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Who Should I Draft?

Clayton Kershaw or Luis Castillo (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
Expert
Recommendation
67%
Recommended by
16 of 24 experts
33%
Recommended by
8 of 24 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 10# 12
Best Rank# 5# 5
Worst Rank# 15# 23
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 29# 30
Best Rank# 27# 25
Worst Rank# 35# 41
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts179217
Wins1413
Saves00
ERA3.273.51
WHIP1.091.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 11
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 12# 19
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 14
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 9# 11
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 11
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 8# 15
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 10# 11
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 10# 12
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 10# 13
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 8# 13
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 8# 10
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 9# 23
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 5# 14
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 6# 16
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 10# 16
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 10# 12
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 10# 9
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 9
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 11# 10
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 12# 5
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 12# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 13# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 13# 11
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 15# 9
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1012
   
Games Started1012
   
Innings Pitched58.170.1
   
Wins64
   
Losses26
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4162
   
Earned Runs1426
   
Home Runs Allowed85
   
Strikeouts6289
   
Walks824
   
ERA2.163.34
   
WHIP0.841.23
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2831
   
Games Started2831
   
Innings Pitched169.9184.9
   
Wins1413
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed147157
   
Earned Runs6272
   
Home Runs Allowed2321
   
Strikeouts179217
   
Walks3867
   
ERA3.273.51
   
WHIP1.091.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Clayton Kershaw
SP - LAD
Clayton Kershaw
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
News 
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says pitcher Clayton Kershaw will either threw to hitters one more time in live batting practice or debut in a game by Friday after throwing in a bullpen session on Tuesday.
AJ Schullo
Wed, Mar 3rd
Luis Castillo agreed to a one-year, $4.2 million deal with the Reds to avoid arbitration.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Jan 15th
 Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen on Saturday in Arizona.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 20th
 
Notes 
 Kershaw turned back the clock a bit in 2020, as the shortened season allowed him to let things go a bit more and add some of the velocity he had lost over the previous two seasons. The result was his best WHIP and ERA since 2016 and best strikeout rate since 2017. Kershaw isn't going to reach 200 innings pitched at this stage of his career, not with his injury history and the Dodgers' depth in their rotation and World Series aspirations. But even entering his age-33 season, he offers next to no downside. Consider this: Kershaw had probably the worst season of his career in 2019 and pitched to a 3.03 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP with more than a strikeout per inning. Draft him as a strong SP2 but bank on 160 innings. Anything more is gravy.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Castillo turned in another excellent season last year, cutting his walk rate and striking out batters at a higher rate than he ever had in his career. His WHIP increased to a career-worst 1.23, but that was largely due to bad luck, as batters hit .232 against him despite an expected batting average of just .212. Nevertheless, Castillo kept runs off the board, largely because he was able to avoid home runs (just five in 70 innings) and limit free passes. Castillo is capable of fronting a fantasy pitching staff, though he's more of a low-end ace, and there are plenty of trade rumors following him around. But, given his reliable production and increased strikeout rate the past two seasons, he can be drafted with confidence.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros