Who Should I Draft?

Felipe Vazquez or Miles Mikolas (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Miles Mikolas
SP - STL
Miles Mikolas
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
32 of 56 experts
43%
Recommended by
24 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 33
Best Rank# 14# 16
Worst Rank# 66# 88
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 86# 98
Best Rank# 78# 90
Worst Rank# 106# 105
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts85149
Wins413
Saves330
ERA2.843.60
WHIP1.151.20
   
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  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Miles Mikolas
SP - STL
Miles Mikolas
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7032
   
Games Started032
   
Innings Pitched70.1201.3
   
Wins418
   
Losses24
   
Saves370
   
Blown Saves50
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed63186
   
Earned Runs2163
   
Home Runs Allowed416
   
Strikeouts89146
   
Walks2429
   
ERA2.702.83
   
WHIP1.241.07
   
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Miles Mikolas
SP - STL
Miles Mikolas
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6931
   
Games Started031
   
Innings Pitched69.1191.7
   
Wins413
   
Losses39
   
Saves330
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed56192
   
Earned Runs2277
   
Home Runs Allowed621
   
Strikeouts85149
   
Walks2437
   
ERA2.843.60
   
WHIP1.151.20
   
  Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Miles Mikolas
SP - STL
Miles Mikolas
News 
 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
Miles Mikolas allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings on Wednesday against the Marlins. He struck out four and took the loss, falling to 4-7.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 13th
 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
Mikolas was forced from Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs after pitching just four innings.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 7th
 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
Miles Mikolas allowed one run on three hits over seven innings in the Cardinals' 2-1 win over the Cubs on Friday. He walked two and struck out three in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 1st
 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
Miles Mikolas allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings in the Cardinals' 5-2 loss to the Braves on Friday. He walked none and struck out nine while falling to 4-5.
Elliott Baas
Sat, May 25th
 Felipe Vazquez allowed two runs on two hits over one inning in the Pirates' 5-3 win over the Padres on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, May 18th
Miles Mikolas allowed seven runs on nine hits over 1.1 innings in the Cardinals' 7-3 loss to the Rangers on Friday. He walked none and struck out two while falling to 4-4.
Elliott Baas
Sat, May 18th
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
Mikolas had an incredible season in his first year back from pitching in Japan, posting a 2.83 ERA and 1.07 WHIP while winning 18 games for the Cardinals. His weak strikeout rate is a bit of a detriment in roto leagues with low innings caps, but it isn't too big a deal in points leagues. That said, he's due for a bit of a correction in his BABIP and HRs allowed, which should cause his ERA to rise at least into the mid-3.00s. He can still be a useful fantasy pitcher in most formats, but could be overvalued.
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
It's easy to dismiss Mikolas' breakout as a fluke. In his first season back from a three-year stint in Japan, the righty registered 18 wins and a 2.83 ERA in 200.2 innings despite collecting just 146 strikeouts. The ERA will at least rise to his 3.28 FIP, if not higher, but the 30-year-old isn't necessarily a full-blown bust waiting to happen. No qualified starter submitted a lower walk rate (3.6%) than Mikolas, who limited hard contact and induced a 49.3% ground-ball rate. Also, he's not some mid-80s junkballer pitching solely to contact. A 9.6% swinging-strike rate finished right above David Price on the leaderboard, so there's at least a path to 160 punchouts. He throws harder, but Mikolas' final line could resemble Kyle Hendricks in 2018 (199 IP, 3.44 ERA, 161 K).
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