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Aroldis Chapman or Craig Kimbrel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
86%
Recommended by
48 of 56 experts
14%
Recommended by
8 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 36
Best Rank# 14# 15
Worst Rank# 39# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 70# 93
Best Rank# 63# 74
Worst Rank# 81# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9289
Wins34
Saves3427
ERA2.632.69
WHIP1.091.04
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 51
   
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# 31# 37
   
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# 39# 47
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 30# 44
   
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  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5563
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched51.062.2
   
Wins35
   
Losses01
   
Saves3242
   
Blown Saves25
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed2431
   
Earned Runs1419
   
Home Runs Allowed27
   
Strikeouts9396
   
Walks3031
   
ERA2.452.74
   
WHIP1.050.99
   
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5961
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.259.1
   
Wins34
   
Losses22
   
Saves3427
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed3736
   
Earned Runs1718
   
Home Runs Allowed56
   
Strikeouts9289
   
Walks2725
   
ERA2.632.69
   
WHIP1.091.04
   
  Aroldis Chapman
RP - NYY
Aroldis Chapman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Aroldis Chapman pitched one scoreless inning giving up a hit and striking out one on Saturday as the Yankees beat the White Sox by an 8-4 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 16th
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Craig Kimbrel and the Cubs have agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Aroldis Chapman (1-1) gave up one run (no earned) on one hit and one walk while striking out one through one inning to take the win over the Indians on Sunday.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs and Craig Kimbrel have come to terms, pending a physical.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Aroldis Chapman retired all three batters he faced in the ninth inning on Thursday to save the game for the Yankees as the beat the Blue Jays by a 6-2 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 7th
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Aroldis Chapman gave up one hit and one walk in a scoreless ninth inning to secure the save in Saturday's win versus the Red Sox.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 2nd
Craig Kimbrel rumors begin to swirl again after the Brewers lost their closer, Corey Knebel, this week. The standoff between the two is likely money. The Brewers are unable to currently pay the asking price of Kimbrel.
Garett Thomas
Sun, Mar 31st
 Aroldis Chapman struck out two batters during his 16th save of the season in a 4-1 victory against the Red Sox on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 1st
The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly talking to Craig Kimbrel according to Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.
Kamran Hoda
Tue, Mar 19th
Notes 
 Aroldis Chapman was his typical dominant self last season and enters 2019 as the clear closer in the Bronx. This shapes up as arguably the best bullpen in baseball, however, so the Yankees will have no shortage of potential replacements should Chapman struggle or get hurt.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Although still unsigned, it's safe to assume Kimbrel won't settle for a setup role. After all, no reliever in MLB history holsters a lower career FIP than his 1.96. Despite a concerning walk uptick (4.48 BB/9), he posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, his ADP hasn't suffered from a disastrous postseason and drawn-out free agency. That should change now that he remains a free agent in mid-March. Drafters must now consider the higher the likelihood of a delayed or rusty start to the season. Or worse, maybe he actually follows through on his threat to sit out 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Chapman still delivers strikeouts in spades. Yet he has tossed just 50.1 and 51.1 innings over the last two seasons, capping the edge over pitchers like Brad Hand who worked 72 frames last year. He also struggled mightily with control, issuing 30 walks (5.26 BB/9) in 2018. Although one of baseball's few locked-in closers, there's a slimmer margin of error than the other top-tier arms with Dellin Betances and Adam Ottavino looking over his shoulder. Wait a little longer for a closer like Hand or Felipe Vazquez.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Kimbrel still hasn't signed so wherever he plays will obviously impact his fantasy upside. Boston would offer plenty more save opportunities, of course, than somewhere like San Diego. You can bank on excellent ratios with nearly 100 Ks regardless, however, so don't hesitate to grab him toward the end of the top tier of closers once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Chapman has been exceptional for nearly a decade now. It may surprise you to learn that he hasn't struck out 100 batters since 2015, though. Edwin Diaz, meanwhile, had 123 last year to go with 25 more saves than Aroldis. Chapman is obviously one of the top closers in baseball still, but doesn't deserve any consideration as a top 50 fantasy pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros