Who Should I Draft?

Jose Ramirez or Javier Baez (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jose Ramirez
2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Expert
Recommendation
93%
Recommended by
52 of 56 experts
7%
Recommended by
4 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 5# 18
Best Rank# 3# 6
Worst Rank# 31# 33
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 3# 18
Best Rank# 3# 16
Worst Rank# 8# 23
   
Projections 
   
Runs10187
Home Runs3030
RBI9896
Stolen Bases2517
Batting Average.289.276
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 5# 15
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 10# 15
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 9# 16
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 6# 10
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 5# 14
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 7# 16
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 9# 18
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 7# 16
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 10# 20
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 5# 11
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 7# 19
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 3# 19
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 5# 9
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 4# 18
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 3# 20
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 3# 24
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 7# 11
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 3# 17
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 4# 9
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 3# 21
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 3# 22
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 3# 19
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 4# 13
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 3# 29
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 7# 15
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 8# 18
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 7# 17
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 5# 16
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 5# 32
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 3# 23
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 6# 33
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 4# 19
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 12# 33
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 8# 21
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 3# 18
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 4# 21
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 7# 15
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 3# 22
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 3# 21
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 7# 15
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 3# 22
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 3# 22
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 5# 14
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 3# 20
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 3# 11
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 12# 18
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 3# 22
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 4# 19
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 8# 29
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 5# 18
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 3# 19
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 4# 15
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 11# 6
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 11# 6
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 17# 13
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 31# 7
   
  Jose Ramirez
2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats578606
   
Runs110101
   
Hits156176
   
Singles7593
   
Doubles3840
   
Triples49
   
Home Runs3934
   
RBI105111
   
Stolen Bases3421
   
Caught Stealing69
   
Walks10629
   
Strikeouts80167
   
Batting Average.270.290
   
On Base Pct.387.326
   
Slugging Pct.552.555
   
On-base Plus Slugging.939.881
   
  Jose Ramirez
2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats569582
   
Runs10187
   
Hits165161
   
Singles8993
   
Doubles4133
   
Triples45
   
Home Runs3030
   
RBI9896
   
Stolen Bases2517
   
Caught Stealing76
   
Walks7833
   
Strikeouts75159
   
Batting Average.289.276
   
On Base Pct.375.315
   
Slugging Pct.538.507
   
On-base Plus Slugging.914.822
   
  Jose Ramirez
2B,3B - CLE
Jose Ramirez
Javier Baez
2B,3B,SS - CHC
Javier Baez
News 
 Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a triple, a walk, two runs, and two RBI in a 13-4 win over Detroit.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Jun 15th
Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in the Cubs'10-1 win over the Rockies' on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Thu, Jun 13th
 Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his 16th stolen base of the season on Sunday against the Yankees.
Dan Harris
Mon, Jun 10th
Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Cardinals on Friday.
Elliott Baas
Sat, Jun 8th
 Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a steal in a 9-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 6th
Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Cubs' 6-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Tue, Jun 4th
 Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 0-for-3 in a 2-0 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 2nd
Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, and three RBI in the Cubs' 8-1 win over the Angels on Monday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 3rd
 Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two walks and a steal in a 7-5 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, May 29th
Javier Baez (heel) has returned to the Cubs' lineup on Sunday versus the Cardinals.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Notes 
 A second-half slump removed Ramirez from the AL MVP and No. 1 pick conversations. Don't punish him too severely for the .218 batting average after the All-Star break, as the 26-year-old infielder still tallied 39 homers, 34 steals and 26 more walks (106) than strikeouts (80). Given his excellent plate approach and career 88.0% contact rate, his average should improve from .270 closer to his .285 career norm if he curtails last year's pop-up woes (13.0%). After giving everyone a late scare in spring with a knee injury, he's expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
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
 Jose Ramirez may have been the best fantasy player in baseball last year, knocking 39 homers with 34 steals, 110 runs and 105 RBIs, but he is still 1-C behind both Trout and Mookie Betts because of their consistent production over the last three seasons
Bobby Sylvester - 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
 Ramirez was the fourth-most valuable player in standard 5x5 leagues last season, according to Baseball Monster, trailing only J.D. Martinez, Christian Yelich, and Mookie Betts. And that was with a .270 batting average that was 15 points below Ramirez's career .285 mark, due to an abnormally low .252 batting average on balls in play (BABIP). While Ramirez's average is very likely to rise, his career-high 39 home runs and 34 stolen bases are should go in the opposite direction. Still, we're talking about a player who can produce a 30-20 season with a plus batting average. It's hard to argue too much with his current ADP of third overall behind Mookie Betts and Mike Trout.
Andrew Seifter - 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