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
70%
Recommended by
39 of 56 experts
30%
Recommended by
17 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 36
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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Going For 2
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Sports Illustrated
# 35# 44
   
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The Fantasy Fix
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USA Today
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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FantasyPros
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The Fantasy Fix
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Freeze Stats
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The Athletic
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The Fake Baseball
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Razzball
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# 66# 20
   
  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 notched a four-out save in the Pirates' 5-4 win over the Marlins on Sunday. He allowed one hit and struck out one while picking up save number 16.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 16th
Craig Kimbrel will make his first appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
 Felipe Vazquez appeared in a tie game and struck out three batters while allowing a walk in a scoreless inning of work.
Blaine Blontz
Thu, Jun 13th
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports Craig Kimbrel and the Cubs have agreed to a three-year, $43 million contract.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Felipe Vazquez picked up a four-out save in the Pirates' 6-1 win over the Braves on Thursday. He allowed one hit, two walks, and struck out one.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs and Craig Kimbrel have come to terms, pending a physical.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Felipe Vazquez registered his 14th save Monday in an 8-5 win over the Reds. He allowed a run on two hits over 1 1/3 innings while striking out a pair of batters.
Blaine Blontz
Tue, May 28th
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Craig Kimbrel.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 5th
 Felipe Vazquez struck out three and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning on Sunday, earning the save in the 6-4 win over San Diego.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
Craig Kimbrel rumors begin to swirl again after the Brewers lost their closer, Corey Knebel, this week. The standoff between the two is likely money. The Brewers are unable to currently pay the asking price of Kimbrel.
Garett Thomas
Sun, Mar 31st
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