Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Gleyber Torres (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
56 of 56 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 51
Best Rank# 6# 32
Worst Rank# 33# 99
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 18# 61
Best Rank# 16# 51
Worst Rank# 23# 68
   
Projections 
   
Runs8772
Home Runs3025
RBI9684
Stolen Bases179
Batting Average.276.269
   
Misc 
   
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The Athletic
# 15# 32
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 32
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 70
   
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# 16# 62
   
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Going For 2
# 10# 66
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 14# 33
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 54
   
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USA Today
# 18# 43
   
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# 16# 70
   
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Razzball
# 6# 70
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 20# 67
   
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Brewer Rat
# 11# 42
   
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Fantasy Football Empire
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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CBS Sports
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Yahoo! Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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Mr. Cheatsheet
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 50
   
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FantasyPros
# 19# 52
   
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Razzball
# 13# 82
   
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BretskyBall
# 29# 62
   
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The Athletic
# 15# 49
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 59
   
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The Athletic
# 17# 41
   
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Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 67
   
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Fake Teams
# 32# 49
   
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# 7# 45
   
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The Fake Baseball
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Athlon Sports
# 19# 48
   
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# 21# 48
   
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RotoBaller
# 18# 58
   
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RotoBaller
# 21# 52
   
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FantasyPros
# 15# 58
   
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FanGraphs
# 22# 99
   
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Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 48
   
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Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 15# 60
   
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Razzball
# 6# 45
   
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FantasyPros
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RotoBaller
# 22# 42
   
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FantasyPros
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Freeze Stats
# 20# 60
   
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Razzball
# 11# 66
   
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The Fantasy Headliners
# 18# 34
   
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SportsLine
# 22# 51
   
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Fantrax
# 19# 47
   
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Fake Teams
# 29# 43
   
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# 18# 57
   
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# 19# 73
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 44
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats606431
   
Runs10154
   
Hits176117
   
Singles9376
   
Doubles4016
   
Triples91
   
Home Runs3424
   
RBI11177
   
Stolen Bases216
   
Caught Stealing92
   
Walks2942
   
Strikeouts167122
   
Batting Average.290.272
   
On Base Pct.326.340
   
Slugging Pct.555.480
   
On-base Plus Slugging.881.820
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats582528
   
Runs8772
   
Hits161142
   
Singles9390
   
Doubles3324
   
Triples52
   
Home Runs3025
   
RBI9684
   
Stolen Bases179
   
Caught Stealing64
   
Walks3352
   
Strikeouts159136
   
Batting Average.276.269
   
On Base Pct.315.334
   
Slugging Pct.507.467
   
On-base Plus Slugging.822.802
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Gleyber Torres
2B,SS - NYY
Gleyber Torres
News 
 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
Gleyber Torres went 0-for-2 at the plate but walked three times and scored three runs as the Yankees beat the White Sox by a 10-3 score on Sunday.
John Aubin
Mon, Jun 17th
 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
Gleyber Torres went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in an 8-4 win over the White Sox on Saturday.
John Aubin
Sun, Jun 16th
 Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Cubs' 6-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 4th
Gleyber Torres went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Friday as the Yankees lost to the White Sox.
John Aubin
Sat, Jun 15th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, and three RBI in the Cubs' 8-1 win over the Angels on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 3rd
Gleyber Torres went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the Yankees' 5-4 loss to the White Sox on Thursday.
John Aubin
Fri, Jun 14th
 Javier Baez (heel) has returned to the Cubs' lineup on Sunday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Torres was out of the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Cleveland Indians.
James Bisson
Fri, Jun 7th
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
Torres is a former elite prospect who is coming off an excellent rookie season in New York. He strikes out a bit too much at this stage of his career to be a reliable asset in batting average, but he won't kill you there and should be able to match or exceed last season's 24 home runs while also chipping in 5-10 steals and solid run and RBI totals. At just 22 years old, there's also a chance that Torres takes a big step forward this year and jumps into the upper echelon at the position, but his fifth-round ADP means you'll be paying for that upside if you draft him.
Andrew Seifter - 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
Torres, 22, was a highly touted prospect now coming off a sublime rookie campaign with the Yankees. So of course the cost is blowing out of hand. After recording a 70.2% contact rate with strikeouts in a quarter of his plate appearances, repeating last year's .271 average is an optimistic expectation. He cooled down over the second half (.249/.329/.404), so there's too much risk to bite at his 53 consensus ADP.
Andrew Gould - 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
Torres isn't a big contributor in stolen bases, but he is plenty useful in each of the other four main categories. If you expand his rates out to a full season, Torres would have posted 32 homers, 101 RBIs and a .271 batting average. You would be thrilled to get that type of production out of your seventh round shortstop.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros