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Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Stephen Strasburg (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Expert
Recommendation
53%
Recommended by
29 of 55 experts
47%
Recommended by
26 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 26# 25
Best Rank# 17# 9
Worst Rank# 78# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 23# 32
Best Rank# 21# 27
Worst Rank# 26# 66
   
Projections 
   
Runs35
Home Runs912
RBI36
Stolen Bases5
Batting Avg.279
Strikeouts8062
Wins5
Saves0
ERA3.62
WHIP1.16
   
Misc 
   
Injury AlertIL60-
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 25# 27
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 23
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 31
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 22# 29
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 26# 32
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 26# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 20# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 19# 24
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 33# 49
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 26# 37
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 56# 67
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 26# 29
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 33# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 34
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 23# 50
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 24# 25
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 30# 38
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 33# 34
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 27# 29
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 17# 32
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 19# 23
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 31
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 25
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 20# 33
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 31# 39
   
George Kurtz
SportsGrid
# 25# 34
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 31# 33
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 29# 35
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 28# 9
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 32# 16
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 17
   
Site Rankings
Sports Illustrated
# 39# 18
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 28# 18
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 63# 19
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 30# 20
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 78# 20
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 28# 21
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 27# 21
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 32# 22
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 23# 22
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 22
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 28# 22
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 29# 23
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 30# 25
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 34# 25
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 40# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 28# 27
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 27
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 27
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 30# 28
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 39# 28
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 35# 29
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 29
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 36# 33
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2019 Stats 
   
   
Runs89
   
Home Runs2429
   
RBI85
   
Stolen Bases11
   
Batting Avg.281
   
Strikeouts251156
   
Wins18
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.32
   
WHIP1.04
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2020 Projections 
   
   
Runs35
   
Home Runs912
   
RBI36
   
Stolen Bases5
   
Batting Avg.279
   
Strikeouts8062
   
Wins5
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.62
   
WHIP1.16
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Stephen Strasburg
SP - WSH
Stephen Strasburg
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
News 
 Stephen Strasburg underwent surgery Wednesday for carpal tunnel syndrome in his pitching hand.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Aug 26th
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
 Stephen Strasburg will have hand surgery on Wednesday in Baltimore. The procedure is to repair the carpel tunnel neuritis in his right hand.
Jon Mathisen
Sun, Aug 23rd
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
 Stephen Strasburg (hand) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday, and will undergo surgery next week.
Brad Camara
Sat, Aug 22nd
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
 Nationals co-ace Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome in his right ahnd.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Aug 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
 Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who left his start yesterday in the first inning, is headed back to the injured list. Strasburg began the year on the IL due to a nerve issue in his hand.
Mike Maher
Sat, Aug 15th
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
Notes 
 I can't fully trust Strasburg to stay healthy and the Nat's have babied his inning totals his entire career. The ability is elite, the production and my ranking is slightly dinged by his lack of durability.
Chris Mitchell - FantasyData
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
 Strasburg is coming off of a year where he threw 209 regular season innings on top of 36 innings in the playoffs, so he has the workload carryover concern for 2020. In 2014, Strasburg threw 215 innings, and he followed it up with 127 in the next season, so the shortened season should help him out this year. Add to the workload and injury concerns that his 2019 velocity and movement most resembled that of Pablo Lopez, Jake Arrieta, Jorge Lopez, and Tyler Mahle. Strasburg is a top-12 pitcher still, yes, but you should look to pair another higher-end SP with him as insurance.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
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
 Strasburg reached the 200-inning plateau for the second time in his career, and set a career high in wins with 18. Other than staying completely healthy, however, his numbers looked pretty much as they always have - just below the truly elite pitchers, but worthy of coming from your ace. Don't be sucked in by his magical postseason (1.98 ERA, 0.94 WHIP). Draft Strasburg as a top-10 pitcher, but expect his usual low-3.00 ERA and solid all around numbers.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Not sure he's as special of a fantasy asset as he was in 2018, particularly at a deep position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 A candidate to be over drafted coming off career-year and playoff heroics
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros