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Who Should I Draft?

Keston Hiura or Nelson Cruz (2020)

Who Should I Draft? Player Summaries
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Keston Hiura
2B - MIL
Keston Hiura
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
Expert
Recommendation
54%
Recommended by
25 of 46 experts
46%
Recommended by
21 of 46 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 33# 34
Best Rank# 19# 19
Worst Rank# 64# 57
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 49# 81
Best Rank# 40# 61
Worst Rank# 62# 90
   
Projections 
   
Runs3131
Home Runs1114
RBI3240
Stolen Bases50
Batting Average.282.281
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 27# 36
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 32# 36
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 49# 57
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 31# 37
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 40# 45
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 23# 49
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 36# 42
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 30# 35
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 33# 37
   
Chet Gresham
The Fake Baseball
# 33# 34
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 29# 33
   
Chris Meaney
FTN
# 36# 37
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 31# 36
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 19# 44
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 42# 47
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 37# 40
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 29# 43
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 40# 41
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 28# 34
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 37# 40
   
Dennis Sosic
Fantasy Six Pack
# 31# 38
   
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
# 25# 40
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 34# 41
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 39# 40
   
Brendan Tuma
BettingPros
# 35# 39
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 30# 26
   
Mark Ross
Athlon Sports
# 35# 34
   
George Kurtz
FantasyData
# 36# 32
   
Matt Brandon
Matt Brandon
# 36# 34
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 37# 31
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 37# 35
   
Jacob W. Dunne
New Life Fantasy
# 38# 28
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 38# 37
   
Staff Rankings
Roto Ranks
# 38# 34
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 39# 23
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 39# 33
   
Chris Mitchell
FantasyData
# 39# 38
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 39# 26
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 40# 30
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 40# 32
   
Ryan Amore
Pitcher List
# 40# 38
   
Sean Zerillo
The Action Network
# 41# 32
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 44# 32
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 55# 52
   
Nate Miller
FantasyPros
# 55# 33
   
Carmen Maiorano
FantasyPros
# 64# 19
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Statistics
  Keston Hiura
2B - MIL
Keston Hiura
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2019 Stats 
   
   
At Bats314454
   
Runs5181
   
Hits95141
   
Singles5174
   
Doubles2326
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs1941
   
RBI49108
   
Stolen Bases90
   
Caught Stealing31
   
Walks2556
   
Strikeouts107131
   
Batting Average.303.311
   
On Base Pct.368.392
   
Slugging Pct.570.639
   
On-base Plus Slugging.9381.031
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Projections
  Keston Hiura
2B - MIL
Keston Hiura
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
2020 Projections 
   
   
At Bats202190
   
Runs3131
   
Hits5753
   
Singles3230
   
Doubles139
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs1114
   
RBI3240
   
Stolen Bases50
   
Caught Stealing20
   
Walks1622
   
Strikeouts6151
   
Batting Average.282.281
   
On Base Pct.333.356
   
Slugging Pct.512.553
   
On-base Plus Slugging.846.910
   
Who Should I Draft? Player Notes
  Keston Hiura
2B - MIL
Keston Hiura
Nelson Cruz
DH - MIN
Nelson Cruz
News 
  Nelson Cruz told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he does not plan to retire after the 2020 season.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Wed, Jul 1st
  Nelson Cruz receives 2020 Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award on the ESPYs.
Brad Camara
Mon, Jun 22nd
  Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a double in Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Michael Felner
Thu, Mar 12th
  Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 with a solo homer in a 3-3 tie with the Orioles on Thursday.
Matthew Terelle
Thu, Mar 5th
  Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Michael Felner
Thu, Feb 27th
Notes 
 Keston Hiura was my favorite player to go after in 2018 first-year player drafts who wasn't named Shohei Ohtani. Yes, more than Luis Robert. I compared him at the time to prime Dustin Pedroia but with more power. Hiura's early returns were better than I had imagined. He's in the perfect ballpark, and he's at the shallowest position outside of catcher to justify this ranking - even with the high strikeout marks. Hiura is going to be a top-three second baseman in fantasy for the next decade."
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
Nelson Cruz falls in every draft, in every year, for the past four to five years. It's because he's ancient in baseball years, and only David Ortiz remains undefeated against Father Time. It also hurts that Cruz is DH only, but production is production. If you're looking at Yordan Alvarez in the first few rounds of the draft, you'd be better suited to wait a few rounds and take Cruz for as good - if not better - production. That is, assuming this isn't year where it all falls apart.
Michael Waterloo - FantasyPros
 In his first year with the big league club, Hiura was every bit as good as advertised, going for 19 homers, 9 steals and a .303 BA in just half a season. We could very well see him among the top three in the position by year's end, but he isn't quite as safe as any of the options above him.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
If you removed Cruz's age from the equation, he'd be a top pick in fantasy. Despite missing nearly a quarter of the season to injury last year, he again put up elite numbers, topping 40 home runs and 100 RBI while batting .311. Cruz will be 40 this year, never plays the field and is starting to miss more time to injuries. But he's essentially forgotten in most drafts and has shown very little skills decline. Don't shy away from him on draft day even though he clogs your utility spot.
Dan Harris - FantasyPros
 Keston Hiura is one of my most owned players and one of my favorite picks at ADP this season. You are getting what I call the "Sophomore Discount," which is when rookies blow up on to the scene and people are hesitant to fully buy into it. Hiura is a pure hitter, hits the ball ridiculously hard, and will bat in the heart of a solid lineup. Sign me up as he has clear 30/15 upside and room for more.
Michael Petropoulos - BRoto Fantasy
Hit .311 with 41 homers last year. Entering age-39 season
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros
 Love the player but the price is aggressive. Could be a 30/20 asset with a .300 average if everything breaks right. Could also have a sophomore slump
Brendan Tuma - BettingPros