Who Should I Draft?

Hunter Strickland or Corey Knebel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Corey Knebel
RP - MIL
Corey Knebel
Hunter Strickland
RP - WSH
Hunter Strickland
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
29 of 57 experts
49%
Recommended by
28 of 57 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 108# 111
Best Rank# 34# 44
Worst Rank# 232# 244
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 193# 219
Best Rank# 135# 193
Worst Rank# 224# 436
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6151
Wins23
Saves1425
ERA2.854.05
WHIP1.121.37
   
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Injury AlertIL60MiLB
   
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  Corey Knebel
RP - MIL
Corey Knebel
Hunter Strickland
RP - WSH
Hunter Strickland
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5749
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched55.145.0
   
Wins43
   
Losses35
   
Saves1614
   
Blown Saves34
   
Holds70
   
Hits Allowed3843
   
Earned Runs2220
   
Home Runs Allowed75
   
Strikeouts8837
   
Walks2221
   
ERA3.583.97
   
WHIP1.081.41
   
  Corey Knebel
RP - MIL
Corey Knebel
Hunter Strickland
RP - WSH
Hunter Strickland
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3860
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched39.457.5
   
Wins23
   
Losses23
   
Saves1425
   
Blown Saves58
   
Holds57
   
Hits Allowed2755
   
Earned Runs1226
   
Home Runs Allowed47
   
Strikeouts6151
   
Walks1824
   
ERA2.854.05
   
WHIP1.121.37
   
  Corey Knebel
RP - MIL
Corey Knebel
Hunter Strickland
RP - WSH
Hunter Strickland
News 
 Corey Knebel has officially chosen to receive Tommy John surgery. This comes after Knebel pitched with a partially torn UCL for several years. The recovery process will surely see him miss the 2019 season. Knebel's return, in a best case scenario, will be Spring Training 2020.
Garett Thomas
Fri, Mar 29th
The Nationals have acquired Hunter Strickland from the Mariners in exchange for Aaron Fletcher.
Dan Harris
Wed, Jul 31st
 Corey Knebel (elbow) says he will decide on Friday whether or not to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 28th
Hunter Strickland successfully completed a 20-pitch bullpen session on Monday as he continues to progress is his recovery from a right lat strain.
Andrew Seifter
Mon, Jun 3rd
 Corey Knebel (elbow) has been diagnosed with a partial UCL tear. He is going to seek opinions from multiple specialists before deciding on rehab or surgery.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Mar 22nd
Seattle Mariners reliever Hunter Strickland has been placed on the 60-day IL with a Grade 2 lat strain. Strickland does not currently have a timeline for his recovery, and placing him on the 60-day IL opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently-acquired right-hander Connor Sadzeck.
Mike Maher
Mon, Apr 1st
 Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Corey Knebel’s elbow injury is UCL related and the right-hander will seek a second opinion.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 21st
An MRI revealed a grade 2 lat strain for Mariners closer Hunter Strickland.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Mar 31st
 Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Corey Knebel is dealing with an elbow issue and that there is “reason for concern”.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 21st
The Mariners have officially placed Hunter Strickland on the 10-day Injured List with a right lat strain.
Dan Tursky
Sat, Mar 30th
Notes 
 An intriguing bounce-back selection, Knebel is dealing with a UCL injury that has Brewers manager Craig Counsell concerned. Although one of the game's elite strikeout artists over the last two seasons, late drafters should avoid him in case the worst scenario is confirmed. Josh Hader could see more save opportunities, but the Brewers could still sign Craig Kimbrel or put someone else into the ninth-inning role so their best reliever can keep working in high-leverage spots.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Strickland recorded two saves before any other MLB team could win a game. Guess he's the 2019 fantasy MVP, right? Not quite, but this is a case that demands swift attention, as the Tokyo games confirmed his status as Seattle's closer. He also started 2018 strong in the same role for San Francisco before winding up with a 3.97 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, so don't get too carried away.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Knebel entered 2018 as the Brewers' obvious closer, but between injuries and inconsistency, he barely edged out Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader for the team lead in saves. All three relievers have dominant stuff and a proven ability to succeed in the ninth inning, but it remains to be seen whether manager Craig Counsell will deploy any of them as the regular closer following last season's success with a committee approach. Until we hear otherwise, consider Knebel the favorite to serve as the head of a committee. Even if he isn't the exclusive closer, Knebel can help enough in other areas (Ks, ERA, WHIP) to be well worth rostering.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
You might not love Strickland's pure stuff or his sky-high WHIP, but he is one of the few closers who you can get late that isn't going to face any competition for the job. If you are in need for saves, don't hesitate to plug your nose and add Strickland.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Knebel was injured and had a rough year, but still tallied up 88 strikeouts in 55 innings with a killer WHIP. Expect the ERA to improve closer to that 1.78 rate from 2017, and with that and a full bill of health should come a bounceback to 30 or even 40 saves.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
The Mariners are in the midst of a complete rebuild, but one under-the-radar move they made this offseason was signing Hunter Strickland away from the Giants on a one-year deal. Strickland took a step backward last year while also suffering a broken hand, but he posted some solid numbers the previous three years. Mariners manager Scott Servais has indicated that the team may not have a "set closer," but Seattle may have an incentive to settle on Strickland as the closer to inflate his trade value. As such, Strickland could be a decent late-round option for saves, even though the chance he's eventually traded to a contender is fairly high.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros