Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Ozzie Albies (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
Expert
Recommendation
100%
Recommended by
59 of 59 experts
0%
Recommended by
0 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 18# 38
Best Rank# 6# 27
Worst Rank# 33# 68
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 18# 57
Best Rank# 16# 46
Worst Rank# 23# 63
   
Projections 
   
Runs8788
Home Runs3020
RBI9674
Stolen Bases1716
Batting Average.276.273
   
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# 16# 52
   
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# 18# 35
   
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# 16# 68
   
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  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats606639
   
Runs101105
   
Hits176167
   
Singles9398
   
Doubles4040
   
Triples95
   
Home Runs3424
   
RBI11172
   
Stolen Bases2114
   
Caught Stealing93
   
Walks2936
   
Strikeouts167116
   
Batting Average.290.261
   
On Base Pct.326.305
   
Slugging Pct.555.452
   
On-base Plus Slugging.881.757
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats582595
   
Runs8788
   
Hits161162
   
Singles93101
   
Doubles3334
   
Triples56
   
Home Runs3020
   
RBI9674
   
Stolen Bases1716
   
Caught Stealing64
   
Walks3340
   
Strikeouts159107
   
Batting Average.276.273
   
On Base Pct.315.319
   
Slugging Pct.507.456
   
On-base Plus Slugging.822.775
   
  Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Ozzie Albies
2B - ATL
Ozzie Albies
News 
 Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Javier Baez (thumb) remains available off the bench as a pinch-runner.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Sep 20th
Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 3-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run, and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Royals. The homer was his 24th of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, Sep 25th
 An MRI revealed a hairline fracture on Javier Baez’s thumb Saturday.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Friday's win over the Giants.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 21st
 Javier Baez is not in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Sat, Sep 7th
Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in Friday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his 23rd home run of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Sep 14th
 Javier Baez (thumb) is not in Friday's lineup against the Brewers.
Brad Camara
Fri, Sep 6th
Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, a double, and a walk in Thursday's loss to the Phillies. The homer was his 22nd of the season.
Mike Maher
Fri, Sep 13th
 Javier Baez was scratched from Thursday’s lineup against the Brewers due to soreness in his left thumb.
Brad Camara
Thu, Sep 5th
Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his 21st of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Sep 8th
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
Albies got off to a torrid start in his first full season in the Big Leagues, hitting nine home runs in April and heading into the All Star break with 20 HRs and nine steals. He struggled mightily in the second half of the season, but still finished as a top-three second basemen in standard 5x5 formats. There are some concerns that the Braves' acquisition of Josh Donaldson could push Albies down towards the bottom half of the lineup, hurting his counting stats and ability to steal bases, but it's also possible he'll stick in one of the first two lineup spots. Regardless, Albies has already proven he has 20-20 potential and should even be able to improve a bit on last season's .261 batting average.
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
Anyone who drafted Albies was already miles into a victory lap by the time his performance plummeted. After already validating an investment with 20 homers and nine steals in the first half, he hit a gruesome .226/.282/.342 with four homers and five steals after the All-Star break. His hard-hit rate dipped from 38.5 to 27.0%. He procured 16 homers in 1,744 minor league plate appearances, so drafters should be dubious of a full power repeat regardless of the steep splits. The bigger concern is whether he can fix his late contact woes, particularly his 39.6% outside-swing rate. If maintaining last year's .305 OBP, the Braves will eliminate any chance of another 105-run campaign by hitting their youngster sixth or seventh more often than first or second. There's too much upside to fade Albies entirely, but a top-50 pick is too rich.
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
Albies is dripping with potential and there is no denying that after his 20 homer first half with 9 steals. With that said, his second half was dreadful, batting .226 with just 4 bombs. There is a chance he returns first round value, but the downside would torch your team if he returns to second half form.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros