47 1.58 24.2 1 0 0 10.2 1.8 2.2
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Stat Review

How does Andrew Kittredge 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.


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Past Fantasy Outlooks




Kittredge made his big-league season debut in mid-June and remained with the Rays the rest of the year, throwing a career-high 49.2 innings. His 4.17 ERA was nothing special, but it hid some strong peripherals which led to a 3.56 FIP and a 3.25 xFIP. His 27.6% strikeout rate, 5.7% walk rate and 50.0% groundball rate were all solidly better than the league average. The righty’s improvement from his 7.75 ERA in 2018 was dramatic, but given how extensively his repertoire changed, it’s easy to buy that it’s sustainable. He added a sinker, throwing it 40.2 percent of the time. He also saw his fastball velocity jump from 93.1mph to 95.0 mph while his slider velocity jumped from 84.6 mph to 88.3. The new version of Kittredge should be able to fill a useful role for the Rays this season, but he’s still a level below being a candidate for the closing role he’d need to be a significant fantasy asset.

Kittredge headed up a bullpen game in Tampa Bay’s third game of the season and went on to make 32 additional appearances (two additional “starts”) over the remainder of the season, covering no more than 2.1 innings in any of those outings. The slider remained Kittredge’s primary pitch, but he cut its usage down from 71% to 54.7% and instead relied more heavily on his fastball. The altered mix was mostly unsuccessful as Kittredge’s fastball velocity was down, his Ks were down as well and his walks and homers were up (the homers especially). The Rays outrighted Kittredge off the 40-man roster after the season but he remains in the organization.

Kittredge is an interesting player. He throws his fastball close to 95 mph on average, but it basically never gets by hitters. In fact, he had just a 1.4 percent whiff rate with the fastball last season, according to Brooks Baseball. He only threw it 29 percent of the time in his first opportunity in the big leagues last year, instead relying primarily on his slider, which does generate swinging strikes unlike the fastball. Kittredge issued too many free passes with the Rays last year, but his history on the farm points to improvement ahead — he’s had identical 2.1 BB/9 marks at the Triple-A level over the past two seasons. The Tampa Bay bullpen is unsettled and Kittredge could rise through the ranks with more refinement, but first things first: he needs to lock down a roster spot in spring training.


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September 18, 2021

Kittredge (9-3) was credited with the win in an extra-inning victory over the Tigers on Friday, firing a perfect 10th inning during which he recorded a strikeout.

September 14, 2021

Kittredge tossed a perfect ninth inning on his way to securing a save versus the Blue Jays on Monday.

More hittable than usual of late

September 13, 2021

Kittredge, who allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over two innings in an extra-innings loss to the Tigers on Sunday, has pitched to a 5.79 ERA over the 4.2 innings covering his last four appearances.

Slams door for sixth save

September 3, 2021

Kittredge struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning and earned a save over the Twins on Friday.

September 1, 2021

Kittredge struck out two and did not issue a hit or a walk over two-thirds of an inning as he picked up the save in an 8-5 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.



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