Kyle Hart Boston Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 27
Born: November 23, 1992
Birthplace: Cincinnati, OH
Height: 6-5
Weight: 170
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: 19th round, 2016 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Indiana
High School: Sycamore (OH)

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Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: June 23, 2016 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Blair Henry
Signing Bonus: $5,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: August 13, 2016 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2019
MLB Debut: August 13, 2020 (BOS)
Service Time (1/20): 0 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2020)
Contract (2020): League Minimum
   
Twitter: @hart_attack_kid
Instagram: @hart_attack_14

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Tall, lanky left-handed starter. Minimal remaining projection.

Mechanics:
Long levers and front-side deception. Clean, balanced mechanics. Confident and composed on the mound. 

Fastball:
87-90 mph with natural cut. Can reach back and get his fastball up to 92 mph. Works around the plate, pitches to contact. Average command profile. Was a groundball pitcher early in his career, but groundball rate has dropped significantly and flyball rate almost doubled. Below-average velocity. Potential fringe-average offering.

Cutter: 85-86 mph with solid horizontal movement. Peppers it in to keep hitters off balance. Induces weak contact. Learned the pitch in the high minors. Potential average offering.

Slider: Low 80s. Longer, horizontal break. Clearly different pitch from the cutter. Has improved as he has moved up the system. Potential average offering.

Changeup:
81-82 mph. Consistent arm slot and release point with his fastball. Will induce some swinging strikes. Could use more separation from his fastball. Potential fringe-average offering.

  Curveball: 76-79 mph. Long, vertical break. Pitch isn't designed to miss bats, but more to steal a strike when sequenced properly. Potential below-average pitch.

Career Notes:
Had Tommy John surgery during his junior year. Drafted as a low-bonus, fifth-year senior sign.  Pitched first 6 2/3 innings of a combined no-hitter on April 25, 2019, finished by Daniel McGrath and Adam Lau. Was something of a surprise addition to the 40-man roster in November 2019 to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft that offseason. Earned opportunity to join Boston rotation in August 2020 after retiring 34 of 38 hitters faced in consecutive sim game starts at the Alternate Training Site. Missed September 2020 with a left hip impingement.

Summation:
Potential emergency major league depth arm. Ceiling of a spot starter or depth swingman type. Age and lack of a plus pitch limit ceiling. Throws five pitches and will use them in any count. Does a good job mixing his pitches to keep hitters off-balance. Strong pitchability and feel on the mound. Solid command and control profile. Could struggle to get major league hitters out with his high-80s fastball, so will have to play off his secondaries off of his four-seamer. Wouldn't be surprising if he had a run in the majors if given an opportunity given his consistent success in the minor leagues.

Links
Scouting Report Update (8.12.2020)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2012 Indiana NCAA Coll --- 19 5 5 0.500 3.21 15 15 0 84.0 91 37 30 5 30 53 1.44 1.77 5.68
2013 Indiana NCAA Coll --- 20 8 2 0.800 3.01 15 15 0 83.2 83 41 28 2 27 50 1.31 1.85 5.38
  2014 Indiana NCAA Coll --- 21 3 1 0.750 2.29 9 6 1 35.1 19 10 9 2 14 25 0.93 1.70 6.37
  2015 Indiana NCAA Coll --- 22 5 0 1.000 1.21 10 8 0 37.1 35 7 5 2 3 30 1.02 10.00 7.23
2016 Indiana NCAA Coll --- 23 20 4 0.714 3.29 15 15 0 98.1 91 41 36 9 15 79 1.08 5.27 7.23
  2016 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 23 0 2 0.000 2.31 4 4 0 11.2 12 5 3 0 2 19 1.20 9.50 14.66
  2016 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 23 Playoffs Only
  2017 Greenville SAL A Bos 24 4 2 0.667 1.90 13 10 0 66.1 50 15 14 0 17 57 1.01 3.35 7.73
  2017 Salem Car A+ Bos 24 2 3 0.400 2.49 9 9 0 50.2 45 15 14 5 23 52 1.34 2.26 9.24
  2018 Portland East AA Bos 25 7 9 0.438 3.57 24 24 0 138.2 139 68 55 12 49 100 1.36 2.04 6.49
  2019 Portland East AA Bos 26 3 6 0.333 2.91 9 9 0 55.2 39 19 18 3 17 60 1.01 3.53 9.70
  2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 26 9 7 0.563 3.86 18 15 0 100.1 91 44 43 8 36 80 1.27 2.22 7.18
  2020 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 27 0 1 0.000 15.55 4 3 0 11.0 24 21 19 4 10 13 3.09 1.30 10.64
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2021 TBD       28     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (May 2018)
Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (July 30 - August 5, 2018)
Eastern League All-Star (2018)
International League Pitcher of the Week (May 27 - June 2, 2019)
  SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (June 19-25, 2017)
2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 30 - August 5, 2018)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 21-27, 2019)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (May 27 - June 2, 2019)
2019 SoxProspects.com All-Star
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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