Who Should I Draft?

Kirby Yates or Jose Leclerc (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Expert
Recommendation
75%
Recommended by
44 of 59 experts
25%
Recommended by
15 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 40# 47
Best Rank# 24# 26
Worst Rank# 89# 87
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 108# 118
Best Rank# 100# 106
Worst Rank# 147# 142
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts8887
Wins33
Saves2929
ERA3.173.16
WHIP1.111.21
   
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  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6559
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched63.058.1
   
Wins52
   
Losses33
   
Saves1212
   
Blown Saves14
   
Holds1615
   
Hits Allowed4124
   
Earned Runs1510
   
Home Runs Allowed61
   
Strikeouts9085
   
Walks1725
   
ERA2.141.56
   
WHIP0.920.85
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6562
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched63.162.8
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2929
   
Blown Saves610
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed4942
   
Earned Runs2222
   
Home Runs Allowed86
   
Strikeouts8887
   
Walks2134
   
ERA3.173.16
   
WHIP1.111.21
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
News 
 Kirby Yates picked up his 39th save of the year on Saturday against the Giants, striking out the side to preserve the 4-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
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
 Kirby Yates earned his 38th save of the season on Monday versus the Dodgers, striking out the side to protect the 4-3 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 27th
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
 Kirby Yates registered his 37th save of the year on Sunday versus the Red Sox, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 26th
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
 Kirby Yates earned his 35th save on Sunday versus the Phillies, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
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
 Kirby Yates preserved the 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, securing his 34th save of the season with the outing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
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 
 Yates took over as the Padres' closer following the Brad Hand trade last July, and the team didn't skip a beat. Yates finished with an impressive 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 12.86 K/9, so he should return as the unquestioned 2019 closer barring a surprise acquisition. Yates' fantasy value also gets a bit of a boost from the Padres signing Manny Machado, as it decreases the likelihood of Yates getting dealt to a contender at the trade deadline.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 The Padres kept their assembly line of elite relievers running when Brad Hand's midseason trade propelled Yates into the ninth inning. Hardly a downgrade, he posted a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with the sixth-highest K-BB% (29.2) of all qualified relievers. He could follow Hand's path out of San Diego, but there's no guarantee he'd settle for a setup role elsewhere. At least a safe bet to keep the job with an exceptional strikeout tally while still on the team, drafters should pick him now and worry about a potential deal later.
Andrew Gould - 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
 The Padres aren't expected to compete with the Dodgers or even Rockies for the division, but San Diego plays in enough low scoring close games that their closers tend to rack up the saves. This year should be no different for their new closer, who just so happened to be one of the best setup men in baseball before Brad Hand left the closer job open. Yates should find his way to 80+ Ks to go with amazing ratios once again.
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