Who Should I Draft?

Trevor Bauer or Edwin Diaz (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
53 of 56 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 10# 13
Best Rank# 1# 5
Worst Rank# 17# 23
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 31# 50
Best Rank# 30# 46
Worst Rank# 46# 53
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts218103
Wins143
Saves038
ERA3.332.43
WHIP1.190.97
   
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The Athletic
# 15# 16
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 18
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 9# 16
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 8# 14
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 8# 17
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 10# 19
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 8# 16
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 11# 20
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 9# 13
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 7# 21
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 14# 16
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 8# 15
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 9# 16
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 17# 22
   
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The Athletic
# 10# 18
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 8# 15
   
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CBS Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
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Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 11# 20
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 10# 14
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 11# 15
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 10# 19
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 11# 21
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 9# 16
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 9# 11
   
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The Athletic
# 7# 20
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
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Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 7# 15
   
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# 1# 15
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 11# 14
   
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Sporfolio
# 17# 23
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 10# 21
   
Paul Sporer
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# 10# 14
   
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Pitcher List
# 5# 21
   
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RotoBaller
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RotoBaller
# 5# 15
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
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Justin Mason
FanGraphs
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Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 13
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 9# 12
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 8# 16
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 8# 18
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 10# 18
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 11# 15
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 5# 15
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 8# 20
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 8# 22
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 9# 17
   
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Fantrax
# 11# 15
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 8# 15
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 10# 15
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
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Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 9# 15
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 11# 5
   
KJ
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# 11# 10
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 8
   
  Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2873
   
Games Started270
   
Innings Pitched175.173.1
   
Wins120
   
Losses64
   
Saves157
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed13441
   
Earned Runs4316
   
Home Runs Allowed95
   
Strikeouts221124
   
Walks5717
   
ERA2.211.96
   
WHIP1.090.79
   
  Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3167
   
Games Started300
   
Innings Pitched187.067.7
   
Wins143
   
Losses83
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves03
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed16045
   
Earned Runs6918
   
Home Runs Allowed196
   
Strikeouts218103
   
Walks6221
   
ERA3.332.43
   
WHIP1.190.97
   
  Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
News 
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer pitched a complete game shutout in an 8-0 win over the Tigers on Sunday. Bauer struck out eight and allowed just four baserunners in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one run on three hits but managed to convert his 15th save of the season in Saturday's win over the Cardinals.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 16th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was excellent in a 2-1 win over the Reds on Tuesday. Bauer held Cincinnati to one run over 7 2/3 innings while striking out six and walking five.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed two earned runs on two hits and one walk while striking out one over one inning to blow the save in Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was suspended in the ninth inning at 4-4 and is scheduled to be completed on Friday.
Mike Maher
Fri, Jun 14th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer gave up three homers in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Thursday. Bauer went eight innings, giving up five runs and striking out seven.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one hit and no walks while striking out two en route to earning his 14th save of the season in Saturday's win over the Rockies.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer was let down by his defense in a 6-1 loss to the White Sox on Friday. Bauer allowed six runs, but only two earned runs, in seven innings. He struck out eight in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 1st
Edwin Diaz allowed four runs on five hits and a walk over just 1/3 of an inning against the Dodgers on Wednesday night. He was credited with a loss and a blown save.
Dan Harris
Thu, May 30th
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer pitched well in a 6-3 loss to the Rays on Sunday. Bauer allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings of work. He struck out eight and allowed just five hits.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, May 27th
Mets closer Edwin Diaz allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three to earn the save in Sunday's win over the Detroit Tigers. The save was his 13th of the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, May 27th
Notes 
 Prior to an injury in the second half, Bauer was among the top pitchers in baseball. He still struck out 221 batters in 175 innings, but with health, those numbers could easily climb to 270 in 215 innings
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
The Mets acquired Diaz to serve as their new closer, and he should be one of the first two closers off the board in all fantasy leagues following his dominant 2018 in Seattle.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Bauer took a big step forward as a pitcher in 2017, and then last year he finally put it all together and performed like an ace. The big increase in his strikeout rate over the last two seasons is the biggest ingredient in his success, but he was also somewhat fortunate in terms of his home run rate last year after being unlucky in that regard the previous season. His walk rate is still a bit high, and he is a little risky just based on the fact that he had never produced a sub-4.00 ERA or sub-1.30 WHIP before last year, but the skills are certainly there for another strong season.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Diaz won't record another 57 saves, tied for the second-most ever in a single season. Yet he's the top fantasy closer after cementing a 1.91 ERA with a nasty 124 strikeouts in 73.1 innings. He fixed 2017's walk woes, cutting his walk rate from 11.6 to 6.1%. Those elite numbers are going to cost a bounty on draft day, so investors can't afford much regression if he keeps going around the top 50.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 A viable Cy Young Award contender before suffering a stress fracture in his right fibula, Bauer boasted a 2.21 ERA and 221 strikeouts over 175.1 spectacular frames. Only Jacob deGrom bested him in FIP (2.44), and he leaned more on a slider that yielded a -8 wRC+. If the injury depresses his value, pounce on a top-10 stud.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
There is a top tier of three or four closers, but among them, Diaz is likely the best. He racked up 124 Ks in 73 innings last year, and while you can't bank on 57 saves again, 40 is well within question for a surprisingly good Mets team this year. His ratios will surely be stellar, but even so, with only 70 innings, they won't help you enough to warrant using a fifth or even earlier pick on him or any other closer.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros