A Look at Kyle McGrath, Prospect

Kyle McGrath SD 2017In our latest installment of former Valley Leaguers who have been making waves in the prospect world, we have former Staunton Brave Kyle McGrath (2011), who made his major league debut in 2017!

(This will sound odd, but Kyle got a couple really important outs for our fantasy team in 2017… which actually helped us win a title!)

So let’s take a look at his career so far…

  • 2011, college at Eastern Kentucky: 3-4, 7.49 in 45 2/3 innings, with a 1.73 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, and 6.9 K/9 (looks suspiciously like my freshman year in college, too). That’s a bit of a battering.
  • 2011, with the Staunton Braves in the summer: 3-1, 3.78 in 8 starts and 45 2/3 innings. 1.36 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, and 7.7 K/9. Kyle started to show his potential.
  • Summer of 2012, in the Northwoods League: 5-3, 4.97, 1.53 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9 in 58 innings
  • 2013, transferred to Louisville (I’m assuming 2012 was a redshirt year in college): 6-1, 2.27 in 25 games and 47 2/3 innings. 1.03 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, and 9.1 K/9
  • Summer of 2013, in the New England Collegiate League: 0-1, 1.45 in 10 games and 18 2/3 innings, with a 1.45 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 8.7 K/9
  • 2014, back at Louisville: 2-1, 1.34 in 23 games and 40 1/3 IP, with a 0.97 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, and 8.9 K/9.
  • June, 2014, Kyle is drafted in the 36th round by the San Diego Padres.
  • He’s assigned to the Arizona League (Rookie ball), and he starts dominating pro hitters: in 22 2/3 innings, he goes 1-1, 0.79, with a 0.62 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, and 8.7 K/9.
  • 2015- Kyle splits his time between Fort Wayne in the Midwest League (41 games), and San Antonio in the Texas League (AA- 1 game): He totals 3-1, 2.17 in 70 2/3 innings, with a 0.99 WHIP, 1.1 BB/9, and 10.3 K/9. (He walked 9 batters and struck out 81. That’s an amazing season.)
  • 2016- Split time between 3 teams, Lake Elsinore (High A, 11 games), San Antonio again (33 games), and Triple-A El Paso (1 game). He totals 2-2, 0.93 in 67 2/3 innings, with a 0.75 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9, and 10.4 K/9 (10 walks, 78 K’s). He was an Organization All-Star, and was voted the best reliever by fans on milb.com.
  • 2017, minor leagues- San Antonio for 20 games and El Paso for 5: 1-1, 2.43, 0.78 WHIP, 1.2 BB/9, 9.7 K/9 in 29 2/3 innings (4 walks, 32 K’s).
  • He made his major league debut on July 30th, and pitched in 17 games from that point to the end of the year. He went 0-0, 2.84 in 19 innings, with a 1.05 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, and 7.6 K/9 (6 walks, 16 K’s). Although Kyle didn’t make the Padres’ top prospect list, John Sickels has given Kyle a C+ rating.
  • Kyle’s minor league totals are ridiculous: 7-5, 1.60 in 125 games and 190 2/3 innings, with a 0.83 WHIP, 1.4 BB/9, and 10.1 K/9. He walked 29 batters and struck out 213!

Kyle has certainly proven that he can get batters out at the highest level of the game. Hopefully he’ll make the majors out of Spring Training this April, and can spend the year in sunny San Diego!

Kyle McGrath wind up 2017

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