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Who Should I Draft?

Patrick Corbin or James Karinchak (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Patrick Corbin
SP - WSH
Patrick Corbin
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
28 of 51 experts
45%
Recommended by
23 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 44# 49
Best Rank# 17# 28
Worst Rank# 88# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 125# 102
Best Rank# 95# 94
Worst Rank# 137# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts19299
Wins123
Saves022
ERA3.993.23
WHIP1.271.19
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-MiLB
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 68
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 37# 55
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 17# 51
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 49# 60
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 23# 47
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 35# 43
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 27# 45
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 42# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 39# 55
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 30# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 43# 61
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 49# 58
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 62# 100
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 31# 82
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 35# 43
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 32# 117
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 39# 53
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 28# 92
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 43# 62
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 56
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 46# 54
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 44# 45
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 40# 48
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 26# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 45# 47
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 44# 60
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 34# 98
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 36# 31
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 38# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 40
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 41# 35
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 44# 36
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 45# 43
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 46# 43
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 47# 37
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 48# 32
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 48# 40
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 51# 44
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 51# 38
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 54# 28
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 55# 47
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 55# 40
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 55# 40
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 61# 43
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 63# 61
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 65# 37
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 81# 40
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 83# 56
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 88# 65
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 88# 33
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Patrick Corbin
SP - WSH
Patrick Corbin
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played1127
   
Games Started110
   
Innings Pitched66.327.0
   
Wins21
   
Losses72
   
Saves01
   
Blown Saves03
   
Holds08
   
Hits Allowed8514
   
Earned Runs348
   
Home Runs Allowed101
   
Strikeouts6053
   
Walks1816
   
ERA4.662.67
   
WHIP1.571.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Patrick Corbin
SP - WSH
Patrick Corbin
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3161
   
Games Started310
   
Innings Pitched183.561.3
   
Wins123
   
Losses103
   
Saves022
   
Blown Saves09
   
Holds06
   
Hits Allowed17940
   
Earned Runs8122
   
Home Runs Allowed257
   
Strikeouts19299
   
Walks5432
   
ERA3.993.23
   
WHIP1.271.19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Patrick Corbin
SP - WSH
Patrick Corbin
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
News 
 Patrick Corbin tossed a quality start against the Reds. Corbin allowed four hits, zero earned runs, and four walks with seven strikeouts.
Corbin Young
Thu, Sep 23rd
The Cleveland Indians have optioned reliever James Karinchak to Triple-A Columbus. His roster spot will go to first baseman Bobby Bradley, who was activated from the IL.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Aug 28th
 Patrick Corbin struggled once again versus the Rockies. Corbin gave up nine hits, six runs (five earned), and three walks with five strikeouts.
Corbin Young
Sat, Sep 18th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He struck out two and allowed just one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
 Patrick Corbin went seven innings with a quality start. Corbin gave up four hits, two earned runs, and two walks with four strikeouts. He also earned the win to go 8-14 on the year.
Corbin Young
Sun, Sep 12th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed a run in his lone inning of work in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 11th
 Patrick Corbin threw a quality start yet allowed 11 hits against Mets on Monday. Corbin gave up three earned runs, one walk, and one home run with four strikeouts.
Corbin Young
Mon, Sep 6th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in a 12-11 win over the White Sox on Saturday. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a two-run homer.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 1st
 Patrick Corbin struggled and gave up six earned runs on Tuesday. Corbin allowed nine hits, four walks, and two home runs with four strikeouts in five innings pitched.
Corbin Young
Tue, Aug 31st
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. He worked around one walk in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jul 25th
Notes 
 Corbin had a disastrous 2020 season, during which he went 2-7 with a 4.66 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. His strikeout rate plummeted, and his velocity dropped significantly, with his fastball seeing a dip of almost two miles per hour. Corbin leans heavily into his slider, and he needs it to be pristine to be an effective pitcher. And although it wasn't a terrible pitch in 2020, the swinging strike rate on it dropped from 28.1% to 21.2%, and the whiff rate from 52% to just 38.2%. If the loss in velocity and effectiveness of his slider were entirely due to the oddities of the shortened season, then Corbin is going to be a major value in drafts this year. But if not, then his days as a "set it and forget it" starter are likely over. Monitor Corbin's performance this spring, particularly with his velocity. If it's back up to prior levels, then push him up your board significantly.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, though it's not a sure thing yet. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak can be a dominant fantasy reliever if he gets the job. Monitor reports out of the spring to see when and if Terry Francona formerly anoints him as the closer. If he does, he should vault to being a top-6 or 7 reliever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  "Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros