Who Should I Draft?

Cody Allen or Yusei Kikuchi (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Cody Allen
RP - FA
Cody Allen
Yusei Kikuchi
SP - SEA
Yusei Kikuchi
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
32 of 56 experts
43%
Recommended by
24 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 63
Best Rank# 26# 29
Worst Rank# 110# 115
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 156# 163
Best Rank# 145# 162
Worst Rank# 206# 180
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts79141
Wins39
Saves300
ERA3.863.89
WHIP1.241.28
   
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Injury AlertFA-
   
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# 33# 115
   
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  Cody Allen
RP - FA
Cody Allen
Yusei Kikuchi
SP - SEA
Yusei Kikuchi
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played70
   
Games Started0
   
Innings Pitched67.1
   
Wins4
   
Losses6
   
Saves27
   
Blown Saves5
   
Holds7
   
Hits Allowed58
   
Earned Runs35
   
Home Runs Allowed11
   
Strikeouts80
   
Walks33
   
ERA4.70
   
WHIP1.36
   
  Cody Allen
RP - FA
Cody Allen
Yusei Kikuchi
SP - SEA
Yusei Kikuchi
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6625
   
Games Started025
   
Innings Pitched65.5149.5
   
Wins39
   
Losses39
   
Saves300
   
Blown Saves60
   
Holds30
   
Hits Allowed55139
   
Earned Runs2865
   
Home Runs Allowed919
   
Strikeouts79141
   
Walks2753
   
ERA3.863.89
   
WHIP1.241.28
   
  Cody Allen
RP - FA
Cody Allen
Yusei Kikuchi
SP - SEA
Yusei Kikuchi
News 
 Cody Allen was released by the Angels Tuesday after being designated for assignment Saturday.
Jonathan Limehouse - Jonathan Limehouse Fantasy Pros
Tue, Jun 18th
Yusei Kikuchi allowed six runs on nine hits, two walks, and five strikeouts through five innings this year.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, Jun 19th
 The Angels designated Cody Allen for assignment.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
Yusei Kikuchi allowed one run on six hits, two walks, and four strikeouts through five innings on Thursday against the Twins.
Kamran Hoda
Fri, Jun 14th
 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
Yusei Kikuchi allowed six earned runs on seven hits, three walks, and one strikeout through 3 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Angels.
Kamran Hoda
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 Mariners are reportedly thinking about skipping Yusei Kikuchi's next start.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 1st
 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
Yusei Kikuchi allowed six runs on 10 hits, two walks, and no strikeouts through 3 1/3 innings on Thursday against the Angels.
Kamran Hoda
Fri, May 31st
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
Signed by Seattle this winter, Kikuchi heads to the U.S. with a career 2.77 ERA in eight seasons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. The Japanese signee is expected to make his MLB debut in the Tokyo Dome, giving some last-minute drafters a sneak peek that could vastly sway his cost. Since Kikuchi is accustomed to working in a six-man rotation, Seattle plans to limit him to around five innings per start, which jeopardizes his win potential but could help fortify his ratios. He's a bit of an unknown without a sky-high ceiling, but the 27-year-old southpaw could make a solid mid-rotation piece if competitors get scared off by his uncertainty.
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
Kikuchi's numbers from Japan translate to an MLB pitcher similar to Zack Wheeler last year, and like Wheeler, Kikuchi's arm could potentially blossom into much more to fantasy owners. He is by no means similar to Ohtani or Darvish before him, but 370 Ks and a 2.45 ERA in his last two seasons is nothing to sneeze at.
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