Who Should I Draft?

Trevor Bauer or Stephen Strasburg (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Expert
Recommendation
95%
Recommended by
53 of 56 experts
5%
Recommended by
3 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 10# 15
Best Rank# 1# 11
Worst Rank# 17# 31
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 31# 59
Best Rank# 30# 51
Worst Rank# 46# 62
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts218187
Wins1412
Saves00
ERA3.333.40
WHIP1.191.16
   
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# 9# 18
   
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# 10# 15
   
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# 8# 27
   
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USA Today
# 11# 13
   
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# 11# 28
   
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  Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2822
   
Games Started2722
   
Innings Pitched175.1130.1
   
Wins1210
   
Losses67
   
Saves10
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed134118
   
Earned Runs4354
   
Home Runs Allowed918
   
Strikeouts221156
   
Walks5738
   
ERA2.213.74
   
WHIP1.091.20
   
  Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played3128
   
Games Started3028
   
Innings Pitched187.0163.6
   
Wins1412
   
Losses88
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed160142
   
Earned Runs6962
   
Home Runs Allowed1919
   
Strikeouts218187
   
Walks6247
   
ERA3.333.40
   
WHIP1.191.16
   
  Trevor Bauer
SP - CLE
Trevor Bauer
Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
News 
 Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer struggled in a 7-6 win over the Tigers on Friday. He gave up five runs on 10 hits over four innings of work.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 22nd
Stephen Strasburg (8-4) allowed three runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks over six innings to earn the win against the Braves on Friday.
Connor Rooney
Sat, Jun 22nd
 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
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed six earned runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out five over five innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday. The loss drops him to 7-4 on the year.
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
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed one earned run on six hits and no walks while striking out six over seven innings in a win over the San Diego Padres Sunday. The win brings him to 7-3 on the season.
Mike Maher
Mon, Jun 10th
 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
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed five earned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings in a win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The win was the 100th of his career and brings him to 6-3 on the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Jun 5th
 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
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out 11 over seven innings in Tuesday’s win over the Atlanta Braves. The win brings him to 5-3 on the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, May 29th
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
There is a lot of appeal in drafting an upside pitcher like Strasburg, but keep in mind that he averages just 145 innings over the last four years. Even with an excellent strikeout rate, that comes to just 174 Ks per season. The ratios will likely be golden again, but know that there is plenty of risk in spending a 5th or 6th round pick on him this year
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Strasburg's ERA (3.74) and WHIP (1.20) were a little inflated last season, but that can probably be chalked about to statistical noise -- his peripherals were not meaningfully different outside of a spike in his home runs allowed. The bigger concern is a familiar one: durability/health. Strasburg has not pitched more than 175 innings in a season since 2014, and expecting more than 150-175 from him this season would be foolish. That doesn't mean he can't be a top-20 or even top-15 fantasy starter, though.
Andrew Seifter - 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
It's bad enough Strasburg, still yet to make 30 starts since 2014, threw just 130 innings in 2018. He also recorded the worst ERA (3.74) and FIP (3.62) of his career. Rises in hard-hit rate and exit velocity are concerning, but an elevated 15.7 HR/FB% ultimately did him in. Even if he bounces back to a 3.50 ERA or lower, investors can't reasonably bank on more than 150 innings, a mark he has met once in the last four seasons. Time is running out for the 30-year-old to reach his Cy Young ceiling.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros