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Who Should I Draft?

Ryan Pressly or James Karinchak (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
39 of 51 experts
24%
Recommended by
12 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 39# 49
Best Rank# 21# 28
Worst Rank# 77# 117
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 105# 102
Best Rank# 103# 94
Worst Rank# 131# 129
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7599
Wins33
Saves2922
ERA3.283.23
WHIP1.151.19
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-MiLB
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 48# 58
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 68
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 45# 55
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 29# 51
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 37# 40
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 33# 60
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 40# 44
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 44# 47
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 42# 56
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 42# 45
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 49
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 36# 55
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 32# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 37# 61
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 21# 32
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 40
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 37# 58
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 39# 40
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 42# 100
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 25# 40
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 82
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 36# 43
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 41# 43
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 59# 117
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 25# 38
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 44# 53
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 32# 92
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 62
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 39# 43
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 47# 54
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 37# 45
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 37# 40
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 35# 61
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 47# 48
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 41# 47
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 24# 37
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 50# 60
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 58# 98
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 41# 65
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 34# 33
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 38# 28
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 38# 34
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 45# 31
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 45# 37
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 45# 35
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 46# 37
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 46# 43
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 47# 36
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 50# 43
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 68# 56
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 77# 47
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2327
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched21.027.0
   
Wins11
   
Losses32
   
Saves121
   
Blown Saves43
   
Holds08
   
Hits Allowed2214
   
Earned Runs98
   
Home Runs Allowed21
   
Strikeouts2953
   
Walks716
   
ERA3.862.67
   
WHIP1.381.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played6261
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched60.761.3
   
Wins33
   
Losses33
   
Saves2922
   
Blown Saves149
   
Holds56
   
Hits Allowed5340
   
Earned Runs2222
   
Home Runs Allowed77
   
Strikeouts7599
   
Walks1732
   
ERA3.283.23
   
WHIP1.151.19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
James Karinchak
RP - CLE
James Karinchak
News 
 Astros closer Ryan Pressly was tasked with preserving a 1-1 tie in the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the Athletics. Instead, he allowed a walk-off double. The right-hander's final line included one run, two hits, zero walks, one strikeout, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Oakland by a score of 2-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 25th
The Cleveland Indians have optioned reliever James Karinchak to Triple-A Columbus. His roster spot will go to first baseman Bobby Bradley, who was activated from the IL.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Aug 28th
 Astros closer Ryan Pressly struck out all three batters he faced while pitching the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He required just 12 pitches and nine strikes en route to earning the save. Houston ultimately defeated Arizona by a score of 7-6.
Andersen Pickard
Mon, Sep 20th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a 7-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday. He struck out two and allowed just one hit.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Aug 26th
 Astros closer struck out one batter while throwing a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Sunday. He earned the save as Houston ultimately defeated Los Angeles by a score of 3-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 12th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed a run in his lone inning of work in a 4-3 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Aug 11th
 Astros closer Ryan Pressly allowed three runs over 0.2 innings against the Mariners, breaking a critical late-game tie and eventually costing Houston the game. His final line included two hits, one walk, two strikeouts, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Seattle by a score of 8-5.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Sep 8th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak allowed three runs in 1/3 of an inning in a 12-11 win over the White Sox on Saturday. He walked one and gave up two hits, including a two-run homer.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Aug 1st
 Astros star closer Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Padres on Friday. He issued one walk and zero hits en route to earning the save. Houston ultimately defeated San Diego by a score of 6-3.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 4th
Cleveland right-hander James Karinchak threw a scoreless eighth inning in a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. He worked around one walk in the frame.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jul 25th
Notes 
 Pressly had his usual solid season, but got the benefit of closing for the Astros after Roberto Osuna's injury. His numbers fell off a bit from the previous two years (his 1.33 WHIP was particularly out of character), but he will almost certainly rebound from the .365 BABIP he allowed. He's slated to again be the Astros' closer, and as such, should provide plenty of saves while giving fantasy managers positive value in ratios. That makes him one of the few reliable closers worth drafting at more than a late-round price.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Karinchak is expected to be Cleveland's closer after Brad Hand moved on to the Nationals, though it's not a sure thing yet. Yes, he walks too many batters (5.33 per nine innings), but you can get away with it when you strike out nearly half the batters you face and hitters bat .151 against you overall. Karinchak has two absolutely devastating pitches: a mid-90's fastball (.184 batting average against, .151 xBA) and a power curveball (.140 batting average against, .114 xBA). Cleveland may not have a ton of success this year and hence save opportunities may be limited, but Karinchak can be a dominant fantasy reliever if he gets the job. Monitor reports out of the spring to see when and if Terry Francona formerly anoints him as the closer. If he does, he should vault to being a top-6 or 7 reliever.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  "Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros