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Who Should I Draft?

Zach Plesac or Ryan Pressly (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
29 of 51 experts
43%
Recommended by
22 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 35# 39
Best Rank# 21# 21
Worst Rank# 63# 77
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 73# 105
Best Rank# 60# 103
Worst Rank# 102# 131
   
Projections 
   
Strikeouts14975
Wins103
Saves029
ERA4.193.28
WHIP1.201.15
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 48
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 25# 45
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 27# 37
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 49# 50
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 30# 48
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 30# 36
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 35# 45
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 35# 37
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 24# 37
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 38# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 33# 47
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 23# 25
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 37
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 32# 41
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 35# 59
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 45# 77
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 21# 46
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 68
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 35# 39
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 39# 45
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 34# 38
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 33# 46
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 41# 45
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 31# 35
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 35# 47
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 35# 41
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 43# 50
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 48# 58
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 22# 41
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 26# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 28# 25
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 32
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 33
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 37# 36
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 38# 37
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 38# 37
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 40# 36
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 40# 29
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 42# 38
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 42# 40
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 44# 42
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 45# 34
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 45# 21
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 46# 24
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 47# 37
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 48# 47
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 49# 44
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 56# 32
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 57# 44
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 60# 42
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 63# 42
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
2020 Stats 
   
   
Games Played823
   
Games Started80
   
Innings Pitched55.121.0
   
Wins41
   
Losses23
   
Saves012
   
Blown Saves04
   
Holds00
   
Hits Allowed3822
   
Earned Runs149
   
Home Runs Allowed82
   
Strikeouts5729
   
Walks67
   
ERA2.283.86
   
WHIP0.801.38
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
2021 Projections 
   
   
Games Played2862
   
Games Started280
   
Innings Pitched160.560.7
   
Wins103
   
Losses93
   
Saves029
   
Blown Saves014
   
Holds05
   
Hits Allowed15153
   
Earned Runs7522
   
Home Runs Allowed267
   
Strikeouts14975
   
Walks4117
   
ERA4.193.28
   
WHIP1.201.15
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Zach Plesac
SP - CLE
Zach Plesac
Ryan Pressly
RP - HOU
Ryan Pressly
News 
 Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-3 win over the White Sox in Game 2 of a Thursday doubleheader. Plesac struck out four and walked one.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 23rd
Astros closer Ryan Pressly struck out all three batters he faced while pitching the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He required just 12 pitches and nine strikes en route to earning the save. Houston ultimately defeated Arizona by a score of 7-6.
Andersen Pickard
Mon, Sep 20th
 Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed five runs over six innings in an 8-0 loss to the Yankees on Friday. Plesac struck out six and allowed two homers in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 17th
Astros closer struck out one batter while throwing a scoreless ninth inning against the Angels on Sunday. He earned the save as Houston ultimately defeated Los Angeles by a score of 3-1.
Andersen Pickard
Sun, Sep 12th
 Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings in a 3-0 loss to the Brewers on Saturday. Plesac struck out three and walked two in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 11th
Astros closer Ryan Pressly allowed three runs over 0.2 innings against the Mariners, breaking a critical late-game tie and eventually costing Houston the game. His final line included two hits, one walk, two strikeouts, and the loss. Houston ultimately fell to Seattle by a score of 8-5.
Andersen Pickard
Wed, Sep 8th
 Cleveland right-hander Zac Plesac allowed three runs over five innings in an 11-5 win over Boston on Sunday. He struck out five and walked three in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 5th
Astros star closer Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Padres on Friday. He issued one walk and zero hits en route to earning the save. Houston ultimately defeated San Diego by a score of 6-3.
Andersen Pickard
Sat, Sep 4th
 Cleveland right-hander Zach Plesac tossed a gem in a 7-2 win over the Royals on Tuesday. Plesac threw seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and allowing just two hits.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 1st
Astros closer Ryan Pressly threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners on Monday, amassing one walk and one strikeout along the way. He earned the save as Houston ultimately defeated Seattle by a score of 4-3.
Andersen Pickard
Tue, Aug 31st
Notes 
 Plesac is getting a ton of love for his eight excellent starts in 2020, but there's plenty of reason to be cautious. His FIP, xFIP, xERA, and SIERA were all more than a run higher than his ERA, and both his strikeout rate and walk rate significantly outproduced what he showed he could do in the minors. Yes, Plesac altered his pitch mix, throwing fewer fastballs and instead more sliders and changeups, so if you're looking for a reason to buy the gains, you have one. But he had a ridiculous 91.7% LOB rate, and even with his ability to limit hard contact, his BABIP against should rise from the .224 mark last year. Plesac can help a fantasy staff, but manage expectations significantly.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Pressly had his usual solid season, but got the benefit of closing for the Astros after Roberto Osuna's injury. His numbers fell off a bit from the previous two years (his 1.33 WHIP was particularly out of character), but he will almost certainly rebound from the .365 BABIP he allowed. He's slated to again be the Astros' closer, and as such, should provide plenty of saves while giving fantasy managers positive value in ratios. That makes him one of the few reliable closers worth drafting at more than a late-round price.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Plesac is one of the most polarizing starting pitchers among fantasy analysts this offseason. A questionable off-the-field decision maker, Plesac dominated when on the mound in 2020. In an era where it's rarer and rarer to pitch deep into games, Plesac completed six full innings in all eight of his starts last year. He completed seven innings in 5-of-8 starts. So, how did he get so good all of a sudden? Plesac cut his fastball usage in order to throw an increased number of sliders and changeups. In short, the change in pitch mix worked. It was a short-but-terrific body of work. I'm a believer moving forward, and it's going to cost an early-to-middle round pick to get him.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros