Who Should I Draft?

Roberto Osuna or Craig Kimbrel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
42 of 59 experts
29%
Recommended by
17 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 34
Best Rank# 19# 15
Worst Rank# 53# 110
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 77# 93
Best Rank# 69# 74
Worst Rank# 92# 102
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6789
Wins44
Saves3627
ERA3.112.69
WHIP1.041.04
   
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Injury Alert-IL10
   
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  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3863
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched38.262.2
   
Wins25
   
Losses21
   
Saves2142
   
Blown Saves15
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed3331
   
Earned Runs1019
   
Home Runs Allowed17
   
Strikeouts3296
   
Walks431
   
ERA2.372.74
   
WHIP0.970.99
   
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6261
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.459.1
   
Wins44
   
Losses32
   
Saves3627
   
Blown Saves70
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed5336
   
Earned Runs2218
   
Home Runs Allowed76
   
Strikeouts6789
   
Walks1225
   
ERA3.112.69
   
WHIP1.041.04
   
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CHC
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Roberto Osuna allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning in Friday's 4-1 win over the Royals. He earned his 33rd save of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 14th
Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the injured list Thursday with elbow inflammation.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Sep 5th
 Roberto Osuna struck out one through a perfect inning to earn the save in Friday's 7-4 win over the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Craig Kimbrel allowed three runs on two hits and one walk over 0.2 innings Sunday, striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Sep 1st
 Roberto Osuna surrendered a game-tying home run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Monday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Brewers. He did pick up his fourth win of the season.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 3rd
Craig Kimbrel earned the save Thursday against the Mets, pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out one.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Aug 30th
 Roberto Osuna allowed two runs on one hit and a walk through one inning in Wednesday's 8-6 win over the Rays. He did not factor into the decision.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 29th
Craig Kimbrel worked around a hit and a walk to pitch a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets Wednesday, earning a save. He recorded one strikeout.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Aug 29th
 Roberto Osuna struck out one across a perfect ninth inning in Friday's 5-4 win over the Angels. He earned his 31st save of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 24th
Craig Kimbrel allowed one hit and one walk over one inning of work in Sunday's loss to the Giants. He struck out one in the non-save situation.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 25th
Notes 
 Astros manager A.J. Hinch has affirmed that Osuna will again serve as the team's closer, a role he inherited last year upon returning from a 75-game suspension and getting traded from the Blue Jays. Osuna was a dominant closer from 2015-2017, but his K/9 rate alarmingly fell to 7.58 between Toronto and Houston last year. The good news is that he maintained an above-average 14.7 percent swinging-strike rate, indicating that he should return to striking out over a batter per inning while maintaining elite control. Save opportunities should also be plentiful on the World Series-contending Astros, so it makes sense for Osuna to get drafted as one of the first 10, if not five, closers off the board.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Although still unsigned, it's safe to assume Kimbrel won't settle for a setup role. After all, no reliever in MLB history holsters a lower career FIP than his 1.96. Despite a concerning walk uptick (4.48 BB/9), he posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, his ADP hasn't suffered from a disastrous postseason and drawn-out free agency. That should change now that he remains a free agent in mid-March. Drafters must now consider the higher the likelihood of a delayed or rusty start to the season. Or worse, maybe he actually follows through on his threat to sit out 2019.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 After serving a suspension for a domestic violence charge, Osuna got traded to the Astros and was closing within a month. Those still comfortable drafting the 24-year-old should expect his 21.3% strikeout rate to rise back to his career 28.4% clip. A smaller sample size isn't as trustworthy, but he also maintained a 14.7% swinging-strike rate during that time. While there's fear that Ryan Pressly and a deep Astros bullpen will give him competition, Ken Giles had to pitch his way out of the ninth inning. Osuna, who owns a career 2.78 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, shouldn't lose the job for any on-field reasons.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Kimbrel still hasn't signed so wherever he plays will obviously impact his fantasy upside. Boston would offer plenty more save opportunities, of course, than somewhere like San Diego. You can bank on excellent ratios with nearly 100 Ks regardless, however, so don't hesitate to grab him toward the end of the top tier of closers once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Osuna didn't accomplish much last year because of his legal issues and the time missed as a result, but he as still extremely efficient, driving a 2.37 ERA with a 0.97 WHIP. Assuming he stays on the field, you can bank on 30 saves and plenty of strikeouts on top of the strong ratios.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros