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Who Should I Draft?

James Karinchak or Sixto Sanchez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Sixto Sanchez
SP - MIA
Sixto Sanchez
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
38 of 51 experts
25%
Recommended by
13 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 53
Best Rank# 28# 27
Worst Rank# 117# 115
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 136
Best Rank# 94# 107
Worst Rank# 129# 153
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts99115
Wins38
Saves220
ERA3.233.77
WHIP1.191.22
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertMiLBMiLB
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 65
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 108
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 48
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47# 87
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 73
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 59
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 59
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 62
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37# 46
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 67
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 56
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 52
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40# 52
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 50
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 115
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 49
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 47
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38# 66
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 55
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 52
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37# 45
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 52
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54# 63
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 50
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 75
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 40
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 42
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 47
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 77
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31# 50
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48# 54
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34# 46
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47# 50
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 57
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60# 71
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65# 89
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 47
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 27
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 53
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 39
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 53
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 50
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61# 54
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 55
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 38
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82# 42
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98# 39
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100# 52
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 41
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Sixto Sanchez
SP - MIA
Sixto Sanchez
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played277
   
Games Started07
   
Innings Pitched27.039.0
   
Wins13
   
Losses22
   
Saves10
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds80
   
Hits Allowed1436
   
Earned Runs815
   
Home Runs Allowed13
   
Strikeouts5333
   
Walks1611
   
ERA2.673.46
   
WHIP1.111.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Sixto Sanchez
SP - MIA
Sixto Sanchez
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6123
   
Games Started023
   
Innings Pitched61.3128.7
   
Wins38
   
Losses37
   
Saves220
   
Blown Saves90
   
Holds60
   
Hits Allowed40120
   
Earned Runs2254
   
Home Runs Allowed716
   
Strikeouts99115
   
Walks3236
   
ERA3.233.77
   
WHIP1.191.22
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Sixto Sanchez
SP - MIA
Sixto Sanchez
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 top prospect RHP Sixto Sanchez (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 5th
 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 starting pitcher Sixto Sánchez began throwing at 120-feet.
Corbin Young
Tue, Jun 22nd
 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 RHP Sixto Sanchez (shoulder) has resumed throwing on flat ground from 60 feet.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 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
Marlins RHP Sixto Sanchez (shoulder) has been cleared to resume throwing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 8th
 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
Sixto Sanchez threw a bullpen session on Friday but later felt discomfort in his injured shoulder, so the Marlins shut him down for a couple of days.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Jun 1st
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
Sanchez built on his strong 2019 season in Double-A with an excellent seven-start stretch in the majors, during which he put up a 3.46 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Sanchez throws really hard (his fastball velocity is in the 98th percentile), but he doesn't put up a ton of strikeouts, either in the minors or during his stint in the majors last year. But his outstanding changeup (.148 BAA, .148 slugging against, .158 wOBA against) keeps hitters off balance, and allows him to avoid giving up too much hard contact. Combine that with his well above-average control and his almost comical ability to avoid giving up home runs, and you have a quality pitcher who can slide into the middle of your staff.
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