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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Trevor Bauer (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
50 of 51 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 2# 5
Best Rank# 1# 2
Worst Rank# 5# 20
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 7# 14
Best Rank# 5# 13
Worst Rank# 8# 14
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts262232
Wins1615
Saves00
ERA3.183.45
WHIP1.031.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-RST
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 5
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 5
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 2# 6
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 2# 7
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 2# 9
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 2# 6
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 2# 4
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 2# 8
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 2# 6
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 2# 4
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 2# 5
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 3
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 2# 7
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 2# 4
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 3# 4
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 7
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 2# 7
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 2# 4
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 2# 4
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 2# 6
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 2# 4
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 2# 6
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 2# 4
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 3# 7
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 2# 4
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 2# 10
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 3# 4
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 2# 4
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 4# 13
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 3# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 2# 9
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 2# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 10
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 2# 4
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 6
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 2# 4
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 3# 11
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 10
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 3# 4
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 3# 6
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 3# 7
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 2# 5
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 2# 6
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 2# 5
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 7
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 2# 4
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 2# 5
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 2# 20
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 5# 2
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1211
   
Games Started1211
   
Innings Pitched73.173.1
   
Wins75
   
Losses34
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5341
   
Earned Runs2314
   
Home Runs Allowed149
   
Strikeouts94100
   
Walks1717
   
ERA2.841.73
   
WHIP0.960.79
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3231
   
Games Started3231
   
Innings Pitched197.9193.5
   
Wins1615
   
Losses78
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed153156
   
Earned Runs7074
   
Home Runs Allowed3026
   
Strikeouts262232
   
Walks5259
   
ERA3.183.45
   
WHIP1.031.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
News 
 Gerrit Cole allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven over five innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Orioles.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 15th
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s leave has been extended to September 3.
Brad Camara
Fri, Aug 27th
 Yankees RHP Gerrit Cole (hamstring) could start on Tuesday against the Orioles.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 11th
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s leave will be extended to August 13.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 5th
 New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is expected to make a start next week, according to manager Aaron Boone. The right-hander is dealing with left hamstring tightness but should be able to avoid a stint on the injured list.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Sep 9th
Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended through Aug. 6, according to multiple reports. Bauer's hearing last week on an ex-parte temporary restraining order was postponed to Aug 2, 3, and 19. The investigation into him and the alleged sexual assault, both by Pasadena PD and by MLB, remains active, according to The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Jul 27th
 Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole left Tuesday's start with an apparent hand injury after just 3.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks. He also tacked on two strikeouts.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Sep 7th
Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended by nearly two weeks to July 27, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Jul 14th
 Gerrit Cole allowed six hits and two walks over six scoreless innings Friday, striking out nine and earning a win over Oakland.
John Aubin
Sat, Aug 28th
Major League Baseball extended Dodgers RHP Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave by an additional seven days.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 8th
Notes 
 Cole was pretty much as advertised in his first season with the Yankees. His ERA rose a tad, as did his home run rate as expected, and his strikeout rate fell a bit, though it remained at an absurdly high level. And, for the most part, all of his expected metrics fell off a tad from his 2019 season. But Cole's numbers from that season were so dominating that he could withstand plenty of regression and still be one of the best pitchers in fantasy. As such, he'll head into 2021 close to the way he came into the 2020 season: a dominant, high-strikeout, low-walk starter who will throw plenty of innings and who is more likely to finish as the top overall fantasy pitcher than he is to finish outside the top-10. It's a matter of personal preference between Cole and Jacob deGrom as the first pitcher off the board, but neither should fall outside the top-10 overall picks on draft day.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Over the past few seasons the time to invest in Bauer has been when his ADP has dipped, and not when he's coming off a career-year. However, the spin rate on his fastball increased so much in 2020 that I feel a lot better about projecting him moving forward. It's fair to assume he was using sticky stuff, but so is everyone else. There's little reason to think he'll stop using it, which is why he easily checks in as my SP4. Additionally, the Dodgers are letting Bauer be himself this spring. He's controversial for a lot of reasons, but ultimately profiles as a true fantasy ace.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
  Bauer capped off a Cy Young season by signing a massive deal with the Dodgers. There's no other way to describe Bauer's 2020 season other than utterly dominant. A 1.73 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP, and a 36% strikeout rate. Notably, the spin rate on almost all of his pitched jumped dramatically, and every single one of them was more effective than we'd previously seen. Bauer had an outstanding season in 2018 and followed it up with a sub-par 2019, so we shouldn't take for granted that he'll be the best pitcher in baseball for the second season in a row. But on the best team in baseball with a near bulletproof 2020 resume, he should be drafted as a top-five starter and a second-round pick.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros