Who Should I Draft?

Jose Alvarado or Mychal Givens (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Mychal Givens
RP - BAL
Mychal Givens
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
46 of 55 experts
16%
Recommended by
9 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 65# 79
Best Rank# 34# 54
Worst Rank# 136# 142
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 166# 255
Best Rank# 157# 204
Worst Rank# 195# 273
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7577
Wins33
Saves2725
ERA3.043.63
WHIP1.231.22
   
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  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Mychal Givens
RP - BAL
Mychal Givens
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played7069
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched64.177.2
   
Wins10
   
Losses67
   
Saves89
   
Blown Saves44
   
Holds3115
   
Hits Allowed4261
   
Earned Runs1734
   
Home Runs Allowed14
   
Strikeouts8079
   
Walks2930
   
ERA2.393.99
   
WHIP1.111.19
   
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Mychal Givens
RP - BAL
Mychal Givens
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6367
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.069.8
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2725
   
Blown Saves106
   
Holds72
   
Hits Allowed4758
   
Earned Runs2128
   
Home Runs Allowed48
   
Strikeouts7577
   
Walks2927
   
ERA3.043.63
   
WHIP1.231.22
   
  Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Mychal Givens
RP - BAL
Mychal Givens
News 
 Jose Alvarado (personal), whose seven-day stint on the family medical emergency list ended Saturday, is likely to be moved to the restricted list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
Mychal Givens recorded two strikeouts as he retired the side in order during the ninth inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Blue Jays.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 12th
 The Rays have placed Jose Alvarado on the family medical emergency list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Mychal Givens struck out both of the batters he faced in the ninth inning to earn his fifth save of the season Tuesday against the Rangers.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 5th
 Jose Alvarado pitched a scoreless inning striking out two batters on Saturday as the Rays lost to the Twins by a 6-2 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 2nd
Mychal Givens walked two through 1/3 of an inning to blow the save in an 8-7 loss to the Rockies on Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, May 27th
 Jose Alvarado posted one strikeout during a two-out save in a 6-3 victory against the Indians on Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, May 27th
Mychal Givens gave up two runs on two hits over just a 1/3 of an inning to take the loss as the Rockies came back to beat the Orioles by an 8-6 score.
John Aubin
Sat, May 25th
 Jose Alvarado gave up two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out one batter as the Rays lost to the Indians by a 3-1 score.
John Aubin
Sat, May 25th
Mychal Givens (0-2) allowed one earned run on three walks and one hit while striking out two across one inning to take the loss Thursday against the Yankees.
John Aubin
Fri, May 24th
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
Although Baltimore may only win 50 games, Givens is one of the closers who has no competition for saves on his team. Even 25 save opportunities is better than what someone like Josh Hader or Zach Britton will get. Pair that with another 80 strikeouts and respectable ratios and we are looking at a top 30 fantasy reliever.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
 
 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