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Who Should I Draft?

Adalberto Mondesi or Nelson Cruz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
34 of 45 experts
24%
Recommended by
11 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 30# 34
Best Rank# 7# 21
Worst Rank# 118# 59
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 43# 80
Best Rank# 36# 64
Worst Rank# 93# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs2732
Home Runs615
RBI2641
Stolen Bases170
Batting Average.256.283
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 40# 59
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 34# 37
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 12# 57
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 37
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 35# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 52
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 24# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 32# 37
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 33
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 26# 37
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 26# 32
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 33# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 51# 52
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 15# 44
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 32# 34
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 30# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 34# 35
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 21# 32
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 24# 47
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 14# 41
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 19# 26
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 36
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 31
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 27# 40
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 21# 39
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 40
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 19# 21
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 23# 32
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 31# 33
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 26# 38
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 29# 23
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 38
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 41# 38
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 44# 37
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 45# 34
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 46# 32
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 50# 38
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 73# 35
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 75# 28
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 79# 32
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 118# 26
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats416454
   
Runs5881
   
Hits110141
   
Singles7174
   
Doubles2026
   
Triples100
   
Home Runs941
   
RBI62108
   
Stolen Bases430
   
Caught Stealing71
   
Walks1956
   
Strikeouts132131
   
Batting Average.264.311
   
On Base Pct.293.392
   
Slugging Pct.426.639
   
On-base Plus Slugging.7181.031
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats197191
   
Runs2732
   
Hits5054
   
Singles3130
   
Doubles109
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs615
   
RBI2641
   
Stolen Bases170
   
Caught Stealing40
   
Walks1022
   
Strikeouts6053
   
Batting Average.256.283
   
On Base Pct.291.358
   
Slugging Pct.434.562
   
On-base Plus Slugging.725.920
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Royals manager Mike Matheny says Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder) "looks good" in the workout videos he has seen of him.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 27th
Nelson Cruz told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he does not plan to retire after the 2020 season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 1st
 Adalberto Mondesi told reporters that he "feels great" and is on track to play Opening Day for the Royals.
Blaine Blontz
Thu, Feb 20th
Nelson Cruz receives 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the ESPYs.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jun 22nd
  Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Michael Felner
Thu, Mar 12th
  Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with a solo homer in a 3-3 tie with the Orioles on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Mar 5th
  Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Michael Felner
Thu, Feb 27th
Notes 
 Bold prediction time: Mondesi won't be a thing in 2021. Mondesi showed last year that he wasn't worth grabbing in the first three to four rounds of your draft, yet here we are again, with Mondesi going off the board 40th overall per FantasyPros' ADP. He's not a complete zero at power, but you're drafting him for speed only, essentially. If you look at his xwOBA (6th percentile), xSLG (16th percentile), and xBA (14th percentile) and pair that with his 29.8 K% and 4.3 BB% (both bottom 6 percent of baseball), what's to like? Oh, that's not to mention that he's recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Unless you're in a big tournament-style league where you need to look for the splash play, avoid Mondesi this year and find your steals elsewhere where you don't have to make quite the investment.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Nelson Cruz falls in every draft, in every year, for the past four to five years. It's because he's ancient in baseball years, and only David Ortiz remains undefeated against Father Time. It also hurts that Cruz is DH only, but production is production. If you're looking at Yordan Alvarez in the first few rounds of the draft, you'd be better suited to wait a few rounds and take Cruz for as good - if not better - production. That is, assuming this isn't year where it all falls apart.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Mondesi had a ridiculous 43 steals last year but he did it in just 416 at-bats. If he can stay on the field for a full season, 60 is not only a possibility, but likely. Add in 15 homers and we are talking about a potential first round value, albeit one with great risk.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
If you removed Cruz's age from the equation, he'd be a top pick in fantasy. Despite missing nearly a quarter of the season to injury last year, he again put up elite numbers, topping 40 home runs and 100 RBI while batting .311. Cruz will be 40 this year, never plays the field and is starting to miss more time to injuries. But he's essentially forgotten in most drafts and has shown very little skills decline. Don't shy away from him on draft day even though he clogs your utility spot.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros