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Who Should I Draft?

Gleyber Torres or Kenta Maeda (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
31 of 55 experts
44%
Recommended by
24 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 53# 52
Best Rank# 19# 24
Worst Rank# 135# 95
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 57
Best Rank# 45# 54
Worst Rank# 61# 67
   
Projections 
   
Runs82
Home Runs2330
RBI89
Stolen Bases6
Batting Avg.273
Strikeouts177124
Wins12
Saves0
ERA3.83
WHIP1.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 50# 77
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 63# 95
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 61# 66
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 47# 69
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 57# 58
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 35# 78
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 53
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 49# 54
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 57# 64
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 50# 66
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 55# 61
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 57# 58
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 65
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 48
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 40# 83
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 46# 57
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 51# 66
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 45# 58
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 38# 60
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 47# 61
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 49# 67
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 49# 70
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 50# 65
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 32# 56
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 56# 62
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 35# 52
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 44# 84
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 40# 63
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 51# 55
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 54# 63
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 19# 70
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 89# 24
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 86# 25
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 70# 31
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 54# 31
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 54# 32
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 68# 33
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 44# 33
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 57# 38
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 101# 39
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 40
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 65# 41
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 52# 44
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 49# 45
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 50# 47
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 73# 47
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 57# 48
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 60# 49
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 135# 54
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 79# 56
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 69# 56
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 69# 57
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 70# 58
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 79# 64
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 93# 73
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs17
   
Home Runs93
   
RBI16
   
Stolen Bases1
   
Batting Avg.243
   
Strikeouts8028
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.70
   
WHIP0.75
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs82
   
Home Runs2330
   
RBI89
   
Stolen Bases6
   
Batting Avg.273
   
Strikeouts177124
   
Wins12
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.83
   
WHIP1.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
News 
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 6-5 win over the Rangers on Monday. Maeda struck out eight and walked two in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, May 4th
Gleyber Torres went 0-for-2 at the plate with three walks, a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Astros.
John Aubin
Wed, May 5th
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. Maeda struck out three in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Apr 27th
Gleyber Torres went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI during Saturday's 6-4 win over Detroit.
John Aubin
Sun, May 2nd
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed seven runs over three innings of work in a 13-12 loss to Oakland on Wednesday. Maeda struck out just one and allowed eight hits, including three homers.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 21st
Gleyber Torres went for 2-for-4 at the plate with a double on Tuesday as the Yankees beat the Orioles by a 5-1 score.
John Aubin
Wed, Apr 28th
 Minnesota right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed three runs (one earned) over 4 1/3 innings of work in a 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 of a Wednesday doubleheader.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 14th
Gleyber Torres went 3-for-5 at the plate with a run scored and one RBI on Thursday as the Yankees beat the Indians by a 6-3 score.
John Aubin
Fri, Apr 23rd
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda threw six innings of two-run ball in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Wednesday. Maeda struck out six and walked one in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 7th
Gleyber Torres went 1-for-4 at the plate on Wednesday as the Yankees lost to the Braves by a 4-1 score.
John Aubin
Thu, Apr 22nd
Notes 
 Fantasy managers rejoiced when Maeda was traded from the Dodgers to the Twins, but he surpassed even the loftiest of expectations. In the short season, Maeda went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, and a 32.3% strikeout rate. In addition to simply being let loose with his innings, Maeda made a tangible change to his pitch mix, throwing far fewer fastball and more sliders and changeups (though his fastball was as effective as it had ever been last year, too). Maeda surely won't be able to repeat his numbers from 2020, as he allowed just a .208 BABIP, had an 80.2% LOB rate, and benefited from being able to feast on solely the NL and AL Central lineups. But even with some regression, he should still be a rock solid SP2, and should be drafted as such.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Torres missed some time with quad and hamstring strains last season, but his year was an absolute disaster even without it. He batted just .243 and hit a mere three home runs in 160 plate appearances. The culprit was that he was reportedly out of shape, a byproduct of the long layoff between the original spring training and when baseball resumed months later. There's every reason to buy into the excuse given Torres' track record, especially since he bounced back a bit in September and October with an .842 OPS. Expect more typical numbers from Torres this year, meaning around a .270 average, 30 home runs, and plenty of counting stats. Given his ADP, he's likely to be a bargain this year.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 In 2020 Maeda joined Jacob deGrom and Shane Bieber as the only three starters to finish top-five in both xFIP and xERA. It was a dominant campaign as his new team, the Twins, finally unleashed him in a way the Dodgers never did. Maeda also finished top-five in swinging strike rate last summer. He admittedly faced the easiest "hub" against AL/NL Central foes, but a large number of his 2021 starts will come against similar opponents. There's still profit to be had with his current ADP.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros