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Who Should I Draft?

Kenta Maeda or J.T. Realmuto (2021)


Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
Expert
Recommendation
51%
Recommended by
28 of 55 experts
49%
Recommended by
27 of 55 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 53# 55
Best Rank# 19# 13
Worst Rank# 135# 128
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 47# 48
Best Rank# 45# 39
Worst Rank# 61# 52
   
Projections 
   
Runs76
Home Runs2323
RBI79
Stolen Bases7
Batting Avg.270
Strikeouts177120
Wins12
Saves0
ERA3.83
WHIP1.13
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 58# 81
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 57# 71
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 50# 75
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 61# 84
   
Josh Shepardson
FantasyPros
# 47# 49
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 89# 102
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 35# 48
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 49# 72
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 49# 60
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 50# 60
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 57# 85
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 52# 58
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 40# 50
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 46# 54
   
Mike Maher
FantasyPros
# 51# 53
   
Frank Stampfl
CBS Sports
# 45# 49
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 57# 110
   
Michael Waterloo
FantasyPros
# 38# 46
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 47# 58
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 49# 50
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 50# 56
   
Brendan Tuma
FantasyPros
# 32# 52
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 35# 128
   
Jordan Eisen
Field of Vision Sports
# 44# 45
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 40# 57
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 51# 52
   
SportsLine - Computer Simulation
CBS Sports
# 50# 51
   
Nicklaus Gaut
RotoBaller
# 19# 62
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 41# 38
   
Corbin Young
FantasyData
# 44# 39
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 49# 48
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 49# 44
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 52# 51
   
Chris Clegg
Fantrax
# 54# 43
   
Lucas Spence
Pitcher List
# 54# 50
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 54# 52
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 55# 51
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 56# 51
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 57# 51
   
Tim McCullough
Baseball Prospectus
# 57# 48
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 60# 52
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 63# 13
   
Adam Ronis
Fantasy Alarm
# 65# 52
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 68# 61
   
Brad Camara
FantasyPros
# 69# 61
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 69# 51
   
Joe Pisapia
FantasyPros
# 70# 58
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 70# 56
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 73# 51
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 79# 52
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 79# 45
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 86# 48
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 93# 35
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 101# 66
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 135# 89
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
2020 Stats 
   
   
Runs33
   
Home Runs911
   
RBI32
   
Stolen Bases4
   
Batting Avg.266
   
Strikeouts8048
   
Wins6
   
Saves0
   
ERA2.70
   
WHIP0.75
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
2021 Projections 
   
   
Runs76
   
Home Runs2323
   
RBI79
   
Stolen Bases7
   
Batting Avg.270
   
Strikeouts177120
   
Wins12
   
Saves0
   
ERA3.83
   
WHIP1.13
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Kenta Maeda
SP,RP - MIN
Kenta Maeda
J.T. Realmuto
C - PHI
J.T. Realmuto
News 
 Sunday‚Äôs game between the Twins and Tigers has been postponed due to rain.
Brad Camara
Sun, May 9th
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's win over the Braves. The homer was his fourth of the season.
Mike Maher - The Birds Blitz
Sat, May 8th
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a 6-5 win over the Rangers on Monday. Maeda struck out eight and walked two in the outing.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, May 4th
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
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday. Maeda struck out three in the loss.
Matthew Terelle
Tue, Apr 27th
Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has been scratched from Friday's lineup against the Mets.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Fri, Apr 30th
 Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed seven runs over three innings of work in a 13-12 loss to Oakland on Wednesday. Maeda struck out just one and allowed eight hits, including three homers.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 21st
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
 Minnesota right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed three runs (one earned) over 4 1/3 innings of work in a 3-2 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 of a Wednesday doubleheader.
Matthew Terelle
Wed, Apr 14th
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
Notes 
 Fantasy managers rejoiced when Maeda was traded from the Dodgers to the Twins, but he surpassed even the loftiest of expectations. In the short season, Maeda went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA, a 0.73 WHIP, and a 32.3% strikeout rate. In addition to simply being let loose with his innings, Maeda made a tangible change to his pitch mix, throwing far fewer fastball and more sliders and changeups (though his fastball was as effective as it had ever been last year, too). Maeda surely won't be able to repeat his numbers from 2020, as he allowed just a .208 BABIP, had an 80.2% LOB rate, and benefited from being able to feast on solely the NL and AL Central lineups. But even with some regression, he should still be a rock solid SP2, and should be drafted as such.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
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
 In 2020 Maeda joined Jacob deGrom and Shane Bieber as the only three starters to finish top-five in both xFIP and xERA. It was a dominant campaign as his new team, the Twins, finally unleashed him in a way the Dodgers never did. Maeda also finished top-five in swinging strike rate last summer. He admittedly faced the easiest "hub" against AL/NL Central foes, but a large number of his 2021 starts will come against similar opponents. There's still profit to be had with his current ADP.
Brendan Tuma - FantasyPros
Never be the first team to draft a catcher, words to live by.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy