Kirby Yates, Relief Pitcher, San Diego Padres
Date of Birth: 3/25/1987
Birthplace: Lihue, Hawaii
College: Yavapai College
Kirby Yates, relief pitcher for the San Diego Padres, was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2005 but he didn't sign with them. Four years later, he signed with the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched in the Rays' minor league system from 2009 through part of 2014 and 2015. In 209 games, mostly in relief, he pitched 343.2 innings and he had a 14-14 record, 69 saves, 455 strikeouts to 159 walks, and a 2.67 ERA.
Yates pitched in 37 games with the Rays in 2014. He finished with a 3.75 ERA and 42 strikeouts to 15 walks in 36.0 innings. That year he also pitched in 21 games in the minors. The following season, his time was split between the Rays and the minors. With the Rays, he had a 7.97 ERA in 20.1 innings in 20 games.
The Rays traded Yates to the Cleveland Indians on November 25, 2015. Less than two months later, on January 8, 2016, he was traded to the New York Yankees. He finished the 2016 season with a 5.23 ERA, 2 wins to 1 loss, and 50 strikeouts to 19 walks in 41.1 innings in 41 games with the Yankees.
The Los Angeles Angels claimed Yates off waivers on October 5, 2016. He was designated for assignment on April 23, 2017. The Padres claimed him off waivers on April 26th.
Career pitching statistics for Yates through 2016 include:
- 98 games played
- 97.2 innings pitched
- 3-3 win-loss record
- 113 strikeouts to 41 walks
- 5.25 ERA
Yates' brother Tyler was a pitcher in the major leagues in 2004 and from 2006 through 2009. He played for the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Yates and his wife Ashlee were married on January 2, 2016.