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Who Should I Draft?

Julio Urias or James Karinchak (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Julio Urias
SP,RP - LAD
Julio Urias
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
26 of 51 experts
49%
Recommended by
25 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 45
Best Rank# 28# 21
Worst Rank# 117# 81
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 102# 118
Best Rank# 94# 111
Worst Rank# 129# 131
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts99129
Wins39
Saves220
ERA3.233.76
WHIP1.191.19
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertMiLB-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 51# 55
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 44# 49
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 43# 60
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 45# 70
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 50
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 37# 49
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 49# 81
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 64
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 32# 33
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 50
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 40# 45
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 36# 49
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 43# 72
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 43# 52
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 38# 42
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 37# 57
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 48
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 33# 63
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 46
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 28# 48
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 43# 50
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 40# 48
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 31# 47
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 61# 70
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 34# 56
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 47# 49
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 37# 21
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 58# 27
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 55# 29
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 47# 31
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 40# 32
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 117# 33
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 47# 33
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 40# 36
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 100# 36
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 60# 37
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 48# 39
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 65# 40
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 53# 40
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 82# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 45# 42
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 62# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 56# 43
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 98# 44
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 44
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 54# 44
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 68# 45
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 60# 47
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 55# 50
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 56# 53
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 92# 67
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Julio Urias
SP,RP - LAD
Julio Urias
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2711
   
Games Started010
   
Innings Pitched27.055.1
   
Wins13
   
Losses20
   
Saves10
   
Blown Saves30
   
Holds80
   
Hits Allowed1445
   
Earned Runs820
   
Home Runs Allowed15
   
Strikeouts5345
   
Walks1618
   
ERA2.673.27
   
WHIP1.111.15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Julio Urias
SP,RP - LAD
Julio Urias
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6133
   
Games Started023
   
Innings Pitched61.3128.2
   
Wins39
   
Losses35
   
Saves220
   
Blown Saves90
   
Holds61
   
Hits Allowed40111
   
Earned Runs2254
   
Home Runs Allowed717
   
Strikeouts99129
   
Walks3242
   
ERA3.233.76
   
WHIP1.191.19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Julio Urias
SP,RP - LAD
Julio Urias
News 
 The Cleveland Indians have optioned reliever James Karinchak to Triple-A Columbus. His roster spot will go to first baseman Bobby Bradley, who was activated from the IL.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Aug 28th
LHP Julio Urias allowed four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts across six innings in the Dodgers' 5-4 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Jon Mathisen
Wed, Sep 22nd
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He struck out two and allowed just one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
LHP Julio Urias earned the win on Wednesday when he allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts over five innings in the Dodgers' 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Jon Mathisen
Thu, Sep 16th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed a run in his lone inning of work in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 11th
Julio Urias threw seven shutout innings in this one, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out seven batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Sep 11th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in a 12-11 win over the White Sox on Saturday. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a two-run homer.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 1st
LHP Julio Urias earned the win on Saturday when he allowed one run on eight hits with eight strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings as the Dodgers beat the Giants 6-1.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Sep 5th
 Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. He worked around one walk in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jul 25th
LHP Julio Urias earned the win on Monday when he allowed two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts over six innings as the Dodgers took down the Braves 5-3.
Jon Mathisen
Tue, Aug 31st
Notes 
 Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, though it's not a sure thing yet. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak can be a dominant fantasy reliever if he gets the job. Monitor reports out of the spring to see when and if Terry Francona formerly anoints him as the closer. If he does, he should vault to being a top-6 or 7 reliever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Urias had an interesting season (other than his postseason, which was dominant). His numbers overall were very solid, with a 3.27 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. But his strikeout rate dipped dramatically as a full-time starter, and his SIERA (4.88) and xFIP (5.06) suggest he got lucky. But the bottom line is that Urias is excellent at limiting hard contact, and he's allowed just a .257 BABIP over the last two seasons, which should keep his ERA in check. The Dodgers' rotation is overflowing, so it's possible they continue to limit Urias's innings. But for now, he should be considered an SP3, and as his playoffs showed, there's plenty of room for growth with his strikeout numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 "Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros