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Who Should I Draft?

Mike Soroka or Edwin Diaz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mike Soroka
SP - ATL
Mike Soroka
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Expert
Recommendation
61%
Recommended by
27 of 44 experts
39%
Recommended by
17 of 44 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 35
Best Rank# 18# 18
Worst Rank# 364# 73
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 88# 118
Best Rank# 73# 103
Worst Rank# 114# 132
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts5437
Wins41
Saves010
ERA3.803.32
WHIP1.251.08
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 41
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 41
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 23# 24
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 41
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 29# 47
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 40
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 40# 42
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 41
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 34
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 27# 47
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 43
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 33# 39
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 29# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 50
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 40# 45
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 20# 56
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 42# 53
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 38# 42
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 33# 47
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 42
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 33# 39
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 18# 39
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 21# 46
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 34# 39
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 34
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 22# 18
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 26# 25
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 36# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 34
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 39# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 40# 27
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 42# 30
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 43# 39
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 46# 27
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 47# 42
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 49# 27
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 49# 31
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 52# 48
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 53# 31
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 54# 29
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 55# 46
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 364# 73
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Mike Soroka
SP - ATL
Mike Soroka
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2966
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched175.158.1
   
Wins132
   
Losses47
   
Saves026
   
Blown Saves07
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed15358
   
Earned Runs5236
   
Home Runs Allowed1415
   
Strikeouts14299
   
Walks4122
   
ERA2.685.59
   
WHIP1.111.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Mike Soroka
SP - ATL
Mike Soroka
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1123
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched65.323.9
   
Wins41
   
Losses31
   
Saves010
   
Blown Saves02
   
Holds01
   
Hits Allowed6418
   
Earned Runs289
   
Home Runs Allowed73
   
Strikeouts5437
   
Walks188
   
ERA3.803.32
   
WHIP1.251.08
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Mike Soroka
SP - ATL
Mike Soroka
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
News 
 Mike Soroka has been named the Braves' Opening Day starter. He is the youngest Opening Day starter for the Braves in the modern era.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Jul 14th
Edwin Diaz has yet to be formally named the Mets' closer heading into the start of the regular season. Manager Luis Rojas declined to commit to Diaz as the team's closer, admitting "I don't know yet. We'll get there at some point."
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jul 5th
 Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos says Braves starters could go just 2-3 innings early on this season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jun 25th
Mets reliever Edwin Diaz did not a allow a baserunner or strike out a batter over the course of a scoreless inning in Wednesday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Mar 12th
 Mike Soroka allowed one hit and three walks over four-plus innings against the Astros Tuesday. Soroka walked a batter in the fifth before hitting his pitch limit and removed from the game.
Steve Painter
Tue, Mar 10th
 
 Mike Soroka pitched 2 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Pirates, allowing three hits, three runs (all earned), and two walks while recording two strikeouts.
Steve Painter
Wed, Mar 4th
 
 Mike Soroka pitched two innings against the Yankees in his spring debut Friday, allowing three hits and recording three strikeouts.
Steve Painter
Fri, Feb 28th
 
Notes 
 Aaron Nola overcame his early-career strikeout issues. Sonny Gray did, too. Is Soroka next?
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Jarred Kelenic was traded for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano. Diaz will get another shot to make this trade seem a little less bad than it was, but with Dellin Betances waiting in the wings, the leash won't be long.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Soroka wasn't even necessarily supposed to begin 2019 in the Braves rotation but quickly developed into an ace. Although there's little reason to knock his year, his 7.32/9 strikeout rate ranked 49th out of 61 qualified starters. With an xFIP more than a run higher than his 2.68 ERA, there's every reason to expect regression. Still, there's room Soroka to continue to be an excellent fantasy option despite a step back, so don't avoid him during your draft.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Diaz's season was an unmitigated disaster. While his strikeout rate remained strong, his ERA ballooned to 5.59, his home run rate rose to comical levels, and his control waned. By the end of the season, he had ceded save opportunities to Seth Lugo and was relegated to mopup duty. Diaz's slider went from being unhittable in 2018 (.129 BAA) to getting crushed in 2019 (.297 BAA). He'll enter 2020 as the closer for the Mets, and reliever volatility is well-known, so don't be surprised to see Diaz rebound big-time in 2020. But just don't go into your season banking on it.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Wish his Ks were higher, but he was a stud from the start in 2019 and should be a valuable fantasy starter again this season.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Diaz is clearly an exceptional talent as demonstrated by his insane 2018 campaign, but we are talking about a 10th round pick who didn't even manage to finish among the top 50 relievers last season. Sure, the 5.59 ERA and 1.38 WHIP are likely to come down but will it happen long enough to hold onto the closer job all year?
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Lack of strikeouts makes him a risky bet in the juiced ball era
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros