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Who Should I Draft?

Edwin Diaz or Ryan Pressly (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
Expert
Recommendation
94%
Recommended by
48 of 51 experts
6%
Recommended by
3 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 26# 39
Best Rank# 18# 21
Worst Rank# 58# 77
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 81# 105
Best Rank# 71# 103
Worst Rank# 90# 131
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10275
Wins43
Saves3029
ERA3.043.28
WHIP1.121.15
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 48
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 36
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 38# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 25# 29
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 29# 37
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 26# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 40
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 30# 44
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 42
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 34# 50
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 25# 42
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 25# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 28# 36
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 30# 45
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 22# 32
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 36# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 20# 21
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 37
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 26# 37
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 21# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 31# 47
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 23# 42
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 24# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 24# 36
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 27# 41
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 58# 59
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 33# 44
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 30# 77
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 27# 32
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 36# 46
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 68
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 27# 39
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 29# 47
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 24# 37
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 18# 34
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 28# 45
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 37# 38
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 46
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 18# 37
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 28# 45
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 28# 35
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 24# 47
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 24# 38
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 26# 41
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 22# 24
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 31# 50
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 38# 58
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 23# 41
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 27# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 30# 25
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 32# 25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2623
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched26.221.0
   
Wins21
   
Losses13
   
Saves612
   
Blown Saves44
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed1822
   
Earned Runs59
   
Home Runs Allowed22
   
Strikeouts5029
   
Walks147
   
ERA1.753.86
   
WHIP1.251.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6462
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.960.7
   
Wins43
   
Losses33
   
Saves3029
   
Blown Saves1114
   
Holds35
   
Hits Allowed4753
   
Earned Runs2122
   
Home Runs Allowed87
   
Strikeouts10275
   
Walks2317
   
ERA3.043.28
   
WHIP1.121.15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
News 
 Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect ninth inning and nailed down his 30th save of the season. The Mets won 3-2 Sunday.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Sep 20th
Astros closer Ryan Pressly was tasked with preserving a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Athletics. Instead, he allowed a walk-off double. The right-hander's final line included one run, two hits, zero walks, one strikeout, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Oakland by a score of 2-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 25th
 Edwin Diaz allowed two runs on two hits, one walk, and two strikeouts in one inning. He blew the win for starter Rich Hill on Friday, but the Mets scored four runs in the top of the tenth to take the lead and redeem Diaz.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 7th
Astros closer Ryan Pressly struck out all three batters he faced while pitching the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He required just 12 pitches and nine strikes en route to earning the save. Houston ultimately defeated Arizona by a score of 7-6.
Andersen Pickard
Mon, Sep 20th
 Edwin Diaz was perfect in the ninth inning with two strikeouts Thursday. The Mets won 4-3 and are one game under .500 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Fri, Sep 3rd
Astros closer struck out one batter while throwing a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Sunday. He earned the save as Houston ultimately defeated Los Angeles by a score of 3-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 12th
 Edwin Diaz struck out two in a perfect inning for his 27th save. The Mets won 3-1 and swept an unconventional doubleheader on Tuesday.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Sep 1st
Astros closer Ryan Pressly allowed three runs over 0.2 innings against the Mariners, breaking a critical late-game tie and eventually costing Houston the game. His final line included two hits, one walk, two strikeouts, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Seattle by a score of 8-5.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Sep 8th
 Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect ninth inning to record the save in Saturday's affair against the Nationals. The Mets improved to 62-67 with the win.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Aug 31st
Astros star closer Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Padres on Friday. He issued one walk and zero hits en route to earning the save. Houston ultimately defeated San Diego by a score of 6-3.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 4th
Notes 
 Diaz's overall numbers bounced back in a monstrous way last season. He dropped his ERA from a bloated 5.59 in 2019 to a 1.75, and upped his strikeout rate to a career-best 45.5%. He was among the league leaders in nearly every expected statistic (batting average, slugging percentage wOBA, and ERA), and he cut his HR/9 rate from 2.33 to just 0.70. Diaz's walk rate actually regressed, however, as he issued free passes to nearly five batters per nine innings. That's not often a recipe for success from a closer, but Diaz can survive at that rate if he continues to keep the strikeouts up and limit the long balls. In the end, Diaz does carry some risk given his history, but he should be drafted as one of the upper echelon closers in the game, if not a touch behind the truly elite options.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Pressly had his usual solid season, but got the benefit of closing for the Astros after Roberto Osuna's injury. His numbers fell off a bit from the previous two years (his 1.33 WHIP was particularly out of character), but he will almost certainly rebound from the .365 BABIP he allowed. He's slated to again be the Astros' closer, and as such, should provide plenty of saves while giving fantasy managers positive value in ratios. That makes him one of the few reliable closers worth drafting at more than a late-round price.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros