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Who Should I Draft?

Trevor Rosenthal or Craig Kimbrel (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Trevor Rosenthal
RP - OAK
Trevor Rosenthal
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
Expert
Recommendation
78%
Recommended by
40 of 51 experts
22%
Recommended by
11 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 50# 61
Best Rank# 28# 35
Worst Rank# 98# 108
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 120# 164
Best Rank# 113# 153
Worst Rank# 234# 233
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts7679
Wins33
Saves2524
ERA3.813.65
WHIP1.311.21
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 108
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 55
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 47# 61
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 44# 52
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 58
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 53# 55
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 58# 76
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 28# 54
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 68# 83
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 50# 69
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 57# 58
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 43# 54
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 44# 54
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 51# 63
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 28# 48
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 37# 86
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 56# 73
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 46# 89
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 37# 59
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 59# 64
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 62# 63
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 50# 68
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 47# 68
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 62# 98
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 43# 51
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 33# 50
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 76
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 47# 62
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 40# 58
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 60# 70
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 39# 61
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 54# 64
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 51# 75
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 36# 80
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 34# 67
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 30# 58
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 51# 58
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 57# 87
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 51# 103
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 74# 98
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 37# 35
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 41# 39
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 55# 47
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 62# 58
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 63# 42
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 72# 71
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 82# 72
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 90# 63
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 92# 65
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 92# 63
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 98# 74
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Trevor Rosenthal
RP - OAK
Trevor Rosenthal
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2318
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched24.315.0
   
Wins10
   
Losses01
   
Saves112
   
Blown Saves11
   
Holds13
   
Hits Allowed1210
   
Earned Runs59
   
Home Runs Allowed22
   
Strikeouts3828
   
Walks812
   
ERA1.905.28
   
WHIP0.851.43
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Trevor Rosenthal
RP - OAK
Trevor Rosenthal
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played5956
   
Games Started00
   
Innings Pitched56.354.1
   
Wins33
   
Losses22
   
Saves2524
   
Blown Saves411
   
Holds34
   
Hits Allowed4240
   
Earned Runs2422
   
Home Runs Allowed68
   
Strikeouts7679
   
Walks3226
   
ERA3.813.65
   
WHIP1.311.21
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Trevor Rosenthal
RP - OAK
Trevor Rosenthal
Craig Kimbrel
RP - CWS
Craig Kimbrel
News 
 Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (hip) will undergo surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his hip and will miss the rest of the season.
Brad Camara
Wed, Jul 7th
Craig Kimbrel had a rough ninth inning, allowing a one out double followed by two walks and a sacrifice fly that scored a run. He did chip in two strikeouts though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Sep 13th
 A's RHP Trevor Rosenthal (shoulder) is progressing "rapidly" through his strength program, per manager Bob Melvin.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Jun 11th
Craig Kimbrel pitched the seventh inning on Saturday, allowing one hit while striking out three batters.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, Sep 5th
 Athletics reliever Trevor Rosenthal officially underwent surgery today. The operation "involved the removal of his first rib, a pec minor release, and scalene release," according to a release from the Athletics.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Apr 8th
Craig Kimbrel came into the ninth with a seven run lead but ended up giving up three earned runs on two hits and a walk. He would strike out two batters though.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sat, Aug 28th
 The Athletics' bullpen was dealt a major blow on Thursday as reliever Trevor Rosenthal landed on the 60-day injured list. He's been dealing with a shoulder injury. Thoracic outlet surgery seems like the most likely outcome for the 30-year-old right-hander. Such a procedure would hold him out for at least three months.
Andersen Pickard
Thu, Apr 8th
Craig Kimbrel pitched one inning, allowing one hit while also striking out one batter to earn his 24th save of the season and first with the White Sox.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Fri, Aug 27th
 A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters on Wednesday that "surgery is on the table" for Trevor Rosenthal because of his shoulder injury.
Dan Harris
Wed, Apr 7th
Craig Kimbrel didn't allow a ball to leave the infield on Monday, but lost the game after an infield hit, a wild pitch, a sacrifice ground ball, and another wild pitch. He would also walk a batter and strike out two.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Tue, Aug 24th
Notes 
 After missing the 2018 season and most of the 2019 season, Rosenthal bounced back in a huge way last year. He stepped in as the Royals' closer, notching seven saves, and then was unhittable with the Padres after a mid-year trade. He parlayed his success into a one-year contract with the A's, where all signs point to him being the undisputed closer. Rosenthal was an outstanding reliever in his prime and once had back-to-back 45-save (or better) seasons. And his raw stuff looked excellent last year, as he totaled the best strikeout rate of his career. If he stays healthy, he has a shot at being a top-5 closer, but you can draft him a little later than that and likely make a profit.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
As a whole, Kimbrel's 2020 numbers were abysmal. A 5.28 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP, and a walk rate of 17.4%. And yet, there were some encouraging signs. Not only did his strikeout rate bounce back to 40.6%, but he was actually an elite pitcher after his first four outings. How elite? He pitched to a 1.42 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP, and stuck out 53.1% of the batters he faced. It wasn't perfect, as Kimbrel still walked five batters per nine innings over that stretch. But he showed that he still has some has left in the tank. Although he never reclaimed the closer's job despite his strong finish, it's a good bet that the Cubs hand him the ninth-inning role to start, as they try to rebuild his trade value in the final year of his deal. That means Kimbrel should at least get save chances for the first several weeks of the season, and, as such, should be drafted as low-end second closer with just a modicum of upside.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Over his final 14 appearances (12 2/3 IP) Kimbrel registered a 27:7 K:BB ratio to go along with a 1.42 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. I'd like confirmation from the Cubs that he's entering the season as the closer before going "all in" on drafting him, but as long as he gets the ninth inning I'll be interested. Kimbrel has likely turned off many fantasy managers with some ugly blowup performances the past two years. This creates a buying opportunity. Kimbrel is a perfect candidate to draft for those who prefer to wait on saves.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros