Who Should I Draft?

Roberto Osuna or Kirby Yates (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
53 of 59 experts
10%
Recommended by
6 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 40
Best Rank# 19# 24
Worst Rank# 53# 89
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 77# 108
Best Rank# 69# 100
Worst Rank# 92# 147
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts6788
Wins43
Saves3629
ERA3.113.17
WHIP1.041.11
   
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  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3865
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched38.263.0
   
Wins25
   
Losses23
   
Saves2112
   
Blown Saves11
   
Holds216
   
Hits Allowed3341
   
Earned Runs1015
   
Home Runs Allowed16
   
Strikeouts3290
   
Walks417
   
ERA2.372.14
   
WHIP0.970.92
   
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6265
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched62.463.1
   
Wins43
   
Losses33
   
Saves3629
   
Blown Saves76
   
Holds22
   
Hits Allowed5349
   
Earned Runs2222
   
Home Runs Allowed78
   
Strikeouts6788
   
Walks1221
   
ERA3.113.17
   
WHIP1.041.11
   
  Roberto Osuna
RP - HOU
Roberto Osuna
Kirby Yates
RP - SD
Kirby Yates
News 
 Roberto Osuna allowed a hit while striking out two through a scoreless inning to earn the save in Friday's 6-4 win over the Angels. He notched his 36th save of the season.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 21st
Kirby Yates picked up his 39th save of the year on Saturday against the Giants, striking out the side to preserve the 4-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Sep 1st
 Roberto Osuna allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one through a scoreless inning to record his 35th save in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 19th
Kirby Yates earned his 38th save of the season on Monday versus the Dodgers, striking out the side to protect the 4-3 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 27th
 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
Kirby Yates registered his 37th save of the year on Sunday versus the Red Sox, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 26th
 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
Kirby Yates earned his 35th save on Sunday versus the Phillies, striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 19th
 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
Kirby Yates preserved the 5-3 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, securing his 34th save of the season with the outing.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Aug 18th
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
Yates took over as the Padres' closer following the Brad Hand trade last July, and the team didn't skip a beat. Yates finished with an impressive 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 12.86 K/9, so he should return as the unquestioned 2019 closer barring a surprise acquisition. Yates' fantasy value also gets a bit of a boost from the Padres signing Manny Machado, as it decreases the likelihood of Yates getting dealt to a contender at the trade deadline.
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
The Padres kept their assembly line of elite relievers running when Brad Hand's midseason trade propelled Yates into the ninth inning. Hardly a downgrade, he posted a 2.14 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with the sixth-highest K-BB% (29.2) of all qualified relievers. He could follow Hand's path out of San Diego, but there's no guarantee he'd settle for a setup role elsewhere. At least a safe bet to keep the job with an exceptional strikeout tally while still on the team, drafters should pick him now and worry about a potential deal later.
Andrew Gould - 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
The Padres aren't expected to compete with the Dodgers or even Rockies for the division, but San Diego plays in enough low scoring close games that their closers tend to rack up the saves. This year should be no different for their new closer, who just so happened to be one of the best setup men in baseball before Brad Hand left the closer job open. Yates should find his way to 80+ Ks to go with amazing ratios once again.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros