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
89%
Recommended by
50 of 56 experts
11%
Recommended by
6 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 39
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 blew his third save of the season on Wednesday against the Reds, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out two.
Dan Harris
Thu, Jun 20th
Kirby Yates picked up a save for the third straight day on Tuesday versus the Brewers, striking out two in a scoreless ninth to protect the 4-1 win.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jun 19th
 Roberto Osuna recorded one out on Sunday against Baltimore to pick up a save.
Kamran Hoda
Mon, Jun 10th
Kirby Yates was at it again on Monday versus Milwaukee, striking out one in a perfect ninth to secure his 25th save of the season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 18th
 Roberto Osuna allowed one run on one hit and one walk through 1 2/3 innings on Thursday against the Mariners. He blew a save in the outing.
Kamran Hoda
Thu, Jun 6th
Kirby Yates struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his 24th save of the season on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jun 17th
 Roberto Osuna threw a perfect inning on Friday against Oakland. He earned a save int he win.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 1st
Kirby Yates allowed a solo homer in the twelfth inning of Friday's 16-12 win over the Rockies.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 15th
 Roberto Osuna threw a perfect inning on Tuesday against the Cubs to earn a save. He struck out one in the outing.
Kamran Hoda
Wed, May 29th
Kirby Yates struck out one in a perfect ninth to preserve the 5-4 win over the Nationals on Thursday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 7th
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