Who Should I Draft?

Jose Leclerc or Nick Pivetta (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Nick Pivetta
SP - PHI
Nick Pivetta
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
34 of 56 experts
39%
Recommended by
22 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 50
Best Rank# 26# 31
Worst Rank# 87# 247
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 118# 151
Best Rank# 106# 147
Worst Rank# 142# 168
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts87177
Wins310
Saves290
ERA3.164.15
WHIP1.211.29
   
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  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Nick Pivetta
SP - PHI
Nick Pivetta
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5933
   
Games Started032
   
Innings Pitched58.1164.2
   
Wins27
   
Losses314
   
Saves120
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds150
   
Hits Allowed24163
   
Earned Runs1087
   
Home Runs Allowed124
   
Strikeouts85188
   
Walks2551
   
ERA1.564.77
   
WHIP0.851.30
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Nick Pivetta
SP - PHI
Nick Pivetta
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6230
   
Games Started030
   
Innings Pitched62.8162.2
   
Wins310
   
Losses310
   
Saves290
   
Blown Saves100
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed42154
   
Earned Runs2275
   
Home Runs Allowed623
   
Strikeouts87177
   
Walks3455
   
ERA3.164.15
   
WHIP1.211.29
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Nick Pivetta
SP - PHI
Nick Pivetta
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
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta allowed four earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Atlanta Braves on Friday.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
 Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta allowed one earned run on six hits and no walks while striking out six over nine innings in a complete game win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. The win brings him to 4-1 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
 Jose Leclerc left Monday's appearance versus Seattle with cramping in both of his calves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta tossed six shutout innings on Sunday, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out nine.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings in Tuesday’s win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Wed, May 29th
 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
The Phillies announced Nick Pivetta will start on Tuesday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, May 26th
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
Pivetta's peripherals say that his ERA should have been much better than 4.77 last year, but he was victimized by a high BABIP, low strand rate, and lots and lots of home runs. This is an elite bat misser who has thrown fewer than 300 innings at the Major League level, so there is some breakout potential here. We'll learn this season whether Pivetta is ready to take a step forward or if he's the next in a line of pitchers who don't quite live up to their peripherals.
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
Most metrics paint Pivetta as the perfect breakout pick. On the strength of a stellar 19.7 K-BB%, he posted a 3.80 FIP and 3.51 SIERA despite a bloated 4.77 ERA. He possesses an excellent curveball and slider combination that each induced swinging-strike rates above 15.0%. Before going all in on a Cy Young Award dark horse, beware an abysmal fastball that surrendered a .302/.385/.516 slash line. His ups and downs also weren't predictable, as he went from silencing the Red Sox to getting stuffed by the Mets in consecutive August outings. There's enough upside to draft him as a top-40 hurler. Just don't assume he's a sure thing to slice his ERA by at least a full run.
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