Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Eugenio Suarez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
Expert
Recommendation
98%
Recommended by
55 of 56 experts
2%
Recommended by
1 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 35
Best Rank# 6# 25
Worst Rank# 33# 65
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 18# 55
Best Rank# 16# 52
Worst Rank# 23# 57
   
Projections 
   
Runs8783
Home Runs3030
RBI9695
Stolen Bases174
Batting Average.276.268
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 15# 48
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 52
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 37
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 16# 64
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 10# 36
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 14# 28
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 46
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 18# 31
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 16# 57
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 38
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 39
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 11# 31
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 37
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 19# 28
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 9# 50
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 18# 56
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 20# 42
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 24# 53
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 42
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 17# 35
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 9# 29
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 21# 37
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 37
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 30
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 13# 65
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 29# 47
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 15# 60
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 30
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 17# 32
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 41
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 47
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 48
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 33# 52
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 19# 35
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 33# 54
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 21# 35
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 18# 31
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 21# 29
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 15# 32
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 22# 35
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 36
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 15# 57
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 6# 31
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 29
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 30
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 14# 43
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 36
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 11# 35
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 18# 35
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 22# 42
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 19# 50
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 29# 30
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 18# 42
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 19# 25
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 39
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 32# 31
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats606527
   
Runs10179
   
Hits176149
   
Singles9391
   
Doubles4022
   
Triples92
   
Home Runs3434
   
RBI111104
   
Stolen Bases211
   
Caught Stealing91
   
Walks2964
   
Strikeouts167142
   
Batting Average.290.283
   
On Base Pct.326.366
   
Slugging Pct.555.526
   
On-base Plus Slugging.881.892
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats582547
   
Runs8783
   
Hits161146
   
Singles9389
   
Doubles3326
   
Triples52
   
Home Runs3030
   
RBI9695
   
Stolen Bases174
   
Caught Stealing62
   
Walks3366
   
Strikeouts159143
   
Batting Average.276.268
   
On Base Pct.315.347
   
Slugging Pct.507.488
   
On-base Plus Slugging.822.835
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Eugenio Suarez
3B - CIN
Eugenio Suarez
News 
 Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in the Cubs' 5-3 win over the Mets on Sunday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, Jun 23rd
Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the Reds' 3-2 win over the Astros on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a triple, two RBI, and two runs scored in the Cubs' 7-4 win over the Mets on Thursday.
Elliott Baas
Fri, Jun 21st
Eugenio Suarez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Reds' 7-2 win over the Indians on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 12th
 Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a single, a steal, and a run scored in the Cubs' 7-3 win over the White Sox on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 20th
Eugenio Suarez went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts in the Reds' 4-2 loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in the Cubs'10-1 win over the Rockies' on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 13th
Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez is starting at third base and batting third for Friday's matchup against the Washington Nationals.
Mike Maher
Fri, May 31st
 Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Cardinals on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
Eugenio Suarez left Wednesday's game versus the Pirates after getting hit by a pitch on the hand.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 29th
Notes 
 Baez was excellent last year, hitting 34 homers with 21 steals, 101 runs and a league-leading 111 RBIs. While he is surely a star, every projection model sees those numbers regressing in 2019, especially his batting average which was propped up by a .347 BABIP
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
In the first half last year, Suarez was sensational, hitting 19 homers with 71 RBIs while batting .312. The second half wasn't as pretty, so we may see him take a step back in 2019, but you can still bank on 30+ homers and around 100 RBIs with a decent batting average
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Baez fits into a similar category of player as Francisco Lindor and Trevor Story: shortstops coming off of 30-20 seasons who have sky-high upside but also a bit of risk. The biggest risk for Baez is that his elevated strikeout rate leads to some regression in last season's .290 batting average. He also may not run quite as much after stealing just three bases in the second half last year. Still, Baez should be able to at least produce a .270-30-15 kind of season, which would be enough to keep him among the elite fantasy options at shortstop.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Suarez was among the league leaders in hard contact rate last season, and the result was a career high .283 batting average, 34 home runs, and 104 RBIs. His BABIP and HR/FB rate were both a little inflated, so some regression should be expected to his average and power output. Look for him to hit closer to his .264 career mark, while hitting around 30 homers and again driving in plenty of runs in an improved Reds lineup.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Despite recording the second-worst swinging strike (18.2%) and outside-swing (45.5%) rates, Baez managed to hit .290. Among 17 hitters with a contact rate of 70.0% or lower in at least 300 plate appearances, Aaron Judge was the only one besides Baez to bat above .266. That's a better baseline for 2019. Given his middling 4.5 walk %, he might not reach base enough to steal another 21 bases. Don't pay full freight for an encore.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
One of the game's most underappreciated stars, Suarez leveraged a massive hard-hit uptick into a career-high 34 homers. Yet his fly-ball rate (37.1%) stayed exactly the same as 2017, when he circled the bases 26 times. He's likely to split the difference, and a subpar second half (.245/.322/.463) will only fuel more skepticism. Yet it'd be foolish to ignore the other MVP-caliber half (.312/.399/.574). The 27-year-old third baseman could still offer a .275 average with around 30 homers and strong counting numbers around pick 50.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros