Who Should I Draft?

Josh Hader or Jose Leclerc (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Expert
Recommendation
68%
Recommended by
40 of 59 experts
32%
Recommended by
19 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 42# 47
Best Rank# 19# 26
Worst Rank# 117# 87
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 105# 118
Best Rank# 101# 106
Worst Rank# 129# 142
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts11587
Wins43
Saves1329
ERA2.693.16
WHIP1.041.21
   
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  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5559
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched81.058.1
   
Wins62
   
Losses13
   
Saves1212
   
Blown Saves54
   
Holds2115
   
Hits Allowed3624
   
Earned Runs2210
   
Home Runs Allowed91
   
Strikeouts14385
   
Walks3025
   
ERA2.431.56
   
WHIP0.810.85
   
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6062
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched73.062.8
   
Wins43
   
Losses33
   
Saves1329
   
Blown Saves210
   
Holds152
   
Hits Allowed4642
   
Earned Runs2222
   
Home Runs Allowed96
   
Strikeouts11587
   
Walks3034
   
ERA2.693.16
   
WHIP1.041.21
   
  Josh Hader
RP - MIL
Josh Hader
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
News 
 Josh Hader converted his 34th save of the season Thursday against the Padres, striking out one in a clean ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 19th
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
 Josh Hader picked up his 33rd save of the season Sunday against the Cardinals, allowing two runs on one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out two.
Connor Rooney
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
 Josh Hader earned the save Saturday against the Cardinals, striking out one in a clean ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 15th
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
 Josh Hader earned his 29th save Sunday against the Cubs, striking out both of the batters he faced.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
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
 Josh Hader (3-5) struck out four in two scoreless frames Saturday against the Cubs, allowing no hits and one walk.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 8th
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
Notes 
 Hader registered three fewer strikeouts (143) than Miles Mikolas last season and eight more than Kenley Jansen and Ken Giles combined. Although not Milwaukee's full-time closer, he notched 12 saves and six wins with a 2.43 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He led all relievers in strikeout % (46.7) and swinging-strike rate (19.0%). As a result, he's an anomaly who should get drafted above middling closers even in standard five-by-five leagues. Despite his clear dominance, it's awfully tough paying such a steep price for a middle reliever who's no guarantee to vulture as many saves and wins. With a consensus ADP above Sean Doolittle, Kirby Yates, and Jose Leclerc, drafters should instead try to find the next Hader in the final rounds or on the waiver wire. This could all change, however, if injuries to Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel clear a path to saves. (The Brewers have also been linked to Craig Kimbrel.) Hader is a top-five stud in saves-plus-holds format who'd garner that same elite status in all leagues if given the closer's role.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
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
 Hader has dominant stuff and a proven ability to succeed in the ninth inning, but it remains to be seen whether he'll see as many save opportunities as he did last season. Regardless, he can help enough in other areas (Ks, ERA, WHIP) to be worth rostering in many formats even if he isn't closing. If you're skeptical, consider this: Hader and Jeffress finished as the third and fourth most-valuable relievers in standard 5
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
 You may not get a dozen saves out of Hader again, but the 143 strikeouts and lights out ratios are here to stay. Those video game numbers make him a top 10 fantasy relief pitcher, as you won't find anyone more apt to help you in those three big categories.
Bobby Sylvester - 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