Who Should I Draft?

Austin Meadows or Harrison Bader (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Austin Meadows
LF,CF,RF - TB
Austin Meadows
Harrison Bader
LF,CF,RF - STL
Harrison Bader
Expert
Recommendation
73%
Recommended by
41 of 56 experts
27%
Recommended by
15 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 103# 119
Best Rank# 52# 85
Worst Rank# 188# 156
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 200# 179
Best Rank# 176# 151
Worst Rank# 219# 221
   
Projections 
   
Runs6367
Home Runs1717
RBI6157
Stolen Bases1416
Batting Average.268.252
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDL10DL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 118# 123
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 84# 103
   
Staff Rankings
ScoutFantasySports
# 96# 102
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 128# 132
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 131# 132
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 118# 126
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 67# 102
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 88# 119
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 95# 115
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 106# 111
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 133# 135
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 101# 146
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 106# 130
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 116# 150
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 71
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 118# 138
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 102# 114
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 105# 110
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 122# 154
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 90# 141
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 114# 122
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 92# 129
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 106# 121
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 67# 87
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 81# 154
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 103
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 92# 106
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 102# 109
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 127# 156
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 97# 112
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 115# 128
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 78# 116
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 100# 122
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 89# 127
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 121# 129
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 101# 115
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 113# 117
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 84# 128
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 52# 93
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 125# 138
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 110# 119
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 111# 109
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 112# 111
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 118# 99
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 118# 117
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 124# 105
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 128# 92
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 129# 91
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 135# 94
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 135# 109
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 141# 90
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 144# 85
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 157# 94
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 157# 91
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 176# 123
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 188# 147
   
  Austin Meadows
LF,CF,RF - TB
Austin Meadows
Harrison Bader
LF,CF,RF - STL
Harrison Bader
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats178379
   
Runs1961
   
Hits51100
   
Singles3466
   
Doubles920
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs612
   
RBI1737
   
Stolen Bases515
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks1031
   
Strikeouts40125
   
Batting Average.287.264
   
On Base Pct.325.334
   
Slugging Pct.461.422
   
On-base Plus Slugging.785.756
   
  Austin Meadows
LF,CF,RF - TB
Austin Meadows
Harrison Bader
LF,CF,RF - STL
Harrison Bader
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats476491
   
Runs6367
   
Hits128124
   
Singles7981
   
Doubles2723
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs1717
   
RBI6157
   
Stolen Bases1416
   
Caught Stealing46
   
Walks3338
   
Strikeouts98149
   
Batting Average.268.252
   
On Base Pct.315.306
   
Slugging Pct.448.411
   
On-base Plus Slugging.763.718
   
  Austin Meadows
LF,CF,RF - TB
Austin Meadows
Harrison Bader
LF,CF,RF - STL
Harrison Bader
News 
 Rays GM Erik Neander says the team is hopeful that Austin Meadows (thumb) will only miss a few weeks.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Apr 22nd
Harrison Bader missed three straight games due to a hamstring injury but the Cardinals ultimately moved him to the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 14. St. Louis has recalled Lane Thomas from their Triple-A affiliate.
Garett Thomas
Wed, Apr 17th
 Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day IL with a thumb sprain.
Kari Thomas
Sun, Apr 21st
Harrison Bader (hamstring) is out of the lineup for the third straight game on Tuesday.
Dan Harris
Tue, Apr 16th
 Austin Meadows went 1-for-4 at the plate with a two-run triple as the Rays lost to the Red Sox on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 21st
Harrison Bader will miss Monday's contest due to a sore hamstring. This hamstring injury has now resulted in two consecutive off-days for Bader.
Garett Thomas
Mon, Apr 15th
 Austin Meadows went 1-for-3 at the plate with one run scored as the Rays beat the Orioles by an 8-1 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Apr 18th
Harrison Bader went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Sunday's loss to the Padres.
Blaine Blontz
Mon, Apr 8th
 Austin Meadows went 2-for-3 at the plate and drove home the Rays' lone run in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays.
John Aubin
Sun, Apr 14th
Harrison Bader went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Pirates on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Apr 4th
Notes 
 Because he stalled in Triple-A and was blocked by a crowded Pirates outfield, Meadows' arrival came later than anticipated. Yet he promptly made up for lost time, storming out of the gate with a 1.221 OPS, four homers, and three steals in May. He then struggled and lost playing time before and after a midseason trade to Tampa Bay. This time, however, he clobbered Triple-A pitchers to 10 dingers in 27 games after offering 12 in 636 prior Triple-A plate appearances for the Pirates. Don't forget that Meadows, once considered an elite prospect, still boasts an enticing power and speed profile. Plus, he only turns 24 in May. He could go 20/15 in an untethered starting role.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
The latest byproduct of Cardinal Devil Magic, Bader broke out with 12 homers, 15 steals, and a 3.5 fWAR in 138 games. The WAR doesn't directly help fantasy investors, but stellar defense in center field should preserve a starting job on a crowded Cardinals roster with one corner-outfield spot left for Dexter Fowler, Tyler O'Neill, and Jose Martinez. A 29.3 K% and .220 xBA threaten his passable .264 batting average and said security, but there's also a high steals ceiling with last year's ninth-highest Statcast Sprint Speed Score (29.9 feet/second). Don't go overboard on his rookie success.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 The Pirates had him buried on their depth chart for what seemed like forever thanks to the presence of Andrew McCutchen, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte. Now that he has been freed to Tampa Bay (with Tyler Glasnow) in the Chris Archer trade, we will finally get to see the kid shine. Meadows was once considered a future all-star, and while he likely won't venture into that territory any time soon, if at all, we are looking at someone who, even as a rookie, should hold a mediocre batting average while contributing in all four of the other roto categories.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros