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Who Should I Draft?

James Karinchak or Forrest Whitley (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Forrest Whitley
SP - HOU
Forrest Whitley
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
51 of 51 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49
Best Rank# 28
Worst Rank# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102
Best Rank# 94
Worst Rank# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9965
Wins34
Saves220
ERA3.235.28
WHIP1.191.61
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-MiLB
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Forrest Whitley
SP - HOU
Forrest Whitley
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played27
   
Games Started0
   
Innings Pitched27.0
   
Wins1
   
Losses2
   
Saves1
   
Blown Saves3
   
Holds8
   
Hits Allowed14
   
Earned Runs8
   
Home Runs Allowed1
   
Strikeouts53
   
Walks16
   
ERA2.67
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Forrest Whitley
SP - HOU
Forrest Whitley
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6117
   
Games Started014
   
Innings Pitched61.358.9
   
Wins34
   
Losses35
   
Saves220
   
Blown Saves90
   
Holds60
   
Hits Allowed4058
   
Earned Runs2235
   
Home Runs Allowed712
   
Strikeouts9965
   
Walks3237
   
ERA3.235.28
   
WHIP1.191.61
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Forrest Whitley
SP - HOU
Forrest Whitley
News 
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless 10th inning in a 5-4 win over Seattle on Saturday. Karinchak struck out two in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 12th
Astros manager Dusty Baker says pitching prospect Forrest Whitley will undergo Tommy John surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Mar 10th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless inning in an 8-2 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and struck out one.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 10th
Forrest Whitely will be looking for a second opinion after being recommended to get Tommy John surgery.
Brenden Trout
Sun, Mar 7th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed two runs in his lone inning of work in a 6-5 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. He struck out one and walked one while earning a save.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 1st
Astros manager Dusty Baker says pitching prospect Forrest Whitley experienced arm soreness during a recent simulated game.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Mar 6th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs (two earned) over one inning of work in an 8-6 loss to the White Sox in Game 1 of a Monday doubleheader. Karinchak struck out one and walked one in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, May 31st
Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley arrived to camp on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Feb 24th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless ninth inning to nail down a 4-1 win over Detroit on Tuesday. Karinchak struck out two and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, May 26th
Astros manager Dusty Baker says pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has yet to report to spring training.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Feb 20th
Notes 
 Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, though it's not a sure thing yet. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak can be a dominant fantasy reliever if he gets the job. Monitor reports out of the spring to see when and if Terry Francona formerly anoints him as the closer. If he does, he should vault to being a top-6 or 7 reliever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 
 "Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros