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Who Should I Draft?

Jake Cronenworth or Ryan Mountcastle (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ryan Mountcastle
1B,LF - BAL
Ryan Mountcastle
Jake Cronenworth
1B,2B,SS - SD
Jake Cronenworth
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
21 of 25 experts
16%
Recommended by
4 of 25 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 94# 122
Best Rank# 25# 86
Worst Rank# 155# 210
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 151# 182
Best Rank# 141# 169
Worst Rank# 191# 228
   
Projections 
   
Runs6359
Home Runs229
RBI7649
Stolen Bases210
Batting Average.281.272
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 89# 113
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 102# 104
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 88# 100
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 94# 101
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 96# 141
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 98# 129
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 105# 173
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 92# 143
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 92# 115
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 94# 114
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 99# 120
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 83# 124
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 25# 141
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 95# 133
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 106# 114
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 107# 210
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 136# 171
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 89# 187
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 92# 127
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 120# 121
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 92# 121
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 89# 86
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 99# 91
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 117# 113
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 155# 115
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ryan Mountcastle
1B,LF - BAL
Ryan Mountcastle
Jake Cronenworth
1B,2B,SS - SD
Jake Cronenworth
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats126172
   
Runs1226
   
Hits4349
   
Singles3327
   
Doubles515
   
Triples03
   
Home Runs54
   
RBI2420
   
Stolen Bases03
   
Caught Stealing11
   
Walks1118
   
Strikeouts3030
   
Batting Average.341.285
   
On Base Pct.393.354
   
Slugging Pct.500.477
   
On-base Plus Slugging.893.831
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ryan Mountcastle
1B,LF - BAL
Ryan Mountcastle
Jake Cronenworth
1B,2B,SS - SD
Jake Cronenworth
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats508418
   
Runs6359
   
Hits141113
   
Singles9273
   
Doubles2525
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs229
   
RBI7649
   
Stolen Bases210
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks3242
   
Strikeouts12583
   
Batting Average.281.272
   
On Base Pct.321.339
   
Slugging Pct.463.412
   
On-base Plus Slugging.784.750
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ryan Mountcastle
1B,LF - BAL
Ryan Mountcastle
Jake Cronenworth
1B,2B,SS - SD
Jake Cronenworth
News 
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Notes 
 Mountcastle followed up a successful minor-league career with a strong 35-game stint in the majors last year. Not only did he bat .333 with an .878 OPS and a 139 wRC+, but he also walked 7.9% of the time, far above what he showed in the minors. The batting average is unsustainable - he was a .295 hitter in the minors and last year he relied on a .398 BABIP despite sub-par average exit velocity and a middling line drive rate. But playing in Camden Yards should certainly keep his production high, and batting in the middle of the Orioles lineup should lead to enough RBI chances to make him a rosterable, if not startable, fantasy option.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
270 - 7 - 10
Jordan Eisen - Field of Vision Sports
 280 - 25 - 0
Jordan Eisen - Field of Vision Sports
Cronenworth wound up being one of the best waiver pickups of the 2020 season. He provided a great batting average (.285) with multi-position eligibility. The counting stats - mainly the four homers and three steals - left a lot to be desired, however. Cronenworth ultimately profiles as a better "real life" player than he does as a fantasy option. Still, in deeper roto leagues that use batting average, his contact skills and defensive versatility give him a fantastic floor. I just don't expect him to be a fantasy difference-maker in most 10-12 team leagues.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros