Mychal Givens
Mychal Givens
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For three seasons, many of you drafted Givens as the insurance policy for saves in Baltimore based on his skills. For three seasons, he performed well and had exactly zero saves to show for it. He finally had the chance to get saves in 2018, yet had his worst statistical season nearly across the board. He enters the 2019 season as the favorite to have the full-time role. Givens has been relatively split neutral of late, but his delivery and arm slot still make it very tough on righties to get good wood on the baseball. One of the things that made Zach Britton so good in Baltimore was how frequently he generated groundballs, minimizing the risk of the long ball in Camden's cozy dimensions. Givens is more of a flyball pitcher, so the homer risk is tough to overlook, and expecting a 5.0% HR/FB rate again this year is not wise. Expect a few more homers, but if he can get the walks back down, he should be fine as a low-end second closer. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.15 million contract with the Orioles in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Takes loss
PBaltimore Orioles
May 23, 2019
Givens (0-2) allowed one earned run on three walks and one hit while striking out two across one inning to take the loss Thursday against the Yankees.
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Givens came into a tied game in the ninth inning and struck out the first two batters he faced. However, he struggled to find the strike zone from there, allowing the next four batters he faced to reach base -- three on walks, plus the single that put the Yanks ahead. Givens has accounted for the majority of the Orioles' saves this season but has just four across 50 games and has a 4.91 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 22 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .216 269 64 31 50 9 2 5
Since 2017vs Right .210 449 129 32 86 16 1 13
2019vs Left .222 32 9 4 6 2 0 0
2019vs Right .245 54 17 4 12 1 0 4
2018vs Left .245 124 27 15 26 5 2 1
2018vs Right .201 193 52 15 35 7 1 3
2017vs Left .184 113 28 12 18 2 0 4
2017vs Right .209 202 60 13 39 8 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-66%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-4%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-15%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.78 1.09 100.0 7 5 8 9.5 2.8 1.2
Since 2017Away 3.18 1.18 76.1 1 4 5 10.3 3.8 0.6
2019Home 6.39 1.42 12.2 0 1 3 7.8 4.3 2.1
2019Away 2.16 0.96 8.1 0 0 1 16.2 2.2 1.1
2018Home 3.92 1.11 41.1 0 3 5 8.7 2.8 0.4
2018Away 4.08 1.27 35.1 0 4 4 9.9 4.3 0.5
2017Home 2.93 0.98 46.0 7 1 0 10.8 2.3 1.6
2017Away 2.48 1.13 32.2 1 0 0 9.1 3.6 0.6
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Stat Review
How does Mychal Givens 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 this season's data (min 20 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
3.25
 
K/9
11.1
 
BB/9
3.4
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
94.8 mph
 
ERA
4.71
 
WHIP
1.24
 
BABIP
.296
 
GB/FB
1.67
 
Left On Base
73.5%
 
Exit Velocity
87.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.8%
 
Spin Rate
2339 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.4%
 
Swinging Strike
15.9%
 
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57 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Make no mistake about it, Givens is mixed-league material. He has all the makings of a solid closer, and now he may have the opportunity to earn saves with Zach Britton expected to miss the first half of the 2018 season with an Achilles injury. Givens has put up consecutive solid seasons in the bullpen as he has helped get the ball to whomever is closing behind him while picking up a number of wins thanks to his work in medium- and high-leverage situations. He misses bats at a good clip (10.1 K/9), and showed improvement with his control last season, trimming his BB/9 from 4.3 to 2.9. Brad Brach figures to step into the ninth inning to begin the year, but Givens should be next in line, at least for the duration of Britton's absence.
Givens quickly powered his way through the minor leagues and made his big league debut in 2015. He put together a superb rookie season (1.80 ERA in 30 innings) and earned himself a spot on the Orioles' 2016 Opening Day roster. His walk rate more than doubled in 2016, causing his overall numbers to decline a bit, but he was still able to put together an overall effective campaign. Givens posted a 3.13 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 13 holds while maintaining his ridiculous strikeout rate at 30.7 percent over 74.2 innings. His walk rate increased from 5.1 percent in 2015 to 11.5 percent in 2016, as the command of his changeup and slider declined a bit. Givens is a sure bet to remain an important piece in the Orioles' bullpen going forward, but he isn't likely to garner much fantasy value until he's able to work his way in a more consistent setup or closer role.
Givens' transition from shortstop to pitcher bloomed nicely in 2015, as his dominance at the Double-A level earned a promotion to the Orioles. Drafted in 2009, Givens was converted to a relief pitcher in 2013. He has a fastball that can reach the upper-90s and he complements it primarily with a slider that sits in the mid-80s. He also has a changeup that he throws with less frequency that also sits in the mid-80s. Givens had a 12.4 K/9 at Double-A and an 11.4 K/9 with the Orioles. The big step forward was his control, as Givens went from a 6.0 BB/9 at High-A and Double-A in 2014 to a 2.5 BB/9 at Double-A and just a 1.8 BB/9 with the Orioles. Givens seems like a shoo-in for a bullpen spot in 2016. With the easy transition straight from Double-A to the Orioles, Givens may have proven he is ready to move into a setup role sooner rather than later.
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Gets fourth save
PBaltimore Orioles
May 6, 2019
Givens picked up the save against the Red Sox on Monday, throwing 1.1 innings without allowing a baserunner in Baltimore's 4-1 victory. He struck out two.
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Grabs another save
PBaltimore Orioles
May 4, 2019
Givens secured his third save of the year with a scoreless ninth inning during Saturday's 3-0 win over Tampa Bay.
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Tallies second save
PBaltimore Orioles
May 1, 2019
Givens earned the save in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the White Sox by recording three strikeouts and allowing one hit over 1.1 scoreless innings.
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Notches first save
PBaltimore Orioles
April 24, 2019
Givens gave up one run on two hits and a walk over two innings while striking out one to record his first save of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.
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Unable to finish inning
PBaltimore Orioles
March 5, 2019
Givens allowed five runs on four hits over two-thirds of an inning during Tuesday's spring game against the Pirates.
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