Who Should I Draft?

Cody Allen or Jordan Hicks (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Cody Allen
RP - LAA
Cody Allen
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
42 of 56 experts
25%
Recommended by
14 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 69
Best Rank# 26# 45
Worst Rank# 110# 217
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 156# 185
Best Rank# 145# 169
Worst Rank# 206# 225
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7967
Wins33
Saves3024
ERA3.863.56
WHIP1.241.36
   
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  Cody Allen
RP - LAA
Cody Allen
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7073
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched67.178.3
   
Wins43
   
Losses64
   
Saves276
   
Blown Saves57
   
Holds724
   
Hits Allowed5859
   
Earned Runs3531
   
Home Runs Allowed112
   
Strikeouts8070
   
Walks3345
   
ERA4.703.59
   
WHIP1.361.34
   
  Cody Allen
RP - LAA
Cody Allen
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6665
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched65.569.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves3024
   
Blown Saves67
   
Holds310
   
Hits Allowed5558
   
Earned Runs2827
   
Home Runs Allowed94
   
Strikeouts7967
   
Walks2736
   
ERA3.863.56
   
WHIP1.241.36
   
  Cody Allen
RP - LAA
Cody Allen
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
News 
 The Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth and picked up his 13th save in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over the Marlins on Monday. He allowed one hit, walked none, and struck out two.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 11th
 Cody Allen threw a scoreless inning on Friday against the Orioles. He allowed a walk and struck out two in the win.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, May 11th
Jordan Hicks pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in the Cardinals' 3-1 win over the Reds on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
 Allen hasn't pitched since going on the injured list April 26 with a back ailment.
James Bisson
Tue, May 7th
Jordan Hicks pitched a perfect ninth inning and picked up his 11th save in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, May 30th
 Cody Allen was placed on the 10-day injured list with a back injury, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
John Aubin
Fri, Apr 26th
Jordan Hicks pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Braves on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 26th
 Angels manager Brad Ausmus says Cody Allen is not currently the team's closer.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 24th
Jordan Hicks gave up two runs on three hits over 1 1/3 innings in Sunday's extra inning loss to the Rangers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
Notes 
 Allen had accrued a sub-3.00 ERA and K/9 above 11.0 in four straight seasons before his ERA ballooned to 4.75 with 80 strikeouts in 67 frames (10.75 K/9) last season. A massive 50.6% fly-ball rate led to a career-high 11 home runs surrendered. Here's the good news: He still found a ninth-inning gig with the Angels. The gopheritis and alarming walk increase (4.42 BB/9) make him a ratio risk, but Allen offers a rare source of affordable saves.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Spring stats often get overblown, but how do you ignore someone throwing 103 mph and collecting eight strikeouts in his first 16 batters faced? Armed with what pitching coach Mike Maddux called "the best fastball I've ever seen," Hicks brandishes elite upside despite posting a middling 3.59 ERA and 7.4 K-BB% in his rookie season. Remember, the Cardinals bumped him up straight from Single-A, so the 22-year-old is still developing. He just may ascend into a top-shelf reliever as soon as this season, and it's possible that dominance would land him save opportunities. If opening 2019 as the Cardinals' closer, Hicks wields league-winning upside.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Allen's last year in Cleveland turned out to be his worst, but that didn't stop the Angels from signing him as their new ninth-inning man. Allen's strikeout rate fell of a bit last season, but the bigger concerns were his ballooning walk rate, declining velocity, and the high amount of hard contact allowed. Allen has plenty of job security and should be a serviceable closer on an above-average team, but it would be unwise to expect a return to a sub-3.00 ERA, sub-1.20 WHIP, or 12+ K/9. He's a mid-tier closing option for 2019.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Contrary to popular belief, Hicks is the favorite to land the Cardinals' closer job over Andrew Miller this season. He may not be as dynamite a reliever, but Hicks is excellent in his own respect. If he does get the job, expect loads of save opportunities to go with 70+ Ks and excellent ratios.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 It seemed as though Ty Buttrey, Bedrosian and Anderson were going to compete for saves in LA, but then they signed Allen who figures to get the job. Don't be surprised if he losses the gig early, however, if he struggles like we saw last season. Don't consider him a lock for 25 saves again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros