Who Should I Draft?

Ross Stripling or Corey Knebel (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Corey Knebel
RP - MIL
Corey Knebel
Expert
Recommendation
66%
Recommended by
38 of 58 experts
34%
Recommended by
20 of 58 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 76# 108
Best Rank# 35# 34
Worst Rank# 216# 232
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 192# 193
Best Rank# 184# 135
Worst Rank# 212# 224
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts11861
Wins82
Saves014
ERA3.552.85
WHIP1.201.12
   
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Injury Alert-IL60
   
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# 57
   
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# 60
   
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# 58
   
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# 72# 95
   
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USA Today
# 82
   
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# 96
   
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# 112# 232
   
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# 60# 100
   
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# 76# 89
   
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# 50
   
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# 71# 50
   
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# 77# 52
   
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# 81# 53
   
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# 82# 50
   
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# 90# 48
   
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# 99# 88
   
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# 111# 96
   
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# 116# 80
   
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  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Corey Knebel
RP - MIL
Corey Knebel
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played3357
   
Games Started210
   
Innings Pitched122.255.1
   
Wins84
   
Losses63
   
Saves016
   
Blown Saves03
   
Holds37
   
Hits Allowed12338
   
Earned Runs4122
   
Home Runs Allowed187
   
Strikeouts13688
   
Walks2222
   
ERA3.023.58
   
WHIP1.191.08
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Corey Knebel
RP - MIL
Corey Knebel
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3638
   
Games Started170
   
Innings Pitched116.339.4
   
Wins82
   
Losses62
   
Saves014
   
Blown Saves05
   
Holds15
   
Hits Allowed11127
   
Earned Runs4612
   
Home Runs Allowed154
   
Strikeouts11861
   
Walks2818
   
ERA3.552.85
   
WHIP1.201.12
   
  Ross Stripling
SP,RP - LAD
Ross Stripling
Corey Knebel
RP - MIL
Corey Knebel
News 
 Ross Stripling pitched three innings in Wednesday's start in Baltimore, allowing one run on three hits while striking out two.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Sep 12th
Corey Knebel has officially chosen to receive Tommy John surgery. This comes after Knebel pitched with a partially torn UCL for several years. The recovery process will surely see him miss the 2019 season. Knebel's return, in a best case scenario, will be Spring Training 2020.
Garett Thomas
Fri, Mar 29th
 Ross Stripling threw three shutout inning on Sunday versus the Diamondbacks, allowing just two hits while striking out two.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Sep 2nd
Corey Knebel (elbow) says he will decide on Friday whether or not to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 28th
 Ross Stripling (neck discomfort) has been shut down for an additional week.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Aug 10th
Corey Knebel (elbow) has been diagnosed with a partial UCL tear. He is going to seek opinions from multiple specialists before deciding on rehab or surgery.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Mar 22nd
 Ross Stripling was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with right biceps tightness.
Brad Camara
Sat, Jul 27th
Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Corey Knebel’s elbow injury is UCL related and the right-hander will seek a second opinion.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 21st
 Ross Stripling was removed from Wednesday's start against the Angels after five innings with a stiff neck.
Connor Rooney
Thu, Jul 25th
Brewers manager Craig Counsell says Corey Knebel is dealing with an elbow issue and that there is “reason for concern”.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Mar 21st
Notes 
 Let's not forget how awesome Stripling was to start the season. He posted a 2.39 ERA with an MLB-high 11.38 BB/K ratio before the All-Star break. Despite finishing with a 3.02 ERA, he underperformed a .266 xwOBA that finished ninth among all starters. A potential top-25 starter if provided a secure job, he's instead a dicey top-50 choice with the Dodgers likely to give Kenta Maeda the fifth spot after Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. He'll earn some starts eventually, potentially to start the season if Kershaw (shoulder inflammation) and/or Buehler (arm) aren't ready, but Stripling may not significantly exceed last year's 122 innings. The skills make him worth a plunge at the right spot, especially with injuries already beginning to pile up for the NL champs.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
An intriguing bounce-back selection, Knebel is dealing with a UCL injury that has Brewers manager Craig Counsell concerned. Although one of the game's elite strikeout artists over the last two seasons, late drafters should avoid him in case the worst scenario is confirmed. Josh Hader could see more save opportunities, but the Brewers could still sign Craig Kimbrel or put someone else into the ninth-inning role so their best reliever can keep working in high-leverage spots.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Stripling had a big breakthrough in 2018, as exemplified by his terrific 6.18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He made 21 starts and also pitched out of the bullpen, excelling in both roles. Stripling isn't guaranteed a rotation spot on Opening Day, but with the way the Dodgers handle their injury-prone starters, he's likely to make quite a few starts when it is all said and done. He should also be useful in long relief in formats where non-closing relievers have value.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Knebel entered 2018 as the Brewers' obvious closer, but between injuries and inconsistency, he barely edged out Jeremy Jeffress and Josh Hader for the team lead in saves. All three relievers have dominant stuff and a proven ability to succeed in the ninth inning, but it remains to be seen whether manager Craig Counsell will deploy any of them as the regular closer following last season's success with a committee approach. Until we hear otherwise, consider Knebel the favorite to serve as the head of a committee. Even if he isn't the exclusive closer, Knebel can help enough in other areas (Ks, ERA, WHIP) to be well worth rostering.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Stripling may have faded toward the end of the season, but his start to the season was so absurd that he still managed to finish top five in xFIP among all starting pitchers with at least 120 innings. Stripling is like Mike Clevinger this time last year in that his dominant sample size is large enough to assume he can be a top 30 starting pitcher with a full season worth of work.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Knebel was injured and had a rough year, but still tallied up 88 strikeouts in 55 innings with a killer WHIP. Expect the ERA to improve closer to that 1.78 rate from 2017, and with that and a full bill of health should come a bounceback to 30 or even 40 saves.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros