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Who Should I Draft?

James Karinchak or Trevor Rosenthal (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Trevor Rosenthal
RP - OAK
Trevor Rosenthal
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
29 of 51 experts
43%
Recommended by
22 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 50
Best Rank# 28# 28
Worst Rank# 117# 98
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 120
Best Rank# 94# 113
Worst Rank# 129# 234
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts9976
Wins33
Saves2225
ERA3.233.81
WHIP1.191.31
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertMiLBIL60
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 82
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 53
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47# 58
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 68
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 50
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 57
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37# 98
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 90
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 51
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 72
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 92
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 56
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 59
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38# 50
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 62
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37# 92
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 76
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 47
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 60
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 55
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 62
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 39
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 54
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 63
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31# 51
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47# 51
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 41
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65# 74
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34# 30
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40# 28
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 37
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48# 34
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 44
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 44
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 47
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54# 40
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 43
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 47
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 28
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 39
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60# 57
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 35
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61# 36
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 33
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 43
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82# 46
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92# 43
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98# 51
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100# 37
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 62
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Trevor Rosenthal
RP - OAK
Trevor Rosenthal
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2723
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched27.024.3
   
Wins11
   
Losses20
   
Saves111
   
Blown Saves31
   
Holds81
   
Hits Allowed1412
   
Earned Runs85
   
Home Runs Allowed12
   
Strikeouts5338
   
Walks168
   
ERA2.671.90
   
WHIP1.110.85
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Trevor Rosenthal
RP - OAK
Trevor Rosenthal
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6159
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched61.356.3
   
Wins33
   
Losses32
   
Saves2225
   
Blown Saves94
   
Holds63
   
Hits Allowed4042
   
Earned Runs2224
   
Home Runs Allowed76
   
Strikeouts9976
   
Walks3232
   
ERA3.233.81
   
WHIP1.191.31
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Trevor Rosenthal
RP - OAK
Trevor Rosenthal
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
Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (hip) will undergo surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his hip and will miss the rest of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jul 7th
 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
A's RHP Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) is progressing "rapidly" through his strength program, per manager Bob Melvin.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 11th
 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
Athletics reliever Trevor Rosenthal officially underwent surgery today. The operation "involved the removal of his first rib, a pec minor release, and scalene release," according to a release from the Athletics.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Apr 8th
 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
The Athletics' bullpen was dealt a major blow on Thursday as reliever Trevor Rosenthal landed on the 60-day injured list. He's been dealing with a shoulder injury. Thoracic outlet surgery seems like the most likely outcome for the 30-year-old right-hander. Such a procedure would hold him out for at least three months.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Apr 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
A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters on Wednesday that "surgery is on the table" for Trevor Rosenthal because of his shoulder injury.
Dan Harris
Wed, Apr 7th
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
After missing the 2018 season and most of the 2019 season, Rosenthal bounced back in a huge way last year. He stepped in as the Royals' closer, notching seven saves, and then was unhittable with the Padres after a mid-year trade. He parlayed his success into a one-year contract with the A's, where all signs point to him being the undisputed closer. Rosenthal was an outstanding reliever in his prime and once had back-to-back 45-save (or better) seasons. And his raw stuff looked excellent last year, as he totaled the best strikeout rate of his career. If he stays healthy, he has a shot at being a top-5 closer, but you can draft him a little later than that and likely make a profit.
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