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
58%
Recommended by
34 of 59 experts
42%
Recommended by
25 of 59 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 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
Miles Mikolas allowed one run on three hits with four walks across five innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday. He struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
 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
Miles Mikolas did not factor into the decision in the first game of Sunday's double header, allowing three runs on four hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out five.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
 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
Miles Mikolas (8-13) earned the win Tuesday against the Brewers, allowing one run on four hits and no walks over six innings. He struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
 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
Miles Mikolas allowed five runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five across six innings Thursday against the Rockies. He did not factor into the decision.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 23rd
 Felipe Vazquez struck out two in a clean ninth inning en route to a victory Sunday against the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 2nd
Miles Mikolas (7-13) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Reds. He took his 13th loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Sun, Aug 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