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Craig Kimbrel or Josh Hader (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 42
Best Rank# 15# 19
Worst Rank# 110# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 105
Best Rank# 74# 101
Worst Rank# 102# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts89115
Wins44
Saves2713
ERA2.692.69
WHIP1.041.04
   
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  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6355
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.281.0
   
Wins56
   
Losses11
   
Saves4212
   
Blown Saves55
   
Holds021
   
Hits Allowed3136
   
Earned Runs1922
   
Home Runs Allowed79
   
Strikeouts96143
   
Walks3130
   
ERA2.742.43
   
WHIP0.990.81
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6160
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.173.0
   
Wins44
   
Losses23
   
Saves2713
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds015
   
Hits Allowed3646
   
Earned Runs1822
   
Home Runs Allowed69
   
Strikeouts89115
   
Walks2530
   
ERA2.692.69
   
WHIP1.041.04
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
News 
 Craig Kimbrel will make his first appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
Josh Hader fired two perfect innings to secure his 17th save in the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Giants on Sunday. He struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
 Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Craig Kimbrel and the Cubs have agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in the Brewers' 5-2 win over the Pirates on Sunday. He walked one and struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 10th
 Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs and Craig Kimbrel have come to terms, pending a physical.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth and struck out the side to pick up his 15th save in the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 9th
 Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Josh Hader picked up a four-out save in the Brewers' 5-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday. He allowed no hits, one walk, and struck out four.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
 Craig Kimbrel rumors begin to swirl again after the Brewers lost their closer, Corey Knebel, this week. The standoff between the two is likely money. The Brewers are unable to currently pay the asking price of Kimbrel.
Garett Thomas
Sun, Mar 31st
Josh Hader struck out five over two innings of relief, but gave up a three-run blast to Starling Marte and was charged with a blown save in the Brewers' 12-10 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
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
Hader registered three fewer strikeouts (143) than Miles Mikolas last season and eight more than Kenley Jansen and Ken Giles combined. Although not Milwaukee's full-time closer, he notched 12 saves and six wins with a 2.43 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He led all relievers in strikeout % (46.7) and swinging-strike rate (19.0%). As a result, he's an anomaly who should get drafted above middling closers even in standard five-by-five leagues. Despite his clear dominance, it's awfully tough paying such a steep price for a middle reliever who's no guarantee to vulture as many saves and wins. With a consensus ADP above Sean Doolittle, Kirby Yates, and Jose Leclerc, drafters should instead try to find the next Hader in the final rounds or on the waiver wire. This could all change, however, if injuries to Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel clear a path to saves. (The Brewers have also been linked to Craig Kimbrel.) Hader is a top-five stud in saves-plus-holds format who'd garner that same elite status in all leagues if given the closer's role.
Andrew Gould - 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
Hader has dominant stuff and a proven ability to succeed in the ninth inning, but it remains to be seen whether he'll see as many save opportunities as he did last season. Regardless, he can help enough in other areas (Ks, ERA, WHIP) to be worth rostering in many formats even if he isn't closing. If you're skeptical, consider this: Hader and Jeffress finished as the third and fourth most-valuable relievers in standard 5
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
  You may not get a dozen saves out of Hader again, but the 143 strikeouts and lights out ratios are here to stay. Those video game numbers make him a top 10 fantasy relief pitcher, as you won't find anyone more apt to help you in those three big categories.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros