Who Should I Draft?

Walker Buehler or Jack Flaherty (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
52 of 56 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 12# 17
Best Rank# 4# 11
Worst Rank# 39# 54
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 40# 60
Best Rank# 35# 55
Worst Rank# 44# 68
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts180189
Wins1212
Saves00
ERA3.183.49
WHIP1.141.19
   
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  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2018 Stats 
   
   
Games Played2428
   
Games Started2328
   
Innings Pitched137.2151.1
   
Wins88
   
Losses59
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves10
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed95108
   
Earned Runs4056
   
Home Runs Allowed1220
   
Strikeouts151182
   
Walks3759
   
ERA2.623.34
   
WHIP0.961.11
   
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2019 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2830
   
Games Started2830
   
Innings Pitched162.2168.6
   
Wins1212
   
Losses79
   
Saves00
   
Blown Saves00
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed133140
   
Earned Runs5765
   
Home Runs Allowed1721
   
Strikeouts180189
   
Walks5261
   
ERA3.183.49
   
WHIP1.141.19
   
  Walker Buehler
SP - LAD
Walker Buehler
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 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
Jack Flaherty allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1/3rd innings Thursday. He walked two and struck out eight. The Cardinals-Mets game was suspended in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-4 score.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Jun 14th
 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
Jack Flaherty allowed four runs on five hits over 3 2/3 innings in the Cardinals' 9-4 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. He walked three and struck out none in the no-decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 9th
 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
Jack Flaherty allowed two runs on four hits over five innings in the Cardinals' 7-4 win over the Cubs on Saturday. He walked none and struck out eight in the no decision.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 2nd
 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
Jack Flaherty fired six scoreless innings and struck out seven in the Cardinals' 4-3 extra innings loss to the Braves on Sunday. He allowed three hits, no walks, and took a no decision.
Elliott Baas
Mon, May 27th
 Walker Buehler improved to 5-1 on Friday versus the Pirates, throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out six.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, May 25th
Jack Flaherty received a no-decision in Sunday's quality start versus the Rangers, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings pitched.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
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
Flaherty was absurdly good last season as a rookie and seemed to improve as the year went on, striking out 95 in 76 second half innings. With that said, his walk rate climbed to a dangerous 3.52 per nine innings by seasons end. He has the upside to strike out 240 batters, but there is some risk here as well
Bobby Sylvester - 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
Flaherty's first full Major League season was an excellent one, as his 3.34 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 10.85 K/9 rate demonstrate. But his 3.52 walks per nine were high, and he averaged fewer than six innings per start, limiting his win potential. He also benefited from a .257 BABIP allowed that was low, even for a pitcher with great stuff like Flaherty. If more of those batted balls fall in for base hits, Flaherty may pay a greater price for the free passes this year. His long-term outlook is bright, but there could be some bumps along the way.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Flaherty's 3.34 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 151 rookie innings will justifiably make him a popular pick. Buoyed by a lethal slider and a curveball that didn't yield a single extra-base hit, there's easy 200-strikeout upside if he pitches a full season. Yet a 3.52 BB/9 and 57.2% first-pitch rate make the 23-year-old riskier than the typical SP2. He's best paired with a steady, reliable ace.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros