Who Should I Draft?

Roberto Osuna or Felipe Vazquez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
32 of 59 experts
46%
Recommended by
27 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 30
Best Rank# 19# 14
Worst Rank# 53# 66
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 77# 86
Best Rank# 69# 78
Worst Rank# 92# 106
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6785
Wins44
Saves3633
ERA3.112.84
WHIP1.041.15
   
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  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3870
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched38.270.1
   
Wins24
   
Losses22
   
Saves2137
   
Blown Saves15
   
Holds20
   
Hits Allowed3363
   
Earned Runs1021
   
Home Runs Allowed14
   
Strikeouts3289
   
Walks424
   
ERA2.372.70
   
WHIP0.971.24
   
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6269
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.469.1
   
Wins44
   
Losses33
   
Saves3633
   
Blown Saves74
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed5356
   
Earned Runs2222
   
Home Runs Allowed76
   
Strikeouts6785
   
Walks1224
   
ERA3.112.84
   
WHIP1.041.15
   
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Felipe Vazquez
RP - PIT
Felipe Vazquez
News 
 Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect inning while striking out two to earn the save in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Wed, Sep 18th
Felipe Vazquez has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, soliciting a child, and one count of providing obscene material to minors.
Brad Camara
Tue, Sep 17th
 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
Felipe Vazquez picked up the save Monday against the Giants, striking out two and allowing one baserunner in the ninth inning.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Sep 10th
 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
Felipe Vazquez allowed two hits and no walks across 1.1 innings Friday against the Cardinals, earning the save. He struck out three.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Sep 7th
 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
Felipe Vazquez allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout during a blown save in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Marlins.
Connor Rooney
Wed, Sep 4th
 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
Felipe Vazquez struck out two in a clean ninth inning en route to a victory Sunday against the Rockies.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 2nd
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
Vazquez's surface numbers weren't quite as dominant last year as they were in 2017, but his FIP and xFIP were nearly identical, and his overall numbers as the Pirates' closer were still quite good. He should have plenty of job security after signing a four-year contract extension last year and is easily a top-10 fantasy closer this season.
Andrew Seifter - 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
You may not expect the Pirates to be great, but Vasquez is durable and has no competition for saves. Lock him in for 85 Ks, stellar ratios and enough save opportunities to warrant being selected as one of the top 10 closers in 2019.
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
One of baseball's hardest throwers, Vazquez has accrued a 2.17 ERA, 2.45 FIP, and 10.96 K/9 over the past two seasons combined. The 27-year-old is locked into Pittsburgh's closer gig after collecting 37 saves last year. A perfect blend of job stability and elite strikeout upside makes him closer to target after waiting out the more expensive top tier.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros