Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Jameson Taillon (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 17# 20
Best Rank# 11# 11
Worst Rank# 54# 40
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 60# 66
Best Rank# 55# 54
Worst Rank# 68# 72
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts189173
Wins1212
Saves00
ERA3.493.65
WHIP1.191.23
   
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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2832
   
Games Started2832
   
Innings Pitched151.1191.2
   
Wins814
   
Losses910
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed108179
   
Earned Runs5668
   
Home Runs Allowed2020
   
Strikeouts182179
   
Walks5946
   
ERA3.343.20
   
WHIP1.111.18
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3032
   
Games Started3032
   
Innings Pitched168.6186.7
   
Wins1212
   
Losses910
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140181
   
Earned Runs6576
   
Home Runs Allowed2121
   
Strikeouts189173
   
Walks6148
   
ERA3.493.65
   
WHIP1.191.23
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Jameson Taillon
SP - PIT
Jameson Taillon
News 
 Jack Flaherty allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings in the Cardinals' 6-0 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out eight while falling to 4-4.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Jake Elmore, the Pirates have moved Jameson Taillon to the 60-day injured list.
Andrew Seifter
Mon, May 13th
 Jack Flaherty allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1/3rd innings Thursday. He walked two and struck out eight. The Cardinals-Mets game was suspended in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-4 score.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Jun 14th
The Pirates placed Jameson Taillon on the 10-day IL with a right elbow flexor strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 4th
 Jack Flaherty allowed four runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 9-4 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. He walked three and struck out none in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 9th
Jameson Taillon allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over 6.1 innings in the Pirates' 7-5 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He walked two and struck out five while improving to 2-3.
Elliott Baas
Wed, May 1st
 Jack Flaherty allowed two runs on four hits over five innings in the Cardinals' 7-4 win over the Cubs on Saturday. He walked none and struck out eight in the no decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
Jameson Taillon allowed five runs on six hits over five innings in the Pirates' 5-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday. He walked none and struck out five while falling to 1-3.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Apr 25th
 Jack Flaherty fired six scoreless innings and struck out seven in the Cardinals' 4-3 extra innings loss to the Braves on Sunday. He allowed three hits, no walks, and took a no decision.
Elliott Baas
Mon, May 27th
Jameson Taillon improved to 1-2 after allowed one run on four hits over five innings in the Pirates' 4-1 rain-shortened win over the Giants on Saturday. He walked one and struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Apr 21st
Notes 
 Flaherty was absurdly good last season as a rookie and seemed to improve as the year went on, striking out 95 in 76 second half innings. With that said, his walk rate climbed to a dangerous 3.52 per nine innings by seasons end. He has the upside to strike out 240 batters, but there is some risk here as well
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
If you look at Taillon's second half, it may seem as though he broke out into an ace, but the underlying metrics tell a different story. Rather, he was propped up by a great deal of BABIP and HR/FB ratio luck. Most likely, he will continue to pitch like a good #3 this season for Pittsburgh.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Flaherty's first full Major League season was an excellent one, as his 3.34 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 10.85 K/9 rate demonstrate. But his 3.52 walks per nine were high, and he averaged fewer than six innings per start, limiting his win potential. He also benefited from a .257 BABIP allowed that was low, even for a pitcher with great stuff like Flaherty. If more of those batted balls fall in for base hits, Flaherty may pay a greater price for the free passes this year. His long-term outlook is bright, but there could be some bumps along the way.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Finally healthy after dealing with injuries and a cancer diagnosis, Taillon established himself in 2018 as a pitcher who can provide solid ratios, albeit it with a middling strikeout rate. He benefits from a very pitcher-friendly environment in Pittsburgh, boosting his fantasy floor, but he simply doesn't belong among the top-25 fantasy starters until he begins to pile up the Ks.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Flaherty's 3.34 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 151 rookie innings will justifiably make him a popular pick. Buoyed by a lethal slider and a curveball that didn't yield a single extra-base hit, there's easy 200-strikeout upside if he pitches a full season. Yet a 3.52 BB/9 and 57.2% first-pitch rate make the 23-year-old riskier than the typical SP2. He's best paired with a steady, reliable ace.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Taillon quietly developed into an ace late in 2018, posting a 2.63 ERA over his last 21 starts. That's not an entirely arbitrary endpoint, as he unleashed a slider-one of three pitches to net a double-digit swinging-strike rate-in June. The pitch could help him unlock a few more punchouts, but the 27-year-old has the look of a polished SP2 who can at least post a mid-threes ERA with a steady WHIP and 8.5 K/9.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros