Who Should I Draft?

Jose Alvarado or Jordan Hicks (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
36 of 59 experts
39%
Recommended by
23 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 67# 69
Best Rank# 34# 45
Worst Rank# 136# 217
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 166# 185
Best Rank# 157# 169
Worst Rank# 195# 225
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7567
Wins33
Saves2724
ERA3.043.56
WHIP1.231.36
   
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Injury AlertIL60IL60
   
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# 75# 89
   
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  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7073
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched64.178.3
   
Wins13
   
Losses64
   
Saves86
   
Blown Saves47
   
Holds3124
   
Hits Allowed4259
   
Earned Runs1731
   
Home Runs Allowed12
   
Strikeouts8070
   
Walks2945
   
ERA2.393.59
   
WHIP1.111.34
   
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6365
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.069.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2724
   
Blown Saves107
   
Holds710
   
Hits Allowed4758
   
Earned Runs2127
   
Home Runs Allowed44
   
Strikeouts7567
   
Walks2936
   
ERA3.043.56
   
WHIP1.231.36
   
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
News 
 Jose Alvarado was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation after Saturday's loss at Baltimore, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
John Aubin
Sun, Aug 25th
The Cardinals officially placed Jordan Hicks on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 25th
 Jose Alvarado pitched the ninth inning on Sunday walking two batters and striking out one for the win as the Rays beat the Tigers by a 5-4 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Aug 18th
The Cardinals announced Jordan Hicks has been diagnosed with a torn UCL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 24th
 The Rays activated Jose Alvarado (oblique) off the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 13th
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says Jordan Hicks is dealing with tricep tendinitis.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Jose Alvarado (oblique) could join the Rays during their current series against the Padres that lasts through Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Tue, Aug 13th
Jordan Hicks was removed from Saturday's game versus the Angels with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Jose Alvarado (oblique) is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after leaving Saturday’s game with an injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 8th
Jordan Hicks pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
Notes 
 The Rays appear to be in no hurry to name a closer, and they may not assign the job to a single pitcher. But the early frontrunner should be Jose Alvarado, who earned eight handshakes last year while posting helpful ratios.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Spring stats often get overblown, but how do you ignore someone throwing 103 mph and collecting eight strikeouts in his first 16 batters faced? Armed with what pitching coach Mike Maddux called "the best fastball I've ever seen," Hicks brandishes elite upside despite posting a middling 3.59 ERA and 7.4 K-BB% in his rookie season. Remember, the Cardinals bumped him up straight from Single-A, so the 22-year-old is still developing. He just may ascend into a top-shelf reliever as soon as this season, and it's possible that dominance would land him save opportunities. If opening 2019 as the Cardinals' closer, Hicks wields league-winning upside.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Searching for this year's Blake Treinen? While Alvarado doesn't tout the same job security, he also rode elite strikeout (30.4%) and ground-ball (55.0%) rates to a 2.39 ERA and 2.27 FIP in 2018. If he can improve his BB/9 from 4.08 into the 3.00-3.50 range, we're looking at a top-tier reliever. Unfortunately for most fantasy players, the Rays are hardly bothered by defying bullpen conventions. They might not ever pick a set closer, but Alvarado is by far the best bet to thrive if given the role. He's worth targeting when all of the stable save sources are gone in a draft, which will happen sooner than you think.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Contrary to popular belief, Hicks is the favorite to land the Cardinals' closer job over Andrew Miller this season. He may not be as dynamite a reliever, but Hicks is excellent in his own respect. If he does get the job, expect loads of save opportunities to go with 70+ Ks and excellent ratios.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 With a full season as the Rays' closer, Alvarado could end up one of the top 10 closers in baseball. There is some more risk with him than the guys who have done it for years, but we could be looking at 90 Ks with excellent ratios and 35 saves which makes him a total steal late in drafts.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros