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Who Should I Draft?

Brad Hand or Edwin Diaz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
22 of 43 experts
49%
Recommended by
21 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 35
Best Rank# 21# 19
Worst Rank# 52# 73
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 111# 112
Best Rank# 92# 103
Worst Rank# 124# 132
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts3137
Wins11
Saves1110
ERA3.523.32
WHIP1.171.08
   
Misc 
   
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Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 41
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 41
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 33# 41
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 47
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 27
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 42
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 30# 41
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 45# 47
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 30# 32
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 31# 43
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 44# 73
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 35# 39
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 34# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 49# 50
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 29# 45
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 26# 48
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 39# 47
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 44# 56
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 35# 47
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 40# 42
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 38# 39
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 21# 19
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 29# 25
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 34# 31
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 24
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 37# 34
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 39# 24
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 40# 29
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 41# 28
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 42# 34
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 42# 32
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 43# 42
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 44# 33
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 45# 39
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 45# 42
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 46# 43
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 48# 31
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 36
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 52# 42
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 52# 39
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6066
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched57.058.1
   
Wins62
   
Losses47
   
Saves3426
   
Blown Saves57
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed5358
   
Earned Runs2136
   
Home Runs Allowed615
   
Strikeouts8499
   
Walks1822
   
ERA3.305.59
   
WHIP1.241.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2323
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched23.223.9
   
Wins11
   
Losses11
   
Saves1110
   
Blown Saves22
   
Holds11
   
Hits Allowed2018
   
Earned Runs99
   
Home Runs Allowed33
   
Strikeouts3137
   
Walks88
   
ERA3.523.32
   
WHIP1.171.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
News 
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand threw a scoreless inning in an 11-7 Cactus League win over the Giants on Monday. Hand struck out one and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Mar 10th
Edwin Diaz has yet to be formally named the Mets' closer heading into the start of the regular season. Manager Luis Rojas declined to commit to Diaz as the team's closer, admitting "I don't know yet. We'll get there at some point."
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jul 5th
  Mets reliever Edwin Diaz did not a allow a baserunner or strike out a batter over the course of a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Mar 12th
Notes 
 The only thing that would hurt Hand's value this year is if the Indians trade him away.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Jarred Kelenic was traded for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano. Diaz will get another shot to make this trade seem a little less bad than it was, but with Dellin Betances waiting in the wings, the leash won't be long.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Hand didn't have a bad year by any means, but there were two major areas of decline. The first was a cratering of his ground ball rate, and the second was that batters simply hit his fastball much, much better than in previous years. Hand is a reliever, which means volatility, and his strikeout rate remains well above-average. But with just a club option left on his deal, he could be a candidate to be dealt if the Indians struggle out of the gate.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Diaz's season was an unmitigated disaster. While his strikeout rate remained strong, his ERA ballooned to 5.59, his home run rate rose to comical levels, and his control waned. By the end of the season, he had ceded save opportunities to Seth Lugo and was relegated to mopup duty. Diaz's slider went from being unhittable in 2018 (.129 BAA) to getting crushed in 2019 (.297 BAA). He'll enter 2020 as the closer for the Mets, and reliever volatility is well-known, so don't be surprised to see Diaz rebound big-time in 2020. But just don't go into your season banking on it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Diaz is clearly an exceptional talent as demonstrated by his insane 2018 campaign, but we are talking about a 10th round pick who didn't even manage to finish among the top 50 relievers last season. Sure, the 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP are likely to come down but will it happen long enough to hold onto the closer job all year?
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros