Kyle signed a minor league contract with the Cubs with an invitation to Spring Training, December 29, 2017 ... has pitched in each of the last four seasons with Detroit, going 8-6 with a 3.87 ERA (55 ER/128.0 IP) in 86 games (seven starts)... Made his major league debut in 2014 ... had his best season in 2016, going 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA (19 ER/55.2 IP) in 56 relief appearances... Owns a 44-49 record with a 3.70 ERA (332 ER/806.2 IP) in 187 minor league games, including 131 starts, across eight minor league seasons, all in the Detroit system... Originally drafted by the Tigers in the 12th round of the 2010 draft out of Auburndale (Fla.) High School.
Kyle spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Toledo after beginning the season with the Tigers ... allowed five earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched with Detroit... Allowed runs in four of his eight games with the Tigers ... was optioned to Toledo, April 27... Went 3-1 with a 4.96 ERA (25 ER/45.1 IP) and 39 strikeouts in 48 appearances with Toledo ... went 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA (4 ER/14.2 IP) in 17 games from June 29-August 9.
Appeared in a career-high 56 games with the Tigers in 2016 and posted a 4-2 record with a 3.07 ERA (55.2IP/19ER) and 35 strikeouts...Made the Opening Day roster at the major league level for the first time in his career... Posted his longest outing of the season on April 23, allowing three runs over 3.2 innings...Pitched in eight games during April and had a 2.19 ERA (12.1IP/3ER) with three strikeouts... Earned his first win of the season on May 17 vs. Minnesota, throwing 1.2 hitless innings with one strikeout... Optioned to Triple A Toledo on June 3 -- compiled a 0.00 ERA (7.0IP/0ER) and five strikeouts in eight games with the Mud Hens... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on June 19... Picked up a win in back-to-back games, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings on June 22 vs. Seattle, while he threw 1.0 shutout inning on June 23 vs. the Mariners... Optioned to Triple A Toledo on August 5... Recalled from Triple A Toledo on August 7...Compiled a 2.19 ERA (12.1IP/3ER) and six strikeouts in 12 appearances during August... Finished the season by not allowing a run in nine of his last 10 appearances from August 27-October 1 -- posted a 1.86 ERA (9.2IP/2ER) and seven strikeouts during the stretch... Lefthanded hitters posted a .225 (20x89) average, while righthanders batted .241 (28x116) against him... Posted a 3-1 record with a 1.95 ERA (37.0IP/8ER) and 25 strikeouts in 31 home games, while he went 1-1 with a 5.30 ERA (18.2IP/11ER) and 10 strikeouts in 25 road games... Went 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA (30.2IP/12ER) and 21 strikeouts over 31 games prior to the All-Star break, while he went 1-0 with a 2.52 ERA (25.0IP/7ER) and 14 strikeouts in 25 games following the All-Star break.
Split time between Detroit and Triple-A Toledo in 2015 -- appeared in 16 games, including six starts, for the Tigers and compiled a 2-4 record with a 4.47 ERA (56.1IP/28ER) and 30 strikeouts, while he made 17 starts with the Mud Hens and had a 4-9 record with a 4.19 ERA (103.0IP/48ER) and 63 strikeouts. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo on May 27. Earned a win in his season debut on May 27 at Oakland, allowing one run on three hits with three walks in 3.0 innings. Established a career high by throwing 7.0 innings on June 5 at Chicago White Sox, allowing two runs on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts -- also threw 7.0 innings on September 21 vs. Chicago White Sox. • Optioned to Triple-A Toledo on July 8. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo on July 26 and optioned to Triple-A Toledo on July 27. Tossed a season-long 8.0 shutout innings on August 6 vs. Lehigh Valley, allowing three hits with two walks and a season-high eight strikeouts. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo on August 10 and optioned to Triple-A Toledo on August 14. Posted a 4-0 record with a 1.30 ERA (27.2IP/4ER) and 17 strikeouts in four stars during the month of August for Toledo. Recalled from Triple-A Toledo on September 1. Made the longest relief appearance of his career on September 3 at Kansas City, throwing 4.2 innings -- also pitched 4.2 innings in relief on September 14 at Minnesota. Closed out September/October with a 1-2 record, a 2.35 ERA (23.0IP/6ER) and 10 strikeouts in six outings, including one start. Posted a 1-3 record with a 2.77 ERA (26.0IP/8ER) and 15 strikeouts in six games, three starts, at Comerica Park...went 1-1 with a 5.93 ERA (30.1IP/20ER) and 15 strikeouts in 10 games, three starts, on the road. Compiled a 1-2 record with a 5.64 ERA (30.1IP/19ER) and 17 strikeouts in eight games, five starts, prior to the All-Star break...had a 1-2 record with a 3.12 ERA (26.0IP/9ER) and 13 strikeouts in eight games, one start, after the All-Star break. Lefthanded hitters posted a .333 (19x57) average...righthanders batted .263 (41-for-156) against him.
Appeared in 32 games in 2014 with Double-A Erie, Triple-A Toledo and Detroit as he completed his fifth season in the Tigers system...Assigned to Double-A Erie to begin the season...Compiled a 2-2 record and a 3.13 ERA (23.0IP/8er) in four starts during April for Erie...Named the eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 9 after throwing a complete game shutout on June 7 versus New Hampshire...Finished June with a 2-2 record and a 2.81 ERA (32.0IP/10er) in five starts with Erie...Had his contract transferred to Triple A Toledo on July 30...Had his contract purchased by the Tigers from Triple A Toledo on August 30 as the 26th man for that day's doubleheader at Chicago's u.s. Cellular Field-- made his major league debut in the second game and earned the win, tossing 6.0 shutout innings...became just the fifth Tigers starting pitcher since at least 1914 to throw 6.0 scoreless innings in his major league debut and the first since Andy Van Hekken did so on September 2, 2002 versus Cleveland...optioned to Toledo by the Tigers on August 30...Named the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August after going 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA (33.0IP/6er) and 20 strikeouts in five starts with Toledo...Recalled from Toledo by the Tigers on September 2...Did not allow a run in his first 10.1 innings pitched to begin his major league career -- is the first Tigers pitcher to accomplish that feat since Chris Mears also did not allow a run in 10.1 innings pitched to begin his career in 2003.
Named to the Florida state League's mid and postseason All-star squads in 2013, starting 24 games for the Flying Tigers...Tabbed the Pitcher of the Year for single A Lakeland...Tied for first in the Florida state League with 12 wins, while he was fourth with a 3.17 ERA...Earned Florida state League Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending April 21 after allowing one hit and fanning three batters over eight shutout innings in his start versus Dunedin...Fanned a season-high eight batters on May 10 versus Clearwater...Compiled a 2-1 record, a 1.89 ERA (19.0IP/4er) and 15 strikeouts in four starts during July...Sidelined July 23- August 2 with a left thumb blister.
Started a career-high 28 games as he spent the entire 2012 season with single A West Michigan...Tied for the Midwest League lead with 28 games started, while he was second with 158.2 innings pitched, tied for third with one complete game and fourth among starters with 1.64 walks per nine innings...Tossed a season-high 8.0 innings on June 16 at south Bend -- allowed no runs on two hits while striking out five...Compiled a 3-1 record, a 3.24 ERA (33.1IP/12er) and 20 strikeouts in five starts during June...Fanned a season-best seven batters on August 5 at Lansing.
Spent the entire 2011 season with single A West Michigan as he completed his first full season of professional baseball...Ranked fifth among all Midwest League pitchers with 1.91 walks per nine innings...Tossed a season-high 8.0 innings on June 1 versus Quad Cities...Fanned a season-high eight batters on July 21 versus Kane County -- equaled the high on August 21 versus south Bend...Recorded a quality start in eight of his final 10 outings to finish the season -- allowed three-runs-or-fewer in all 10 of those starts.
Selected by the Tigers in the 11th round of the June 2010 draft and saw his first professional action in 12 starts with the gulf Coast League Tigers...Tied for first in the gulf Coast League with 12 games started, while he was fifth among all starters with 7.67 strikeouts per nine innings...Tabbed the 29th-best prospect in the Tigers system following the season by Baseball America.