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Who Should I Draft?

Mike Soroka or Shohei Ohtani (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Mike Soroka
SP - ATL
Mike Soroka
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
Expert
Recommendation
60%
Recommended by
26 of 43 experts
40%
Recommended by
17 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 31# 38
Best Rank# 18# 14
Worst Rank# 364# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 88# 129
Best Rank# 73# 71
Worst Rank# 111# 153
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts5449
Wins43
Saves00
ERA3.843.66
WHIP1.261.24
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 31# 32
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 23# 42
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 52
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 29# 31
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 73
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 40# 54
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 35# 89
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 40
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 42
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 60
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 27# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 36# 70
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 46
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 26# 49
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 33# 41
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 29# 45
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 59
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 20# 34
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 38# 63
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 33# 57
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 30# 50
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 63
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 18# 60
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 43# 55
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 47# 49
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 58
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 22# 16
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 22
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 34# 31
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 34# 26
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 36# 28
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 40# 38
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 40# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 40# 14
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 44# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 46# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 47# 35
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 51# 38
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 53# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 54# 32
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 56# 45
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 364# 18
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Mike Soroka
SP - ATL
Mike Soroka
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
2019 Stats 
   
   
Games Played290
   
Games Started290
   
Innings Pitched175.10.0
   
Wins130
   
Losses40
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed1530
   
Earned Runs520
   
Home Runs Allowed140
   
Strikeouts1420
   
Walks410
   
ERA2.68
   
WHIP1.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Mike Soroka
SP - ATL
Mike Soroka
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
2020 Projections 
   
   
Games Played1112
   
Games Started117
   
Innings Pitched65.340.3
   
Wins43
   
Losses32
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed6534
   
Earned Runs2816
   
Home Runs Allowed76
   
Strikeouts5449
   
Walks1816
   
ERA3.843.66
   
WHIP1.261.24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Mike Soroka
SP - ATL
Mike Soroka
Shohei Ohtani
SP,DH - LAA
Shohei Ohtani
News 
 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
Shohei Ohtani struggled with his control in Tuesday's intrasquad game, throwing just 15-of-50 pitches for strikes.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 8th
 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
Shohei Ohtani will be ready to pitch once he gets to summer camp, and is expected to be a two-way player right away.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Tue, Jun 30th
 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
Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been throwing live batting practice sessions.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, May 31st
 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
Shohei Ohtani is throwing off the mound, "ramping up intensity and volume," per Angels' GM Billy Eppler.
Brad Camara
Thu, May 14th
 Mike Soroka, who tweaked his groin last week while throwing batting practice, is slated to make his spring debut Friday against the Yankees.
Steve Painter
Wed, Feb 26th
Shohei Ohtani has been throwing roughly two bullpens per week, in addition to long toss of 200+ feet. Angels GM Billy Eppler says he has been throwing around 80-85 percent, and if this were a normal season, he would be facing live batters shortly.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sun, Apr 26th
Notes 
 Aaron Nola overcame his early-career strikeout issues. Sonny Gray did, too. Is Soroka next?
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
If the Angels were smart, Ohtani would just DH each and every day while doing mound work on the side. It sounds like they want him to start this year, too, which makes him hard to roster in non-daily leagues.
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
Ohtani didn't pitch at all in 2019 and likely won't do so until mid-May in 2020. But his bat looked just fine last year, proving that his 2018 skills he showed as a hitter were not a fluke. He'll likely settle back into a part-time DH role with the Angels, and if you can choose to deploy him as both a pitcher and a hitter in any given week, Ohtani should provide immense value as a fantasy player. Even if not, he should contribute on either end of the spectrum, so draft him with a high degree of confidence.
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