Who Should I Draft?

Jose Leclerc or Ken Giles (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
46 of 56 experts
18%
Recommended by
10 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 54
Best Rank# 26# 38
Worst Rank# 87# 124
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 118# 144
Best Rank# 106# 134
Worst Rank# 142# 157
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8774
Wins33
Saves2930
ERA3.163.60
WHIP1.211.18
   
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  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5955
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched58.150.2
   
Wins20
   
Losses33
   
Saves1226
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds151
   
Hits Allowed2454
   
Earned Runs1026
   
Home Runs Allowed16
   
Strikeouts8553
   
Walks257
   
ERA1.564.65
   
WHIP0.851.21
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6263
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.863.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2930
   
Blown Saves102
   
Holds21
   
Hits Allowed4257
   
Earned Runs2225
   
Home Runs Allowed67
   
Strikeouts8774
   
Walks3418
   
ERA3.163.60
   
WHIP1.211.18
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
News 
 Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Wednesday night that Jose Leclerc is close to regaining the closer role.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 6th
Ken Giles gave up a walk and a hit but was able to shut down the Red Sox in the ninth inning on Saturday, preserving a lead to earn his 12th save of the season.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
Giles was activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Toronto's game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.
James Bisson
Thu, Jun 20th
 Jose Leclerc left Monday's appearance versus Seattle with cramping in both of his calves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
Ken Giles who is on the injured list with elbow issues threw 22 pitches to hitters Wednesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
John Aubin
Thu, Jun 20th
 Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
Giles was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles with right elbow inflammation.
James Bisson
Wed, Jun 12th
 Rangers manager Chris Woodward says Jose Leclerc will function as the team's "opener" on Friday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 16th
Ken Giles recorded a four-out save with three strikeouts and two walks during a 4-3 victory against the Yankees on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 5th
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 Blue Jays took on Ken Giles in the Osuna trade last year. Although Giles' 2018 stats don't look pretty at first glance, his underlying numbers - including a terrific 53-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio - weren't too bad. Giles actually makes for a decent bounce-back candidate and potential draft-day value if your leaguemates are scared off by last year's 4.65 ERA.
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
After holding down Houston's closing gig in 2017, Giles garnered a 3.08 FIP and 7.57 K/BB rate in 2018. He also posted a 4.65 ERA and got shipped to Toronto after losing the ninth-inning gig. It's the second time in three years his ERA has soared over 4.00 despite excellent peripherals, so drafters can never get too comfortable with the erratic righty. There's still a lot to like. His strikeouts dropped despite an elite 16.0% swinging-strike rate, and he closed the season with 10 scoreless outings as the Blue Jays' closer, a role he'll hold to start the season. He's not far off from the guy who recorded a 2.30 ERA, 11.9 K/9, and 34 saves in 2017.
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
Giles may have been an elite closer in 2015 and 2017, but his other two seasons have been disappointing for fantasy owners. Although he straightened is out with Toronto in his final 20 innings, we were still looking at a low K-rate and an ERA over 4.00. Plus, it isn't like there will be a ton of save opportunities in Toronto like he saw in Houston the past few years.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros