Who Should I Draft?

Juan Soto or Whit Merrifield (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
46 of 56 experts
18%
Recommended by
10 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 24# 29
Best Rank# 10# 19
Worst Rank# 38# 119
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 30# 32
Best Rank# 27# 29
Worst Rank# 38# 36
   
Projections 
   
Runs9485
Home Runs2914
RBI9665
Stolen Bases734
Batting Average.290.287
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 23# 34
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 20# 29
   
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FullTime Fantasy
# 21# 30
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 18# 36
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 23# 27
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 12# 23
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 22# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 22# 35
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 29# 33
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 21# 26
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 24# 54
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 25# 119
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 38# 50
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 22# 24
   
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CBS Sports
# 17# 23
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 16# 25
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 10# 32
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 20# 77
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 19# 31
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 24# 28
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 19# 34
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 28# 49
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 16# 27
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 22# 29
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 24# 25
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 22# 25
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 24# 25
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 18# 25
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 25# 29
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 24# 30
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 24# 30
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 34# 37
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 25# 28
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 20# 36
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 25# 27
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 27# 41
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 17# 30
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 15# 23
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 29# 34
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 22# 28
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 23# 30
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 24# 34
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 18# 23
   
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FanGraphs
# 22# 26
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 32# 33
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 32
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 24# 20
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 25# 23
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 25# 24
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 27# 24
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 28# 25
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 28# 19
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 23
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 30# 25
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 31# 22
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 34# 27
   
  Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats414632
   
Runs7788
   
Hits121192
   
Singles73134
   
Doubles2543
   
Triples13
   
Home Runs2212
   
RBI7060
   
Stolen Bases545
   
Caught Stealing210
   
Walks7961
   
Strikeouts99114
   
Batting Average.292.304
   
On Base Pct.406.367
   
Slugging Pct.517.438
   
On-base Plus Slugging.923.806
   
  Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats538596
   
Runs9485
   
Hits156171
   
Singles94116
   
Doubles3038
   
Triples34
   
Home Runs2914
   
RBI9665
   
Stolen Bases734
   
Caught Stealing39
   
Walks9047
   
Strikeouts121104
   
Batting Average.290.287
   
On Base Pct.392.339
   
Slugging Pct.521.432
   
On-base Plus Slugging.913.771
   
  Juan Soto
LF - WSH
Juan Soto
Whit Merrifield
1B,2B,CF,RF,DH - KC
Whit Merrifield
News 
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks. The homer was his 11th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sun, Jun 16th
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
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's loss to the Reds. The homer was his 10th of the season.
Mike Maher
Sat, Jun 1st
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a double, a run, and a steal in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Jun 13th
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 1-for-4 with a double in Monday's loss to the Miami Marlins. The double was his 11th of the season.
Mike Maher
Tue, May 28th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a steal in a 3-2 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 12th
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs, and one run scored in Tuesday's loss to the New York Mets. The homer was his seventh of the season.
Mike Maher
Wed, May 22nd
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in a 5-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.
Matthew Terelle
Sun, Jun 9th
 Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three RBIs in Saturday's win over the Chicago Cubs.
Mike Maher
Sun, May 19th
Kansas City Royals outfielder Whit Merrifield went 0-for-4 in an 8-3 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Jun 5th
Notes 
 Soto was every bit as good as top-ten pick, Alex Bregman per plate appearance last season, but is going 20 picks later. Keep in mind, he accomplished that as a teenager. Don't hesitate to reach an entire round to grab him before he progresses even more
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
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
 Soto breezed through the minor leagues and kept raking as a 19-year old rookie with the Nationals, hitting .292 with 22 home runs across his first 116 Big Leagues games. Perhaps most impressive of all, he walked nearly as often as he struck out, producing a .406 on-base percentage that proves he is more than comfortable at the Major League level. Soto hit the ball on the ground an awful lot as a rookie, so it remains to be seen if he is capable of delivering 30+ home runs, but at least 25 homers seems likely, and he should be a major plus in terms of batting average and run production while also providing at least a handful of steals. The kid is legit.
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
 Expected to play at least one more full season in the minors, Soto instead showed elite skills beyond his years, batting .292/.406/.517 at age 19. After popping 22 homers in 494 plate appearance, supporters are dreaming of a .300, 30-homer, 10-steal breakout. It will happen soon enough, but don't reach for those lofty expectations in 2019. A 53.7% ground-ball rate dampens his power prospects, especially since nearly a quarter of his fly balls went yard last season. If his top-30 ECR holds, drafters are likely overpaying for a 25-homer, five-steal hitter who should be going closer to Anthony Rendon than Andrew Benintendi.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Do not draft as OF, use at 2B
Michael Florio - Fantrax
  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