Who Should I Draft?

Joey Gallo or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
Expert
Recommendation
89%
Recommended by
50 of 56 experts
11%
Recommended by
6 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 29# 55
Best Rank# 19# 30
Worst Rank# 119# 107
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 32# 99
Best Rank# 29# 88
Worst Rank# 36# 110
   
Projections 
   
Runs8587
Home Runs1441
RBI6595
Stolen Bases345
Batting Average.287.219
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 34# 91
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 29# 55
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 66
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 30# 56
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 27# 58
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 36# 79
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 24# 55
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 27# 63
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 107
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 35# 43
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 33# 44
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 26# 56
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 24# 51
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 23# 43
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 25# 41
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 32# 44
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 31# 49
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 28# 63
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 24# 78
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 34# 49
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 49# 77
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 27# 42
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 44
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 25# 75
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 25# 50
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 25# 78
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 25# 73
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 29# 67
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 30# 100
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 30# 65
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 37# 60
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 28# 78
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 36# 66
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 27# 38
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 19# 60
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 30# 62
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 23# 59
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 23# 70
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 23# 38
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 67
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 25# 70
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 25# 51
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 28# 43
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 30# 57
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 34# 49
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 22# 52
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 23# 96
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 26# 58
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 33# 55
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 32# 63
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 41# 30
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 50# 32
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 49# 44
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 54# 51
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 77# 55
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 119# 76
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats632500
   
Runs8882
   
Hits192103
   
Singles13438
   
Doubles4324
   
Triples31
   
Home Runs1240
   
RBI6092
   
Stolen Bases453
   
Caught Stealing104
   
Walks6174
   
Strikeouts114207
   
Batting Average.304.206
   
On Base Pct.367.312
   
Slugging Pct.438.498
   
On-base Plus Slugging.806.810
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats596498
   
Runs8587
   
Hits171109
   
Singles11643
   
Doubles3823
   
Triples43
   
Home Runs1441
   
RBI6595
   
Stolen Bases345
   
Caught Stealing93
   
Walks4776
   
Strikeouts104201
   
Batting Average.287.219
   
On Base Pct.339.322
   
Slugging Pct.432.523
   
On-base Plus Slugging.771.845
   
  Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Joey Gallo
1B,LF,CF,RF - TEX
Joey Gallo
News 
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 3-2 loss to the Indians on Monday.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Jun 25th
Joey Gallo (oblique) was activated from the injured list Tuesday. He will bat fifth and play center field against the Tigers.
Connor Rooney
Tue, Jun 25th
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a run in a 6-1 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 23rd
Joey Gallo is expected to return from an oblique injury on Tuesday. The Rangers optioned Kyle Bird to Nashville after the game Sunday and Gallo's activation is the expected corresponding move. According to Rangers manager Chriss Woodward, Gallo might DH in the first few games back.
Clinton Ho - FantasyPros
Mon, Jun 24th
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield had a monster game in a 9-0 win over Seattle on Tuesday. Merrifield went 3-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in the win.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 19th
The Rangers placed Joey Gallo on the 10-day IL with a strained left oblique.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
 Kansas City Royals first baseman Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a steal in an 8-6 win over the Twins on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Mon, Jun 17th
Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo left Saturday’s matchup against the Royals in the middle of an at-bat. Danny Santana replaced him.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 1st
 Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in a 5-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 16th
Joey Gallo went 1-for-4 with a grand slam on Friday against Kansas City.
Kamran Hoda
Sat, Jun 1st
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
Gallo has reached 40 HRs in each of his two full Major League seasons, and will enter 2019 as one of the best pure power hitters in the game. Unfortunately, that power comes attached to a .203 career batting average, meaning that fantasy owners who draft Gallo in standard 5x5 formats will need to either punt batting average or make a concerted effort to offset the damage he'll do there. Whether you draft Gallo or not is largely a matter of roster construction, but expect him to finish right around the top-100 players in terms of overall fantasy value. He does walk quite a bit, giving him a major boost in OBP formats.
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
You may not love the idea of destroying your team's batting average with his .210 line, but you'll be hard-pressed to find 40 homers, and perhaps even 50 from anyone 50 picks early, let alone around the 9th round of drafts. If you combine him with Daniel Murphy in the 5th, you've got two players who combine for a .260 average with 65-70 homers. When you look at it that way, Gallo's value jumps off the page.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
Barring a ton of good fortune, drafters should no longer draft Gallo hoping for a spike to even a .230 batting average. With MLB's worst contact rate last season (61.7%), it's no guarantee the career .203 hitter clears the Mendoza Line. He also, however, joined J.D. Martinez and Khris Davis as the only sluggers to belt 40 homers in each of the last two years. It will take a precise roster to tolerate the average liability in applicable leagues, but he's a much better investment in OBP, OPS and/or points leagues.
Andrew Gould - 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