Who Should I Draft?

Edwin Diaz or Brad Hand (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
55 of 56 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 13# 27
Best Rank# 5# 10
Worst Rank# 23# 41
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 50# 81
Best Rank# 46# 72
Worst Rank# 53# 99
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10394
Wins34
Saves3835
ERA2.433.07
WHIP0.971.13
   
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  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7369
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched73.172.0
   
Wins02
   
Losses45
   
Saves5732
   
Blown Saves47
   
Holds010
   
Hits Allowed4152
   
Earned Runs1622
   
Home Runs Allowed58
   
Strikeouts124106
   
Walks1728
   
ERA1.962.75
   
WHIP0.791.11
   
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6769
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched67.769.9
   
Wins34
   
Losses33
   
Saves3835
   
Blown Saves39
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed4554
   
Earned Runs1824
   
Home Runs Allowed68
   
Strikeouts10394
   
Walks2125
   
ERA2.433.07
   
WHIP0.971.13
   
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
News 
 Edwin Diaz threw a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to lock down his 16th save against the Cubs on Friday.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 21st
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand was hit hard in his first blown save of the season. Called upon to protect a 6-3 lead in the ninth, Hand coughed up five runs in an eventual 8-6 loss to the Royals.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 26th
 Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one run on three hits but managed to convert his 15th save of the season in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 16th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up the win in a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Monday. Hand tossed a scoreless inning, striking out one.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 25th
 Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed two earned runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one over one inning to blow the save in Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was suspended in the ninth inning at 4-4 and is scheduled to be completed on Friday.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 14th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up his 21st save in a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Friday. Hand allowed one run on two hits in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one hit and no walks while striking out two en route to earning his 14th save of the season in Saturday's win over the Rockies.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand got two outs in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday. Hand struck out one without allowing a run.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 20th
 Edwin Diaz allowed four runs on five hits and a walk over just 1/3 of an inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. He was credited with a loss and a blown save.
Dan Harris
Thu, May 30th
Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Hand allowed one hit and struck out two.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
Notes 
 The Mets acquired Diaz to serve as their new closer, and he should be one of the first two closers off the board in all fantasy leagues following his dominant 2018 in Seattle.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
The Indians let Andrew Miller and Cody Allen walk in free agency, clearing the path for Brad Hand to serve as the team's clear-cut closer this season. At age 28, Hand has put together three straight seasons with an ERA under 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.11 or better, and his already impressive K/9 rate grew to 13.25 last season. Hand didn't experience any drop-off after moving from San Diego to Cleveland, and with little in the way of competition, he is fully capable of being one of the very best closers in fantasy baseball this year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Diaz won't record another 57 saves, tied for the second-most ever in a single season. Yet he's the top fantasy closer after cementing a 1.91 ERA with a nasty 124 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. He fixed 2017's walk woes, cutting his walk rate from 11.6 to 6.1%. Those elite numbers are going to cost a bounty on draft day, so investors can't afford much regression if he keeps going around the top 50.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Cleveland isn't as great as they've been in the past few years, but Hand should still get a load of save opportunities for the clear AL Central favorites. He now has three straight years with over 100 saves and ERA under 3.00 so don't hesitate to snag him in the top 110 picks of your draft.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 There is a top tier of three or four closers, but among them, Diaz is likely the best. He racked up 124 Ks in 73 innings last year, and while you can't bank on 57 saves again, 40 is well within question for a surprisingly good Mets team this year. His ratios will surely be stellar, but even so, with only 70 innings, they won't help you enough to warrant using a fifth or even earlier pick on him or any other closer.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Some investors spent the entire season wondering when a trade would cost Hand his recently gained closing role in San Diego. Although not a full-time closer for Cleveland, he recorded eight saves in 28 outings to finish with 32. Of course, it's the 2.75 ERA and 104 strikeouts-Dellin Betances is the only other reliever to record triple-digit Ks in each of the last two seasons-that make him such an attractive fantasy asset. While Terry Francona may want to use his best reliever in high-leverage spots a la Andrew Miller, he no longer has Cody Allen to handle the final frame. Even if he shares the spotlight occasionally, Hand makes a top-10 stopper on the strength of a seismic strikeout tally.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros