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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
1B,C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Javier Baez
2B,SS - NYM
Javier Baez
Expert
Recommendation
57%
Recommended by
29 of 51 experts
43%
Recommended by
22 of 51 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
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 33# 42
   
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
1B,C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Javier Baez
2B,SS - NYM
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
1B,C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Javier Baez
2B,SS - NYM
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
1B,C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Javier Baez
2B,SS - NYM
Javier Baez
News 
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI, and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Wed, Sep 22nd
Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts. The Mets won 3-2 and are 73-77 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Mon, Sep 20th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Sep 16th
Javier Baez went 2-for-2 with three walks, two RBIs, one run, and one home run. The Mets lost 7-6 in extras and are 72-74 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Wed, Sep 15th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (shoulder) returned to Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 15th
Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with two runs, one RBI, one home run, and two stolen bases, but the Mets lost 3-2.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Fri, Sep 10th
 J.T. Realmuto is dealing with shoulder inflammation and is not in the lineup on Tuesday against the Cubs.
Ari Koslow
Tue, Sep 14th
Javier Baez went 4-for-4 with three runs, three singles, one home run, and two RBIs. The Mets won 13-6 Sunday and are 69-68 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 7th
 Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 0-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers. The steal was his ninth of the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Thu, Sep 9th
Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, one double, one home run, one RBI, and two strikeouts. The Mets won 11-9 in game one Saturday and are 68-67 this season.
Lucas Babits-Feinerman
Tue, Sep 7th
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