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
66%
Recommended by
37 of 56 experts
34%
Recommended by
19 of 56 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 fired two perfect innings to secure his 17th save in the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Giants on Sunday. He struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
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
 Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth for his 16th save in the Brewers' 5-2 win over the Pirates on Sunday. He walked one and struck out three.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 10th
Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
 Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth and struck out the side to pick up his 15th save in the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
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
 Josh Hader picked up a four-out save in the Brewers' 5-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday. He allowed no hits, one walk, and struck out four.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 6th
Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
 Josh Hader struck out five over two innings of relief, but gave up a three-run blast to Starling Marte and was charged with a blown save in the Brewers' 12-10 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
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
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