Who Should I Draft?

Felipe Vazquez or Craig Kimbrel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
69%
Recommended by
41 of 59 experts
31%
Recommended by
18 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 34
Best Rank# 14# 15
Worst Rank# 66# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 86# 93
Best Rank# 78# 74
Worst Rank# 106# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8589
Wins44
Saves3327
ERA2.842.69
WHIP1.151.04
   
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Injury AlertRST-
   
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  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7063
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched70.162.2
   
Wins45
   
Losses21
   
Saves3742
   
Blown Saves55
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6331
   
Earned Runs2119
   
Home Runs Allowed47
   
Strikeouts8996
   
Walks2431
   
ERA2.702.74
   
WHIP1.240.99
   
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6961
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched69.159.1
   
Wins44
   
Losses32
   
Saves3327
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed5636
   
Earned Runs2218
   
Home Runs Allowed66
   
Strikeouts8589
   
Walks2425
   
ERA2.842.69
   
WHIP1.151.04
   
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, soliciting a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 17th
Craig Kimbrel (0-4) allowed two runs on two hits and one walk in 0.2 innings Saturday against the Cardinals, blowing the save.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 21st
 Felipe Vazquez picked up the save Monday against the Giants, striking out two and allowing one baserunner in the ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 10th
Craig Kimbrel was saddled with the loss Thursday against the Cardinals, allowing one run on one hit in 0.2 innings. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Sep 20th
 Felipe Vazquez allowed two hits and no walks across 1.1 innings Friday against the Cardinals, earning the save. He struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
Craig Kimbrel (elbow) will throw a simulated game Tuesday, and is eyeing a return to the Cubs for their weekend series against the Cardinals.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 17th
 Felipe Vazquez allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout during a blown save in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Marlins.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 4th
Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
 Felipe Vazquez struck out two in a clean ninth inning en route to a victory Sunday against the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 2nd
Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
Notes 
 Vazquez's surface numbers weren't quite as dominant last year as they were in 2017, but his FIP and xFIP were nearly identical, and his overall numbers as the Pirates' closer were still quite good. He should have plenty of job security after signing a four-year contract extension last year and is easily a top-10 fantasy closer this season.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Although still unsigned, it's safe to assume Kimbrel won't settle for a setup role. After all, no reliever in MLB history holsters a lower career FIP than his 1.96. Despite a concerning walk uptick (4.48 BB/9), he posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, his ADP hasn't suffered from a disastrous postseason and drawn-out free agency. That should change now that he remains a free agent in mid-March. Drafters must now consider the higher the likelihood of a delayed or rusty start to the season. Or worse, maybe he actually follows through on his threat to sit out 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 You may not expect the Pirates to be great, but Vasquez is durable and has no competition for saves. Lock him in for 85 Ks, stellar ratios and enough save opportunities to warrant being selected as one of the top 10 closers in 2019.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Kimbrel still hasn't signed so wherever he plays will obviously impact his fantasy upside. Boston would offer plenty more save opportunities, of course, than somewhere like San Diego. You can bank on excellent ratios with nearly 100 Ks regardless, however, so don't hesitate to grab him toward the end of the top tier of closers once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 One of baseball's hardest throwers, Vazquez has accrued a 2.17 ERA, 2.45 FIP, and 10.96 K/9 over the past two seasons combined. The 27-year-old is locked into Pittsburgh's closer gig after collecting 37 saves last year. A perfect blend of job stability and elite strikeout upside makes him closer to target after waiting out the more expensive top tier.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros