Kyle Daniel McGrath…son of James and Melissa McGrath…he and his wife, Jessica, welcomed their baby boy, Cooper, into the world this past offseason...he has two siblings, Kaitlyn and Kolin…attended University of Louisville (KY) where he pitched two scoreless relief outings in the NCAA Regional and two shutout innings in the victory over Kentucky in the title game (2014)…attended Eastern Kentucky University before transferring to Louisville, where he played one season…earned an All-State honorable mention at Butler Traditional High School (KY), including All-Regional and All-District honors…set the single-game state tournament record with 16 strikeouts against Boone County in his senior year at Butler Traditional.
Made his first-career Opening Day roster before spending the majority of the season with El Paso (AAA)...Held opponents scoreless in three of his four ML outings (4.50 ERA)...Optioned to ELP on 4/3…recalled by SD on 4/13 before being optioned to ELP on 4/17, where he remained for the rest of the season...Tossed a career-high-tying 2.0 IP on 4/15 vs. SF (also, 8/9/17 at CIN)...ML hitters were just 3-for-15 (.200) against him…lefties were just 1-for-8 (.125). ..In his 43 appearances for ELP, posted a 7-3 record and a 2.75 ERA (16 ER, 52.1 IP) with 42 SO against 18 BB… his seven wins set a career high...Did not allow a run over a span of 12 consecutive games from 5/19-6/26... Designated for assignment by SD on 5/27…outrighted to ELP on 6/2...After the All-Star break, went 4-1 over 16 appearances with a 1.00 ERA (2 ER, 18.0 IP) and limited opponents to a .164 average...Tossed a season-high 3.0 IP on 8/15, allowing just one hit to earn the winning decision...His nine holds finished the season tied for fifth-most in the Pacific Coast League... Appeared in three postseason games for ELP, giving up three earned runs in 3.1 IP...Relied on three pitches: changeup (50%), four-seamer (48.5%) and curve (1.5%).
Split the season between San Antonio (AA), El Paso (AAA) and SD, making his MLB debut on 7/30 vs. PIT... Began the season with SA and made 20 relief appearances, going 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA (7 ER, 23.2 IP) with 27 SO to four BB... Received his first call-up to the majors on 7/27 and made his MLB debut on 7/30 vs. PIT, tossing a scoreless seventh inning and striking out two of the three batters he faced... Made four more appearances for SD before being optioned to El Paso on 8/22, where he tossed four scoreless outings in his five total appearances, allowing just one run and limiting the opposition to a .143 average... Recalled to SD on 9/1 and was scoreless in 10 of his 12 appearances form 9/1-10/1, posting a 1.46 ERA (2 ER, 12.1 IP)... On the season for SD he posted a 2.84 ERA (6 ER, 19.0 IP) in 17 relief appearances and limited opposing hitters to a .209 average... Posted a 3.68 ERA (3 ER, 7.1 IP) at Petco Park as opposed to a 2.31 ERA (3 ER, 11.2 IP) on the road... Posted a 1.86 ERA (2 ER, 9.2 IP) against NL West opponents... Left-handed hitters hit just .167 (4-for-24) while right-handers hit .233 (10-for-43).