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Who Should I Draft?

James Karinchak or Sandy Alcantara (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Sandy Alcantara
SP - MIA
Sandy Alcantara
Expert
Recommendation
69%
Recommended by
35 of 51 experts
31%
Recommended by
16 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 52
Best Rank# 28# 34
Worst Rank# 117# 184
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 131
Best Rank# 94# 115
Worst Rank# 129# 163
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts99149
Wins39
Saves220
ERA3.234.24
WHIP1.191.32
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertMiLB-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 93
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 52
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 65
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 54
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47# 50
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 82
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 58
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 98
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 54
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 57
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37# 57
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 184
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 59
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 49
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40# 58
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 56
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 60
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 50
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 54
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38# 53
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92# 93
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37# 53
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 53
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 80
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 42
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 36
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 51
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 53
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 73
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31# 44
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48# 58
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34# 39
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47# 53
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 64
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65# 66
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 42
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54# 49
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 44
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 51
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 40
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60# 42
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 40
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61# 40
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 47
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 51
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82# 34
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98# 59
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100# 34
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Sandy Alcantara
SP - MIA
Sandy Alcantara
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played277
   
Games Started07
   
Innings Pitched27.042.0
   
Wins13
   
Losses22
   
Saves10
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds80
   
Hits Allowed1435
   
Earned Runs814
   
Home Runs Allowed14
   
Strikeouts5339
   
Walks1615
   
ERA2.673.00
   
WHIP1.111.19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Sandy Alcantara
SP - MIA
Sandy Alcantara
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6129
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched61.3170.2
   
Wins39
   
Losses311
   
Saves220
   
Blown Saves90
   
Holds60
   
Hits Allowed40160
   
Earned Runs2280
   
Home Runs Allowed722
   
Strikeouts99149
   
Walks3265
   
ERA3.234.24
   
WHIP1.191.32
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Sandy Alcantara
SP - MIA
Sandy Alcantara
News 
 The Cleveland Indians have optioned reliever James Karinchak to Triple-A Columbus. His roster spot will go to first baseman Bobby Bradley, who was activated from the IL.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Aug 28th
Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and one walk while striking out four over six innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on Sunday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Mon, Sep 20th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He struck out two and allowed just one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara allowed just one hit over eight scoreless innings while striking out seven in Monday's win over the Nationals. The win brings him to 9-13 on the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Sep 14th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed a run in his lone inning of work in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 11th
Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara allowed one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out 14 over nine innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Wednesday.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Sep 9th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in a 12-11 win over the White Sox on Saturday. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a two-run homer.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 1st
Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 11 over seven innings in Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Mon, Aug 23rd
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. He worked around one walk in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jul 25th
Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara tossed seven scoreless innings in Wednesday's win over the Padres, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Aug 12th
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
Alcantara continued to build on what was a pretty strong foundation heading into 2020. He lowered his ERA to 3.00 and his WHIP to 1.19, and improved in both his strikeout and walk rate while adding velocity. He pitched only 42 innings last year because of COVID-19 issues, but he dominated over the latter three-quarters of the season, pitching to a 2.30 ERA with 30 strikeouts over his final 31 1/3 innings. There's not a ton to dislike about Alcantara, and there's room for continued growth. Draft him as a fourth starter with upside for more.
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