Who Should I Draft?

Kyle Hendricks or Jose Leclerc (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kyle Hendricks
SP - CHC
Kyle Hendricks
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 44# 47
Best Rank# 14# 26
Worst Rank# 97# 87
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 126# 118
Best Rank# 116# 106
Worst Rank# 144# 142
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts15587
Wins133
Saves029
ERA3.673.16
WHIP1.201.21
   
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  Kyle Hendricks
SP - CHC
Kyle Hendricks
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3359
   
Games Started330
   
Innings Pitched199.158.1
   
Wins142
   
Losses113
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds015
   
Hits Allowed18424
   
Earned Runs7610
   
Home Runs Allowed221
   
Strikeouts16185
   
Walks4425
   
ERA3.441.56
   
WHIP1.150.85
   
  Kyle Hendricks
SP - CHC
Kyle Hendricks
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3162
   
Games Started310
   
Innings Pitched184.362.8
   
Wins133
   
Losses93
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves010
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed17542
   
Earned Runs7522
   
Home Runs Allowed216
   
Strikeouts15587
   
Walks4734
   
ERA3.673.16
   
WHIP1.201.21
   
  Kyle Hendricks
SP - CHC
Kyle Hendricks
Jose Leclerc
RP - TEX
Jose Leclerc
News 
 Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) has an impingement that could keep him out until after the All-Star break.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Jun 18th
Rangers manager Chris Woodward said Wednesday night that Jose Leclerc is close to regaining the closer role.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 6th
 The Cubs placed Kyle Hendricks on the 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation.
Dan Harris
Sat, Jun 15th
Jose Leclerc will start ahead of Drew Smyly Wednesday and act as an opener for the Rangers.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Wed, May 29th
 Kyle Hendricks allowed five runs on six hits over 4 1/3rd innings in the Cubs' 5-3 loss to the Dodgers on Friday. He walked two and struck out one while falling to 7-5.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 15th
Jose Leclerc left Monday's appearance versus Seattle with cramping in both of his calves.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, May 28th
 Kyle Hendricks allowed one run on eight hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. He walked none and struck out three while improving to 5-1.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 10th
Jose Leclerc was removed from Monday's game versus the Mariners with an apparent injury.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 27th
 Kyle Hendricks allowed three runs on six hits over seven innings in the Cubs' 6-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out ten while improving to 6-4.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 4th
Rangers manager Chris Woodward says Jose Leclerc will function as the team's "opener" on Friday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 16th
Notes 
 His success defies common convention, but how many times does Hendricks have to prove himself as a sustainable anomaly? He boasts a 3.07 career ERA in 789 innings, only once going over 3.45 (3.95 in 2015). He has made at least 30 starts in three of the last four seasons, and a stellar 5.4% walk rate led to a 1.15 WHIP in 2018. Despite his lacking velocity, The Professor typically records 160-170 strikeouts over a full season of work. He's a boring, but effective SP3 to pair with high-upside strikeout pitchers.
Andrew Gould - 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
  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
  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