Who Should I Draft?

Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
46 of 56 experts
18%
Recommended by
10 of 56 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
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL10-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 4# 15
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 15
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 9
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 6# 8
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 3# 8
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 4# 10
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 7# 11
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 4# 11
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 7# 9
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 5# 14
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 6# 8
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 8# 9
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 5# 17
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 7# 10
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 4# 8
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 5# 11
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 11
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 5# 11
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 7# 10
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 4# 11
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 6# 10
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 7# 11
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 10# 11
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 5# 9
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 9
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 7
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 6# 7
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 5# 11
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 17
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 5# 10
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 9# 10
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 4# 10
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 5# 11
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 6# 8
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 5# 9
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 6# 8
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 8# 10
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 11
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 5# 8
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 4# 8
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 5# 9
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 7# 11
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 10
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 6# 10
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 9
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 6# 5
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 7# 5
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 7# 5
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 1
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 9# 7
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 9# 7
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 10# 8
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 10# 8
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 11# 7
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 17# 11
   
  Corey Kluber
SP - CLE
Corey Kluber
Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
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 - CLE
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 - CLE
Trevor Bauer
News 
 The Indians have placed Corey Kluber (arm) on the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, May 3rd
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was excellent in a 2-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday. Bauer held Cincinnati to one run over 7 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking five.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
 Indians starter Corey Kluber left Tuesday's start against the Miami Marlins after being hit in the right arm by a comebacker off the bat of Brian Anderson. He left the game immediately, and The Athletic's Zack Meisel reports that Kluber has a non-displaced fracture of his right ulna bone.
Mike Maher
Wed, May 1st
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer gave up three homers in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Thursday. Bauer went eight innings, giving up five runs and striking out seven.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
 Corey Kluber left Wednesday's start versus Miami after getting hit by a comebacker off the bat of Brian Anderson.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 1st
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was let down by his defense in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox on Friday. Bauer allowed six runs, but only two earned runs, in seven innings. He struck out eight in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 1st
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber took a no-decision in a 6-3 win over the Astros on Friday. Kluber went five innings, allowing three runs and striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 27th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer pitched well in a 6-3 loss to the Rays on Sunday. Bauer allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings of work. He struck out eight and allowed just five hits.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, May 27th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber pitched well in an 8-4 win over the Braves on Saturday. Kluber struck out eight and allowed four runs in seven innings.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Apr 20th
Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer took his third loss of the season in a 5-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday. Bauer allowed four runs in six innings, striking out five and walking four.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, May 22nd
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