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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 - FA
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
71%
Recommended by
37 of 52 experts
29%
Recommended by
15 of 52 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 30
Best Rank# 7# 20
Worst Rank# 118# 63
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 44# 78
Best Rank# 36# 48
Worst Rank# 96# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs2831
Home Runs614
RBI2539
Stolen Bases170
Batting Average.254.279
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-FA
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 33# 36
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 12# 57
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 35# 37
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 35# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 49
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 18# 51
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 24# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 32# 37
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 24# 35
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 33
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 34# 35
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 25# 36
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 27
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 31# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 31# 35
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 27# 30
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 51# 52
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 30# 34
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 16# 31
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 32# 34
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 30# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 14# 41
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 31# 36
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 31
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 21# 30
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 23# 28
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 31# 37
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 26# 43
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 18# 37
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 18# 20
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 23# 32
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 31# 33
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 25# 63
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 29# 31
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 25# 21
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 28# 23
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 29# 27
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 36# 30
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 39# 33
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 38
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 41# 36
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 44# 37
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 45# 34
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 48# 27
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 50# 48
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 73# 35
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 75# 28
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 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 - FA
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 - FA
Nelson Cruz
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats198190
   
Runs2831
   
Hits5053
   
Singles3130
   
Doubles109
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs614
   
RBI2539
   
Stolen Bases170
   
Caught Stealing40
   
Walks1022
   
Strikeouts6051
   
Batting Average.254.279
   
On Base Pct.291.353
   
Slugging Pct.434.549
   
On-base Plus Slugging.725.902
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Nelson Cruz
DH - FA
Nelson Cruz
News 
 Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and two RBI in a 3-1 win over the Tigers in the regular-season finale on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 28th
La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Nelson Cruz is seeking a two-year deal this offseason.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Oct 23rd
 Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, two runs, and two RBI in a 4-3 loss to Detroit on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 27th
Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round.
Mike Maher
Tue, Sep 29th
 Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, a run, an RBI, and two steals in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 26th
Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk in a 5-3 loss to the Reds in Sunday's regular-season finale.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 28th
 Kansas City shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 4-for-4 with two runs, two RBI, and two steals in an 8-7 win over the Tigers.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 25th
Nelson Cruz (knee) is once against absent from the Twins' lineup on Tuesday against the Tigers.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Sep 22nd
 Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi went 1-for-4 with a steal in a 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Sep 22nd
Nelson Cruz was removed from the lineup in Saturday’s contest against the Cubs due to right knee soreness.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 19th
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
 Currently rehabbing major shoulder surgery. Easy fade at current ADP
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
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
  Hit .311 with 41 homers last year. Entering age-39 season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros