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Who Should I Draft?

Brad Hand or James Karinchak (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Brad Hand
RP - NYM
Brad Hand
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
26 of 51 experts
49%
Recommended by
25 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 46
Best Rank# 28# 28
Worst Rank# 117# 79
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 104
Best Rank# 94# 93
Worst Rank# 129# 126
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9978
Wins34
Saves2224
ERA3.233.52
WHIP1.191.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertMiLB-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 67
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 45
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 54
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 55
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37# 51
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 54
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 48
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 61
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 46
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 48
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 45
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 46
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38# 48
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 65
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37# 39
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 44
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54# 59
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 54
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 43
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 47
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 45
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 48
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31# 46
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34# 40
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 40
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65# 79
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48# 28
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 34
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 36
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40# 37
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 38
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 40
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 41
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47# 41
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98# 42
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92# 42
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 43
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 44
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 44
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61# 44
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 45
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 46
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47# 46
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 46
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60# 48
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100# 48
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 50
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 50
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82# 51
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 51
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 64
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Brad Hand
RP - NYM
Brad Hand
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2723
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched27.022.1
   
Wins12
   
Losses21
   
Saves116
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds81
   
Hits Allowed1413
   
Earned Runs85
   
Home Runs Allowed10
   
Strikeouts5329
   
Walks164
   
ERA2.672.05
   
WHIP1.110.77
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Brad Hand
RP - NYM
Brad Hand
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6162
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched61.360.5
   
Wins34
   
Losses33
   
Saves2224
   
Blown Saves93
   
Holds64
   
Hits Allowed4051
   
Earned Runs2224
   
Home Runs Allowed78
   
Strikeouts9978
   
Walks3218
   
ERA3.233.52
   
WHIP1.191.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Brad Hand
RP - NYM
Brad Hand
News 
 The Cleveland Indians have optioned reliever James Karinchak to Triple-A Columbus. His roster spot will go to first baseman Bobby Bradley, who was activated from the IL.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Aug 28th
Reliever Brad Hand has been claimed off of waivers by the Mets from the Blue Jays.
Jack Mannis
Thu, Sep 2nd
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He struck out two and allowed just one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
Brad Hand walks in the winning run in the ninth inning against the Mariners on Friday as the Blue Jays lost by a 3-2 score.
John Aubin
Sat, Aug 14th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed a run in his lone inning of work in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 11th
Brad Hand (5-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and struck out one in one inning, taking the loss Monday versus Cleveland.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 3rd
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in a 12-11 win over the White Sox on Saturday. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a two-run homer.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 1st
Brad Hand pitched in a setup role in his Blue Jays debut Friday, allowing an unearned run on two hits in the eighth inning of the 6-4 win over the Royals.
John Aubin
Sat, Jul 31st
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. He worked around one walk in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jul 25th
The Washington Nationals have traded left-hander Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Riley Adams.
Brad Camara
Thu, Jul 29th
Notes 
 Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, though it's not a sure thing yet. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak can be a dominant fantasy reliever if he gets the job. Monitor reports out of the spring to see when and if Terry Francona formerly anoints him as the closer. If he does, he should vault to being a top-6 or 7 reliever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Hand joins the Nationals on a one-year deal after Cleveland declined his option. His velocity declined a bit last season, but the league's collective lack of interest in Hand is surprising, given that he's coming off one of the best seasons of his career, led the league in saves, has been a top-10 reliever over the last five seasons, and is a lefty. Dave Martinez wants Hand to be the Nationals' closer based on his comments, but it's unclear whether he'll be the sole option. The Nationals barely have another lefty reliever in their bullpen, let alone a reliable one, so chances are that Hand will be deployed earlier in the game if the opposing team has multiple left-handed hitters due up. All that to say that Hand is a reliable reliever who you should draft for his overall numbers, but he may provide fewer saves than most traditional closers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 "Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros