Who Should I Draft?

Felipe Vazquez or Kirby Yates (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Expert
Recommendation
89%
Recommended by
50 of 56 experts
11%
Recommended by
6 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 39
Best Rank# 14# 24
Worst Rank# 66# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 86# 108
Best Rank# 78# 100
Worst Rank# 106# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8588
Wins43
Saves3329
ERA2.843.17
WHIP1.151.11
   
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  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7065
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched70.163.0
   
Wins45
   
Losses23
   
Saves3712
   
Blown Saves51
   
Holds016
   
Hits Allowed6341
   
Earned Runs2115
   
Home Runs Allowed46
   
Strikeouts8990
   
Walks2417
   
ERA2.702.14
   
WHIP1.240.92
   
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6965
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched69.163.1
   
Wins43
   
Losses33
   
Saves3329
   
Blown Saves46
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed5649
   
Earned Runs2222
   
Home Runs Allowed68
   
Strikeouts8588
   
Walks2421
   
ERA2.843.17
   
WHIP1.151.11
   
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
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
Kirby Yates was at it again on Monday versus Milwaukee, striking out one in a perfect ninth to secure his 25th save of the season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
 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
Kirby Yates struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his 24th save of the season on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
Kirby Yates allowed a solo homer in the twelfth inning of Friday's 16-12 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 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
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to preserve the 5-4 win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 7th
 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
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to earn his 22nd save of the season on Friday night versus the Marlins.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 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
Yates took over as the Padres' closer following the Brad Hand trade last July, and the team didn't skip a beat. Yates finished with an impressive 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 12.86 K/9, so he should return as the unquestioned 2019 closer barring a surprise acquisition. Yates' fantasy value also gets a bit of a boost from the Padres signing Manny Machado, as it decreases the likelihood of Yates getting dealt to a contender at the trade deadline.
Andrew Seifter - 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
The Padres kept their assembly line of elite relievers running when Brad Hand's midseason trade propelled Yates into the ninth inning. Hardly a downgrade, he posted a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with the sixth-highest K-BB% (29.2) of all qualified relievers. He could follow Hand's path out of San Diego, but there's no guarantee he'd settle for a setup role elsewhere. At least a safe bet to keep the job with an exceptional strikeout tally while still on the team, drafters should pick him now and worry about a potential deal later.
Andrew Gould - 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
The Padres aren't expected to compete with the Dodgers or even Rockies for the division, but San Diego plays in enough low scoring close games that their closers tend to rack up the saves. This year should be no different for their new closer, who just so happened to be one of the best setup men in baseball before Brad Hand left the closer job open. Yates should find his way to 80+ Ks to go with amazing ratios once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros