Who Should I Draft?

Kirby Yates or Robbie Ray (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
Expert
Recommendation
52%
Recommended by
29 of 56 experts
48%
Recommended by
27 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 39# 40
Best Rank# 24# 26
Worst Rank# 89# 118
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 108# 116
Best Rank# 100# 110
Worst Rank# 147# 133
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts88205
Wins310
Saves290
ERA3.173.75
WHIP1.111.30
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
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# 42# 59
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 29# 41
   
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# 38# 73
   
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Razzball
# 47# 50
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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The Fake Baseball
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
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FantasyPros
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
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FantasyPros
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Fantrax
# 44# 68
   
Ariel Cohen
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The Fantasy Fix
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The Fake Baseball
# 36# 31
   
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Dan Harris
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Athlon Sports
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Steve Gardner
USA Today
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Freeze Stats
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Going For 2
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The Fantasy Headliners
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Razzball
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The Athletic
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CBS Sports
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RotoBaller
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Sporfolio
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Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 89# 32
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played6524
   
Games Started024
   
Innings Pitched63.0123.7
   
Wins56
   
Losses32
   
Saves120
   
Blown Saves10
   
Holds160
   
Hits Allowed4197
   
Earned Runs1554
   
Home Runs Allowed619
   
Strikeouts90165
   
Walks1770
   
ERA2.143.93
   
WHIP0.921.35
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6529
   
Games Started029
   
Innings Pitched63.1160.1
   
Wins310
   
Losses38
   
Saves290
   
Blown Saves60
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed49133
   
Earned Runs2267
   
Home Runs Allowed821
   
Strikeouts88205
   
Walks00
   
ERA3.173.75
   
WHIP1.111.30
   
  Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
News 
 Kirby Yates struck out one and allowed a hit in a non-save situation on Friday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 20th
Robbie Ray received a no-decision in Tuesday's win over the Braves, allowing five runs on seven hits over six innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 17th
 Kirby Yates struck out the side and allowed one hit en route to picking up his ninth save of the season on Saturday versus the Diamondbacks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Apr 14th
Robbie Ray received a no-decision on Wednesday versus Texas, striking out 10 over five innings of one-run ball.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Apr 11th
 Kirby Yates struck out one and allowed two baserunners in a scoreless ninth to earn the save on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 10th
Robbie Ray took the loss on Wednesday in San Diego, allowing two runs on two hits in 5 1/3 innings as his team lost 4-1.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Apr 3rd
 Kirby Yates struck out two and walked one in a scoreless ninth to pick up his sixth save of the season on Monday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Apr 9th
Robbie Ray took a no-decision on Friday versus the Dodgers, allowing three runs on three hits over five innings while racking up nine punch-outs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Mar 30th
 Kirby Yates struck out one and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth as the Padres beat the Cardinals 6-4 on Saturday afternoon.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Apr 6th
Robbie Ray allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over 3 1/3 innings pitched as the Diamondbacks played the Rangers on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Mar 17th
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
Ray took a big step backward last year in the ratios but still racked up 165 Ks in just over 120 innings pitcher. There is still upside for an ace pitcher here and the floor may be about what we got last year which didn't kill anyone's championship hopes. He makes for a quality mid-round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Ray was an obvious regression candidate coming off his phenomenal 2017 season, and regress he did. While his strikeout rate remained elite, his walk rate ballooned to over 5.00 per nine innings, inflating his WHIP back up to 1.35. Ray is really hard to hit, so he's capable of keeping his ERA under 4.00, but the WHIP isn't likely to be pretty, which makes him hard to rely on as a weekly starter in standard mixed leagues.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Everything went right for Ray in 2017, when he registered a 2.89 ERA despite a 3.94 BB/9 and 3.72 FIP. An oblique strain limited him to just 123.2 innings in 24 starts last season, and 70 walks led to a 3.93 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. He remained just as tough to hit with a .215 batting average against and 12.01 K/9, so he could bounce back to the 218 strikeouts procured in 2016 and 2017 even if again held below 175 frames. Yet the ballooning walk rate makes him a WHIP liability, and run support could be scarce from a ransacked Diamondbacks lineup.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros