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Who Should I Draft?

Trevor Bauer or Jack Flaherty (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
90%
Recommended by
46 of 51 experts
10%
Recommended by
5 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 10
Best Rank# 2# 7
Worst Rank# 20# 18
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 14# 32
Best Rank# 13# 27
Worst Rank# 14# 34
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts232205
Wins1512
Saves00
ERA3.453.48
WHIP1.111.11
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertRST-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 12
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 5# 9
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 6# 13
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 13
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 6# 7
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 4# 10
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 8# 13
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 6# 12
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 4# 11
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 5# 8
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 3# 10
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 7# 11
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 4# 12
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 4# 10
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 7# 18
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 7# 10
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 4# 11
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 4# 8
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 6# 10
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 4# 11
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 6# 15
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 4# 8
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 7# 10
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 16
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 10# 13
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 4# 10
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 4# 10
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 8# 11
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 4# 10
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 10# 11
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 11
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 6# 11
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 4# 8
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 10# 11
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 4# 11
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 6# 12
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 7# 13
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 5# 8
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 6# 11
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 2# 14
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 5# 8
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 5# 11
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 7# 11
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 4# 10
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 5# 11
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 9# 8
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 9# 8
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 11# 9
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 13# 10
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 20# 8
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played119
   
Games Started119
   
Innings Pitched73.140.1
   
Wins54
   
Losses43
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed4133
   
Earned Runs1422
   
Home Runs Allowed96
   
Strikeouts10049
   
Walks1716
   
ERA1.734.91
   
WHIP0.791.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3131
   
Games Started3131
   
Innings Pitched193.5173.0
   
Wins1512
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed156138
   
Earned Runs7467
   
Home Runs Allowed2623
   
Strikeouts232205
   
Walks5954
   
ERA3.453.48
   
WHIP1.111.11
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Trevor Bauer
SP - LAD
Trevor Bauer
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s leave has been extended to September 3.
Brad Camara
Fri, Aug 27th
Jack Flaherty (shoulder strain) returned to the Cardinals rotation in the role of an "opener" for the second game of their doubleheader against the Cubs on Friday. However, he recorded only one out and gave up two runs before being removed from the game.
Lucas Spence
Sat, Sep 25th
 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer’s leave will be extended to August 13.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 5th
St. Louis Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty is scheduled to pitch Game 2 on Friday afternoon.
Andersen Pickard
Fri, Sep 24th
 Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended through Aug. 6, according to multiple reports. Bauer's hearing last week on an ex-parte temporary restraining order was postponed to Aug 2, 3, and 19. The investigation into him and the alleged sexual assault, both by Pasadena PD and by MLB, remains active, according to The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Tue, Jul 27th
Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty (shoulder) is set to begin throwing sometime over the next couple of days, according to Cardinals' manager Mike Schildt.
Jack Mannis
Sun, Sep 5th
 Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave has been extended by nearly two weeks to July 27, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Jul 14th
The Cardinals placed RHP Jack Flaherty on the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 25th
 Major League Baseball extended Dodgers RHP Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave by an additional seven days.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, Jul 8th
Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty was removed from Tuesday evening's game with right shoulder tightness.
Jack Mannis
Tue, Aug 24th
Notes 
 Over the past few seasons the time to invest in Bauer has been when his ADP has dipped, and not when he's coming off a career-year. However, the spin rate on his fastball increased so much in 2020 that I feel a lot better about projecting him moving forward. It's fair to assume he was using sticky stuff, but so is everyone else. There's little reason to think he'll stop using it, which is why he easily checks in as my SP4. Additionally, the Dodgers are letting Bauer be himself this spring. He's controversial for a lot of reasons, but ultimately profiles as a true fantasy ace.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Flaherty ended up with a 4.91 ERA, but that hardly represents his actual performance, given that he allowed nine runs in a three-inning start in September. If you take out that outing, Flaherty had just a 3.13 ERA, and he didn't allow more than three earned runs in any of his eight other starts. Given that Flaherty's season was shorter than most due to the Cardinals' COVID-19 issues, it's fair to essentially throw out at that one abysmal outing, considering his other numbers were relatively consistent from 2019. Indeed, his swinging strike rate improved, as did his K/9 rate and ground ball percentage. With his devastating slider, Flaherty should still be considered one of the top pitchers in the real and fantasy game, and is capable of fronting a fantasy staff.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Bauer capped off a Cy Young season by signing a massive deal with the Dodgers. There's no other way to describe Bauer's 2020 season other than utterly dominant. A 1.73 ERA, a 0.79 WHIP, and a 36% strikeout rate. Notably, the spin rate on almost all of his pitched jumped dramatically, and every single one of them was more effective than we'd previously seen. Bauer had an outstanding season in 2018 and followed it up with a sub-par 2019, so we shouldn't take for granted that he'll be the best pitcher in baseball for the second season in a row. But on the best team in baseball with a near bulletproof 2020 resume, he should be drafted as a top-five starter and a second-round pick.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
The word that keeps coming up for Flaherty's fantasy analysis is rhythm. In the second half of 2019, which is when Flaherty put together one of the most impressive second halves in baseball history, he had rhythm. Meanwhile, the Cardinals' 2020 season lacked anything resembling a routine. Flaherty and his teammates dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak as well as a plethora of doubleheaders late in the year to make up for lost time. And yet, if it wasn't for one disastrous start, Flaherty still would've been a borderline ace last summer. When you take out his worst start of the year, Flaherty's ERA drops from 4.91 to 3.13. I'm betting that 2021 goes more smoothly for St. Louis.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros