Who Should I Draft?

Shane Bieber or Mike Foltynewicz (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Mike Foltynewicz
SP - ATL
Mike Foltynewicz
Expert
Recommendation
59%
Recommended by
33 of 56 experts
41%
Recommended by
23 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 48# 57
Best Rank# 24# 15
Worst Rank# 226# 102
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 149# 112
Best Rank# 136# 99
Worst Rank# 157# 136
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts147158
Wins1110
Saves00
ERA3.843.65
WHIP1.231.24
   
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Injury Alert-MiLB
   
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# 39# 64
   
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# 53# 80
   
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# 53# 55
   
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# 46# 51
   
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# 35# 58
   
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# 30# 65
   
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# 38# 68
   
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# 44# 60
   
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# 226# 52
   
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Mike Foltynewicz
SP - ATL
Mike Foltynewicz
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2031
   
Games Started1931
   
Innings Pitched115.1183.0
   
Wins1113
   
Losses510
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed130130
   
Earned Runs5858
   
Home Runs Allowed1317
   
Strikeouts118202
   
Walks2368
   
ERA4.552.85
   
WHIP1.331.08
   
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Mike Foltynewicz
SP - ATL
Mike Foltynewicz
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2725
   
Games Started2625
   
Innings Pitched154.9150.4
   
Wins1110
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed159132
   
Earned Runs6661
   
Home Runs Allowed1819
   
Strikeouts147158
   
Walks3154
   
ERA3.843.65
   
WHIP1.231.24
   
  Shane Bieber
SP - CLE
Shane Bieber
Mike Foltynewicz
SP - ATL
Mike Foltynewicz
News 
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber pitched well in an 8-6 loss to the Royals on Tuesday. Bieber went 5 1/3 innings while allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out six.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 26th
Mike Foltynewicz was sent to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber pitched well in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers on Thursday. Bieber allowed just two runs over six innings while striking out eight.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 20th
Mike Foltynewicz (2-5) gave up eight runs over four innings to the Nationals on Saturday, allowing eight hits and two walks, while striking out two.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Jun 23rd
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber was exceptional in a 4-2 win over the Tigers on Saturday. Bieber allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings while racking up 12 strikeouts. He allowed just four hits and walked one in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed one earned run on four hits and five walks while striking out six over six innings in Sunday's win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The win brings him to 2-5 on the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 16th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber had a tough time against the Yankees in a 7-6 loss on Sunday. Bieber allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking two.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 9th
Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed four earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings in a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 12th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Shane Bieber was excellent in a 5-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday. Bieber allowed two runs in seven innings while striking out seven and walking one.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 5th
Foltynewicz (1-5) surrendered three earned runs on six hits with five strikeouts and a walk across six innings while taking a loss against the Pirates on Thursday.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 7th
Notes 
 Bieber is the rare pitcher who may throw too many strikes. His pinpoint control is helpful for his WHIP, and he's shown the ability to strike out close to a batter per inning, but he gave up so many hits as a rookie that his ERA ballooned to 4.55. That is due for quite a bit of positive regression, but Bieber's ERA may always trail behind his WHIP. For now, expect his ERA to settle in the mid-to-high 3s.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
A relative afterthought in many 2018 drafts, Foltynewicz fastened a 2.85 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 183 frames. Deploying fewer sinkers and more sliders helped unlock his upside, but beware paying full freight for an encore. A substandard 3.34 BB/9 could cause more trouble if a .253 BABIP rises near his .303 career norm. This was a case of not paying for the career year before elbow soreness threatened his wipe out multiple April starts.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Baseball fans could soon think of that pop singer as the other Bieber. After generating a 13.68 K/BB ratio (!) throughout his minor league career, the Cleveland righty recorded 118 strikeouts to 23 walks in 114.2 big league frames. He also, however, got pegged to a 4.55 ERA. Lefties crushed him (.311/.362/.547), and a subpar four-seam fastball didn't fool anyone. Yet he also boasted a 3.23 FIP with a superb slider that submitted a 26.2% swinging-strike rate. Corey Kluber and Corey Carrasco have emerged as aces despite mediocre heaters, so perhaps Cleveland can apply the same winning formula to Bieber. He's still reasonably priced as a mid-range breakout pick, but it wouldn't be surprising to see his ADP skyrocket this spring.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
After posting an ERA north of 4.00 in each of his first three seasons, Foltynewicz put up a shiny 2.85 ERA in 2018. Part of that was due to a fortunate BABIP allowed of just .251, but he also earned some of the gain by boosting his K/9 rate from 8.36 to 9.93. While some regression should be expected, the bigger concern is that Folty has complained of elbow soreness this spring and may not be ready for Opening Day. That above all else should give fantasy owners pause.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros