Who Should I Draft?

Jose Leclerc or Jose Alvarado (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
53 of 59 experts
10%
Recommended by
6 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 67
Best Rank# 26# 34
Worst Rank# 87# 136
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 118# 166
Best Rank# 106# 157
Worst Rank# 142# 195
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8775
Wins33
Saves2927
ERA3.163.04
WHIP1.211.23
   
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  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5970
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.164.1
   
Wins21
   
Losses36
   
Saves128
   
Blown Saves44
   
Holds1531
   
Hits Allowed2442
   
Earned Runs1017
   
Home Runs Allowed11
   
Strikeouts8580
   
Walks2529
   
ERA1.562.39
   
WHIP0.851.11
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6263
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.862.0
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2927
   
Blown Saves1010
   
Holds27
   
Hits Allowed4247
   
Earned Runs2221
   
Home Runs Allowed64
   
Strikeouts8775
   
Walks3429
   
ERA3.163.04
   
WHIP1.211.23
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Jose Alvarado
RP - TB
Jose Alvarado
News 
 Jose Leclerc allowed a walk through a scoreless inning in Thursday’s 6-4 win over the Rays to earn the save. He notched his 13th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 13th
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
 Jose Leclerc allowed a run on two hits and no walks while striking out two in Wednesday's 10-9 win over the Rays. He earned his 12th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 12th
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
 Jose Leclerc allowed one hit with a walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Friday's 7-6 win over the Orioles. He earned his 11th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
The Rays activated Jose Alvarado (oblique) off the 10-day injured list.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 13th
 Jose Leclerc allowed a hit and walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Orioles. He earned his 10th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
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
 Jose Leclerc (2-4) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one through an inning in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Mariners. He was saddled with his fourth loss of the season.
Brad Camara
Fri, Aug 30th
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
Notes 
 Leclerc emerged from relative obscurity in 2018 to become a dominant closer, producing a 1.56 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 13.27 K/9. That performance clearly impressed manager Chris Woodward, who has left no doubt that Leclerc will be the Rangers' closer again in 2019. He could be one of the better fantasy closers in the league even if Texas doesn't win a ton of games.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
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
 Essentially the Blake Snell of relievers down the stretch, Leclerc allowed just nine hits and two runs-both on July 28-over his final 28 innings. If going two entire months without allowing a run wasn't impressive enough, he yielded one extra-base hit (a double) while stockpiling 29 strikeouts and six walks in his final 20 frames. The Rangers have accordingly committed to the 25-year-old as their Opening Day closer. If he can sustain last season's late command improvements, he could keep the role all year as a top-five stud with 100-strikeout capabilities. A career 16.0% walk rate and a lackluster Rangers squad present some significant pitfalls, but the sky-high upside makes him an alluring second-tier breakout option.
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
 Don't look now, but Leclerc may already be the most dominant reliever in baseball. His ERA last year was 1.56 with a 0.850 WHIP and 13.3 K/9. The saves could triple to 35+ this season so don't hesitate to reach a few rounds to secure a stud on draft day.
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