Who Should I Draft?

Jack Flaherty or Mike Clevinger (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
36 of 56 experts
36%
Recommended by
20 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 17# 21
Best Rank# 11# 11
Worst Rank# 54# 62
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 60# 58
Best Rank# 55# 50
Worst Rank# 68# 78
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts189191
Wins1213
Saves00
ERA3.493.69
WHIP1.191.25
   
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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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# 11# 21
   
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# 16# 21
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 25
   
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# 13# 24
   
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# 18# 21
   
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# 15# 25
   
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# 15# 17
   
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# 14# 17
   
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# 16# 19
   
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# 18# 14
   
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# 18# 11
   
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# 18# 15
   
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# 19# 16
   
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# 20# 18
   
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# 21# 14
   
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# 22# 21
   
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RotoBaller
# 35# 26
   
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# 38# 33
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2832
   
Games Started2832
   
Innings Pitched151.1200.2
   
Wins813
   
Losses98
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed108164
   
Earned Runs5667
   
Home Runs Allowed2021
   
Strikeouts182207
   
Walks5967
   
ERA3.343.02
   
WHIP1.111.16
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3030
   
Games Started3030
   
Innings Pitched168.6180.1
   
Wins1213
   
Losses99
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed140157
   
Earned Runs6574
   
Home Runs Allowed2122
   
Strikeouts189191
   
Walks6168
   
ERA3.493.69
   
WHIP1.191.25
   
  Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Mike Clevinger
SP - CLE
Mike Clevinger
News 
 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
Clevinger (back) will start Monday's game against the Rangers.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Jun 12th
 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
Mike Clevinger pitched well in a rehab start for Double-A Akron on Tuesday, tossing 5 1/3 shutout innings while striking out five.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
 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
Mike Clevinger (back) will begin his rehab assignment in Triple-A on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
 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
Mike Clevinger (back) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 14th
 Jack Flaherty received a no-decision in Sunday's quality start versus the Rangers, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger threw from 120 feet on Monday and, according to Clevinger himself, felt "like money." If all goes well over the next few days, it is possible that the right-hander could begin throwing some bullpen sessions soon. He’s eligible to be activated from the IL on June 7.
Mike Maher
Tue, May 7th
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
After dominating in a smaller 2017 sample size, Clevinger took it up another notch in 2018, this time with 200 innings of proof. He might not win 16 games or strikeout 240 batters like some of the top tier aces, but his ratios and 200 Ks put him firmly in the 6th-8th rounds of this season's drafts
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
Clevinger took the gains he made in 2017 and translated them to a full season as a starter i 2018. The one difference was that he trimmed his walk rate from nearly 4.5 per nine to barely 3.0 per nine, thereby dropping his WHIP all the way down to 1.16. Clevinger was particularly dominant in the second half, posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 10.27 K/9 rate after the All Star break. The projection systems expect a little bit of regression due to his low BABIP allowed and left-on-base percentage, but it's also possible Clevinger can further improve on his strikeout rate and WHIP.
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
Clevinger rose to the next level in the second half, posting a 2.31 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 78 innings. While he outperformed his overall 3.52 FIP and 3.86 SIERA with a 3.02 ERA, 2018 marked the second straight year he defied the peripherals. A high infield-fly rate (11.2%) and low barrel rate (5.8%) led him to a .280 xwOBA, so don't expect severe regression from the borderline top-20 starter.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros