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Who Should I Draft?

Raisel Iglesias or James Karinchak (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Raisel Iglesias
RP - LAA
Raisel Iglesias
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Expert
Recommendation
88%
Recommended by
45 of 51 experts
12%
Recommended by
6 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 32# 49
Best Rank# 21# 28
Worst Rank# 60# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 94# 102
Best Rank# 84# 94
Worst Rank# 112# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7999
Wins43
Saves2822
ERA3.573.23
WHIP1.151.19
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-MiLB
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 68
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 33# 55
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 33# 51
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 34# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 60
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 29# 44
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 21# 47
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 26# 56
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 40# 43
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 44# 45
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 32# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 32# 55
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 46# 61
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 23# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 33# 40
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 35# 58
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 24# 40
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 32# 100
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 34# 40
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 82
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 29# 43
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 33# 43
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 60# 117
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 34# 53
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 39# 47
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 33# 92
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 26# 62
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 26# 37
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 53# 56
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 32# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 42# 54
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 34# 45
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 31# 33
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 36# 43
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 27# 40
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 32# 61
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 36# 48
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 25# 34
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 32# 47
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 26# 37
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 39# 60
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 40# 98
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 33# 65
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 35# 31
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 36# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 37# 36
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 37# 35
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 38# 37
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 45# 38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Raisel Iglesias
RP - LAA
Raisel Iglesias
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2227
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched23.227.0
   
Wins41
   
Losses32
   
Saves81
   
Blown Saves23
   
Holds28
   
Hits Allowed1614
   
Earned Runs78
   
Home Runs Allowed11
   
Strikeouts3153
   
Walks516
   
ERA2.742.67
   
WHIP0.911.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Raisel Iglesias
RP - LAA
Raisel Iglesias
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6361
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched64.061.3
   
Wins43
   
Losses33
   
Saves2822
   
Blown Saves79
   
Holds26
   
Hits Allowed5440
   
Earned Runs2522
   
Home Runs Allowed97
   
Strikeouts7999
   
Walks1932
   
ERA3.573.23
   
WHIP1.151.19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Raisel Iglesias
RP - LAA
Raisel Iglesias
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
News 
 Raisel Iglesias shut the door on Thursday, allowing two hits, and striking out three over an inning pitched against the Astros on Thursday.
Liam Gibney
Fri, Sep 24th
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
 Raisel Iglesias took the loss on Sunday. He went one innings, allowed one hit, one walk, and one run in the ninth inning against the A’s.
Liam Gibney
Mon, Sep 20th
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
 Raisel Iglesias allowed two hits and struck out two en route to closing the door on the White Sox in the ninth innings, earning his 32nd save of the season.
Liam Gibney
Thu, Sep 16th
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
 Raisel Iglesias allowed two hits, one earned run, one walk, and struck out one. But he was able to come through in collecting his 31st save on Saturday.
Liam Gibney
Sun, Sep 12th
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
 Raisel Iglesias pitched a clean inning on his way to earning his 28th save of the season against the Yankees on Monday.
Liam Gibney
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 
 Iglesias bounced back from a sub-par 2019 to post an excellent 2020 season, with a 2.74 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP, and the lowest walk rate of his career. He'll now move to the Angels where he'll keep his role as a closer. Iglesias's numbers should be solid as usual, and his precise value should hinge on whether the Angels use him in more of a multi-inning role like the Reds historically did (which limited Iglesias's save totals), or deploy him as a more traditional ninth-inning option. Either way, Iglesias will be the Angels' stopper, and hence, should be drafted as a strong top-10 RP option.
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