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Who Should I Draft?

Marcus Stroman or Craig Kimbrel (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Marcus Stroman
SP - NYM
Marcus Stroman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
28 of 50 experts
44%
Recommended by
22 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 60# 61
Best Rank# 24# 35
Worst Rank# 161# 108
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 189# 164
Best Rank# 159# 153
Worst Rank# 208# 233
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts13379
Wins103
Saves024
ERA3.913.65
WHIP1.321.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 84# 108
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 51# 61
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 66# 72
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 40# 76
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 54
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 64# 83
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 67# 69
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 69# 74
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 56# 63
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 63
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 59# 71
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 49# 86
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 68# 73
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 63# 89
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 48# 59
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 57# 64
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 24# 63
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 54# 68
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 45# 68
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 59# 98
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 60# 62
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 56# 58
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 71# 75
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 69# 80
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 60# 67
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 59# 87
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 53# 103
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 50# 98
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 57# 52
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 59# 55
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 60# 50
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 61# 48
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 61# 58
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 63# 54
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 64# 61
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 66# 58
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 66# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 67# 55
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 68# 64
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 69# 35
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 69# 58
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 73# 70
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 76# 54
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 78# 58
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 80# 65
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 83# 63
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 84# 47
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 88# 51
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 103# 39
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 161# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Marcus Stroman
SP - NYM
Marcus Stroman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played18
   
Games Started0
   
Innings Pitched15.0
   
Wins0
   
Losses1
   
Saves2
   
Blown Saves1
   
Holds3
   
Hits Allowed10
   
Earned Runs9
   
Home Runs Allowed2
   
Strikeouts28
   
Walks12
   
ERA5.28
   
WHIP1.43
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Marcus Stroman
SP - NYM
Marcus Stroman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2856
   
Games Started280
   
Innings Pitched154.554.1
   
Wins103
   
Losses82
   
Saves024
   
Blown Saves011
   
Holds04
   
Hits Allowed15340
   
Earned Runs6722
   
Home Runs Allowed178
   
Strikeouts13379
   
Walks5126
   
ERA3.913.65
   
WHIP1.321.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Marcus Stroman
SP - NYM
Marcus Stroman
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Marcus Stroman allowed two runs on four hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts in six innings pitched. The Mets lost 7-6 in 11 innings Tuesday, but Stroman was in line for the win when he left the game.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Sep 15th
Craig Kimbrel had a rough ninth inning, allowing a one out double followed by two walks and a sacrifice fly that scored a run. He did chip in two strikeouts though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 13th
 Marcus Stroman allowed one run on four hits, zero walks, and seven strikeouts in six and one-third innings. The Mets lost 3-2 and are now 70-71 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Fri, Sep 10th
Craig Kimbrel pitched the seventh inning on Saturday, allowing one hit while striking out three batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 5th
 Marcus Stroman allowed three runs on six hits, three walks, and two strikeouts in five innings. The Mets won game one of the doubleheader on Saturday, 11-9, and moved one game above .500 on the season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 7th
Craig Kimbrel came into the ninth with a seven run lead but ended up giving up three earned runs on two hits and a walk. He would strike out two batters though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Aug 28th
 Marcus Stroman allowed two runs on seven hits, one walk, and five strikeouts in six innings on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Mets pulled ahead in the seventh, so Stroman didn't get the win.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Aug 31st
Craig Kimbrel pitched one inning, allowing one hit while also striking out one batter to earn his 24th save of the season and first with the White Sox.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Aug 27th
 Marcus Stroman allowed two runs on four hits, two walks, and six strikeouts in six innings on Sunday. The Mets won 7-2 and are six games in the loss column behind the Braves for first place.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Aug 24th
Craig Kimbrel didn't allow a ball to leave the infield on Monday, but lost the game after an infield hit, a wild pitch, a sacrifice ground ball, and another wild pitch. He would also walk a batter and strike out two.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Aug 24th
Notes 
 Stroman missed the entire 2020 season after battling a calf injury and then opting out, but he'll return to the Mets after accepting the team's qualifying offer. Stroman's strikeout rate jumped after his trade to the National League, but with a career 58.7% ground ball rate, he'll need the Mets' infield defense to be better than it was in 2019. The trade for Francisco Lindor should help, as should his reported development of both a new split changeup and four-seam fastball. Stroman has always had a decent floor, but now out of the AL East and with some tweaks to his arsenal coming, he possesses plenty of upside as a late-round draft pick.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
As a whole, Kimbrel's 2020 numbers were abysmal. A 5.28 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a walk rate of 17.4%. And yet, there were some encouraging signs. Not only did his strikeout rate bounce back to 40.6%, but he was actually an elite pitcher after his first four outings. How elite? He pitched to a 1.42 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and stuck out 53.1% of the batters he faced. It wasn't perfect, as Kimbrel still walked five batters per nine innings over that stretch. But he showed that he still has some has left in the tank. Although he never reclaimed the closer's job despite his strong finish, it's a good bet that the Cubs hand him the ninth-inning role to start, as they try to rebuild his trade value in the final year of his deal. That means Kimbrel should at least get save chances for the first several weeks of the season, and, as such, should be drafted as low-end second closer with just a modicum of upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Over his final 14 appearances (12 2/3 IP) Kimbrel registered a 27:7 K:BB ratio to go along with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. I'd like confirmation from the Cubs that he's entering the season as the closer before going "all in" on drafting him, but as long as he gets the ninth inning I'll be interested. Kimbrel has likely turned off many fantasy managers with some ugly blowup performances the past two years. This creates a buying opportunity. Kimbrel is a perfect candidate to draft for those who prefer to wait on saves.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros