Who Should I Draft?

Jose Leclerc or Shane Bieber (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
30 of 59 experts
49%
Recommended by
29 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 47# 48
Best Rank# 26# 24
Worst Rank# 87# 226
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 118# 149
Best Rank# 106# 136
Worst Rank# 142# 157
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts87147
Wins311
Saves290
ERA3.163.84
WHIP1.211.23
   
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  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5920
   
Games Started019
   
Innings Pitched58.1115.1
   
Wins211
   
Losses35
   
Saves120
   
Blown Saves40
   
Holds150
   
Hits Allowed24130
   
Earned Runs1058
   
Home Runs Allowed113
   
Strikeouts85118
   
Walks2523
   
ERA1.564.55
   
WHIP0.851.33
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6227
   
Games Started026
   
Innings Pitched62.8154.9
   
Wins311
   
Losses38
   
Saves290
   
Blown Saves100
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed42159
   
Earned Runs2266
   
Home Runs Allowed618
   
Strikeouts87147
   
Walks3431
   
ERA3.163.84
   
WHIP1.211.23
   
  Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber struggled in a 7-5 win over the Twins on Sunday. Bieber gave up four runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out four.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber pitched well in a 6-2 win over the Angels on Monday. Bieber allowed just one run over seven innings while striking out eight.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Sep 10th
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber pitched well in an 8-6 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. Bieber allowed two runs over seven innings while striking out nine.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber turned in a quality start in a 4-0 loss to the Rays on Friday. Bieber allowed three runs over 6 1/3 innings while striking out nine.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Aug 31st
 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
Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber turned in a quality start in a 9-8 loss to the Royals on Sunday. Bieber allowed three runs (two earned) over seven innings while striking out eight.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 25th
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
Bieber is the rare pitcher who may throw too many strikes. His pinpoint control is helpful for his WHIP, and he's shown the ability to strike out close to a batter per inning, but he gave up so many hits as a rookie that his ERA ballooned to 4.55. That is due for quite a bit of positive regression, but Bieber's ERA may always trail behind his WHIP. For now, expect his ERA to settle in the mid-to-high 3s.
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
Baseball fans could soon think of that pop singer as the other Bieber. After generating a 13.68 K/BB ratio (!) throughout his minor league career, the Cleveland righty recorded 118 strikeouts to 23 walks in 114.2 big league frames. He also, however, got pegged to a 4.55 ERA. Lefties crushed him (.311/.362/.547), and a subpar four-seam fastball didn't fool anyone. Yet he also boasted a 3.23 FIP with a superb slider that submitted a 26.2% swinging-strike rate. Corey Kluber and Corey Carrasco have emerged as aces despite mediocre heaters, so perhaps Cleveland can apply the same winning formula to Bieber. He's still reasonably priced as a mid-range breakout pick, but it wouldn't be surprising to see his ADP skyrocket this spring.
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