Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Juan Soto (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Expert
Recommendation
85%
Recommended by
50 of 59 experts
15%
Recommended by
9 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 23
Best Rank# 6# 10
Worst Rank# 33# 38
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 18# 30
Best Rank# 16# 27
Worst Rank# 23# 38
   
Projections 
   
Runs8794
Home Runs3029
RBI9696
Stolen Bases177
Batting Average.276.290
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 15# 23
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 13# 20
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 15# 24
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 16# 21
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 10# 34
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 14# 18
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 16# 25
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 18# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 6# 22
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 22
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 11# 29
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 19# 21
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 19# 24
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 9# 25
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 18# 38
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 20# 22
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 16
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 9# 20
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 22# 24
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 19# 27
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 13# 19
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 15# 16
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 18# 22
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 17# 24
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 16# 22
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 7# 18
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 23# 25
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 19# 24
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 33# 34
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 21# 25
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 18# 20
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 21# 25
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 15# 27
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 22# 28
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 15# 25
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 6# 15
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 22# 30
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 22# 29
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 14# 28
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 20# 30
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 11# 22
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 18# 23
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 22# 24
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 18# 20
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 19# 31
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 18# 19
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 13# 20
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 18# 22
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 19# 32
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 15# 25
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 16# 12
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 17# 10
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 21# 17
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 21# 19
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 24# 17
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 29# 18
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 29# 28
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 32# 24
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 33# 24
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats606414
   
Runs10177
   
Hits176121
   
Singles9373
   
Doubles4025
   
Triples91
   
Home Runs3422
   
RBI11170
   
Stolen Bases215
   
Caught Stealing92
   
Walks2979
   
Strikeouts16799
   
Batting Average.290.292
   
On Base Pct.326.406
   
Slugging Pct.555.517
   
On-base Plus Slugging.881.923
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats582538
   
Runs8794
   
Hits161156
   
Singles9394
   
Doubles3330
   
Triples53
   
Home Runs3029
   
RBI9696
   
Stolen Bases177
   
Caught Stealing63
   
Walks3390
   
Strikeouts159121
   
Batting Average.276.290
   
On Base Pct.315.392
   
Slugging Pct.507.521
   
On-base Plus Slugging.822.913
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
News 
 Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored as the Cubs defeated the Pirates 7-1.
Brandon Plutner
Mon, Aug 19th
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs in Sunday's win over the Brewers.
Mike Maher
Mon, Aug 19th
 Javier Baez went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly as the Cubs fell to the Phillies 4-2.
Brandon Plutner
Tue, Aug 13th
Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Reds. The homer was his 25th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Aug 14th
 Javier Baez (leg) is starting at shortstop and hitting fifth against the Reds.
Brad Camara
Thu, Aug 8th
Juan Soto (ankle) has returned to the Washington lineup on Tuesday versus the Reds.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Aug 13th
 Javier Baez was removed from Wednesday’s game versus the A’s after fouling a ball off his leg.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 7th
Juan Soto (ankle) is absent from Monday's lineup versus the Reds.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Aug 12th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs, three RBI, and a walk in the Cubs' win over the Athletics on Monday.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Aug 6th
Juan Soto was removed from Sunday's game against the Mets after appearing to injure his ankle rounding third base.
Dan Harris
Sun, Aug 11th
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
Soto was every bit as good as top-ten pick, Alex Bregman per plate appearance last season, but is going 20 picks later. Keep in mind, he accomplished that as a teenager. Don't hesitate to reach an entire round to grab him before he progresses even more
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
Soto breezed through the minor leagues and kept raking as a 19-year old rookie with the Nationals, hitting .292 with 22 home runs across his first 116 Big Leagues games. Perhaps most impressive of all, he walked nearly as often as he struck out, producing a .406 on-base percentage that proves he is more than comfortable at the Major League level. Soto hit the ball on the ground an awful lot as a rookie, so it remains to be seen if he is capable of delivering 30+ home runs, but at least 25 homers seems likely, and he should be a major plus in terms of batting average and run production while also providing at least a handful of steals. The kid is legit.
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
Expected to play at least one more full season in the minors, Soto instead showed elite skills beyond his years, batting .292/.406/.517 at age 19. After popping 22 homers in 494 plate appearance, supporters are dreaming of a .300, 30-homer, 10-steal breakout. It will happen soon enough, but don't reach for those lofty expectations in 2019. A 53.7% ground-ball rate dampens his power prospects, especially since nearly a quarter of his fly balls went yard last season. If his top-30 ECR holds, drafters are likely overpaying for a 25-homer, five-steal hitter who should be going closer to Anthony Rendon than Andrew Benintendi.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros