Who Should I Draft?

Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Trevor Bauer
SP - CIN
Trevor Bauer
Expert
Recommendation
81%
Recommended by
48 of 59 experts
19%
Recommended by
11 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 6# 10
Best Rank# 3# 1
Worst Rank# 17# 17
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 24# 31
Best Rank# 17# 30
Worst Rank# 26# 46
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts221218
Wins1614
Saves00
ERA3.183.33
WHIP1.071.19
   
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Injury AlertIL60-
   
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The Athletic
# 4# 15
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 15
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 9
   
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# 6# 8
   
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DailyOverlay
# 3# 8
   
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The Athletic
# 4# 10
   
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USA Today
# 7# 11
   
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# 4# 11
   
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Razzball
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
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# 9# 7
   
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# 9# 7
   
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# 10# 8
   
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# 11# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 11# 7
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 17# 11
   
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Trevor Bauer
SP - CIN
Trevor Bauer
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3328
   
Games Started3327
   
Innings Pitched215.2175.1
   
Wins2012
   
Losses76
   
Saves01
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed179134
   
Earned Runs6943
   
Home Runs Allowed259
   
Strikeouts222221
   
Walks3457
   
ERA2.892.21
   
WHIP0.991.09
   
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Trevor Bauer
SP - CIN
Trevor Bauer
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3230
   
Innings Pitched206.1187.0
   
Wins1614
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed178160
   
Earned Runs7369
   
Home Runs Allowed2419
   
Strikeouts221218
   
Walks4262
   
ERA3.183.33
   
WHIP1.071.19
   
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Trevor Bauer
SP - CIN
Trevor Bauer
News 
 An MRI revealed Corey Kluber is dealing with an internal oblique strain.
Brad Camara
Tue, Aug 20th
Trevor Bauer (2-4) earned the win Sunday against the Diamondbacks, allowing one run on four hits and one walk over eight innings. He struck out nine.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 16th
 Corey Kluber (forearm) was removed after the first inning of Sunday’s rehab start for Double-A Akron due to abdominal tightness.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 18th
Trevor Bauer did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Mariners, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks over 6.1 innings. He struck out eight.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 11th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (arm) looked good in his second rehab start at Double-A Akron on Tuesday. Kluber allowed one run in four innings while striking out six and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Aug 13th
Trevor Bauer did not factor into the decision in Wednesday's win over the Phillies, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out six.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber made his first rehab start on Thursday since fracturing the ulna bone in his right arm on May 1. Kluber went three innings and allowed two runs at Triple-A Columbus.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Aug 9th
Trevor Bauer (10-12) took the loss in game one of Saturday's double header against the Cardinals, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out five.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 31st
 Corey Kluber (forearm) has been cleared to resume throwing.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 28th
Trevor Bauer will not make his scheduled start Friday against the Cardinals due to inclement weather.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
Notes 
 Each of the past five years, Kluber has given fantasy owners 200 innings while compiling 1,228 strikeouts. In four of those five seasons, he has provided 18 or more wins. If you draft him in the second round, you can be certain to get a true ace
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Prior to an injury in the second half, Bauer was among the top pitchers in baseball. He still struck out 221 batters in 175 innings, but with health, those numbers could easily climb to 270 in 215 innings
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Fresh off a 2017 season where he was the number one fantasy pitcher in all the land (not just Cleveland), Kluber wasn't quite as dominant in 2018, but he still finished as the seventh-best starter in standard 5x5 leagues. Kluber's strikeout rate came back down to Earth a little bit, but his walk rate remained truly elite and he was able to deliver a second straight season with a sub-3.00 ERA and sub-1.00 WHIP. The fact he's a workhorse also boosts his fantasy value -- Kluber has five straight seasons with 200+ innings, and has won at least 18 games in four of those seasons. He did lose a little velocity on his fastball, but there is no reason to overreact until we see it actually impact his results.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Bauer took a big step forward as a pitcher in 2017, and then last year he finally put it all together and performed like an ace. The big increase in his strikeout rate over the last two seasons is the biggest ingredient in his success, but he was also somewhat fortunate in terms of his home run rate last year after being unlucky in that regard the previous season. His walk rate is still a bit high, and he is a little risky just based on the fact that he had never produced a sub-4.00 ERA or sub-1.30 WHIP before last year, but the skills are certainly there for another strong season.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 There's great stability in drafting Kluber, who has averaged 218 innings and 245 strikeouts with a 2.85 ERA in the last five seasons. Such stability is highly desirable from a top-10 ace who will require premium draft capital. Before deeming him a lock, beware the diminished velocity and a sinker that continues to get pounded. It's still hard to see Kluber-who turns 33 in April-falling off a clip, so his floor is relatively high compared to other starters.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
A viable Cy Young Award contender before suffering a stress fracture in his right fibula, Bauer boasted a 2.21 ERA and 221 strikeouts over 175.1 spectacular frames. Only Jacob deGrom bested him in FIP (2.44), and he leaned more on a slider that yielded a -8 wRC+. If the injury depresses his value, pounce on a top-10 stud.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros