Who Should I Draft?

Brad Hand or Felipe Vazquez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 27# 30
Best Rank# 10# 14
Worst Rank# 41# 66
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 81# 86
Best Rank# 72# 78
Worst Rank# 99# 106
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9485
Wins44
Saves3533
ERA3.072.84
WHIP1.131.15
   
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The Athletic
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Yahoo! Sports
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Sports Illustrated
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The Fantasy Fix
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The Fake Baseball
# 28# 34
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
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The Fake Baseball
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Athlon Sports
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RotoBaller
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FantasyPros
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FantasyPros
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FantasyPros
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The Fantasy Fix
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
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FanGraphs
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FanGraphs
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USA Today
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The Athletic
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  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6970
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched72.070.1
   
Wins24
   
Losses52
   
Saves3237
   
Blown Saves75
   
Holds100
   
Hits Allowed5263
   
Earned Runs2221
   
Home Runs Allowed84
   
Strikeouts10689
   
Walks2824
   
ERA2.752.70
   
WHIP1.111.24
   
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6969
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched69.969.1
   
Wins44
   
Losses33
   
Saves3533
   
Blown Saves94
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed5456
   
Earned Runs2422
   
Home Runs Allowed86
   
Strikeouts9485
   
Walks2524
   
ERA3.072.84
   
WHIP1.131.15
   
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
News 
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Hand allowed one hit and struck out two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
Felipe Vazquez notched a four-out save in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Marlins on Sunday. He allowed one hit and struck out one while picking up save number 16.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 16th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up the win in a 2-1 victory over the Reds on Tuesday. Hand pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
Felipe Vazquez appeared in a tie game and struck out three batters while allowing a walk in a scoreless inning of work.
Blaine Blontz
Thu, Jun 13th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Friday. Hand was dominant as he struck out the side in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 8th
Felipe Vazquez picked up a four-out save in the Pirates' 6-1 win over the Braves on Thursday. He allowed one hit, two walks, and struck out one.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth to nail down a 9-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday. He struck out one on the way to earning his 18th save.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
Felipe Vazquez registered his 14th save Monday in an 8-5 win over the Reds. He allowed a run on two hits over 1 1/3 innings while striking out a pair of batters.
Blaine Blontz
Tue, May 28th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 5-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 5th
Felipe Vazquez struck out three and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday, earning the save in the 6-4 win over San Diego.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
Notes 
 The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Vazquez's surface numbers weren't quite as dominant last year as they were in 2017, but his FIP and xFIP were nearly identical, and his overall numbers as the Pirates' closer were still quite good. He should have plenty of job security after signing a four-year contract extension last year and is easily a top-10 fantasy closer this season.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
You may not expect the Pirates to be great, but Vasquez is durable and has no competition for saves. Lock him in for 85 Ks, stellar ratios and enough save opportunities to warrant being selected as one of the top 10 closers in 2019.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Some investors spent the entire season wondering when a trade would cost Hand his recently gained closing role in San Diego. Although not a full-time closer for Cleveland, he recorded eight saves in 28 outings to finish with 32. Of course, it's the 2.75 ERA and 104 strikeouts-Dellin Betances is the only other reliever to record triple-digit Ks in each of the last two seasons-that make him such an attractive fantasy asset. While Terry Francona may want to use his best reliever in high-leverage spots a la Andrew Miller, he no longer has Cody Allen to handle the final frame. Even if he shares the spotlight occasionally, Hand makes a top-10 stopper on the strength of a seismic strikeout tally.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
One of baseball's hardest throwers, Vazquez has accrued a 2.17 ERA, 2.45 FIP, and 10.96 K/9 over the past two seasons combined. The 27-year-old is locked into Pittsburgh's closer gig after collecting 37 saves last year. A perfect blend of job stability and elite strikeout upside makes him closer to target after waiting out the more expensive top tier.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros