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May 18, 2024 3 0 0.98 7 3
May 15, 2024 3 0 1.04 7 3.5
May 14, 2024 3 0 1.10 7 -2
May 8, 2024 3 0 0.56 7 6.5
May 6, 2024 3 0 0.00 6 9

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Player Outlook
Kirby Yates continues to miss plenty of bats with his fastball and splitter, as last year was his fourth straight full season with a 30-plus percent strikeout rate (31.5%). Unfortunately, his control significantly regressed with 37 walks across 60.1 innings for a 14.6% walk percentage that was 5th-worst among qualified relievers. Yates, who turns 37 in March, projects to fill a setup role with the reigning World Series champions after recently signing a 1-year deal with Texas. He's the most experienced reliever on the roster and with 62 career saves, he could eventually work his way into the 9th inning as long as he's not issuing too many free passes.

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2024 1197 18.3 3 7 22 8 0.98 0.82
2023 1963.2 60.3 7 2 5 80 37 3.28 1.19
2022 91 7.0 6 5 5.14 1.57
3y Avg. 65.52.8 22.3 2 1 2 29 14 3.63 1.25
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Notches seventh save

    Yates gave up a run on two hits and a walk while striking out one in the ninth inning during the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the A's, recording his seventh save of the season in a 12-11 win. It didn't seem like the Rangers would need their closer when they took a 12-7 lead into the final frame, but after Owen White gave up three straight singles to load the bases without getting an out, Yates was pressed into duty. The right-hander wound up allowing all three inherited runners to score, plus one of his own, before finally escaping the jam. It was the first run Yates had given up all season, and he sports a 0.56 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 17:6 K:BB through 16 innings without blowing a save.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Keeps rolling with another save

    Yates picked up a save against the A's on Monday, walking one batter in a scoreless inning of work. Yates got the ball with Texas holding a two-run lead in the ninth inning and walked the second batter he faced to bring the tying run to the plate. However, the veteran reliever got Brett Harris to line into a double play to end the contest and secure his sixth save. Yates still hasn't given up a run this season, and he's yielded just three hits over 15 innings. After resurrecting his career in Atlanta's bullpen last year, he's emerged as one of fantasy's most valuable closers early in the 2024 campaign.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Secures extra-inning win

    Yates (3-0) earned the win after he pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a walk while striking out two batters in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning win over the Royals. Yates entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Rangers trailing 2-1, and he was able to work around a walk to keep it a one-run deficit going into the ninth. After Texas tied it up at 2-2, the right-hander returned for the following frame, setting the Royals down in order. The Rangers went on to win in the 10th inning, earning Yates his third victory of the year. The 37-year-old has yet to allow an earned run this season while posting a 0.50 WHIP with five saves over 14 innings in 12 appearances.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Remains spotless, grabs fifth save

    Yates earned a save after he pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out a batter in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Reds. Yates was called upon to protect the team's 4-3 lead in the top of the ninth inning, working around a pair of baserunners to secure his fifth save of the season. The right-hander has now gone 5-for-5 in save opportunities this season while he has pitched 12 scoreless frames over his first 11 appearances in 2024. On top of the spotless ERA, Yates also owns a sparkling 0.50 WHIP with a 10.5 K/9, and he appears to be locked in as the Rangers' closer moving forward.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Picks up fourth save

    Yates struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save in Friday's 2-1 win over the Reds. Yates struck out Jonathan India and Jeimer Candelario to begin the ninth, giving him 13 punchouts in 11 innings out of the bullpen. The 37-year-old righty still has yet to allow a run this season, and he'll likely continue receiving the bulk of save opportunities as long as that remains the case.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Flawless in save chance

    Yates secured a save in Sunday's 6-4 win over Atlanta, striking out one while allowing no baserunners in 1.1 scoreless innings. Yates entered in the eighth with Atlanta threatening with two men on and two outs and struck out Orlando Arcia to get out of the jam. The 37-year-old returned for the ninth and retired the side in order to lock down the save. Yates seems to have a firm grip on the closer role for now after picking up three saves and a win over the last week. He's yet to allow a run and has posted a 0.40 WHIP and 11:2 K:BB in 10 innings this year.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Notches four-out save

    Yates earned the save in Thursday's 9-7 win over Detroit, allowing one hit while logging a strikeout in 1.1 scoreless innings. Yates entered with two outs in the eighth inning, striking out Spencer Torkelson to strand the tying and go-ahead runs on base before working around a two-out single in the ninth en route to his second save this season. Yates has yet to allow a run through his first eight appearances (8.2 innings) this year. The 37-year-old veteran has saves in two of the Rangers' last four games, as he looks to be firming his grasp on the ninth-inning job in Texas.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Potential save becomes win

    Yates (2-0) picked up the win in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over the Tigers. He walked one and struck out four over 1.1 scoreless innings. The Rangers had a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning but allowed Detroit to score single runs in the next three frames to tie the game. Yates entered to get the final out of the eighth inning and was the pitcher of record when Josh Smith doubled in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth. Yates, who has not allowed a run over 7.1 innings, has become the closer following the removal of Jose Leclerc from that role.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Fares well in first save

    Yates secured the save after throwing a perfect ninth inning Monday against the Tigers. After the game, manager Bruce Bochy noted that the team likes where it's at in terms of the closer role, Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News reports. Bochy went on to mention that the club will continue to weigh its options at closer, but he likes the way Yates has been throwing the ball so far this season, per McFarland. The right-hander has yet to surrender a run in six appearances, fanning five batters and walking one over six frames.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Throws scoreless ninth

