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Who Should I Draft?

Javier Baez or Yordan Alvarez (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
Expert
Recommendation
63%
Recommended by
29 of 46 experts
37%
Recommended by
17 of 46 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 20# 28
Best Rank# 11# 17
Worst Rank# 53# 67
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 38
Best Rank# 25# 33
Worst Rank# 66# 51
   
Projections 
   
Runs3431
Home Runs1113
RBI3638
Stolen Bases51
Batting Average.280.290
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert-IL10
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 67
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 18# 42
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 14# 20
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 22# 27
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 22# 23
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 25# 33
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 30
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 24# 28
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 11# 47
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 22# 33
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 20# 23
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 20# 28
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 18# 37
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 17# 29
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 22# 39
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 22# 33
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 21# 28
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 32# 46
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 23# 49
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 18# 55
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 18# 24
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 22
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 16# 19
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 19# 28
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 20# 30
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 12# 56
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 18# 25
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 17# 25
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 22# 23
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 21# 19
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 23# 17
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 23# 22
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 25# 22
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 25# 23
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 25# 22
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 26# 21
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 27# 24
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 27# 21
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 27# 24
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 30# 18
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 30# 17
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 30# 28
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 30# 28
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 35# 26
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 36# 19
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 53# 24
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats531313
   
Runs8958
   
Hits14998
   
Singles7845
   
Doubles3826
   
Triples40
   
Home Runs2927
   
RBI8578
   
Stolen Bases110
   
Caught Stealing70
   
Walks2852
   
Strikeouts15694
   
Batting Average.281.313
   
On Base Pct.316.412
   
Slugging Pct.531.655
   
On-base Plus Slugging.8471.067
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats216178
   
Runs3431
   
Hits6052
   
Singles3327
   
Doubles1411
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs1113
   
RBI3638
   
Stolen Bases51
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks1225
   
Strikeouts6251
   
Batting Average.280.290
   
On Base Pct.318.379
   
Slugging Pct.520.569
   
On-base Plus Slugging.838.948
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Yordan Alvarez
LF,DH - HOU
Yordan Alvarez
News 
 Javier Baez has “no regrets” in not reaching a deal before the Coronavirus pandemic.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 10th
The Astros placed Yordan Alvarez on the injured list for undisclosed reasons.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, Jul 13th
 Javier Baez told Marly Rivera of ESPN that contract talks with the Cubs have been put on hold for now.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, May 6th
Yordan Alvarez has not yet made an appearance at Astros summer camp.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jul 12th
 Javier Baez went 2-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Mariners.
Brad Camara
Sun, Mar 1st
Yordan Alvarez (personal) hasn’t arrived in Houston for spring training 2.0 due to personal reasons.
Brad Camara
Fri, Jul 3rd
  The Astros are planning to have Yordan Alvarez play the field more often in 2020.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sat, Mar 21st
  Astros manager Dusty Baker says Yordan Alvarez (knee) will not play on Wednesday as previously scheduled.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Mar 10th
Notes 
 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
Ignore the eligibility concerns. Ignore the cheating scandal. Don't totally ignore the knees, but do pay attention to the results. Alvarez put on a historic performance last year across the majors and minors, and there's really nothing to his profile that suggests it wasn't all legit. Before last season, he was really good in the minors, but not quite this good. Fortunately, we can chalk that up to another year of development. Alvarez won't give you steals, but the rest of the numbers are up there with the elite options in fantasy. Yeah, we're talking about a top-five pick if he does it again. He has the pedigree, and he's had the success early in his career.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 The shortstop position is so loaded that Baez' 29 homers, 11 steals and .281 batting average didn't even get him into the top 12 at the position last year. He is still well worth a third or fourth round pick, however, because the bat and speed are both reliable.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
It was just an 87 game sample size but in that time, Yordan was clearly one of the top five hitters in baseball. He won't steal any bags, but 50 homers, 140 RBIs and a .320 batting average is within the realm of realistic possibilities. He comes with some risk, however, since we haven't seen it for an extended time.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 I love the skill set while I hate that the Cubs only attempted 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
Yordan is getting the sophomore discount, meaning you don't have to pay up to get top five player potential. If all goes well, Alvarez will be a monster in all areas except SBs. Perfect third round pick if looking for upside and power. Hits the ball ridiculously hard.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
 Not sure he's as special of a fantasy asset as he was in 2018, particularly at a deep position
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
Swatted 50 homers and 42 doubles between minors and majors in 2019
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros