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Who Should I Draft?

Luis Castillo or Yordan Alvarez (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
30 of 55 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 46# 45
Best Rank# 21# 26
Worst Rank# 116# 116
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 42# 38
Best Rank# 34# 33
Worst Rank# 58# 52
   
Projections 
   
Runs30
Home Runs129
RBI35
Stolen Bases1
Batting Avg.287
Strikeouts4875
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.90
WHIP1.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 29# 48
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 30# 37
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 38# 116
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 39# 45
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 22# 56
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 29# 46
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 43
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 78# 80
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 21# 84
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 27# 45
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 39
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 58# 114
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 33# 34
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 29# 72
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 60# 61
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 28# 49
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 45# 55
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 48
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 43# 55
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 36# 57
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 30# 48
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 45
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 37# 51
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 23# 66
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 33# 60
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 32# 48
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 32# 46
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 36# 48
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 32# 41
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 34# 41
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 28# 26
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 27
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 42# 29
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 97# 30
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 70# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 38# 35
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 96# 35
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 94# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 65# 37
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 81# 38
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 61# 38
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 77# 41
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 61# 44
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 53# 45
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 62# 45
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 54# 47
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 68# 48
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 97# 50
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 91# 50
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 116# 51
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 74# 52
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 67# 54
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 69# 62
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 109# 65
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 78# 69
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs58
   
Home Runs2722
   
RBI78
   
Stolen Bases0
   
Batting Avg.313
   
Strikeouts94226
   
Wins15
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.45
   
WHIP1.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs30
   
Home Runs129
   
RBI35
   
Stolen Bases1
   
Batting Avg.287
   
Strikeouts4875
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.90
   
WHIP1.24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Luis Castillo
SP - CIN
Luis Castillo
News 
 Yordan Alvarez (knees) has resumed running.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Oct 26th
Reds starter Luis Castillo allowed one earned run on six hits and one walk while striking out seven over 5 1/3 innings in Thursday's loss to the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of the Wild Card Round on Thursday. The Reds are eliminated from the postseason with this loss.
Mike Maher
Thu, Oct 1st
 Yordan Alvarez underwent arthroscopic surgery on both knees on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 28th
Luis Castillo (4-6) allowed four runs on six hits and no walks while striking out four over four innings in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Twins. He earned his sixth loss of the year.
Brad Camara
Sun, Sep 27th
 The Astros transferred Yordan Alvarez (knee) to the 45-day IL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 23rd
Luis Castillo (4-5) allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out nine over six 2/3 innings in Monday's 6-3 win over the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 22nd
 Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez is having surgery next week to repair a partially torn patella tendon and will miss the rest of the season, according to a report from The Athletic's Jake Kaplan.
Mike Maher
Wed, Aug 19th
Luis Castillo (3-5) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out over seven scoreless innings in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Pirates. He picked up his third win of the year.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 17th
 Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez could miss the rest of the season due to a knee issue, manager Dusty Baker revealed Wednesday. Alvarez began the year on the COVID-19 injured list and appeared in just two games before being sidelined with a knee issue.
Mike Maher
Wed, Aug 19th
Luis Castillo (2-5) allowed one run on two hits and three walks while striking out six over nine innings in Friday's 3-1 win against the Cardinals. He picked up his second win of the year.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 12th
Notes 
 A TON of potential to be a monster in 2020. He has 50 HR , .300 BA type potential but I am not fully sold and as a DH only in many leagues, I can't go all in on him yet. 2021 he may be a TOp 10 guy.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
Luis Castillo in 2020 is similar to Jose Berrios in 2019. He's ranked as if he took that next step into ace territory. The thought was off for Berrios, but it's spot-on for Castillo. While it's better to look at a full season's worth of stats compared to splitting it up to get a full view of the performance, it's the stretches of dominance that Castillo showed in his first 20 starts that has people so excited about him in 2020. With elite strikeout numbers and an improved GB rate, Castillo could give you a second top-10 pitcher on your staff if you take him here.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Ignore the eligibility concerns. Ignore the cheating scandal. Don't totally ignore the knees, but do pay attention to the results. Alvarez put on a historic performance last year across the majors and minors, and there's really nothing to his profile that suggests it wasn't all legit. Before last season, he was really good in the minors, but not quite this good. Fortunately, we can chalk that up to another year of development. Alvarez won't give you steals, but the rest of the numbers are up there with the elite options in fantasy. Yeah, we're talking about a top-five pick if he does it again. He has the pedigree, and he's had the success early in his career.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Regression just never really hit for Castillo last year, despite a walk rate of 10.1%, fourth-worst in the league among qualified pitchers. There's no doubting Castillo's stuff, particularly his devastating changeup, and the Reds should be more competitive than they have been in years. But he simply has to cut down on the free passes if he wants to build on his breakout 2019. There's every reason to think he will as he continue to grow as a pitcher, and should make a reliable second fantasy starter.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Yordan is getting the sophomore discount, meaning you don't have to pay up to get top five player potential. If all goes well, Alvarez will be a monster in all areas except SBs. Perfect third round pick if looking for upside and power. Hits the ball ridiculously hard.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Struggled down the stretch but looked like one of the best pitchers in baseball to begin the year
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 Swatted 50 homers and 42 doubles between minors and majors in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros