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Who Should I Draft?

Gleyber Torres or Whit Merrifield (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
87%
Recommended by
39 of 45 experts
13%
Recommended by
6 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 26# 42
Best Rank# 17# 13
Worst Rank# 59# 127
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 29# 47
Best Rank# 24# 41
Worst Rank# 31# 59
   
Projections 
   
Runs3333
Home Runs135
RBI3624
Stolen Bases28
Batting Average.277.294
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 34
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 22# 28
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 60
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 24# 48
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 64
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 17# 41
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 31# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 30# 63
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 35
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 25# 42
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 41
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 42
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 20# 34
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 28# 38
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 127
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 18# 24
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 26# 37
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 24# 32
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 17# 69
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 31# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 39
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 18# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 26# 48
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 27# 36
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 52
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 31# 72
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 33# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 29# 50
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 30
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 26# 55
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 33# 61
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 32# 66
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 59
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 31# 42
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 26# 29
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 29# 43
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 25# 36
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 26# 93
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 34# 19
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 37# 25
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 40# 27
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 40# 38
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 48# 31
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 59# 13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats546681
   
Runs96105
   
Hits153206
   
Singles89139
   
Doubles2641
   
Triples010
   
Home Runs3816
   
RBI9174
   
Stolen Bases520
   
Caught Stealing210
   
Walks4845
   
Strikeouts129126
   
Batting Average.280.303
   
On Base Pct.338.348
   
Slugging Pct.537.463
   
On-base Plus Slugging.875.811
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats203222
   
Runs3333
   
Hits5665
   
Singles3344
   
Doubles1014
   
Triples02
   
Home Runs135
   
RBI3624
   
Stolen Bases28
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks1917
   
Strikeouts5041
   
Batting Average.277.294
   
On Base Pct.340.343
   
Slugging Pct.514.444
   
On-base Plus Slugging.854.787
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
Whit Merrifield
2B,CF,RF - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
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Notes 
 If you're taking Gleyber Torres as your second baseman, fine. No argument there. But if you're taking him as your shortstop, you're reaching. While young with a bright future ahead of him, thus far, he's proved to be a one-category standout with his power, and that's about it. He isn't bringing you the stolen bases or average that are needed to justify the cost with shortstop being so deep. Pass on him and fill another need."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Fool me once, right? Those who invested heavily in Whit Merrifield in 2019 were disappointed, as he failed to replicate the stolen base numbers that he gave you in 2018. He's a non-zero in power, but unless the steals return to 40-plus, which is unlikely for a 31-year-old, he's going to fail to give you the production that you want. There are better options at both second base and outfield that you can comfortably pass on Merrifield for.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 As a 22-year-old, Gleyber managed 38 homers, 96 runs and 91 RBIs with a .280 batting average. There is still room for more growth and it would no surprise if he became an MVP candidate this year as a 23-year-old. There isn't enough speed to make him the top fantasy second basemen yet though.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Merrifield leads off the second tier of fantasy second basemen after Altuve, Torres and Albies. He won't hit 20 bombs, but we can expect a batting average near or above .300 plus 20-30 steals once again, making him a great fifth round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Gleyber had a monster season in 2019 and will be only 23 years old in 2020. A lot of people are fading him this season and I don't understand that much. He will help you everywhere except SBs and has the room to improve his average as well.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
SOME power and above average speed makes me more bullish on Merrifield than the consensus. Stolen bases are becoming more and more rare, but the Royals were second in SB in 2019. That enhances Merrifields stature in my rankings as well.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
  His drop in SBs and SB success rate keeps him out of the top 5 2B for me this season. Safe pick at ADP as there is no real breakout potential.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy