Who Should I Draft?

Kirby Yates or Robbie Ray (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
30 of 59 experts
49%
Recommended by
29 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 39# 40
Best Rank# 26# 24
Worst Rank# 118# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 116# 108
Best Rank# 110# 100
Worst Rank# 133# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts20588
Wins103
Saves029
ERA3.753.17
WHIP1.301.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 39# 40
   
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# 29# 48
   
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# 32# 89
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 37# 54
   
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Beast Dome
# 39# 56
   
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CBS Sports
# 35# 56
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 34# 40
   
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# 33# 37
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
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Wayne Bretsky
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# 35# 56
   
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# 47# 51
   
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# 42# 24
   
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Yahoo! Sports
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The Athletic
# 118# 32
   
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The Athletic
# 36# 32
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 44# 32
   
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# 40# 34
   
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# 40# 34
   
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The Athletic
# 38# 34
   
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The Athletic
# 41# 36
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 36
   
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# 51# 37
   
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# 73# 38
   
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# 42# 40
   
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The Athletic
# 59# 42
   
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RotoBaller
# 50# 43
   
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FanGraphs
# 50# 43
   
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Fantrax
# 68# 44
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 50# 47
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 49# 48
   
  Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2465
   
Games Started240
   
Innings Pitched124.163.0
   
Wins65
   
Losses23
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves01
   
Holds016
   
Hits Allowed9741
   
Earned Runs5415
   
Home Runs Allowed196
   
Strikeouts16590
   
Walks7017
   
ERA3.932.14
   
WHIP1.350.92
   
  Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2965
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched160.163.1
   
Wins103
   
Losses83
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves06
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed13349
   
Earned Runs6722
   
Home Runs Allowed218
   
Strikeouts20588
   
Walks7521
   
ERA3.753.17
   
WHIP1.301.11
   
  Robbie Ray
SP - ARI
Robbie Ray
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
News 
 Robbie Ray received a no-decision on Monday versus Miami, throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out seven.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 17th
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
 Robbie Ray (blister) is scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday versus the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 10th
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
 Robbie Ray left his start Friday against the Reds with an undisclosed injury which appeared to be on his left hand.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
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
 Robbie Ray picked up his 12th win of the year on Saturday against the Dodgers, allowing four runs over five innings while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 31st
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
 Robbie Ray improved to 11-7 on Sunday in Milwaukee, tossing five shutout innings while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 25th
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
Notes 
 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
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 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 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
 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
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