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Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Jorge Polanco (2022)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
2B,SS - DET
Javier Baez
Jorge Polanco
2B,SS - MIN
Jorge Polanco
Expert
Recommendation
70%
Recommended by
30 of 43 experts
30%
Recommended by
13 of 43 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 46# 52
Best Rank# 31# 32
Worst Rank# 78# 94
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 69# 78
Best Rank# 59# 74
Worst Rank# 136# 91
   
Projections 
   
Runs8090
Home Runs2826
RBI8585
Stolen Bases1510
Batting Average.254.272
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 49# 73
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 43# 53
   
Pat Fitzmaurice
FantasyPros
# 47# 54
   
Jody Smith
FullTime Fantasy
# 54# 56
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 46# 61
   
Greg Smith
Superflex.Guide
# 41# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 40# 55
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 36# 62
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 48# 52
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 40# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 50# 56
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 54# 58
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 42# 52
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 50
   
Christopher Welsh
FantasyPros
# 43# 48
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 44# 48
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 45# 52
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 45# 52
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 45# 46
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 47# 59
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 49# 69
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 43# 51
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 41# 63
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 60# 94
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 39# 58
   
Nate Miller
Fantasy Six Pack
# 40# 54
   
Brad Camara
RotoBaller
# 47# 53
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 46# 49
   
Scott Bogman
FantasyPros
# 31# 55
   
Travis Argo
Fantasy Six Pack
# 45# 46
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 33# 32
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 39# 38
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 44# 43
   
Fred Zinkie
Yahoo! Sports
# 45# 33
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 46# 45
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 49# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 55# 45
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 55# 41
   
Scott Engel
The Game Day
# 60# 49
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 63# 54
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 63# 54
   
Scott Youngson
Pitcher List
# 67# 56
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 78# 45
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Javier Baez
2B,SS - DET
Javier Baez
Jorge Polanco
2B,SS - MIN
Jorge Polanco
2021 Stats 
   
   
At Bats502588
   
Runs8097
   
Hits133157
   
Singles8288
   
Doubles1834
   
Triples22
   
Home Runs3133
   
RBI8798
   
Stolen Bases1811
   
Caught Stealing56
   
Walks2845
   
Strikeouts184118
   
Batting Average.265.267
   
On Base Pct.319.321
   
Slugging Pct.494.500
   
On-base Plus Slugging.813.821
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Javier Baez
2B,SS - DET
Javier Baez
Jorge Polanco
2B,SS - MIN
Jorge Polanco
2022 Projections 
   
   
At Bats558577
   
Runs8090
   
Hits142157
   
Singles8595
   
Doubles2633
   
Triples33
   
Home Runs2826
   
RBI8585
   
Stolen Bases1510
   
Caught Stealing55
   
Walks2947
   
Strikeouts183112
   
Batting Average.254.272
   
On Base Pct.291.327
   
Slugging Pct.461.469
   
On-base Plus Slugging.752.796
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Javier Baez
2B,SS - DET
Javier Baez
Jorge Polanco
2B,SS - MIN
Jorge Polanco
News 
 Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in a 5-1 win over Arizona on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 25th
Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 with a walk, a two-run home run, and a solo home run in Wednesday’s loss to the White Sox.
Jesse Garcia
Wed, Jul 6th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 6-2 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 22nd
Jorge Polanco went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, two walks, and two runs scored in a win over Chicago Tuesday.
Jesse Garcia
Wed, Jul 6th
 Javier Baez went 3-for-5 with a triple, a homer, two runs, and an RBI in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 21st
Jorge Polanco went 1-for-4 with a game tying solo home run in the ninth inning. The Twins would go on to rally past the Orioles with a 4-3 win Saturday.
Jesse Garcia
Sat, Jul 2nd
 Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run, and two steals in a 7-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 19th
Jorge Polanco is not in the lineup Thursday against the Guardians.
Vince DiSilvio
Thu, Jun 30th
 Javier Baez went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in a 14-7 win over the Rangers on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 18th
Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs, and a walk in a win over Cleveland Tuesday night.
Jesse Garcia
Tue, Jun 28th
Notes 
 The free-swinging middle infielder signed a six-year, $140 million contract with the Tigers. Baez led the NL with 184 strikeouts last year but also belted 31 homers, had 87 RBI and 80 runs, and batted a respectable .265. This is a strange, volatile skill set, but Baez can usually be counted on to provide help with the counting stats. He won't hurt you in leagues that use batting average, but his unwillingness to take a walk becomes a liability in OBP leagues.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros
Polanco enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2021, batting .269 with 33 HRs, 98 RBI, 97 runs and 11 SBs. He went nuclear after the All-Star break, batting .287 with 21 homers. Could it be that Polanco feels less pressure as a second baseman than as a shortstop, and his hitting has benefitted as a result? Polanco has always been a line drive machine, so even if the power gains don't stick (and there's a good chance they won't), he should still deliver a healthy batting average. Dual 2B-SS eligibility is a plus. Polanco is a worthy investment, but don't pay for a full repeat of the power.
Pat Fitzmaurice - FantasyPros