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Who Should I Draft?

Edwin Diaz or Craig Kimbrel (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
42 of 43 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 34# 50
Best Rank# 19# 28
Worst Rank# 73# 98
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 117# 139
Best Rank# 103# 124
Worst Rank# 132# 146
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts3631
Wins11
Saves1111
ERA3.404.08
WHIP1.091.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 57
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 47
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 24# 28
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 41# 51
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 47# 48
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 19# 31
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 46
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 31
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 44# 45
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 42# 90
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 41# 54
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 31# 52
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 34# 52
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 72
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 47# 64
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 32# 44
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 43# 50
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 58
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 73# 98
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 39# 51
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 37# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 50# 52
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 45# 48
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 48# 57
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 47# 59
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 53
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 56# 59
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 43# 62
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 24# 55
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 28# 37
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 42# 48
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 47# 62
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 31# 80
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 32# 60
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 46
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 39# 69
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 33# 51
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 39# 77
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 34# 37
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 39# 40
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 42# 54
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 34# 66
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 43# 40
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6623
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.121.3
   
Wins20
   
Losses74
   
Saves2613
   
Blown Saves73
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed5821
   
Earned Runs3615
   
Home Runs Allowed159
   
Strikeouts9930
   
Walks2212
   
ERA5.596.53
   
WHIP1.381.60
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2422
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched23.521.7
   
Wins11
   
Losses11
   
Saves1111
   
Blown Saves22
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed1817
   
Earned Runs910
   
Home Runs Allowed34
   
Strikeouts3631
   
Walks810
   
ERA3.404.08
   
WHIP1.091.24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 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
Craig Kimbrel allowed two runs on three hits while striking out two across 2/3 of an inning in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 8th
 Mets reliever Edwin Diaz did not a allow a baserunner or strike out a batter over the course of a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Mar 12th
 
Notes 
 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
Was Kimbrel's down year due to the long layoff from being unsigned, or was it the beginning of the end for one of the game's most dominant closers?
Michael Waterloo - 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
Kimbrel waited to sign until months into the season, and the results weren't pretty. He battled injury and was entirely ineffective, pitching to an 8.10 ERA and walking more than five batters per nine innings. Whether the complete lack of control was a continuing trend or just due to rust/injuries. But, either way, the price on Kimbrel should be the cheapest in years, and if you're waiting on saves, he's as good an option to take a chance on as anyone.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Diaz is clearly an exceptional talent as demonstrated by his insane 2018 campaign, but we are talking about a 10th round pick who didn't even manage to finish among the top 50 relievers last season. Sure, the 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP are likely to come down but will it happen long enough to hold onto the closer job all year?
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros