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.
Strikes out two in save
PBaltimore Orioles
August 28, 2019
Givens posted a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts to garner his 11th save in a 2-0 victory against the Nationals on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Save opportunities are rare on the Orioles, but Givens has posted six straight scoreless frames since blowing up in his last blown save Aug. 11. While he doesn't have great overall numbers, that recent success should give owners enough confidence to plug him in where needed. He is 2-5 with 11 saves, six blown opportunities, a 4.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 51.2 innings this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
19
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Mychal Givens generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Mychal Givens generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .231 342 84 40 68 10 4 12
Since 2017vs Right .198 550 169 41 99 16 2 15
2019vs Left .267 105 29 13 24 3 2 7
2019vs Right .179 155 57 13 25 1 1 6
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
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-52%
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 4.13 1.11 122.0 8 8 12 10.0 3.0 1.3
Since 2017Away 3.18 1.16 96.1 2 6 8 11.0 3.8 0.8
2019Home 5.97 1.30 34.2 1 4 7 10.4 3.9 2.1
2019Away 2.86 1.06 28.1 1 2 4 14.6 3.5 1.6
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 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.
K/BB
3.31
 
K/9
12.3
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
95.3 mph
 
ERA
4.57
 
WHIP
1.19
 
BABIP
.282
 
GB/FB
1.19
 
Left On Base
70.4%
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.7%
 
Spin Rate
2346 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.3%
 
Swinging Strike
16.3%
 
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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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Posts 10th save
PBaltimore Orioles
August 21, 2019
Givens allowed one hit with one strikeout during the ninth inning to secure his 10th save in a 4-1 victory against the Royals on Tuesday.
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Collects ninth save
PBaltimore Orioles
July 27, 2019
Givens pitched 1.1 innings, allowing a run on a hit and two walks while striking out two to convert his ninth save of the season in Saturday's 8-7 win over the Angels.
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Nails down eighth save
PBaltimore Orioles
July 17, 2019
Givens allowed one hit and struck out one over 1.1 scoreless innings to record his eighth save of the season in Wednesday's 9-2 win over the Nationals.
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Picks up seventh save
PBaltimore Orioles
July 13, 2019
Givens threw two perfect innings with two strikeouts against the Rays in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader en route to his seventh save.
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Expected to pitch before break
PBaltimore Orioles
Undisclosed
July 6, 2019
Givens (undisclosed) is expected to pitch this weekend, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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