Who Should I Draft?

Jose Leclerc or Rich Hill (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Rich Hill
SP - LAD
Rich Hill
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
35 of 56 experts
38%
Recommended by
21 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 51
Best Rank# 26# 16
Worst Rank# 87# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 118# 174
Best Rank# 106# 154
Worst Rank# 142# 187
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts87150
Wins310
Saves290
ERA3.163.51
WHIP1.211.15
   
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Injury Alert-IL10
   
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# 62# 67
   
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The Athletic
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# 53# 41
   
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# 54# 49
   
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# 56# 46
   
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# 56# 52
   
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The Athletic
# 57# 54
   
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# 58# 50
   
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The Athletic
# 59# 54
   
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# 72# 36
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 87# 50
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Rich Hill
SP - LAD
Rich Hill
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5925
   
Games Started024
   
Innings Pitched58.1133.1
   
Wins211
   
Losses35
   
Saves120
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds150
   
Hits Allowed24108
   
Earned Runs1054
   
Home Runs Allowed120
   
Strikeouts85150
   
Walks2541
   
ERA1.563.66
   
WHIP0.851.12
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Rich Hill
SP - LAD
Rich Hill
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6224
   
Games Started024
   
Innings Pitched62.8136.1
   
Wins310
   
Losses37
   
Saves290
   
Blown Saves100
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed42112
   
Earned Runs2253
   
Home Runs Allowed618
   
Strikeouts87150
   
Walks3445
   
ERA3.163.51
   
WHIP1.211.15
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Rich Hill
SP - LAD
Rich Hill
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
Rich Hill has been diagnosed with a flexor strain. Early reports indicate that he'll have to wait three-to-four weeks before he's able to pick up a baseball. Hill is hopeful that he'll be able to return this season.
Blaine Blontz
Thu, Jun 20th
 Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
Rich Hill (forearm) will be placed on the 10-day injured list on Thursday, according to Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts.
Connor Rooney
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
Rich Hill left the mound at the top of the second inning against the San Fransisco Giants Wednesday. Dave Roberts and a trainer escorted a grimacing Hill out the game.
Jonathan Limehouse - Jonathan Limehouse Fantasy Pros
Wed, Jun 19th
 Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
Rich Hill improved to 4-1 on Friday versus the Cubs, spinning seven innings of three-run ball while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 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
Rich Hill improved to 3-1 on Saturday in San Francisco, striking out six while allowing two runs in five innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
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
It's a bit surprising how much the ECR favors Hill over Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Ross Stripling. All are superb options when healthy, but none should be trusted to work any more than 135 innings. So why such a heavy preference for Hill? The unlikely reclamation project turns 39 before starting the season, and he wasn't as elite (3.66 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 3.57 SIERA) in 2018's 132.2 innings. Drafters must exude patience, as he has struggled out of the gate in each of the last two seasons. In what should come as a surprise to nobody, he's already dealing with a short-term MCL injury that will delay his scheduled Opening Day start. He's a strong SP2 or 3 in the starts he makes, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him run out of steam. Just don't drop him much for this injury; such issues were already expected and factored into his draft cost.
Andrew Gould - 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
Hill has developed into a high-end fantasy starter in his mid-30s, posting no worse than a 3.66 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 10.18 K/9 over each of the last three seasons. Of course, he's never thrown more than 136 innings in any of those seasons, and we can't expect him to do it this year, either. But he's proven he can be a very valuable fantasy commodity in limited innings, particularly in leagues with a low innings cap.
Andrew Seifter - 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