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Who Should I Draft?

Edwin Diaz or Brad Hand (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
28 of 51 experts
45%
Recommended by
23 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 34
Best Rank# 18# 11
Worst Rank# 59# 56
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 108# 117
Best Rank# 92# 104
Worst Rank# 124# 132
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts3137
Wins11
Saves1211
ERA3.503.28
WHIP1.171.07
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 44
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 50
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 40
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 32# 47
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 37# 53
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 27
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 18# 27
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 40
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 38
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 33# 36
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 32# 38
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 45# 47
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 33# 37
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 31# 43
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 39# 50
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 35# 39
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 34# 37
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 29# 45
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 22# 49
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 44# 56
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 29# 31
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 43
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 33# 39
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 45
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 40# 42
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 33# 38
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 36# 46
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 38# 39
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 25# 11
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 21# 18
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 27# 21
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 39# 24
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 38# 25
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 29# 25
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 27
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 40# 29
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 47# 30
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 30
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 37# 32
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 42# 34
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 37# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 37# 36
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 59# 37
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 41# 38
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 41# 38
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 45# 39
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 52# 39
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 40
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 43# 40
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 47# 46
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6066
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched57.058.1
   
Wins62
   
Losses47
   
Saves3426
   
Blown Saves57
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed5358
   
Earned Runs2136
   
Home Runs Allowed615
   
Strikeouts8499
   
Walks1822
   
ERA3.305.59
   
WHIP1.241.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2324
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched23.424.0
   
Wins11
   
Losses11
   
Saves1211
   
Blown Saves22
   
Holds11
   
Hits Allowed2018
   
Earned Runs99
   
Home Runs Allowed33
   
Strikeouts3137
   
Walks88
   
ERA3.503.28
   
WHIP1.171.07
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Brad Hand
RP - CLE
Brad Hand
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
News 
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand earned a hold in a 5-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday night. Hand allowed one run to score in 1/3 of an inning.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Aug 10th
Edwin Diaz threw a scoreless seventh inning on Sunday against the Braves, allowing one walk and striking out one.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 3rd
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth inning to save a 2-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday. Hand walked one and struck out two.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 5th
After allowed an earned run, walking two, and only retiring one of the five batters he faced against the Red Sox on Thursday, Mets manager Luis Rojas admitted that the team is going to talk about whether or not to continue using Diaz in high-leverage situations going forward.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jul 31st
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand tossed a scoreless ninth to nail down a 4-2 win over the Reds on Tuesday. Hand struck out one in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Aug 4th
Mets reliever Edwin Diaz allowed struck out two over an inning of work on Saturday but blew the save when he served up a game-tying home run to Marcell Ozuna with two outs in the ninth inning.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jul 25th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand allowed four runs in a 4-0 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday. Hand recorded just one out in the game while walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jul 29th
Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one walk and struck out two over a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's opening day win over the Atlanta Braves.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jul 25th
 Cleveland Indians closer Brad Hand picked up his second save of the season in a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. Hand allowed one run and struck out two in his inning of work.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jul 28th
Edwin Diaz has yet to be formally named the Mets' closer heading into the start of the regular season. Manager Luis Rojas declined to commit to Diaz as the team's closer, admitting "I don't know yet. We'll get there at some point."
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jul 5th
Notes 
 The only thing that would hurt Hand's value this year is if the Indians trade him away.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Jarred Kelenic was traded for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano. Diaz will get another shot to make this trade seem a little less bad than it was, but with Dellin Betances waiting in the wings, the leash won't be long.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Hand didn't have a bad year by any means, but there were two major areas of decline. The first was a cratering of his ground ball rate, and the second was that batters simply hit his fastball much, much better than in previous years. Hand is a reliever, which means volatility, and his strikeout rate remains well above-average. But with just a club option left on his deal, he could be a candidate to be dealt if the Indians struggle out of the gate.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Diaz's season was an unmitigated disaster. While his strikeout rate remained strong, his ERA ballooned to 5.59, his home run rate rose to comical levels, and his control waned. By the end of the season, he had ceded save opportunities to Seth Lugo and was relegated to mopup duty. Diaz's slider went from being unhittable in 2018 (.129 BAA) to getting crushed in 2019 (.297 BAA). He'll enter 2020 as the closer for the Mets, and reliever volatility is well-known, so don't be surprised to see Diaz rebound big-time in 2020. But just don't go into your season banking on it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros