2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Josh Hader
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
When Josh Hader burst onto the scene as a flame-throwing southpaw in their bullpen, he made good on his average draft position (ADP) beyond pick 300 last year. In fact, Hader finished as one of the top ranked relievers in fantasy due to his phenomenal season. Hader won six of his seven decisions with 12 saves, 21 holds, 143 strikeouts in only 81.1 innings, a 2.43 ERA, 2.05 xFIP and minuscule 0.81 WHIP. His ability to rack up strikeouts while protecting ratios pushed his ADP near 100 this year.
Although some view Hader with skepticism due to the inflated cost, with both Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel sidelined to injury, Hader’s in line to start the year as the primary closer for Milwaukee. This could reduce his overall innings and strikeouts, but if he gets 15-to-20 saves this year, with the ratio insulation, he could be worth a top three pick at his position. Yes, I am serious.
After 2017, Hader recorded a 3.11 kwFIP on xSTATS and a 3.66 xFIP which could signal...