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Portrait of Kyle McPherson

Kyle McPherson PPirates

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 26)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.0 4.27 1.28 26 2 3 0 0.0
Birth Date11-11-1987
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age26 years, 11 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
0.22012
2013
0.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2012 PIT 24 10 3 26.3 14.7 11.7 0 2 0 0 1 0 107 24 8 8 3 36 7 7 2 21 2.73 4.05 4.02 2.1 0.2
Career10326.314.711.70200101072488336772212.734.054.022.10.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2011 BRD A+ 12 12 71.7 3.87 120 .210 .257 .325 .377 .253 .278 101 11.7 1.2 11.7 1.2
2011 ALT AA 16 16 89.3 4.05 101 .247 .265 .330 .400 .275 .269 86 7.5 0.7 6.5 0.6
2012 PIT MLB 10 3 26.3 4.02 100 .246 .243 .308 .389 .253 .284 94 2.2 0.2 2.1 0.2
2012 ALT AA 9 9 48.7 3.79 114 .271 .262 .325 .390 .260 .338 100 7.5 0.8 7.8 0.8
2012 IND AAA 3 3 18.3 3.53 119 .174 .262 .325 .404 .255 .213 93 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3
2012 LIC Wnt 1 1 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .417 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 IND AAA 2 2 4.7 4.86 95 .389 .245 .316 .357 .237 .478 102 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2011 ALT AA 8 5 0 16 16 89.3 75 21 82 7 37% .269 7.6 2.1 0.7 8.3 1.07 3.02 6.5 0.6
2011 BRD A+ 4 1 0 12 12 71.7 62 6 60 4 41% .278 7.8 0.8 0.5 7.5 0.95 2.89 11.7 1.2
2012 PIT MLB 0 2 0 10 3 26.3 24 7 21 3 47% .284 8.2 2.4 1.0 7.2 1.18 2.73 2.1 0.2
2012 LIC Wnt 0 1 0 1 1 3.0 6 1 3 1 0% .417 18.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 2.33 15.00 0.0 0.0
2012 ALT AA 3 5 0 9 9 48.7 54 5 46 5 35% .338 10.0 0.9 0.9 8.5 1.21 4.07 7.8 0.8
2012 IND AAA 0 1 0 3 3 18.3 11 4 17 1 40% .213 5.4 2.0 0.5 8.3 0.82 0.98 2.5 0.3
2013 IND AAA 0 1 0 2 2 4.7 11 4 2 0 48% .478 21.2 7.7 0.0 3.9 3.21 19.29 0.6 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2012 440 0.5068 0.4692 0.8447 0.6457 0.2857 0.8889 0.7419 0.1553
Career4400.50680.46920.84470.64570.28570.88890.74190.1553

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-03 2014-09-09 Minors 159 0 Right Elbow Surgery Medial Epicondyle Fracture 2014-04-23 -
2013-08-27 2013-10-10 60-DL 44 32 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2013-07-10 -
2013-04-10 2013-08-27 Minors 139 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2013-07-10 -
2012-12-03 2013-01-15 WIN 43 0 Right Shoulder Fatigue - -
2012-04-04 2012-06-16 Minors 73 65 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2010-07-23 2010-07-30 Minors 7 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 70 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 1/6/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/1/13. DFA by Pittsburgh 11/25/13. Non-tendered by Pittsburgh 12/2/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/19/10. Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2007 (14-428) (University of Mobile)

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 3.1 3.3 0 10 10 54.3 44 13 38 5 .261 1.05 3.20 3.47 7.9 0.8
80o 2.7 3.1 0 9 9 48.1 42 12 34 5 .275 1.13 3.56 3.87 4.6 0.5
70o 2.4 2.9 0 8 8 43.8 40 12 31 5 .285 1.18 3.83 4.16 2.6 0.3
60o 2.1 2.8 0 8 8 40.2 38 11 28 5 .293 1.23 4.06 4.41 1.2 0.1
50o 1.9 2.6 0 7 7 37.0 37 11 26 4 .302 1.28 4.28 4.65 0.0 0.0
40o 1.7 2.5 0 6 6 33.7 35 10 24 4 .310 1.33 4.50 4.89 -0.9 -0.1
30o 1.5 2.3 0 6 6 30.4 32 9 22 4 .318 1.38 4.74 5.15 -1.7 -0.2
20o 1.2 2.1 0 5 5 26.5 30 9 19 4 .328 1.45 5.03 5.46 -2.3 -0.2
10o 0.9 1.8 0 4 4 21.4 25 7 15 3 .342 1.54 5.43 5.9 -2.9 -0.3
Weighted Mean1.92.607736.23610264.3001.274.254.620.10.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
20% 31% 15% 38% 51%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201527101003131194184481492337.2981.193.854.188.52.26.91.10.8
201628101003131196186481452237.2961.193.794.128.52.26.71.01.0
2017298902727160158411202237.3001.244.164.528.92.36.71.20.1
2018308902727160155411192037.2991.234.034.388.72.36.71.10.4
2019318802626157152391161837.3011.223.924.268.72.26.71.00.6
2020328802424140134331031737.2991.203.874.218.62.16.61.10.6
202133770222212912530941637.2981.203.884.228.72.16.51.10.6
202234660202011811628851437.2991.223.964.308.82.16.51.10.4
202335660181810610425761337.3001.213.934.278.82.16.41.10.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
50.87.52.11.94.717.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 88)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 95 Marco Estrada 2010 10.32
2 94 Dan Meyer 2008 9.11
3 93 Cory Luebke 2011 3.48
4 93 Jeremy Hefner 2012 5.19
5 92 Duane Below 2012 4.86
6 92 Hector Ambriz 2010 5.77
7 92 Matt Klinker 2011 0.00 DNP
8 92 Cesar Valdez 2011 0.00 DNP
9 91 Tony Watson 2011 3.95
10 91 Armando Galarraga 2008 4.18
11 91 Jason Windsor 2009 0.00 DNP
12 91 Collin McHugh 2013 10.04
13 90 Tobi Stoner 2011 0.00 DNP
14 90 Mike Ballard 2010 0.00 DNP
15 90 Polin Trinidad 2011 0.00 DNP
16 90 Terry Doyle 2012 0.00 DNP
17 90 Tyler Cloyd 2013 6.71
18 90 Ryan Ketchner 2008 0.00 DNP
19 89 Philip Humber 2009 8.00
20 89 Josh Romanski 2013 0.00 DNP
21 89 Sam LeCure 2010 4.50
22 89 Brett Lorin 2013 0.00 DNP
23 89 Matthew Neil 2013 0.00 DNP
24 89 Heath Rollins 2011 0.00 DNP
25 89 Steven Wright 2011 0.00 DNP
26 89 Matt Buschmann 2010 0.00 DNP
27 89 Richie Gardner 2008 0.00 DNP
28 89 Jacob Pettit 2013 0.00 DNP
29 88 Shane Komine 2007 4.70
30 88 Daryl Thompson 2012 0.00 DNP
31 88 Ryan Mullins 2010 0.00 DNP
32 88 Travis Banwart 2012 0.00 DNP
33 88 Ramon A. Ramirez 2009 3.65
34 88 Adrian Alaniz 2010 0.00 DNP
35 88 Matt Maloney 2010 3.05
36 88 J.D. Martin 2009 4.68
37 88 Drew Naylor 2012 0.00 DNP
38 88 Ryan Edell 2010 0.00 DNP
39 88 Daniel McCutchen 2009 4.21
40 88 Paul Oseguera 2010 0.00 DNP
41 88 Jeff Manship 2011 8.10
42 88 Yohan Pino 2010 0.00 DNP
43 88 David Pauley 2009 0.00 DNP
44 88 Chris Narveson 2008 0.00 DNP
45 88 Red Patterson 2013 0.00 DNP
46 87 Phil Irwin 2013 9.64
47 87 Austin Adams 2013 0.00 DNP
48 87 Brandon Moore 2012 0.00 DNP
49 87 Brad Meyers 2012 0.00 DNP
50 87 Erik Davis 2013 3.12
51 87 Alfredo Figaro 2011 0.00 DNP
52 87 Aaron Shafer 2013 0.00 DNP
53 87 James Fuller 2013 0.00 DNP
54 87 Joe Martinez 2009 8.10
55 87 Matt Wright 2008 0.00 DNP
56 87 Matt Shoemaker 2013 0.00
57 87 Garrett Mock 2009 6.41
58 87 Brandon Dickson 2011 3.24
59 87 Jose Rosario 2012 0.00 DNP
60 87 Chris Seddon 2010 5.64
61 87 Pedro Liriano 2007 0.00 DNP
62 87 Chris Smith 2007 0.00 DNP
63 87 Henry Sosa 2012 0.00 DNP
64 87 Clayton Mortensen 2011 4.63
65 87 Matthew Green 2008 0.00 DNP
66 87 Dustin Nippert 2007 5.96
67 87 Craig Clark 2011 0.00 DNP
68 86 Luis Ramirez 2008 0.00 DNP
69 86 Jesse English 2011 0.00 DNP
70 86 Pat Misch 2008 5.85
71 86 Brad Lincoln 2011 5.10
72 86 David Purcey 2008 5.68
73 86 Oliver Drake 2013 0.00 DNP
74 86 Michael Madsen 2009 0.00 DNP
75 86 Ben Snyder 2012 0.00 DNP
76 86 Steven Shell 2009 5.40
77 86 Francisco Cruceta 2008 6.17
78 86 Hung-Wen Chen 2012 0.00 DNP
79 86 Ryan Pope 2012 0.00 DNP
80 86 Joel Carreno 2013 0.00 DNP
81 86 L.J. Gagnier 2011 0.00 DNP
82 86 Doug Fister 2010 4.47
83 86 Jeremy Bleich 2013 0.00 DNP
84 86 Tony Barnette 2010 0.00 DNP
85 86 Bobby Lanigan 2013 0.00 DNP
86 86 Kevin Hart 2009 6.11
87 86 Adam Howard 2010 0.00 DNP
88 86 Chris Cody 2010 0.00 DNP
89 86 Ryne Reynoso 2011 0.00 DNP
90 86 David Welch 2009 0.00 DNP
91 86 Derek Miller 2008 0.00 DNP
92 86 Andrew Carpenter 2011 7.98
93 86 Alberto Bastardo 2010 0.00 DNP
94 86 J.A. Happ 2009 2.98
95 86 Daniel Barone 2009 0.00 DNP
96 86 Matthew Long 2010 0.00 DNP
97 86 Wes Musick 2013 0.00 DNP
98 86 Josh Zeid 2013 3.90
99 86 Blake Hawksworth 2009 2.25
100 86 Jeremy Horst 2012 2.30

