Who Should I Draft?

Francisco Lindor or Javier Baez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
31 of 59 experts
47%
Recommended by
28 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 20
Best Rank# 6# 3
Worst Rank# 33# 98
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 18# 12
Best Rank# 16# 10
Worst Rank# 23# 20
   
Projections 
   
Runs87100
Home Runs3029
RBI9681
Stolen Bases1717
Batting Average.276.285
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTD-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 15# 25
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 16
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 31
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 10# 17
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 18
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 18# 32
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 16# 20
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 28
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 9# 10
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 59
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 9# 37
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 33
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 13# 32
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 15# 17
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 23
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 37
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 19
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 33# 42
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 21# 64
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 15# 20
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 37
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 15# 41
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 6# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 14# 18
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 11# 19
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 18# 20
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 19# 98
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 13# 19
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 18# 20
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 20
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 11# 3
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 18# 4
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 4
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 19# 4
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 17# 4
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 18# 5
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 22# 6
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 29# 7
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 21# 8
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 9
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 32# 10
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 21# 10
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 16# 11
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 11
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 17# 12
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 22# 12
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 14# 12
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 20# 12
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 13
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 19# 15
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 18# 16
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 18# 16
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 29# 16
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 18
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 24# 18
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 19
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 19
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 33# 22
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats606661
   
Runs101129
   
Hits176183
   
Singles93101
   
Doubles4042
   
Triples92
   
Home Runs3438
   
RBI11192
   
Stolen Bases2125
   
Caught Stealing910
   
Walks2970
   
Strikeouts167107
   
Batting Average.290.277
   
On Base Pct.326.352
   
Slugging Pct.555.519
   
On-base Plus Slugging.881.871
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats582559
   
Runs87100
   
Hits161160
   
Singles9394
   
Doubles3335
   
Triples53
   
Home Runs3029
   
RBI9681
   
Stolen Bases1717
   
Caught Stealing66
   
Walks3358
   
Strikeouts15987
   
Batting Average.276.285
   
On Base Pct.315.352
   
Slugging Pct.507.511
   
On-base Plus Slugging.822.864
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Francisco Lindor
SS - CLE
Francisco Lindor
News 
 An MRI revealed a hairline fracture on Javier Baez’s thumb Saturday.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in a 4-3 win over the Angels on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 12th
 Javier Baez is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and two runs in an 8-0 win over the Angels on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
 Javier Baez (thumb) is not in Friday's lineup against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and a steal in a 5-2 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 9th
 Javier Baez was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Brewers due to soreness in his left thumb.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 5th
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2-for-6 with a homer and two RBI in a 6-2 win over the Twins on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 7th
 Javier Baez (thumb/neck), who is out of lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners, could also be on the bench for Tuesday's series finale.
Brad Camara
Mon, Sep 2nd
Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 4th
Notes 
 Baez was excellent last year, hitting 34 homers with 21 steals, 101 runs and a league-leading 111 RBIs. While he is surely a star, every projection model sees those numbers regressing in 2019, especially his batting average which was propped up by a .347 BABIP
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Originally expected to return from a calf injury in early April, Lindor suffered an ankle ailment while rehabbing. There's now no timetable for his recovery, and it's increasingly hard to see Cleveland letting him run once back on the diamond. Investors have little choice but to wait and hope for the best, but they shouldn't expect him to return first-round value.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Baez fits into a similar category of player as Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story: shortstops coming off of 30-20 seasons who have sky-high upside but also a bit of risk. The biggest risk for Baez is that his elevated strikeout rate leads to some regression in last season's .290 batting average. He also may not run quite as much after stealing just three bases in the second half last year. Still, Baez should be able to at least produce a .270-30-15 kind of season, which would be enough to keep him among the elite fantasy options at shortstop.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Lindor kicked it up another notch in 2018, mashing 38 homers to go with 25 steals and his league-leading 129 runs. We can't bank on a repeat performance in 2019, but with even 80% of those numbers at shortstop, he'd return easy 1st round value.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Despite recording the second-worst swinging strike (18.2%) and outside-swing (45.5%) rates, Baez managed to hit .290. Among 17 hitters with a contact rate of 70.0% or lower in at least 300 plate appearances, Aaron Judge was the only one besides Baez to bat above .266. That's a better baseline for 2019. Given his middling 4.5 walk %, he might not reach base enough to steal another 21 bases. Don't pay full freight for an encore.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Coming off a tremendous season, Lindor would arguably deserve to be in a tier of his own at shortstop if he hadn't suffered a strained calf in early February. As it is, he falls into a similar category of player as Javier Baez and Trevor Story: shortstops coming off of 30-20 seasons who have sky-high upside but also a bit of risk. The concern for Lindor is that he misses the beginning of the season and/or doesn't run as much upon his return, but the good news is that he was so good last year that they can afford to drop off a bit and still remain an elite fantasy option.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros