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Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Adalberto Mondesi (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
Expert
Recommendation
76%
Recommended by
34 of 45 experts
24%
Recommended by
11 of 45 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 30
Best Rank# 12# 7
Worst Rank# 53# 118
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 31# 43
Best Rank# 26# 36
Worst Rank# 66# 93
   
Projections 
   
Runs3427
Home Runs126
RBI3726
Stolen Bases517
Batting Average.280.256
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 41
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 34
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 35
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 22# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 23# 73
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 32
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 12# 27
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 23# 46
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 23# 26
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 31
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 24# 41
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 35# 44
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 33
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 27# 51
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 53# 118
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 22# 32
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 26# 30
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 30# 34
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 21# 29
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 39
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 15# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 18# 25
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 18# 27
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 40
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 16# 36
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 21# 50
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 26
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 75
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 13# 19
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 18# 23
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 25# 79
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 17# 31
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 22# 26
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 45
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 14# 12
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 17# 15
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 22# 21
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 23# 21
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 25# 19
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 25# 14
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 24
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 26# 7
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 27# 26
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 30# 24
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 30# 23
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats531416
   
Runs8958
   
Hits149110
   
Singles7871
   
Doubles3820
   
Triples410
   
Home Runs299
   
RBI8562
   
Stolen Bases1143
   
Caught Stealing77
   
Walks2819
   
Strikeouts156132
   
Batting Average.281.264
   
On Base Pct.316.293
   
Slugging Pct.531.426
   
On-base Plus Slugging.847.718
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats216197
   
Runs3427
   
Hits6050
   
Singles3331
   
Doubles1410
   
Triples23
   
Home Runs126
   
RBI3726
   
Stolen Bases517
   
Caught Stealing24
   
Walks1210
   
Strikeouts6260
   
Batting Average.280.256
   
On Base Pct.316.291
   
Slugging Pct.521.434
   
On-base Plus Slugging.837.725
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Adalberto Mondesi
SS - KC
Adalberto Mondesi
News 
 Javier Baez told Marly Rivera of ESPN that contract talks with the Cubs have been put on hold for now.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 6th
Royals manager Mike Matheny says Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder) "looks good" in the workout videos he has seen of him.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Jun 27th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 1st
Adalberto Mondesi told reporters that he "feels great" and is on track to play Opening Day for the Royals.
Blaine Blontz
Thu, Feb 20th
Notes 
 You're drafting Baez for one thing right now, and that's power. The speed? Major drop-off from 2018 to 2019. The walks? Ha, that's cute. The success that Baez has had the past two years has resulted in everything going exactly right for him, but with the skill set that he has, the margin for error is razor-thin. There are many players that offer the same skills that Baez had who can be had for a much better draft cost - especially considering the position that he plays.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Bold prediction time: Mondesi won't be a thing in 2021. Mondesi showed last year that he wasn't worth grabbing in the first three to four rounds of your draft, yet here we are again, with Mondesi going off the board 40th overall per FantasyPros' ADP. He's not a complete zero at power, but you're drafting him for speed only, essentially. If you look at his xwOBA (6th percentile), xSLG (16th percentile), and xBA (14th percentile) and pair that with his 29.8 K% and 4.3 BB% (both bottom 6 percent of baseball), what's to like? Oh, that's not to mention that he's recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Unless you're in a big tournament-style league where you need to look for the splash play, avoid Mondesi this year and find your steals elsewhere where you don't have to make quite the investment.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 The shortstop position is so loaded that Baez' 29 homers, 11 steals and .281 batting average didn't even get him into the top 12 at the position last year. He is still well worth a third or fourth round pick, however, because the bat and speed are both reliable.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Mondesi had a ridiculous 43 steals last year but he did it in just 416 at-bats. If he can stay on the field for a full season, 60 is not only a possibility, but likely. Add in 15 homers and we are talking about a potential first round value, albeit one with great risk.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 I love the skill set while I hate that the Cubs only attempted 69 stolen base attempts in 2019 - 2nd least in all of baseball. Baez would be a top 10 pick if not for the Cubs refusal to run. That reality drops Baez down. 2019 wasn't a down year, it was a reflection of the Cubs approach to scoring runs by refusing to run.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData