Who Should I Draft?

J.T. Realmuto or Gary Sanchez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Gary Sanchez
C,DH - NYY
Gary Sanchez
Expert
Recommendation
80%
Recommended by
45 of 56 experts
20%
Recommended by
11 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 49# 54
Best Rank# 23# 25
Worst Rank# 107# 116
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 46# 51
Best Rank# 38# 47
Worst Rank# 63# 74
   
Projections 
   
Runs7273
Home Runs2230
RBI7682
Stolen Bases52
Batting Average.277.247
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertDTD-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 52# 60
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 51
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 52# 55
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 107# 116
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 55# 70
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 60# 96
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 42# 54
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 27# 33
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 47# 80
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 51# 54
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 61# 65
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 52# 56
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 29# 35
   
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CBS Sports
# 25# 28
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 64# 85
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 52# 57
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 43# 46
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 53# 54
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 41# 58
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 61# 91
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 45# 48
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 53# 60
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 43# 48
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 56# 63
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 54# 91
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 72# 76
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 52# 56
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 81# 88
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 41# 50
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 58# 63
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 59# 90
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 50# 54
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 52# 60
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 83# 89
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 40# 48
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 44# 56
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 42# 52
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 47# 52
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 75# 77
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 49# 54
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 48# 57
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 56# 63
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 39
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 56# 63
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 46# 57
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 27# 25
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 35# 32
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 29
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 51# 46
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 61# 59
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 61# 57
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 64# 56
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 66# 59
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 72# 68
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 79# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 85# 49
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Gary Sanchez
C,DH - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats477323
   
Runs7451
   
Hits13260
   
Singles7825
   
Doubles3017
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs2118
   
RBI7453
   
Stolen Bases31
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks3846
   
Strikeouts10494
   
Batting Average.277.186
   
On Base Pct.340.291
   
Slugging Pct.484.406
   
On-base Plus Slugging.825.697
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Gary Sanchez
C,DH - NYY
Gary Sanchez
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats497453
   
Runs7273
   
Hits138112
   
Singles8359
   
Doubles2922
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs2230
   
RBI7682
   
Stolen Bases52
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks3748
   
Strikeouts106122
   
Batting Average.277.247
   
On Base Pct.327.319
   
Slugging Pct.479.493
   
On-base Plus Slugging.807.812
   
  J.T. Realmuto
C,1B - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Gary Sanchez
C,DH - NYY
Gary Sanchez
News 
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto left Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves one inning after being hit by a foul tip off the bat of Freddie Freeman in the groin. He was replaced at catcher by Andrew Knapp.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored on Saturday in the win against the White Sox.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 16th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Braves. The steal was his third of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 15th
Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Yankees beat the Mets 12-5 in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
John Aubin
Tue, Jun 11th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks in Saturday's win over the Reds. The homer was his 10th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 9th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 on Sunday as the Yankees beat the Indians in 10 innings by a 7-6 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 9th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Friday's win over the Reds.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 8th
Gary Sanchez admitted that he was dealing with some pain in his elbow after being hit by Lourdes Gurriel's bat in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays but still expects to play Wednesday, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
John Aubin
Wed, Jun 5th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Monday's loss to the San Diego Padres. The homer was his ninth of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, Jun 4th
Gary Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run on Saturday as the Yankees beat the Red Sox by a 5-3 score.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 2nd
Notes 
 Realmuto's .277 batting average with 21 homers and 74 RBIs doesn't seem all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he blew the rest of the catcher scene away with those numbers. Realmuto is as safe as it comes at the position and should produce far above the lousy replacement level once again. This is especially true now that he has been traded to a great hitter's ballpark in Philly. Don't hesitate to reach for him so you don't get stuck with an awful catcher
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
How why are you willing to take a guy who batted .186 last season? Turns out the answer is pretty high for Sanchez, who's challenging J.T. Realmuto as the top catcher off the board. He did, after all, hit .284/.354/.568 in 754 prior MLB plate appearances. A groin injury also hampered his production, and he additionally underwent offseason shoulder surgery. He struggled mightily against breaking balls, but actually deposited more walks without significant contact declines. The average could easily rise back to .250 with around 30 long balls, but is that enough to justify an investment around pick 60? Catcher is worse than usual, but that's still too steep in one-catcher formats.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Already last year's top catcher with room to spare, Realmuto's value rises substantially after getting traded to the Phillies. Depending on his spot in the batting order, an upgraded lineup should yield a major rise in runs and/or RBI. He also goes from the worst park for right-handed power to the second-best behind Coors Field, so he could potentially expand upon 2018's career-high 21 homers. A fade before the move, drafters should now take a closer look at Realmuto to avoid the catching cesspool.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Sanchez flashed his sky-high fantasy upside in 2017, when he hit .278 with 33 HRs and 90 RBIs -- truly difference-making numbers at fantasy baseball's weakest position. But he displayed his risky floor in 2018, as he hit just .186 and played in only 89 games due to nagging groin and shoulder injuries. Sanchez is due for a good bit of positive batting average regression following last year's anemic .197 BABIP, and there is little doubt he can again top 30 home runs if he remains healthy. He is certainly a risk/reward option, but he's easily a top-two fantasy catcher heading into 2019 and could be a decent value in drafts coming off a down year.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Realmuto doesn't possess the pure upside of Gary Sanchez, but he may still be the better pick in fantasy drafts. In moving from Miami to Philadelphia, he gets a massive upgrade in both his home ballpark and supporting cast, setting him up to establish new career highs in the counting stats (HR, RBIs, runs). Realmuto is also a good bet to lead all catchers in plate appearances, thanks to both his durability and the possibility that he sees the occasional start at first base when he isn't behind the plate.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
There is no getting past the fact that Sanchez was a train wreck last season., batting .186 with only 18 homers. With that said, he is still just 26 years old and we are talking about the fastest player to ever reach 50 homers in the MLB. Chance are high that he will bounce back in the batting average department, and if he can stay healthy, bank on 25 to 40 homers making him well worth a 7th or 8th round pick.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros