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Who Should I Draft?

Gerrit Cole or Trevor Bauer (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Trevor Bauer
SP - FA
Trevor Bauer
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
50 of 50 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 1# 24
Best Rank# 1# 11
Worst Rank# 3# 49
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 5# 74
Best Rank# 5# 63
Worst Rank# 6# 94
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts10383
Wins65
Saves00
ERA3.144.04
WHIP1.051.26
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-FA
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 22
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 21
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 1# 30
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 2# 18
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 1# 26
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 3# 25
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 1# 26
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 17
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 1# 37
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 1
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 1# 18
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 1# 22
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 2# 25
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 1# 28
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 1# 25
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 1# 28
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 1# 24
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 31
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 1# 33
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 1# 23
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 1# 32
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 2# 41
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 1# 26
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 1# 30
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 1# 32
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 1# 26
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 1# 29
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 1# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 22
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 2# 38
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 1# 41
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 1# 19
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 1# 49
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 1# 22
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 1# 32
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 1# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 2# 28
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 1# 26
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 36
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 1# 19
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 1# 28
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 1# 43
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 2# 28
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 1# 35
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 1# 19
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 1# 24
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 1# 24
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 1# 11
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 1# 38
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 1# 26
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Trevor Bauer
SP - FA
Trevor Bauer
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3334
   
Games Started3334
   
Innings Pitched212.2213.0
   
Wins2011
   
Losses513
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed142185
   
Earned Runs59107
   
Home Runs Allowed2934
   
Strikeouts326253
   
Walks4882
   
ERA2.504.52
   
WHIP0.891.25
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Trevor Bauer
SP - FA
Trevor Bauer
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1212
   
Games Started1212
   
Innings Pitched75.973.1
   
Wins65
   
Losses34
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed5866
   
Earned Runs2733
   
Home Runs Allowed1011
   
Strikeouts10383
   
Walks2127
   
ERA3.144.04
   
WHIP1.051.26
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gerrit Cole
SP - NYY
Gerrit Cole
Trevor Bauer
SP - FA
Trevor Bauer
News 
 Gerrit Cole allowed one run and two walks while striking out nine over five 1/3 innings during Friday's 2-1 loss in Game 5 of the ALDS. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Sat, Oct 10th
Trevor Bauer was named the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner on Wednesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Nov 11th
 Gerrit Cole named the Yankees' Game 5 starter for the ALDS against the Rays.
Brad Camara
Fri, Oct 9th
Free agent RHP Trevor Bauer rejected the Reds' $18.9 million qualifying offer.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Nov 4th
 Gerrit Cole won’t be available for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Rays on Thursday. He would draw the start on short rest Friday if the Yankees advance the series.
Brad Camara
Thu, Oct 8th
Trevor Bauer was extended a $18.9 million qualifying offer by the Cincinnati Reds.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Nov 1st
 Gerrit Cole (1-0) allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings in Monday's 9-3 Game 1 win over the Rays.
Brad Camara
Tue, Oct 6th
Reds starter Trevor Bauer tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings on two hits and no walks while striking out 12 in a no-decision against the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round Wednesday. The Braves went on to win the game 1-0 in extra innings.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 30th
 Lindsey Adley, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic, broke the news that Gerrit Cole will start Game 1 of the ALDS.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Oct 1st
Reds manager David Bell says Trevor Bauer will pitch Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Sep 26th
Notes 
 You could argue that Cole should be higher, and there's no real argument against it. With a pitcher signing a new contract, coming off a career year, in a loaded division, in a hitter-friendly stadium, there's reason enough to have some pause on him.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
I like the strkeouts and I think Cincy wins a lot of games this year. He is imperfect in ratios and the park is unkind, but as my #2 or 33 SP I am ok with the flaws because I am high on the Ks.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 There are really no words for what Cole was able to do last year. He built on the massive gains he made from his first year with the Astros and lowered his ERA, WHIP, and walk rate to miniscule levels while totaling an outrageous 326 strikeouts. He'll move to the Yankees now, which is a mild downgrade given that the Yankees may slightly limit his innings in light of their long-term investment in Cole and their bullpen, and the opposing offenses and ballparks in the AL East compared to the AL West. But Cole's fastball and slider are beyond elite, and he should be the top pitcher taken in fantasy drafts.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
For someone who thinks he's the best player on the planet and an innovative genius, Trevor Bauer really only has one good season under his belt. If you're in a league that counts innings pitched, he has increased value, but outside of that, the strikeouts aren't worth the over-hyped price that comes with drafting Bauer."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 I believe that pitching has become thin enough that elite SP are worth reaching for, something I didn't agree with in previous years. 20 Wins and 225K's seem like a lock in 2020. That makes Cole my 2020 #1 SP and a Top 10 selection .
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Bauer may be one of the most talented pitchers in baseball, but he has exactly one season with an ERA below 4.18, a WHIP below 1.25, or more than 12 wins. Even on an improved Cincinnati team, there's little reason to expect him to do much better than those numbers. Bauer will give you innings and plenty of strikeouts, but fantasy owners would do well to largely forget 2018, and draft him with closer to a 4.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in mind.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Led the majors in strikeouts, K/9, swinging strike rate, and xFIP in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Piled up a whopping 253 strikeouts in a down season. Reasonable to expect 4.48 ERA to drop a bit
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros