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Who Should I Draft?

Ke'Bryan Hayes or Josh Donaldson (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Ke'Bryan Hayes
3B - PIT
Ke'Bryan Hayes
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
Expert
Recommendation
82%
Recommended by
42 of 51 experts
18%
Recommended by
9 of 51 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 85# 99
Best Rank# 57# 66
Worst Rank# 139# 146
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 133# 176
Best Rank# 127# 149
Worst Rank# 147# 196
   
Projections 
   
Runs7276
Home Runs1627
RBI6274
Stolen Bases83
Batting Average.275.248
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 89# 99
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 108# 146
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 77# 100
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 83# 94
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 85# 96
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 66# 91
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 94# 108
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 86# 118
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 57# 106
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 92# 102
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 80# 92
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 79# 85
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 85# 91
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 83# 107
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 89# 94
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 91# 107
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 88# 95
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 64# 94
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 70# 119
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 95# 116
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 72# 98
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 73# 88
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 69# 95
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 83# 117
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 85# 104
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 98# 123
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 73# 77
   
Jorge B. Edwards
Fantasy In Frames
# 91# 104
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 90# 103
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 71# 103
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 94# 115
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 85# 97
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 58# 91
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 91# 94
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 88# 95
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 58# 116
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 66# 94
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 86# 95
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 75# 109
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 91# 104
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 82# 99
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 98# 136
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 93# 91
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 101# 86
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 102# 99
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 102# 100
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 105# 96
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 113# 103
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 115# 74
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 137# 95
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 139# 66
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Ke'Bryan Hayes
3B - PIT
Ke'Bryan Hayes
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
2020 Stats 
   
   
At Bats8581
   
Runs1714
   
Hits3218
   
Singles1810
   
Doubles72
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs56
   
RBI1111
   
Stolen Bases10
   
Caught Stealing00
   
Walks918
   
Strikeouts2024
   
Batting Average.377.222
   
On Base Pct.442.373
   
Slugging Pct.682.469
   
On-base Plus Slugging1.125.842
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Ke'Bryan Hayes
3B - PIT
Ke'Bryan Hayes
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
2021 Projections 
   
   
At Bats506459
   
Runs7276
   
Hits137112
   
Singles8461
   
Doubles3123
   
Triples51
   
Home Runs1627
   
RBI6274
   
Stolen Bases83
   
Caught Stealing21
   
Walks5080
   
Strikeouts116130
   
Batting Average.275.248
   
On Base Pct.341.361
   
Slugging Pct.451.474
   
On-base Plus Slugging.793.835
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Ke'Bryan Hayes
3B - PIT
Ke'Bryan Hayes
Josh Donaldson
3B,DH - MIN
Josh Donaldson
News 
 Ke'Bryan Hayes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored Monday against the Tigers.
Connor Rooney
Mon, Sep 6th
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a run in a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 23rd
 Pirates 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (hand) is once again absent from the lineup on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Sep 1st
Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in a 6-2 loss to the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 18th
 Ke'Bryan Hayes went 1-for-4 with a stolen base Sunday against the Brewers.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 15th
Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 with a solo homer in a 7-3 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Fri, Sep 17th
 Ke'Bryan Hayes went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Sunday against the Reds.
Connor Rooney
Sun, Aug 8th
Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 0-for-4 in a 12-3 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Sep 16th
 Ke'Bryan Hayes went 2-for-5 with two doubles, one RBI, and one run scored Friday against the Phillies.
Connor Rooney
Fri, Jul 30th
Minnesota Twins DH Josh Donaldson went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk in a 6-4 loss to the Royals on Friday.
Matthew Terelle
Sat, Sep 11th
Notes 
 Hayes came up through the minors as a glove-first prospect before erupting onto the major league scene by hitting 376/.442/.582 in a 24-game sample. His 92.8 mph average exit velocity and 55.4% hard-hit rate both would've ranked within the top-15 of baseball if he had the playing time to qualify. Hayes still hits more ground balls than I'd like, but he's talented enough to continue adjusting and is already a very different hitter than he was in 2019. Hayes might not hit 25+ homers but fantasy managers can expect a high average with a lot of doubles. Early-career Manny Machado is my best comparison for him.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Donaldson again missed significant time with a calf strain last year, and was limited to just 28 games. He hit for power and walked plenty when he was in the lineup, and both his average exit velocity and hard hit rate were at or near his career highs. In other words, there doesn't seem to be much of a decline in his performance over recent seasons. Now in his age-35 season, it sounds like the Twins are going to give Donaldson plenty of rest this year in an effort to keep him healthy. Bank on the power, but assume a maximum of 130 games or so. There's a lot of value in that so long as you factor it in appropriately.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Hayes had an outstanding 24-game run with the Pirates last year, hitting five home runs with an 1.124 OPS and a 55.4% hard-hit rate, which would have ranked seventh best in the majors had he had enough plate appearances. But that was far more offensve production than he had shown in the minors, where he totaled just a .752 OPS with 25 home runs in 461 career games. Hayes makes a ton of contact and should bat near the top of the Pirates order this year, so even if he regresses some offensively, he should still find enough counting stats to be useful. But don't expect 2020's power levels.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 
 Ke'Bryan Hayes busted onto the scene once he was promoted to the majors. He slashed .376/.442/.682 with five home runs, 11 RBI, 17 runs scored and one stolen base across 95 plate appearances in 2020. The 24-year-old is expected to be the Pirates primary third baseman and hit in the top of the order. Hayes stole 25 bases in the minors from 2018-2019 and is a threat for double digit steals. Hayes will look to build on his 2020 campaign and could produce a 20-10 season for fantasy managers in 2021.
Brad Camara - FantasyPros