    Yates allowed a walk and struck out one over a hitless and scoreless ninth inning in Friday's 12-8 win over Houston. The Rangers raced to a big lead before the Astros made a late push to force manager Bruce Bochy to deploy his trusted arms -- David Robertson, then Yates -- to close out the game. Bochy told Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com that closer Jose Leclerc was temporarily being moved to low-leverage situations after Leclerc pitched the sixth inning Friday, when Texas was leading, 12-3. Yates has not allowed a run over five appearances and could be in the mix for save opportunities along with Robertson.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Throws scoreless frame

    Yates allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one over one inning in Thursday's spring game against the Diamondbacks. Yates made his third Cactus League appearance and has allowed a run, three hits and one walk while striking out six over three innings. Last year, when Yates posted a 3.28 ERA with 80 strikeouts over 60.1 innings, was the right-hander's first fully healthy year since 2019. He has closing experience and will be part of a late-inning crew that includes Jose Leclerc, David Robertson and Josh Sborz.
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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Inks one-year deal with Texas

    Yates signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The one-year deal will be worth about $4.5 million, per Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News. Yates registered a steady 3.28 ERA with 80 strikeouts over 60.1 innings of relief for Atlanta in 2023, even tallying five saves along the way. The 36-year-old right-hander projects to fill a setup role with the reigning World Series champions in 2024. He turns 37 years old in March.
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  • Kirby Yates: Free agent after option declined

    Atlanta declined Yates' $5.75 million option for 2024 on Monday. The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Yates posted a 3.28 ERA and 80:37 K:BB over 60.1 frames for Atlanta this past season. He will turn 37 in March and his control has regressed, but Yates' bat-missing ability should draw plenty of interest on the free-agent market from clubs in need of a late-inning relief arm.
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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: PIcks up extra-inning save

    Yates picked up the save Monday against Philadelphia, striking out two in a perfect inning. Closer Raisel Iglesias entered the ninth with a save opportunity but allowed the Phillies to tie the game and send it to extras. When Atlanta reclaimed the lead, Yates needed only 14 pitches to slam the door and earn his fourth save of the season. While save opportunities are rare, Yates holds a 2.75 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 75 strikeouts in 55.2 innings as he maintains a high-leverage role in the backend of the Atlanta bullpen.
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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Snags third save

    Yates walked one and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 6-3 win over the Dodgers. Raisel Iglesias had pitched three consecutive days entering Friday, allowing Yates a rare save chance. He got the job done on 21 pitches (14 strikes). Yates has three saves, eight holds and three blown saves with a 7-1 record, 2.73 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 69:34 K:BB through 52.2 innings this season in a high-leverage role.
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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Pockets another win

    Yates (5-0) picked up the win Sunday over the Brewers, striking out one in a perfect inning of relief. The right-hander has become the top vulture on MLB's top team, collecting four of his five wins since the beginning of June -- a stretch in which he's posted a 3.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 28:7 K:BB through 20.2 innings. Yates should retain a high-leverage role over the final months for Atlanta, even if the front office brings in more bullpen reinforcements at the trade deadline.
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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Earns second save

    Yates walked two in a scoreless ninth inning Friday against the Brewers while striking out three to earn his second save of the season. Yates needed 32 pitches to finish off the 6-4 win. He also gave up a run in his previous two appearances but was still given the save opportunity with Raisel Iglesias having thrown 22 pitches the night before. Yates lowered his ERA to 3.38 with a 52:21 K:BB through 37.1 frames.
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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Collects second win

    Yates (2-0) picked up the win in Friday's victory over the Nationals, striking out two in a perfect eighth inning. The veteran righty got the call with Atlanta down 2-1, and after shutting down the Nats on 16 pitches (11 strikes) he was rewarded when the offense produced two runs in the bottom of the frame. Yates' control still comes and goes as he returns to regular duty for the first time since 2019, but he has emerged as a solid option since the beginning of May, posting a 2.84 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 19:10 K:BB over his last 12.2 innings.
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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Snags win in relief

    Yates (1-0) picked up the win in Wednesday's victory over the Reds, walking one and striking out one in a scoreless eighth inning. The veteran right-hander hasn't had a regular spot in a big-league bullpen since 2019 due to injuries, tossing only 11.1 big-league innings over the last three seasons, but Yates won a spot in the Atlanta bullpen in camp and recorded his first MLB win since 2018 on Wednesday. The 36-year-old has been far from sharp though, posting a 5.79 ERA and 4:6 K:BB through 4.2 innings to begin the season, and he's unlikely to see consistent high-leverage work without improving his control.
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  • Braves' Kirby Yates: Completes live session

    Yates (elbow) threw his first live batting practice session of spring training Wednesday, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Yates made his return from March 2021 Tommy John surgery in August last season, but he stayed healthy for about a month before succumbing to inflammation in his surgically repaired elbow. Fortunately for Yates, the long offseason provided ample time for him to overcome the setback, and he reported to spring training without any restrictions. Yates is only four years removed from a season in which he was arguably the game's top reliever, but now that he's in his mid-thirties and has just 15 relief appearances at the big-league level under his belt since that banner 2019 campaign with the Padres, Atlanta is simply hoping that he can serve as a dependable setup option in front of closer Raisel Iglesias.
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