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Who Should I Draft?

Edwin Diaz or Shohei Ohtani (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
Expert
Recommendation
58%
Recommended by
25 of 43 experts
42%
Recommended by
18 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 35# 38
Best Rank# 19# 14
Worst Rank# 73# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 117# 129
Best Rank# 103# 71
Worst Rank# 132# 153
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts3649
Wins13
Saves110
ERA3.403.66
WHIP1.091.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 24# 42
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 41# 52
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 19# 73
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 32
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 27# 54
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 44# 89
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 34# 42
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 60
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 32# 70
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 43# 46
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 49
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 39# 41
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 37# 45
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 50# 59
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 24# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 28# 35
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 42# 63
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 47# 57
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 31# 50
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 32# 40
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 63
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 39# 60
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 39# 55
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 42# 49
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 34# 58
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 31# 28
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 33# 16
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 34# 28
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 39# 31
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 26
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 32
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 22
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 41# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 42# 14
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 43# 38
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 43# 35
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 45# 33
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 47# 45
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 47# 34
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 47# 31
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 48# 38
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 56# 34
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 73# 18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played660
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.10.0
   
Wins20
   
Losses70
   
Saves260
   
Blown Saves70
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed580
   
Earned Runs360
   
Home Runs Allowed150
   
Strikeouts990
   
Walks220
   
ERA5.59
   
WHIP1.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2412
   
Games Started07
   
Innings Pitched23.540.3
   
Wins13
   
Losses12
   
Saves110
   
Blown Saves20
   
Holds10
   
Hits Allowed1834
   
Earned Runs916
   
Home Runs Allowed36
   
Strikeouts3649
   
Walks816
   
ERA3.403.66
   
WHIP1.091.24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
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
Shohei Ohtani struggled with his control in Tuesday's intrasquad game, throwing just 15-of-50 pitches for strikes.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 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
Shohei Ohtani will be ready to pitch once he gets to summer camp, and is expected to be a two-way player right away.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Jun 30th
  Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been throwing live batting practice sessions.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, May 31st
  Shohei Ohtani is throwing off the mound, "ramping up intensity and volume," per Angels' GM Billy Eppler.
Brad Camara
Thu, May 14th
  Shohei Ohtani has been throwing roughly two bullpens per week, in addition to long toss of 200+ feet. Angels GM Billy Eppler says he has been throwing around 80-85 percent, and if this were a normal season, he would be facing live batters shortly.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Apr 26th
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
If the Angels were smart, Ohtani would just DH each and every day while doing mound work on the side. It sounds like they want him to start this year, too, which makes him hard to roster in non-daily leagues.
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
Ohtani didn't pitch at all in 2019 and likely won't do so until mid-May in 2020. But his bat looked just fine last year, proving that his 2018 skills he showed as a hitter were not a fluke. He'll likely settle back into a part-time DH role with the Angels, and if you can choose to deploy him as both a pitcher and a hitter in any given week, Ohtani should provide immense value as a fantasy player. Even if not, he should contribute on either end of the spectrum, so draft him with a high degree of confidence.
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