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James Karinchak

James Karinchak

RP - CLE
Age: 25College: BryantBats: RThrows: R

2021 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) P #38
Best / Worst #29 / #48
ADP #116

Ownership

 
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34%
 
ESPN
34%

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"Special K" used the third-highest rate of elevated four seamers to produce a dominant season out of the bullpen. 53 strikeouts in 27 innings led to the second-highest strikeout rate in baseball (behind only Devin Williams). Karinchak was blocked for saves by Brad Hand during the 2020 season, but his departure this offseason opens the door for Karinchak to handle ninth inning duties. Assuming Cleveland doesn't sign a "traditional" veteran closer, then I'd aggressively draft Karinchak as a top-three reliever for fantasy baseball purposes.

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