Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Edwin Diaz (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
45 of 56 experts
20%
Recommended by
11 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 12# 13
Best Rank# 4# 5
Worst Rank# 39# 23
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 40# 50
Best Rank# 35# 46
Worst Rank# 44# 53
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts180103
Wins123
Saves038
ERA3.182.43
WHIP1.140.97
   
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  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2473
   
Games Started230
   
Innings Pitched137.273.1
   
Wins80
   
Losses54
   
Saves057
   
Blown Saves14
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed9541
   
Earned Runs4016
   
Home Runs Allowed125
   
Strikeouts151124
   
Walks3717
   
ERA2.621.96
   
WHIP0.960.79
   
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2867
   
Games Started280
   
Innings Pitched162.267.7
   
Wins123
   
Losses73
   
Saves038
   
Blown Saves03
   
Holds02
   
Hits Allowed13345
   
Earned Runs5718
   
Home Runs Allowed176
   
Strikeouts180103
   
Walks5221
   
ERA3.182.43
   
WHIP1.140.97
   
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Edwin Diaz
RP - NYM
Edwin Diaz
News 
 Walker Buehler was sensational on Friday versus Colorado, throwing a complete game, three-hitter while striking out 16.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 22nd
Edwin Diaz threw a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to lock down his 16th save against the Cubs on Friday.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jun 21st
 Walker Buehler received a no-decision on Saturday versus the Cubs, hurling seven scoreless frames while striking out six and allowing just two hits.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 16th
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
 Walker Buehler improved to 7-1 on Sunday versus the Giants, tossing seven shutout innings while striking out nine.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 9th
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
 Walker Buehler picked up the win on Monday versus Arizona, striking out 11 over eight innings of one-run ball.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 4th
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
 Walker Buehler received a no-decision on Wednesday versus the Mets, giving up five runs on seven hits over five innings.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Thu, May 30th
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
Notes 
 After tearing through the minors, Buehler pitcher pretty well for the Dodgers in the first half. Then a flip switched and he proceeded to become one of the top pitchers in baseball over the second half, posting a 2.03 ERA with 92 Ks and just a .165 BA allowed in 80 innings. Draft him accordingly
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
 An easy Rookie of the Year pick any other year, Buehler boasted a 2.62 ERA, 152 strikeouts, and a 50.0% ground-ball rate in 137.1 spectacular frames for the Dodgers. That's not including a dominant World Series gem. The hype is thus growing exponentially, so much so that he's going around the same area as Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, and Noah Syndergaard. Such a steep price is a tough sell because the Dodgers -- who haven't let a single starter work 180 innings in the last three years -- will curate his workload with extreme caution. That's before considering arm discomfort that has made his Opening Day availability "a little far-fetched." Drafters are probably paying too much for 160 superb frames in 2019.
Andrew Gould - 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
 Buehler lived up to the hype and more in his first extended stint in the Big Leagues, posting a 2.62 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 9.9 K/9 rate across 137 1/3 innings. His peripherals suggest his ERA is due to rise into the low-3.00s, but make no mistake, he is the real deal. The bigger question is how many innings the Dodgers will let him throw this season. Last season's total represented a big jump, and the Dodgers are notorious for rotating six or seven starters in and out of their rotation, so it is best to expect Buehler to throw around 150 innings and take anything beyond that as a bonus.
Andrew Seifter - 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