Joel Kuhnel
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Day-To-Day
Injury Shoulder
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kuhnel has enjoyed a relatively rapid rise to the majors, riding a breakout 2018 campaign in High-A ball to his first cup of coffee in the majors last season. Standing 6-foot-5 and armed with a mid-90s fastball capable of touching triple digits, Kuhnel fits a closer's profile and has saved 32 games over his last two minor-league seasons. His ability to throw heat hasn't yet translated to overwhelming strikeout numbers -- he has averaged less than a strikeout per inning in the minors -- but the potential is certainly there, and he did whiff nine batters in his 9.2 big-league innings last season. Kuhnel also offers better-than-average command as he has registered a 1.7 BB/9 across four minor-league campaigns. A strong spring training could help Kuhnel land a spot on the Opening Day roster, and it's not infeasible that he could soon be used in high-leverage situations given Cincinnati's shaky bullpen. Read Past Outlooks
Dealing with shoulder discomfort
PCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
March 20, 2020
Kuhnel is dealing with shoulder discomfort and isn't throwing right now, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Manager David Bell suggested that Kuhnel could resume throwing soon. With the MLB season suspended for at least eight weeks, Kuhnel could be back to full health by the time play resumes.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
15
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
11
How many pitches does Joel Kuhnel generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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81-90
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Joel Kuhnel generally pitch?
 
 
 
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Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .267 17 4 2 4 1 0 1
Since 2017vs Right .182 25 5 3 4 0 0 0
2019vs Left .267 17 4 2 4 1 0 1
2019vs Right .182 25 5 3 4 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-85%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-85%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 1.50 1.17 6.0 1 0 0 10.5 6.0 1.5
Since 2017Away 9.82 1.64 3.2 0 0 0 4.9 2.5 0.0
2019Home 1.50 1.17 6.0 1 0 0 10.5 6.0 1.5
2019Away 9.82 1.64 3.2 0 0 0 4.9 2.5 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Joel Kuhnel 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
1.80
 
K/9
8.4
 
BB/9
4.7
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
96.1 mph
 
ERA
4.66
 
WHIP
1.34
 
BABIP
.277
 
GB/FB
1.88
 
Left On Base
69.0%
 
Exit Velocity
88.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.6%
 
Spin Rate
2217 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.1%
 
Swinging Strike
14.5%
 
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Bullpen candidate
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March 19, 2020
Kuhnel had a nice spring campaign, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings, striking out three against one walk and two hits. He's a dark horse candidate for the Opening Day roster, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Battling illness
PCincinnati Reds
Illness
September 24, 2019
Kuhnel is unavailable Tuesday due to illness, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Promoted to majors
PCincinnati Reds
August 15, 2019
Kuhnel had his contract selected from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.
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