Who Should I Draft?

Cody Allen or Jose Alvarado (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Cody Allen
RP - LAA
Cody Allen
Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 65
Best Rank# 26# 34
Worst Rank# 110# 136
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 156# 166
Best Rank# 145# 157
Worst Rank# 206# 195
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7975
Wins33
Saves3027
ERA3.863.04
WHIP1.241.23
   
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  Cody Allen
RP - LAA
Cody Allen
Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7070
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched67.164.1
   
Wins41
   
Losses66
   
Saves278
   
Blown Saves54
   
Holds731
   
Hits Allowed5842
   
Earned Runs3517
   
Home Runs Allowed111
   
Strikeouts8080
   
Walks3329
   
ERA4.702.39
   
WHIP1.361.11
   
  Cody Allen
RP - LAA
Cody Allen
Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6663
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched65.562.0
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves3027
   
Blown Saves610
   
Holds37
   
Hits Allowed5547
   
Earned Runs2821
   
Home Runs Allowed94
   
Strikeouts7975
   
Walks2729
   
ERA3.863.04
   
WHIP1.241.23
   
  Cody Allen
RP - LAA
Cody Allen
Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
News 
 The Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
Jose Alvarado has returned to the United States after leaving for two weeks for a family medical emergency.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 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
Jose Alvarado (personal), whose seven-day stint on the family medical emergency list ended Saturday, is likely to be moved to the restricted list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
 Allen hasn't pitched since going on the injured list April 26 with a back ailment.
James Bisson
Tue, May 7th
The Rays have placed Jose Alvarado on the family medical emergency list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
 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
Jose Alvarado pitched a scoreless inning striking out two batters on Saturday as the Rays lost to the Twins by a 6-2 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Angels manager Brad Ausmus says Cody Allen is not currently the team's closer.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 24th
Jose Alvarado posted one strikeout during a two-out save in a 6-3 victory against the Indians on Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, May 27th
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
The Rays appear to be in no hurry to name a closer, and they may not assign the job to a single pitcher. But the early frontrunner should be Jose Alvarado, who earned eight handshakes last year while posting helpful ratios.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Searching for this year's Blake Treinen? While Alvarado doesn't tout the same job security, he also rode elite strikeout (30.4%) and ground-ball (55.0%) rates to a 2.39 ERA and 2.27 FIP in 2018. If he can improve his BB/9 from 4.08 into the 3.00-3.50 range, we're looking at a top-tier reliever. Unfortunately for most fantasy players, the Rays are hardly bothered by defying bullpen conventions. They might not ever pick a set closer, but Alvarado is by far the best bet to thrive if given the role. He's worth targeting when all of the stable save sources are gone in a draft, which will happen sooner than you think.
Andrew Gould - 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
With a full season as the Rays' closer, Alvarado could end up one of the top 10 closers in baseball. There is some more risk with him than the guys who have done it for years, but we could be looking at 90 Ks with excellent ratios and 35 saves which makes him a total steal late in drafts.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros