Who Should I Draft?

Craig Kimbrel or Kirby Yates (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
31 of 56 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 36# 39
Best Rank# 15# 24
Worst Rank# 110# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 93# 108
Best Rank# 74# 100
Worst Rank# 102# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8988
Wins43
Saves2729
ERA2.693.17
WHIP1.041.11
   
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  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6365
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.263.0
   
Wins55
   
Losses13
   
Saves4212
   
Blown Saves51
   
Holds016
   
Hits Allowed3141
   
Earned Runs1915
   
Home Runs Allowed76
   
Strikeouts9690
   
Walks3117
   
ERA2.742.14
   
WHIP0.990.92
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6165
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched59.163.1
   
Wins43
   
Losses23
   
Saves2729
   
Blown Saves06
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed3649
   
Earned Runs1822
   
Home Runs Allowed68
   
Strikeouts8988
   
Walks2521
   
ERA2.693.17
   
WHIP1.041.11
   
  Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
News 
 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
Kirby Yates allowed a solo homer in the twelfth inning of Friday's 16-12 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 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
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to preserve the 5-4 win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 7th
 Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season on Friday night versus the Marlins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 1st
 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
Kirby Yates allowed one hit a scoreless ninth for the Padres' on Tuesday, slamming the door on a 5-4 win over the Yankees.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 29th
 The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly talking to Craig Kimbrel according to Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.
Kamran Hoda
Tue, Mar 19th
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to earn his 20th save of the young season on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 23rd
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
Yates took over as the Padres' closer following the Brad Hand trade last July, and the team didn't skip a beat. Yates finished with an impressive 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 12.86 K/9, so he should return as the unquestioned 2019 closer barring a surprise acquisition. Yates' fantasy value also gets a bit of a boost from the Padres signing Manny Machado, as it decreases the likelihood of Yates getting dealt to a contender at the trade deadline.
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
The Padres kept their assembly line of elite relievers running when Brad Hand's midseason trade propelled Yates into the ninth inning. Hardly a downgrade, he posted a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with the sixth-highest K-BB% (29.2) of all qualified relievers. He could follow Hand's path out of San Diego, but there's no guarantee he'd settle for a setup role elsewhere. At least a safe bet to keep the job with an exceptional strikeout tally while still on the team, drafters should pick him now and worry about a potential deal later.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
  The Padres aren't expected to compete with the Dodgers or even Rockies for the division, but San Diego plays in enough low scoring close games that their closers tend to rack up the saves. This year should be no different for their new closer, who just so happened to be one of the best setup men in baseball before Brad Hand left the closer job open. Yates should find his way to 80+ Ks to go with amazing ratios once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros