Who Should I Draft?

Ken Giles or Jordan Hicks (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
52 of 59 experts
12%
Recommended by
7 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 54# 69
Best Rank# 38# 45
Worst Rank# 124# 217
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 144# 185
Best Rank# 134# 169
Worst Rank# 157# 225
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7467
Wins33
Saves3024
ERA3.603.56
WHIP1.181.36
   
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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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# 52# 87
   
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# 63# 89
   
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# 48# 64
   
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  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played5573
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched50.278.3
   
Wins03
   
Losses34
   
Saves266
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds124
   
Hits Allowed5459
   
Earned Runs2631
   
Home Runs Allowed62
   
Strikeouts5370
   
Walks745
   
ERA4.653.59
   
WHIP1.211.34
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6365
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched63.169.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves3024
   
Blown Saves27
   
Holds110
   
Hits Allowed5758
   
Earned Runs2527
   
Home Runs Allowed74
   
Strikeouts7467
   
Walks1836
   
ERA3.603.56
   
WHIP1.181.36
   
  Ken Giles
RP - TOR
Ken Giles
Jordan Hicks
RP - STL
Jordan Hicks
News 
 Ken Giles didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two during the ninth inning in a save against the Yankees on Friday.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 21st
The Cardinals officially placed Jordan Hicks on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 25th
 Ken Giles gave up a solo homer before finishing off the Orioles in the ninth inning Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 18th
The Cardinals announced Jordan Hicks has been diagnosed with a torn UCL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 24th
 Ken Giles allowed one hit and a walk but struck out two during the ninth to nail down his 19th save in a 4-3 victory against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
John Aubin
Wed, Sep 11th
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says Jordan Hicks is dealing with tricep tendinitis.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Ken Giles gave up a two-run home run in the ninth inning and took a loss against the Astros on Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, Sep 2nd
Jordan Hicks was removed from Saturday's game versus the Angels with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
 Ken Giles saved the game against his former club on Saturday night, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run lead against the Astros.
John Aubin
Sun, Sep 1st
Jordan Hicks pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation in the Cardinals' 5-0 win over the Marlins on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
Notes 
 The Blue Jays took on Ken Giles in the Osuna trade last year. Although Giles' 2018 stats don't look pretty at first glance, his underlying numbers - including a terrific 53-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio - weren't too bad. Giles actually makes for a decent bounce-back candidate and potential draft-day value if your leaguemates are scared off by last year's 4.65 ERA.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Spring stats often get overblown, but how do you ignore someone throwing 103 mph and collecting eight strikeouts in his first 16 batters faced? Armed with what pitching coach Mike Maddux called "the best fastball I've ever seen," Hicks brandishes elite upside despite posting a middling 3.59 ERA and 7.4 K-BB% in his rookie season. Remember, the Cardinals bumped him up straight from Single-A, so the 22-year-old is still developing. He just may ascend into a top-shelf reliever as soon as this season, and it's possible that dominance would land him save opportunities. If opening 2019 as the Cardinals' closer, Hicks wields league-winning upside.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 After holding down Houston's closing gig in 2017, Giles garnered a 3.08 FIP and 7.57 K/BB rate in 2018. He also posted a 4.65 ERA and got shipped to Toronto after losing the ninth-inning gig. It's the second time in three years his ERA has soared over 4.00 despite excellent peripherals, so drafters can never get too comfortable with the erratic righty. There's still a lot to like. His strikeouts dropped despite an elite 16.0% swinging-strike rate, and he closed the season with 10 scoreless outings as the Blue Jays' closer, a role he'll hold to start the season. He's not far off from the guy who recorded a 2.30 ERA, 11.9 K/9, and 34 saves in 2017.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Contrary to popular belief, Hicks is the favorite to land the Cardinals' closer job over Andrew Miller this season. He may not be as dynamite a reliever, but Hicks is excellent in his own respect. If he does get the job, expect loads of save opportunities to go with 70+ Ks and excellent ratios.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Giles may have been an elite closer in 2015 and 2017, but his other two seasons have been disappointing for fantasy owners. Although he straightened is out with Toronto in his final 20 innings, we were still looking at a low K-rate and an ERA over 4.00. Plus, it isn't like there will be a ton of save opportunities in Toronto like he saw in Houston the past few years.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros