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Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Jack Flaherty (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
28 of 55 experts
49%
Recommended by
27 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 25# 27
Best Rank# 9# 13
Worst Rank# 67# 88
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 24
Best Rank# 27# 19
Worst Rank# 66# 24
   
Projections 
   
Runs35
Home Runs129
RBI36
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.279
Strikeouts6279
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.56
WHIP1.14
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 27# 28
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 31
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 18# 25
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 29# 46
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 22# 25
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 32# 39
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 9# 46
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 24
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 20# 88
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 27# 29
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 19# 67
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 24# 43
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 27# 29
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 26
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 22# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 36# 43
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 25# 39
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 23# 34
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 18# 36
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 27
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 25# 26
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 21# 48
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 26# 28
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 33
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 16# 25
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 23# 30
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 21# 33
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 28# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 23# 18
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 25# 24
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 27# 13
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 28# 27
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 29# 26
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 29# 23
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 29# 28
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 25
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 30# 28
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 19
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 31# 26
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 20
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 32# 18
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 33# 19
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 33# 26
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 33# 30
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 34# 29
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 34# 26
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 34# 28
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 34# 26
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 35# 27
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 37# 25
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 38# 22
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 39# 21
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 49# 26
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 50# 36
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 67# 17
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs89
   
Home Runs2925
   
RBI85
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Batting Avg.281
   
Strikeouts156231
   
Wins11
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.75
   
WHIP0.97
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs35
   
Home Runs129
   
RBI36
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.279
   
Strikeouts6279
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.56
   
WHIP1.14
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Jack Flaherty
SP - STL
Jack Flaherty
News 
 Javier Baez went 1-for-4 in Game 1 of the Wild Card series against the Marlins on Wednesday, hitting a single. He also struck out twice a left two men on base in the 5-1 defeat.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Oct 1st
Jack Flaherty took the loss in Game 3 of the Wild Card Round on Friday when he gave up one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks across six innings in the Cardinals 4-0 loss to the Padres.
Jon Mathisen
Fri, Oct 2nd
 Javier Baez went 2-for-5 on Friday against the White Sox, hitting a solo homer and a double. The Cubs won 10-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sat, Sep 26th
Jack Flaherty allowed three earned runs on four hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings in the Cardinals 3-0 loss to the Brewers in Game One on Friday. Flaherty allowed a solo home run to Christian Yelich in the third inning and at least one Brewer reached base in every inning except the first. The Cardinals fell to 28-27 with the loss.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Sat, Sep 26th
 Javier Baez hit seventh on Wednesday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and stranded four men on base. The Cubs lost, 2-1.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Thu, Sep 24th
Jack Flaherty tossed six innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks while striking out 11 to record his second win of the season as the Cardinals beat the Pirates 2-1 on Sunday. Flaherty allowed a leadoff double to Bryan Reynolds in the fourth inning and the Pirates brought him around to score on a sacrifice fly later in the frame. Flaherty threw 102 pitches, 61 of them for strikes, and the Cardinals improved to 26-24 with the victory. They are now one game ahead of both the Reds and Brewers for Second Place in the NL Central in what figures to be one of the final week's most exciting playoff races.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Sep 21st
 Javier Baez hit sixth in the order on Monday and went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring single and a strikeout. The Cubs won, 5-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Mon, Sep 21st
Jack Flaherty allowed nine earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out six over three innings pitched in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. Flaherty threw 81 pitches, 48 of them for strikes, and gave up back-to-back home runs in the first inning to Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun. The Brewers added two runs in the third on a Daniel Vogelbach double and seven runs in the fourth, five of which were charged to Flaherty. He allowed four singles and a walk before being relieved without recording an out in that inning. The Cardinals fell to 21-22 with the loss and have a half game lead over the Cincinnati Reds, and one game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for Second Place in the NL Central.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Sep 16th
 Javier Baez went 0-for-3 on Friday against the Twins with two strikeouts. The Cubs won, 1-0.
Carmen Maiorano - Carm's Clubhouse
Sat, Sep 19th
Jack Flaherty threw five innings allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with six strike outs as the Cardinals beat the Tigers 12-2 in Game One on Thursday. Flaherty allowed a Jeimer Candelario home run in the fourth inning, which accounted for all of the Tigers scoring. The Cardinals moved to 19-17 after the victory.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Fri, Sep 11th
Notes 
 I love the skill set while I hate that the Cubs attempted only 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
2019 shocked me and ranking him THIS high confirms that belief, but I can't move him ahead of the leagues Aces after one great season. Close, but not yet.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
 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
When Jacob deGrom posted his historic 2018 numbers en route to his Cy Young, we knew that there would be regression coming in 2019. Carrying over a 1.70 ERA, 1.94 average against, and a 0.91 WHIP wasn't sustainable, and we knew that. For his encore in 2019, he posted a 2.43 ERA, .205 average against, and a 0.97 WHIP. So when people mention that Flaherty's second half is the driving force around his price tag, they aren't wrong. His second half was historic - especially compared to his first half of 2019, where he struggled mightly. But even with regression to his second-half numbers - 0.91 ERA, .142 average against, and 0.71 WHIP - Flaherty has the pedigree, sample size, and stuff to be the ace for your team. Don't overthink it."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 Not sure he's as special of a fantasy asset as he was in 2018, particularly at a deep position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
If ever there were a tale of two halves, it was Flaherty's 2019 season. A 4.64 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP in the first half, followed by a preposterous 0.91 ERA and 0.71 WHIP in the second half. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he saw a gain of almost a mile per hour on his fastball. The real Flaherty likely lies somewhere in between his first and second halves, but that should be a top-10 pitcher in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
  Posted a 0.93 ERA, a 0.70 WHIP, and 11 K/9 over final 16 starts
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros