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Who Should I Draft?

J.T. Realmuto or Javier Baez (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
Expert
Recommendation
56%
Recommended by
28 of 50 experts
44%
Recommended by
22 of 50 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 38# 40
Best Rank# 11# 18
Worst Rank# 84# 69
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 48# 75
Best Rank# 39# 56
Worst Rank# 52# 88
   
Projections 
   
Runs7685
Home Runs2328
RBI7991
Stolen Bases712
Batting Average.270.259
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 48# 56
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 11# 42
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 36# 39
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 21# 30
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 34# 58
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 36# 49
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 42
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 36# 69
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 27# 41
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 35# 40
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 37# 43
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 27# 65
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 36# 40
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 36# 43
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 35# 46
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 54
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 36# 42
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 30# 42
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 38# 42
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 34# 46
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 36# 41
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 35# 46
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 30# 44
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 39# 49
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 36# 40
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 25# 37
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 30# 47
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 41# 49
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 34# 33
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 36# 26
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 36# 18
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 37# 27
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 38# 31
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 39# 37
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 40# 39
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 40# 38
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 42# 40
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 42# 40
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 43# 41
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 44# 43
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 44# 38
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 49# 33
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 50# 49
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 51# 33
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 57# 42
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 39
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 59# 36
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 67# 22
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 73# 45
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 84# 41
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats173222
   
Runs3327
   
Hits4645
   
Singles2927
   
Doubles69
   
Triples01
   
Home Runs118
   
RBI3224
   
Stolen Bases43
   
Caught Stealing10
   
Walks167
   
Strikeouts4875
   
Batting Average.266.203
   
On Base Pct.349.238
   
Slugging Pct.491.360
   
On-base Plus Slugging.840.599
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats488593
   
Runs7685
   
Hits131153
   
Singles7988
   
Doubles2632
   
Triples24
   
Home Runs2328
   
RBI7991
   
Stolen Bases712
   
Caught Stealing25
   
Walks4031
   
Strikeouts120179
   
Batting Average.270.259
   
On Base Pct.326.296
   
Slugging Pct.475.470
   
On-base Plus Slugging.801.765
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Javier Baez
SS - CHC
Javier Baez
News 
 J.T. Realmuto hit an absolute moonshot of a two run homer on Monday off of Adrian Houser. He finished 1-for-4 on the day with two RBIs.
Liam Gibney
Tue, May 4th
Javier Baez had an exciting day Tuesday versus the Dodgers. He committed three errors in the first game to go with a run scored. In Game 2, he came off the bench late and ended up supplying a two-run shot to tie the game in extra innings when the Cubs were down to their last out. Baez now has eight homers this season.
Jamie Mellor
Wed, May 5th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has been scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Apr 30th
Javier Baez went 2-for-5 Sunday versus Cincinnati. His seventh homer of the season was a two-run shot. It came on the high fastball that he had been struggling with early in the season so it is a potential sign of progress.
Jamie Mellor
Mon, May 3rd
 J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-3 with a RBI double and a walk during Thursday's extra-inning loss in St. Louis.
Andy Zimmerman
Thu, Apr 29th
Javier Baez went 1-for-4 Saturday versus the Reds. He would score a run and later get into a confrontation with a Reds reliever when the benches cleared. Baez would add his sixth base of the season.
Jamie Mellor
Sun, May 2nd
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-4 with a triple, a stolen base, and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Rockies. The steal was his second of the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, Apr 24th
Javier Baez went 1-for-4 Friday versus Cincinnati. He managed to drive in two runs as the Cubs tried to fight back in the late innings.
Jamie Mellor
Sat, May 1st
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The homer was his second of the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, Apr 17th
Javier Baez went 1-for-4 Thursday versus the Braves. He would score a key run and drove one in with an earlier sacrifice fly.
Jamie Mellor
Fri, Apr 30th
Notes 
 Realmuto fractured the thumb on his throwing hand in mid-February, and is iffy for Opening Day. He is in a tier to himself among catchers when healthy, putting up consistently excellent numbers in what is the thinnest of positions. He had the highest barrel rate and hard hit percentage of his career in 2020, and also walked at a career-best pace. Realmuto is in his age-30 season, so that's getting near the point where catchers begin to decline. But given that he's shown no real slippage in his skills to this point, his numbers shouldn't fall off much in 2021, assuming he has no setbacks and returns on or around Opening Day. Back with Philadelphia now and for several years after signing a five-year contract, Realmuto is the only catcher worth drafting before the sixth or seventh round.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
Everything went wrong for Baez in 2020. His already high strikeout rate increased to 31.9%. His already low walk rated fell to an abysmal 3.0%. He swung less, made contact less, and did not hit the ball as hard as he used to. In the end, Baez earned every bit of his .203 batting average and poor counting stats. But how much weight do you put into a 59-game stretch for a veteran like Baez, particularly when he complained that his inability to watch video between at-bats affected his overall performance. The answer is a little, but not all that much. Baez had a stellar three-year run as a reliable power-speed combination, and he'll be just 28 years old this season. The Cubs lineup won't be overly strong, but Baez should certainly put up numbers closer to his 2017-2019 totals than those he put up in 2020.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Never be the first team to draft a catcher, words to live by.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy