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Who Should I Draft?

James Karinchak or Shohei Ohtani (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
Expert
Recommendation
69%
Recommended by
35 of 51 experts
31%
Recommended by
16 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 54
Best Rank# 28# 14
Worst Rank# 117# 120
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 154
Best Rank# 94# 88
Worst Rank# 129# 184
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9996
Wins36
Saves220
ERA3.234.23
WHIP1.191.36
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertMiLB-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 68
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 120
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 60
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 71
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 76
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47# 56
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 103
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 80
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 56
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37# 71
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 82
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 62
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 63
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 64
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40# 66
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 60
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 64
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 50
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 66
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 113
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37# 55
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 58
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 57
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54# 57
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 49
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 53
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 47
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 58
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31# 48
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48# 62
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34# 93
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47# 54
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60# 63
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65# 72
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 14
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 33
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38# 36
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 15
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 22
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 40
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 46
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 53
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 54
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 54
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61# 38
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92# 49
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98# 55
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100# 54
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 31
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played272
   
Games Started02
   
Innings Pitched27.02.2
   
Wins10
   
Losses21
   
Saves10
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds80
   
Hits Allowed143
   
Earned Runs87
   
Home Runs Allowed10
   
Strikeouts533
   
Walks168
   
ERA2.6737.80
   
WHIP1.116.60
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6136
   
Games Started018
   
Innings Pitched61.386.9
   
Wins36
   
Losses35
   
Saves220
   
Blown Saves90
   
Holds60
   
Hits Allowed4076
   
Earned Runs2241
   
Home Runs Allowed714
   
Strikeouts9996
   
Walks3242
   
ERA3.234.23
   
WHIP1.191.36
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
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
The Angels announced Shohei Ohtani will pitch on Sunday against the A's.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 17th
 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
Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday’s 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Liam Gibney
Fri, Sep 17th
 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
Shohei Ohtani connected for his league leading 44th home run on Friday. He went 1-for-1 with a home run and two walks in Friday's loss. On the flip side, he pitched 3.1 innings, allowed nine hits, six earned runs, and struck out one.
Liam Gibney
Sat, Sep 11th
 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
Angels' two way star Shohei Ohtani will sit for Tuesday's game against the Padres.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Sep 7th
 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
Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in Saturday's win.
Liam Gibney
Sun, Sep 5th
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
Depending on your league settings, Ohtani has the potential to be a dominant force in 2021. There has never been any doubt about his talent, and he looks fantastic in the spring, hitting home runs at will and pumping in high-90s fastballs when on the mound. He's been batting on days he pitches, and Joe Maddon has suggested that he's going to throw out the old rules that led to Ohtani's decreased playing time. If you can move him between hitter and pitcher on a daily basis, then move him up your board significantly. Even if not, he should provide plenty of value when healthy as either a hitter or a pitcher, so make sure he's on your radar as you move into the double-digit rounds.
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