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 McPherson should be in contention for a rotation spot throughout the season. His fastball is his bread and butter. The pitch can touch the upper-90s and he commands it exceptionally well. His changeup is occasionally a good offering, and his curveball is usable, but not a pitch you want him to fall in love with during a game. McPherson took over for McDonald late in the season and showed that he belongs in the bigs. His upside is that of a third starter.
2012 It took McPherson five seasons to reach Double-A, and he did not disappoint upon arrival. As a benefit of his turtle pace, he had time to work on crafting his pitches and smoothing his mechanics. His velocity crept upward last season (now touching 94-95 mph) and his changeup is considered plus. A zone-pounder through and through, McPherson has a 4.77 minor league career strikeout-to-walk ratio and a number four starterís ceilingónot bad for a mostly anonymous prospect.
2011 Kyle McPherson's plus changeup and ability to pound the strike zone got him added to the 40-man roster. We'll know more about his ability to get by with more moxie than stuff following a year at the upper levels.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2014-02-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Jones (a Pirate) Walks the Plank (a Metaphor)R.J. Anderson2013-11-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Jones (a Pirate) Walks the Plank (a Metaphor)Bret Sayre2013-11-26
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 28, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-28
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 21, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-21
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 1, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-01
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 29, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-29
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: Have You Had Your Breaking Ball Today?R.J. Anderson2013-04-17
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 16, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 15, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 12-14Zach Mortimer2013-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 14, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-14
Perfect Game Presents: 2013 Rookie of the Year CandidatesDavid Rawnsley2013-03-29
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, March 20Zach Mortimer2013-03-21
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Spring Training Games: February 22-24Jason Martinez2013-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Ten NL Prospects Who Could Start the Season in the MajorsJason Martinez2013-01-03
Rumor Roundup: Thursday, December 20Daniel Rathman2012-12-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2012-12-10
What You Need to Know: Wednesday, September 19Daniel Rathman2012-09-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: October on Their MindsR.J. Anderson2012-09-04
Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part IILarry Granillo2012-03-02
Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part IIStephani Bee2012-03-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Top Nine High-Ceiling Prospect RotationsKevin Goldstein2012-02-21
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Pirates Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-12-16
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Cottleston PiratesSteven Goldman2011-12-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 31Kevin Goldstein2011-06-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Senior Circuit ShufflingChristina Kahrl2011-03-17
Transaction Analysis: NL Central Roster MovesChristina Kahrl2010-11-30
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 25Kevin Goldstein2010-05-26


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two Pirates questions. Best unknown prospect and of course, Cole or Rendon?
(Bill from Pittsburgh)
Kyle McPherson; Cole. (Kevin Goldstein)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Kyle McPherson threw 368 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2012, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Curve (78mph), also mixing in a Sinker (94mph) and Change (85mph).