Jordan Lyles Traded to Milwaukee Brewers

Jordan Lyles
PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 19: Jordan Lyles #31 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at PNC Park on July 19, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Jordan Lyles Traded to Milwaukee Brewers

Jordan Lyles is a Milwaukee Brewer once again. Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that Milwaukee traded Cody Ponce to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Lyles.

Ponce was once a highly regarded prospect. He was drafted in the second round in 2015, but had his career slowed by injury. The deal looks to help solidify Milwaukee’s pitching staff, ravaged by injury and ineffectiveness.

Jordan Lyles Returns to Brewers

Jordan Lyles was also acquired by the Brewers last year for their playoff push when they claimed him off waivers from the San Diego Padres. He pitched out of the bullpen for Milwaukee and gained some extra velocity. In the process, he registered a 3.31 ERA, 127 ERA+ and 2.49 FIP. His SO9 skyrocketed to 12.1 during his short time with the Brewers.

Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm W L ERA G GS IP ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2018 27 TOT 3 4 4.11 35 8 87.2 40 12 28 84 95 4.08 1.266 8.5 1.2 2.9 8.6
2018 27 SDP 2 4 4.29 24 8 71.1 34 12 19 62 90 4.45 1.262 9.0 1.5 2.4 7.8
2018 27 MIL 1 0 3.31 11 0 16.1 6 0 9 22 127 2.49 1.286 6.6 0.0 5.0 12.1

Jordan Lyles 2019 Season

Lyles has been pitching exclusively as a starter this year for the Pirates. His overall numbers have fallen from his time in Milwaukee last year. His line of 5.36 ERA, 82 ERA+, 4.81 FIP, and 3.6 BB9 is gaudy.
Standard Pitching
Year Age Tm W L ERA G IP ER HR BB SO WP ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2019 28 PIT 5 7 5.36 17 82.1 49 16 33 90 4 82 4.81 1.470 9.6 1.7 3.6 9.8
However, Lyles was a solid pitcher for much of the season. As one can see from the table below, his performance declined as the season progressed. He may be tiring as the season goes on. It should be noted that Lyles has pitched 82 1/3 innings this year already, something he is not used to. The last time he pitched over 100 innings in a season was 2016, when he pitched 103 1/3. Prior to that, he pitched 135 innings in 2014.
2019 Pitching Game Log
Rk Date Opp IP H ER BB SO HR ERA
1 Apr 4 CIN 5.0 3 0 3 2 0 0.00
2 Apr 10 @ CHC 6.0 3 1 1 10 1 0.82
3 Apr 19 SFG 6.0 4 0 1 6 0 0.53
4 Apr 24 ARI 5.0 8 4 0 3 2 2.05
5 Apr 30 @ TEX 4.0 3 2 4 5 0 2.42
May May Opp IP H ER BB SO HR ERA
6 May 5 OAK 6.2 5 1 3 3 0 2.20
7 May 11 @ STL 6.0 1 1 3 6 0 2.09
8 May 17 @ SDP 7.0 5 1 1 12 1 1.97
9 May 23 COL 5.2 7 6 1 6 0 2.81
10 May 28 @ CIN 4.0 3 3 2 3 1 3.09
Jun Jun Opp IP H ER BB SO HR ERA
11 Jun 2 MIL 6.0 8 4 1 5 1 3.38
12 Jun 8 @ MIL 3.0 5 3 4 5 1 3.64
13 Jun 29 @ MIL 6.0 5 3 2 5 1 3.71
Jul Jul Opp IP H ER BB SO HR ERA
14 Jul 4 CHC 4.0 10 7 1 7 3 4.36
15 Jul 13 @ CHC 0.2 4 7 4 2 1 5.16
16 Jul 19 PHI 5.2 7 1 1 7 1 4.91
17 Jul 24 STL 1.2 7 5 1 3 3 5.36
82.1 88 49 33 90 16 5.36

Low-Cost Trade

This trade is not flashy by any means. However, it fits the Brewers’ needs and budget. Right now the Brewers need inning-eaters due to Brandon Woodruff and Jhoulys Chacin‘s injuries.

The Brewers have not announced how they intend to use Lyles yet. However, he most likely will be used in a swingman role. Lyles can be used as a starter in the short term if needed. Also, he can be switched to relief should a better starter become available. A move to the pen may be a better fit for Lyles. As previously mentioned, he gained velocity last year when moved to the pen, and perhaps the lighter workload will do the same for him this year. The Brewers gave away an expendable low-ranked prospect for a pitcher they are familiar with who can eat up innings as an initial out-getter or reliever.

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