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Craig Kimbrel or Jose Leclerc (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
43 of 59 experts
27%
Recommended by
16 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 47
Best Rank# 15# 26
Worst Rank# 110# 87
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 118
Best Rank# 74# 106
Worst Rank# 102# 142
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8987
Wins43
Saves2729
ERA2.693.16
WHIP1.041.21
   
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Injury AlertIL10-
   
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# 37# 62
   
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  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6359
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.258.1
   
Wins52
   
Losses13
   
Saves4212
   
Blown Saves54
   
Holds015
   
Hits Allowed3124
   
Earned Runs1910
   
Home Runs Allowed71
   
Strikeouts9685
   
Walks3125
   
ERA2.741.56
   
WHIP0.990.85
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6162
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.162.8
   
Wins43
   
Losses23
   
Saves2729
   
Blown Saves010
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed3642
   
Earned Runs1822
   
Home Runs Allowed66
   
Strikeouts8987
   
Walks2534
   
ERA2.693.16
   
WHIP1.041.21
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
News 
 Craig Kimbrel (elbow) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, and is eyeing a return to the Cubs for their weekend series against the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 17th
Jose Leclerc allowed a walk through a scoreless inning in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rays to earn the save. He notched his 13th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
 Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
Jose Leclerc allowed a run on two hits and no walks while striking out two in Wednesday's 10-9 win over the Rays. He earned his 12th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
 Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Jose Leclerc allowed one hit with a walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Friday's 7-6 win over the Orioles. He earned his 11th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
 Craig Kimbrel earned the save Thursday against the Mets, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
Jose Leclerc allowed a hit and walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Orioles. He earned his 10th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
 Craig Kimbrel worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets Wednesday, earning a save. He recorded one strikeout.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Aug 29th
Jose Leclerc (2-4) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one through an inning in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners. He was saddled with his fourth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Aug 30th
Notes 
 Although still unsigned, it's safe to assume Kimbrel won't settle for a setup role. After all, no reliever in MLB history holsters a lower career FIP than his 1.96. Despite a concerning walk uptick (4.48 BB/9), he posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, his ADP hasn't suffered from a disastrous postseason and drawn-out free agency. That should change now that he remains a free agent in mid-March. Drafters must now consider the higher the likelihood of a delayed or rusty start to the season. Or worse, maybe he actually follows through on his threat to sit out 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Kimbrel still hasn't signed so wherever he plays will obviously impact his fantasy upside. Boston would offer plenty more save opportunities, of course, than somewhere like San Diego. You can bank on excellent ratios with nearly 100 Ks regardless, however, so don't hesitate to grab him toward the end of the top tier of closers once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Essentially the Blake Snell of relievers down the stretch, Leclerc allowed just nine hits and two runs-both on July 28-over his final 28 innings. If going two entire months without allowing a run wasn't impressive enough, he yielded one extra-base hit (a double) while stockpiling 29 strikeouts and six walks in his final 20 frames. The Rangers have accordingly committed to the 25-year-old as their Opening Day closer. If he can sustain last season's late command improvements, he could keep the role all year as a top-five stud with 100-strikeout capabilities. A career 16.0% walk rate and a lackluster Rangers squad present some significant pitfalls, but the sky-high upside makes him an alluring second-tier breakout option.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
  Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros