Kirby Kali Yates…he and his wife, Ashlee, welcomed their daughter, Oaklee Malia Yates, in 2017… older brother, Tyler, pitched parts of five Major League seasons with the New York Mets (2004), Atlanta Braves (2006-07) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2008-09)…played in the Arizona Fall League in 2011 and 2012…graduated from Yavapai College (Prescott, AZ)… underwent Tommy John surgery during his freshman season at Yavapai and missed the 2007 season…attended Kauai High School (Lihue, HI)…originally signed by Rays scout Jayson Durocher.
Split the season between Salt Lake (AAA), LAA and SD, setting career bests in a multitude of categories... Began the season with Salt Lake and made six relief appearances, posting a 2.57 ERA with 14 SO against three BB... Selected to LAA on 4/22 and made his Angels debut that same day vs. TOR, allowing two earned runs... Designated for assignment by LAA the following day on 4/23 and claimed off waivers by SD on 4/26... Went on to set career bests with the Padres in ERA (3.72), WHIP (1.10), strikeouts (87) appearances (61) and IP (55.2)... His 20 holds led the SD bullpen…also inherited 16 runners this season and allowed only one of them to score, posting a 6.3 inherited runners scoring percentage…also had 14.07 SO/9.0 IP ratio, the most of any Padres reliver... His 3.72 ERA (23 ER, 55.2 IP) was the third-best ERA among qualifying Padres relievers... Allowed two-or-more earned runs in just five of his 61 appearances... His 15.6 pitches-per-game this season were the second-fewest on the team, behind only Brandon Maurer's 14.5... In his first 36 games with SD from 4/27-7/26, he owned a 1.89 ERA (7 ER, 33.1 IP), the lowest ERA of Padres relievers in that time...in those 36 games, he allowed one of his 11 inherited runners to score for a team-best .091 inherited runners scoring percentage (min. three appearances)... Overall on the season, opponents hit .211 (44-for-209) against him and just .158 while pitching at home... Owned a 1.67 ERA at home (6 ER, 32.1 IP) and a 7.03 ERA on the road (19 ER, 24.1 IP).
With Yankees, set career-highs in appearances (41), wins (2), innings pitched (41.1) and strikeouts (50)...Retired 28 of 41 fi rst batt ers faced (68.3%)...Earned wins in consecuti ve appearances May 6 vs. Boston and May 9 vs. Kansas City...Charged with only loss of season June 27 vs. Texas aft er entering game in ninth inning following a three-hour, 35-minute rain delay (1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 HBP)...Tied career high with four strikeouts (third time) Aug. 29 at Kansas City, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings...Pitched in 14 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from June 30 - Aug. 15 and recorded four saves while pitching to a 1.62 ERA (16.2IP - 3ER).
Despite not joining the Rays until their 63rd game, his 37 appearances tied for 9th among AL rookies and 2nd among AL East rookies behind NYY Dellin Betances (70)...His 10.50 SO/9 IP tied with teammate Jeff Beliveau for 2nd among AL rookies (min. 25 apps)...Recalled from Triple-A Durham on June 7 when RH Josh Lueke was designated for assignment...Didn't allow a run with the Rays until his fifth appearance, June 18 vs. BAL, when he surrendered homer No. 22 to major league home run leader Nelson Cruz...His ERA was 2.16 after his first 24 apps through Aug 19, but he permitted 10 runs (9-ER) over his final 13 appearances...Recorded his first and only major league save in the Rays 5-3 win on July 20 at MIN, replacing Grant Balfour with 2-on, 1-out in the 9th...Retired Twins HR leader Brian Dozier and Eduardo Nunez to earn the save...Only faced one batter July 27 vs. BOS, striking out fellow Hawaiian Shane Victorino on 14 pitches to escape a 2-out, 2-on jam in the 7th...On July 9 vs. KC, surrendered a 3-run homer to Salvador Perez with one out in the 9th inning, wiping out a 4-2 Rays lead in an eventual 5-4 loss to the Royals…opponents hit only .182 (4- for-22) off him with 2 outs and runners in scoring position, but one of those hits was a grand slam by DET Victor Martinez on Aug 20...At the time of his recall from Triple-A Durham, was 16-for-16 in save opps, most in the International League...For the second consecutive year, led all Rays minor leaguers in saves...Allowed only one run in 25 apps with Durham… the only run he allowed scored on a fielder's choice...Opponents were 1-for-29 with runners in scoring position…lefties were 2-for-40...During his pro career has struck out 461 batters in 352.1 innings, a ratio of 11.77 SO/9 IP.
Named Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year by the Rays baseball operations staff…spent the entire season with Triple-A Durham and went 3-2 with 20 saves (in 23 save opps) and a 1.90 ERA (61.2-IP, 13-ER)... Recorded 93 SO and only 23 BB in 61.2 IP, an average of 13.57 SO/9 IP, 2nd best among all Triple-A relievers…limited opponents to only 2 HR and a .175 avg. (38-for-217), 4th best among IL relievers... Named to the International League All-Star Game…prior to the break, went 3-1, 10-for-11 in save chances and a 1.03 ERA (43.2-IP, 23-H, 5-ER, 16-BB, 70-SO) in 36 games…after the break, had a 4.00 ERA (18-IP, 8-ER) in 15 games... His 20 saves led all Rays minor leaguers and tied for 3rd in the IL…also ranked 3rd in the IL in appearances (51) and games finished (38).
Averaged 12.44 SO/9 IP for Double-A Montgomery, highest among Southern League relievers...ranked tied for 2nd in the SL with 39 games finished and 4th in the Rays organization with 16 saves...pitched to a 0.65 ERA (27.2-IP, 2-ER) with 40 SO in 19 games from June 30-Aug 16...named SL Pitcher of the Week for August 6-12 after recording 2 wins and a save in a 5-game series with Jackson...allowed only 1 of 22 inherited runners to score...pitched to a 2.45 ERA (11-IP, 3-ER) with 2 saves in 10 apps with the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.
Missed the first two months of the season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgey... started a rehab assignment with the GCL Rays on June 22 and made 4 starts there before being reinstated from the disabled list with Class-A Charlotte on July 3...started the season with 10 scoreless outings spanning 21.2 IP...did not allow a run until Aug 12 at St. Lucie...limited opponents to a .128 avg. (14-for-109)...since the 2005 season only one Florida State League pitcher (min. 30 IP) has posted an opp avg. that low: Bradenton's Diego Moreno (Pirates) in 2010 (.105).
Spent the majority of the season with Class-A Bowling Green and made his first 15 apps out of the bullpen...pitched to a 2.00 ERA (27-IP, 6-ER) and converted all 5 save opportunities before making the transition to the starting rotation...went 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA (63-IP, 27-ER) in 12 starts before being promoted to Charlotte on Aug 12...made 1 start with the Stone Crabs before missing the remainder of the season with a strained right shoulder which eventually required offseason surgery
Made his pro debut with Rookie-level Princeton and averaged 16.75 SO/9 IP in 14 games...pitched to a 1.06 ERA (17-IP, 2-ER) with 32 SO over his final 9 apps.