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
63%
Recommended by
37 of 59 experts
37%
Recommended by
22 of 59 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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# 11# 28
   
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# 13# 19
   
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# 15# 24
   
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# 14# 19
   
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# 17# 21
   
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# 17# 18
   
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# 25# 18
   
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# 38# 29
   
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# 39# 29
   
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# 54# 29
   
  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 (10-8) took the loss Saturday against the Brewers, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
Jameson Taillion underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.
Brad Camara
Wed, Aug 14th
 Jack Flaherty (10-7) picked up the win Sunday against the Pirates, tossing eight scoreless innings while allowing five hits and one walk. He struck out 10.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
Jameson Taillon acknowledged Thursday that his 2019 season is likely over, after experiencing a setback in recovering from a strained right elbow.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 25th
 Jack Flaherty (9-7) dominated the Giants en route to his ninth win Tuesday. He tossed eight scoreless innings, while allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out eight.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 4th
Jamison Taillon (elbow) will start playing catch Thursday or Friday of this week.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 4th
 Jack Flaherty (8-7) took the loss Wednesday against the Brewers, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk across six innings. He struck out seven.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Aug 28th
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 (8-6) earned the win Friday against the Rockies, tossing six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts, while allowing three hits and one walk.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Aug 24th
The Pirates placed Jameson Taillon on the 10-day IL with a right elbow flexor strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 4th
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