Who Should I Draft?

Jesus Aguilar or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jesus Aguilar
1B - TB
Jesus Aguilar
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
55 of 59 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 59 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 55
Best Rank# 19# 28
Worst Rank# 119# 192
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 78
Best Rank# 29# 75
Worst Rank# 36# 85
   
Projections 
   
Runs8577
Home Runs1431
RBI6595
Stolen Bases340
Batting Average.287.260
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 68
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 44
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 54
   
Brad Richter
DailyOverlay
# 27# 35
   
Michael Beller
The Athletic
# 36# 66
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 42
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 61
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 52
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 51
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 45
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 132
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 71
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 60
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 60
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 52
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 57
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 76
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 65
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 56
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 60
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 89
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 58
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 88
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 53
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 44
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 73
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 53
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 43
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 66
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 192
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 41
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 63
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 60
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 75
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 54
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 59
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 59
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 65
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 44
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 66
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 65
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 68
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 55
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 65
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 75
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 63
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 57
   
Bart Wheeler
Hail to Fantasy Football
# 33# 38
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 79
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 23# 39
   
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 31# 36
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 67
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 61
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 52
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 56
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 28
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 29
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 35
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 66
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jesus Aguilar
1B - TB
Jesus Aguilar
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632492
   
Runs8880
   
Hits192135
   
Singles13475
   
Doubles4325
   
Triples30
   
Home Runs1235
   
RBI60108
   
Stolen Bases450
   
Caught Stealing100
   
Walks6158
   
Strikeouts114143
   
Batting Average.304.274
   
On Base Pct.367.352
   
Slugging Pct.438.539
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.890
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jesus Aguilar
1B - TB
Jesus Aguilar
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596520
   
Runs8577
   
Hits171135
   
Singles11678
   
Doubles3825
   
Triples41
   
Home Runs1431
   
RBI6595
   
Stolen Bases340
   
Caught Stealing90
   
Walks4755
   
Strikeouts104147
   
Batting Average.287.260
   
On Base Pct.339.330
   
Slugging Pct.432.492
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.822
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Jesus Aguilar
1B - TB
Jesus Aguilar
News 
 Kansas City Royals DH Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two singles, a run, and an RBI in a 12-3 loss to Houston on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Sep 15th
Jesus Aguilar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and another RBI in Friday's victory over the Angels.
John Aubin
Sat, Sep 14th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double in a 7-3 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Sep 11th
Jesus Aguilar went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run Friday against the Indians.
John Aubin
Sat, Aug 31st
 Kansas City Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a steal in a 5-4 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 5th
Jesus Aguilar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, two total RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Marlins.
John Aubin
Sun, Aug 4th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in a 6-4 win over the Orioles on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Sep 2nd
Jesus Aguilar went 2-for-3 and scored two runs against the Red Sox in his first game as a Ray on Thursday.
John Aubin
Fri, Aug 2nd
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in a 14-2 loss to the Orioles on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Aug 31st
Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar has been traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for pitcher Jake Faria, according to MLB insider Jeff Passan on Twitter
Mike Maher
Wed, Jul 31st
Notes 
 With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
After hitting .265 with 16 HRs in 279 at-bats in 2017, Aguilar got the chance to be a full-time player in 2018, and took advantage to the sweet tune of a .274/80/35/108 line that made him a top-three first baseman in standard 5x5 roto leagues. Aguilar is a zero on the base paths and he strikes out too much to be of much help in batting average, either, but the power is very real and his run production numbers should continue to be excellent in a loaded lineup and great home park. Call Aguilar a HR/RBI specialist if you must, but at least recognize that he is one of the better HR/RBI specialists in the game.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
 Merrifield followed up his breakout 2017 campaign with another excellent fantasy season in 2018, hitting .304 with 12 homers and a league-leading 45 stolen bases. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to hit .300 again -- his .352 BABIP was among the league's highest -- but he should settle in at around .280-.285 and again produce 10-15 HRs. His run and RBI totals may not be great in a weak-hitting Royals lineup, but you're really paying for the steals, and Merrifield should again have the green light on the base paths early and often for a team that will need to manufacture runs.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
Aguilar is currently being drafted ahead of players like Scooter Gennett, Eddie Rosario, Justin Upton, Josh Donaldson, and A.J. Pollock. He may have put together a great first half, but once pitchers built a book on him, his last 60 games saw him hit just .245 with 27 homers. His consensus projections aren't much higher, at 30 homers and a .258 batting average. You can find production like that off the waiver wire at first base, and while there is a chance he returns to first-half form, you may be better off waiting 170 picks and grabbing a similar player like C.J. Cron.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Merrifield not only absconded an MLB-high 45 steals but also batted .304 with 12 homers and 43 doubles. That's borderline extinct skill set justifies his spot as an upper-echelon pick, but beware some regression. His batting average rose despite modest drops in contact and strikeout rates, and no speedster should hold a 14.7% infield-fly rate. Still, there aren't many .280, 12-35 hitters either.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Aguilar's breakout may have seemed to come out of nowhere, but it was only the playing time that was particularly surprising. After slugging .505 in a short-end platoon role in 2017, he supplanted Eric Thames to pop 35 homers with a 134 wRC+ in a full-time role. All the hard hits and a high launch angle say the power is legit, but his contract skills don't support a .274 hitter. Drafters are naturally dubious of playing for a late bloomer's career year, but Milwaukee's starting first baseman shouldn't fall off a cliff entirely. He should at least remain good for a .250, 30-homer campaign.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros