Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:06:20 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles is honing the split-fingered changeup that he developed last summer into more of a strikeout pitch this spring. Lyles has struck out six batters in seven Cactus League innings after managing a career-high 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 2014. He also has given up 1.39 ground balls for every fly ball in his career. "Of my strikeouts this spring, I want to say 75% (of the put-away pitches) have been changeups," said Lyles. "That tells me it's a little more difficult to see."
Fantasy Tip: Lyles is far from a household fantasy name, but he might be worth throwing a few bucks at in deep mixed leagues to see if he can keep up his strikeout potential with a new and improved pitch. His ground-ball profile should help him succeed at Coors Field, too.
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:58:13 -0800
Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles avoided arbitration Wednesday, Jan. 14, by agreeing to a one-year deal. Lyles earned roughly a $2 million raise from the $500,000 league minimum in his first year of arbitration.
Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:18:25 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles worked on a new changeup while he was rehabbing for two months, and he used it in his start against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Aug. 6. He went from using a circle change to a split changeup, and he thinks it'll make a big difference. "I've thrown it in three live [batting practice] sessions and two rehab starts, and it's been a plus pitch," he said. "Not one has been hit hard in those five appearances. The funny thing is the first one I throw it, Coghlan hits it for a triple. I'm excited about that pitch."
Fantasy Tip: Lyles is still young and has plenty of work to do before he's considered in mixed leagues, but his new changeup might give him some strikeout upside. However, he's still not very dominant, and pitching in Coors Field will continue to scare many off. He's strictly an NL-only option.
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:42:27 -0700
The Colorado Rockies activated SP Jordan Lyles (hand) from the disabled list Wednesday, Aug. 6, and placed SP Brett Anderson (back) on the DL in a corresponding move.
Sat, 02 Aug 2014 07:36:35 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles (hand) is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday, Aug. 4, and could start a game at some point next week, according to manager Walt Weiss.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:03 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles (hand) is on pace to come off the 60-day disabled list Aug. 4 when he is first eligible. He threw a successful live bullpen session Tuesday, July 22. "He'll certainly be close, if not ready to go, at that point," manager Walt Weiss said.
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:07:02 -0700
Updating a previous report, Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles (face, hand) suffered some facial injuries when he was involved in a car accident Friday, July 11, according to manager Walt Weiss.
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:51:13 -0700
The Colorado Rockies have transferred SP Jordan Lyles (hand) from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list, after tests revealed his broken left hand was not fully healed, according to manager Walt Weiss. Lyles was involved in a car accident in Denver Friday, July 11, but Weiss said the setback was unrelated to the accident.
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:16:49 -0700
The Colorado Rockies placed SP Jordan Lyles (hand) on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, June 5, and recalled RP Chris Martin from Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:13:57 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Jordan Lyles (hand) suffered a broken bone above his left knuckle on the back of his hand Wednesday, June 4, and will head to the disabled list. Lyles was applying a tag at home plate and his hand was bent in the wrong direction. He remained in the game for four innings before exiting. "I knew something was wrong," Lyles said. "I couldn't catch the ball back from the catcher."
Fantasy Tip: The 23-year-old was quietly having a good season, but it sounds like he'll miss at least 4-6 weeks - maybe more if surgery is required. Prospect Eddie Butler has some margin for error to stick around with Lyles down. Tyler Matzek could also come up.